Lecture - Curtis Fentress
- Monday, February 9, 2015 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
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Montana State University, School of Architecture, is proud to present Curtis Fentress who will present his lecture "Touchstones of Design: [re]defining Public Architecture:" on Monday, February 9th at 5:30 p.m., in Gaines Hall, Room 101. Through more than forty years of experience, Curtis Fentress has crafted a new meaning for public architecture, through design rooted in context, culture, passion and innovation. Fentress bases his eight "Touchstones of Design" in logic, beauty and humanism, with the goal to provide all people with timeless design that balances both art and function. Curtis Fentress was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, and graduated with honors from the College of Design at North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. There, he won the Alpha Rho Chi Medal, the highest honor bestowed on a designer by an architectural school. After graduation he headed to New York City and landed a job with I.M. Pei. Fentress later joined the newly formed firm of Kohn Pedersen Fox to continue his pursuit of large-scale public projects while striving to bring humanism to civic buildings. In the late 1970s, KPF led him to Denver, Colorado, as project designer for the 36-story Amoco Building, and he was soon named "Young Professional of the Year" by Building Design and Construction magazine. In 1980, Fentress opened his own studio in Denver and later was awarded the opportunity to design Denver International Airport, which propelled him into the international realm. DIA, Incheon International Airport in Seoul, South Korea, and numerous other airports, courthouses, government buildings, city halls, museums, high rises and convention centers have been honored with more than 450 awards for innovation and design excellence. Fentress is internationally recognized for his innovative design portfolio, featured in over 1,200 national and international articles and books. Curtis Fentress was the 2010 winner of the American Institute of Architects' Thomas Jefferson Award, the highest honor in public architecture worldwide, and received the Architect of the Year award from AIA Colorado in 2012. Fentress has five studios: Denver, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Jose, California. www.fentressarchitects.com www.fentressarchitects.com The presentation is part of the School of Architecture's Spring Lecture Series and is made possible through generous contributions by members of the School of Architecture's Advisory Council, and gifts through the Montana State University Foundation. Registered for one hour of AIA LU Continuing Education Units. To request public accommodation or accommodation to participate in the above event, please contact Sharon Matney at 406-994-2921, or Tricia Wimbish, MSU Human Resources, 406-994-5527.
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