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03.05.20 to 03.06.20

Anne Tyng: Ordered Randomness

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Anne Tyng: Ordered Randomness
A conference organized by Women in Design and Architecture
at Princeton University School of Architecture

Thursday, March 5, 6pm
Friday, March 6, 10am - 4pm

Betts Auditorium, School of Architecture
Princeton University 

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Connecting the technical and conceptual, the work of Anne Tyng stands out within and beyond the field of architecture. Through independent projects, in addition to her work with architects Louis Kahn and Pier Luigi Nervi, Tyng explored geometry as it relates to natural form and construction. She approached design as a process and profession through teaching and writing, addressing the social, psychological, and experiential dynamics of creativity and collaboration; her work has influenced other practitioners as well as models of practice. At the center of this conference is the question, “How do we position the legacy of an architect whose interests and methods remain relevant in contemporary discourse?” Anne Tyng: Ordered Randomness reconsiders established histories by tracing Tyng’s design approach through built and unbuilt works, and further explores continuing resonances of her work as found in current architectural and engineering practices.

Organized by Women in Design and Architecture (WDA), a graduate student group formed in 2014 at Princeton University School of Architecture, this annual conference celebrates the work and legacy of a pivotal female architect or designer with contributions from international historians and scholars, in addition to artists, curators, and practitioners.



6p Dean Monica Ponce de Leon
Introduction to Anne Tyng: Ordered Randomness

Sarah Herda—Director, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
Srdjan Jovanović Weiss PhD—Chief Architect and Founder, NAO.NYC
William Whitaker—Curator, The Architectural Archives, Stuart Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania




Dean Monica Ponce de Leon

Introduction by Larissa Guimaraes

Heather Isbell Schumacher—Archivist, Stuart Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

Introduction + Moderation by Elena M’Bouroukounda and Luis Muñoz

Tamar Zinguer PhD—Associate Professor of Architecture, The Cooper Union
Anda + Jenny French—Principals, French 2D; (Jenny) Assistant Professor in Practice of Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Sarah Bonnemaison PhD—Professor, Faculty of Architecture and Planning, Dalhousie University

12:30p LUNCH, South Gallery

Introduction by Kaitlin Faherty

Srdjan Jovanović Weiss PhD—Chief Architect and Founder, NAO.NYC
Interlocutor Ingrid Schaffner—Curator

Introduction and Moderation by Anna Renken and Jamie Lipson

Sigrid Adriaenssens PhD—Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University
Richard Wesley—Adjunct Professor of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania
Cameron Wu—Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Princeton University
Alicia Imperiale PhD—Visiting Associate Professor, Pratt; Critic, School of Architecture, Yale University



WDA Student Group
Kaitlin Faherty, Larissa Guimaraes, Jamie Lipson, Domenica Massamby, Elena M’Bouroukounda, Luis Munoz, Sonia Sobrino Ralston, Lisa Ramsburg, and Anna Renken

Organized by Women in Design and Architecture. Conference made possible by the Jean Labatut Memorial Lectures in Architecture and Urban Planning Fund at Princeton University. 


Event is free and open to the public.

Wheelchair accessible through East Gallery entrance with ramp into Betts Auditorium. Please contact our office in advance for assistance: 609-258-3741

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Past WDA Conferences
Norma Merrick Sklarek: Redefining Public
Lina Bo Bardi: Material Ideologies
Zaha Hadid: Pedagogy as Practice

Media Links
Photos will be available on Princeton SoA Flickr
Videos will be available on Princeton SoA Vimeo