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Student Lecture Series: David Lewis


  • 05/01/2012

  • 6 PM 

  • Cascieri Hall
    320 Newbury Street
    Boston, MA

  • janet.oberto@the-bac.edu

David Lewis AIA is a principal at Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis (LTL Architects), a design intensive architecture firm founded in 1997 by Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki and David J. Lewis, located in New York City. LTL Architects engages a diverse range of work, from large scale academic and cultural buildings to hospitality projects, interiors and speculative research projects. LTL Architects realizes inventive solutions that turn the very constraints of each project into the design trajectory, exploring opportunistic overlaps between space, program, form, budget and materials.

LTL Architects is the recipient of the 2007 National Design Award for Interior Design from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and was selected as one of six American architectural firms featured in the U.S. Pavilion at the 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale. Their work is part of the 2010 exhibition, Rising Currents, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. LTL Architects was included in the inaugural National Design Triennial at the Cooper-Hewitt in 2000. Their work is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Heinz Architectural Center at the Carnegie Museum of Art. The principals are coauthors of two books, the monograph Opportunistic Architecture (Princeton Architectural Press, 2008) and Situation Normal....Pamphlet Architecture #21 (Princeton Architectural Press, 1998).

LTL's methodology of practice combines intensive research with a design approach that strives to make extraordinary architecture by creatively engaging the programmatic requirements, economic imperatives, and technological demands of the project at hand. Rather than imposing a predetermined form or style on a given set of conditions, they believe that the most successful architectural designs evolve from a thorough examination of the parameters of a project, recasting these supposed limitations as the very catalysts for invention.

Essential to this approach is the belief that architecture can and should intensify the social. They maintain that architecture is most interesting when it engages people and collective situations, and therefore they have purposely focused the majority of our work on spaces that address the public - whether cultural, institutional or hospitality based.