Our series Cocktails & Conversations pairs an architect and a critic, journalist, or curator. Of course, it wouldn't be Friday night without a suitable beverage. A custom drink inspired by the architect's work will be created especially for the occasion.
Belmont Freeman, FAIA
Belmont Freeman established his independent architectural practice in 1986, as founding principal of Freeman & Pizer Architects. In 1994, Freeman became sole proprietor of the firm, which was renamed Belmont Freeman Architects. Previously, from 1977 to 1986, Freeman was a senior designer and Associate at Davis, Brody & Associates in New York City.
Belmont Freeman, informally known as Monty, has earned a wide reputation as an innovative designer, a progressive practitioner and a scholar. His work is regularly featured in the architecture and design press, and has received numerous awards from the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers, and other professional and civic organizations. His client list includes major universities and cultural institutions, as well as corporations, developers, and private residential clients.
Freeman is an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architectural Planning and Preservation where he teaches a design studio within the Historic Preservation program. He was the President of the Board of Directors of Storefront for Art & Architecture, an internationally known not-for-profit design gallery in New York City, from 1998 to 2007. He lectures widely on his work and other areas of architectural and historical research, and is a frequent guest critic for the review of student work at universities throughout the Northeast. Monty has served on the board of directors of the Society of Architectural Historians and on the Board of Governors of the Association of Yale Alumni. In 2009 Belmont Freeman was named a fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
An American of Cuban descent, Freeman is regarded as an expert on Cuban architecture, a subject on which he speaks and publishes widely. In 2004, he co-produced the landmark exhibition "Architecture and Revolution in Cuba, 1959-1969," at Storefront for Art and Architecture. He has led several celebrated architectural tours of Cuba.
Freeman is comfortable conducting business in English, Spanish, and French. He is licensed as an architect in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania, and holds certification from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.
Cathleen McGuigan is the editor-in-chief of Architectural Record, and a former Newsweek architecture critic and arts editor. A Michigan native and graduate of Brown, she possesses more than three decades of cultural journalism experience. She joined Newsweek in 1977 as a reporter for the magazine's art critic and rose up through the ranks, becoming a senior editor in 1992. That same year, she earned a Loeb Fellowship from the Harvard GSD. In 2008, McGuigan left the full-time staff of Newsweek and became a contributor to the magazine. She served as an executive editor of HQ: Good Design is Good Business, a McGraw-Hill pilot project. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, and Harper's Bazaar among other periodicals, and she is currently conducting research for a biography of the critic Aline Saarinen. McGuigan is an adjunct professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, serves on various design juries, and sits on the Board of Trustees for the Skyscraper Museum in New York.
Eben Klemm, Bartender & Author
Eben Klemm is the former head of bar programs for the B.R. Guest restaurant group. He is now a superstar mixologist and bartender for hire. Eben is the a author of The Cocktail Primer: All You Need to Know to Make the Perfect Drink.
Organized by: AIANY Architectural Dialogue Committee and cultureNOW