Did you miss our spring 2012 lecture series?!? Here's your chance to catch up!
The Spring Lecture Series is once again featuring a Panel Discussion, in which three speakers will participate in a conversation moderated by Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson. The designated theme for the debate is craft. The panelists will be Marie and Keith Zawistowski of OnSite Architecture, Pete O’Shea of Siteworks Studio, and Sebastian Schmaling of Johnsen Schmaling Architects. All three design firms consistently produce work of the utmost quality. Their individual methods of craftsmanship will come to light as the panel discussion ensues.
Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson, Baltimore’s own architectural journalist/editor, is known for her blog Urban Palimpsest. She is also a contributing editor at Architect, and a monthly columnist for the Metropolis magazine Web site called “Letter From Baltimore.” She has also appeared in publications and websites such as The New York Times Magazine, Slate, Architectural Lighting, Baltimore, Style, Next American City, Urbanite, and Conde Nast Traveler.
Keith and Marie Zawistowski form a unique collaboration of French architect and American contractor. Keith Zawistowski was born in New Jersey and studied architecture at Virginia Tech. Marie Zawistowski was born in Paris, France and studied architecture at the Ecole d’Architecture Paris Malaquais. Keith and Marie first met while building The Lucy House as students under Samuel Mockbee at Auburn University’s Rural Studio. In 2005, they received a Graham Foundation Grant for their study of traditional building practices in Ghana, West Africa, a subject on which they have authored a book. Having since gotten married and establishing a business together, they not only produce award-winning work at OnSite, LLC, but they also began co-teaching at the Virginia Tech School of Architecture and Design in 2005. The courses they currently co-teach are Professional Practice and the design/buildLAB, a Third Year Architecture Studio. Their award-winning projects include the Arritt Farm House project, situated in Alleghany County, Virginia, which received a Design Excellence Award from the Virginia Society AIA. In 2010, they received an Award for Excellence in Creative Achievement from the Virginia Tech School of Architecture and Design. Most recently, Keith and Marie were recipients of the 2011 NCARB Grand Prize for the Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy.
Pete O’Shea is a landscape architect at Siteworks Studio, located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Siteworks prides itself in unifying all scales of a design to reflect the surrounding culture and environment. Pete O’Shea received his Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia, and followed up his studies at the American Academy in Rome in the mid 1990’s. Prior to his work at Siteworks, Pete taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia. Some of Pete’s award-winning work at Siteworks Studio includes the Rockefeller Park Strategic Planning in Cleveland, Ohio, The Community Chalkboard and Podium in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Manassas Park Elementary School in Manassas, Virginia. Pete O’Shea recently partnered with Walter Hood, Tim Duggan and Byron Mouton to speak at the 2011 National AIA Convention in New Orleans. Their lecture was titled “Community Beyond Housing: A Focus on the Urban Landscape During the Recovery and Rebuilding of the Lower Ninth Ward.” Pete’s dedication to quality landscapes is evident in the craftsmanship of his designs.
Sebastian Schmaling is a founding partner of Johnsen Schmaling Architects, a design and reseach studio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, whose work has garnered critical attention for its conceptual clarity, formal discipline, astute detailing, and an unequivocal commitment to architectural innovation and environmental sustainability. Schmaling and his partner, Brian Johnsen, use both city and rural sites as complimentary laboratories for their architectural investigations. Johnsen Schmaling’s intense dissection of context and cultural memory translates into an abstract palette of articulate architectural operations. Johnsen Schmaling’s projects and texts have been featured in numerous books and exhibitions as well as in leading national and international design periodicals. Recent honors include an Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League of New York and more than two dozen national and regional AIA Design Awards. In 2011, Johnsen Schmaling was featured as one of ten international practices in Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard issue. Sebastian Schmaling grew up in Berlin and received a Diploma in Architecture from the Technical University Berlin, a Master of Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Master of Architecture and Urban Design from Harvard, where he graduated with distinction. Schmaling frequently teaches at architecture schools around the country, most recently as a visiting professor at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Toronto.