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Fall 2018 Student Lecture Series: Merrill Elam and Mack Scogin

Maurice F. Childs Lecture

US Courthouse, Austin, Texas; image credit Timothy Hursley

  • 10/11/2018

  • 6 PM 

  • Cascieri Hall

    Boston Architectural College

    320 Newbury Street, Boston


  • Free and open to the public

  • Design Community, Alumni, Students, Lectures

The Boston Architectural College invites the community to join us for Square Clouds, a public lecture by Merrill Elam and Mack Scogin, principals of Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, on Thursday, October 11, 2018, at 6 pm in Cascieri Hall.

About Merrill Elam and Mack Scogin

Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam, the two principals of the acclaimed firm Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, Inc. have worked together in architecture for over forty years. The firm, founded in 1984 as Parker and Scogin, later as Scogin Elam and Bray, was formed in order to take full advantage of the complementary skills and talents of the two principals. Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam have made the commitment to organize all of the work in a manner that ensures the involvement in the day-to-day development of each project. This keeps the work personal and directed, and brings the best of the firm's collective knowledge and experience to each client. Projects realized by the firm are diverse in size, type, and location. The principals bring the understanding of large projects and organizations to their personal practice in architecture. The firm's clients expect innovative design with a mature approach to the practical constraints of architecture. They have an innate desire for architecture that goes beyond mere problem solving to architecture that addresses their curiosity surrounding the role of architecture in society.

Merrill Elam and Mack Scogin have taught extensively. Merrill has been a Visiting Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, Southern California Institute of Architecture, University of Virginia, Syracuse University, CUNY, University of Toronto, and Yale University among many other places. Mack has been the Kajima Professor in Practice of Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, 2009-present, and Kajima Adjunct Professor of Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, 1990-2009. He has also taught at Ohio State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Rice University.

Their work continues to earn national and international honors including the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Architecture, the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture, the Architectural Imagination, United States Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, 2016, Design Excellence Award, University of Florida, 2015, Shutze Medal, Georgia Institute of Technology, American Academy of Arts and Letters, 2011, Royal Institute of British Architects, International Fellow, and the Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design.

Their work has redefined and given dignity to the concept of idiosyncrasy. Their modernism is filled with a sense of play and spaces to be experienced through volumes of light and material difference. This joint lecture is an opportunity to understand their working process and their synthetic capacities as thinkers and as architects.