A lecture from Kathy Velikov AIA and Geoffrey Thün / RVTR
Monday, March 2, 6:00pm
Betts Auditorium, School of Architecture
Kathy Velikov AIA is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and President of ACADIA. She is a founding partner of the research-based practice rvtr. Her work ranges from material prototypes that explore new possibilities for architectural skins that mediate matter, energy, information, space, and atmosphere between bodies and environments, to the investigation of urban infrastructures and territorial practices, working through the techniques of mapping and analysis, speculative design propositions, installations, and writing. Kathy is a recipient of the Architectural League’s Young Architects Award, the Canadian Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture, and co-author of the book Infra Eco Logi Urbanism (2015). Her work and writing has been published in AD, TAD, Footprint, JAE, IJAC, Leonardo, New Geographies, eVolo, Volume, [bracket] Goes Soft, and MONU, as well as in the books Towards a Robotic Architecture, Third Coast Atlas, Infrastructure Space, Hypernatural, Paradigms in Computing, Performative Materials in Architecture, and High Performance Homes. She is a co-curator of the traveling exhibition “Ambiguous Territory: Architecture, Landscape and the Postnatural” and co-editor of an upcoming book of the same title.
Geoffrey Thün is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, where he also serves as Associate Dean for Research and Creative Practice. He is a founding partner of the research-based practice rvtr. Thün’s work operates at the intersection of emerging technologies and the built environment across scales from the megaregion to the building envelope. Thün’s research has been funded by a range of sources including the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Research Council of Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Ontario Power Authority, Guardian Industries, and Ford Motor Company. Thün's creative practice has been exhibited widely. Honors include two R&D Awards from Architecture Magazine (2010, 2016), a Journal of Architectural Education Best Design as Research Article (2013), the Architizer A+ Award Program’s Architecture + Sound Jury Award (2013), Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Faculty Design Awards (2012, 2014), and a Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Award of Excellence for Innovation in the Practice of Architecture (2011), among others. His research has been published in OASE Journal, International Journal of Architectural Computing, Leonardo, Volume, [bracket], MONU, New Geographies Journal, and Journal of Architectural Education. Thün is a recipient of the Architectural League’s Young Architects Award (2008), the Canadian Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture (2009), and co-author of the book Infra Eco Logi Urbanism (2015).
rvtr serves as a platform for exploration and experimentation in the intertwinement between architecture, the environment, technology, and sociopolitics.