Lecture: "XOXO"

Lecturers: Sarah Whiting is Dean of the School of Architecture at Rice University, which she envisions as an architectural think tank, combining a platform for projective practices with research into architecture’s collective subject. In her writing, her teaching, and her practice, Whiting focuses on architecture’s public audience and how architecture can engage that collective subject through program, form, and technology. Prior to Rice, Whiting taught modern urban history, contemporary architectural theory, and design at Princeton, Harvard, IIT, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Florida.

Whiting’s writing and editing has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies, from ANY to Wired. She is currently completing a manuscript on scale and urbanism, called Superblock City. She served as reviews editor for the journal Assemblage from 1996 to 2001 and now edits a small book series with Princeton University Press, called POINT. The first two volumes in that series should be appearing in 2011.

Additionally, Whiting co-founded WW with her partner, Ron Witte, in 1999. Prior to WW, Whiting worked with the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in The Netherlands, where she was a principal designer for the Euralille master plan. Whiting has also worked with Peter Eisenman in New York.

Whiting obtained her B.A. from Yale University, her M.Arch. from Princeton, and her Ph.D. from MIT.

Ron Witte is an architect. He is a founding partner, along with Sarah Whiting, of WW. Prior to WW, Witte’s experience includes practicing in France, The Netherlands, and across the United States. He has worked with the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Jacques Couelle, and Reid & Tarics. Witte is a registered architect in California, New York, New Jersey, and Texas, and holds NCARB certification. Witte is also an Associate Professor of Architecture at Rice University. He previously taught at Princeton, Harvard, the University of Kentucky, IIT, and the University of Florida.

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