Dallas Architecture Forum
Presents Lecture by
Award-Winning Architect and
Finalist for the Obama Presidential Center John Ronan
Tuesday, 6 December 2016 at Magnolia Theatre
The Dallas Architecture Forum is pleased to continue its 20th Anniversary 2016-2017 Lecture Season with John Ronan.
John Ronan, FAIA, is one of our nation’s distinguished design architects. Ronan was named as a member of the Design Vanguard by Architectural Record, and was selected as an Emerging Voice of The League of New York. In 2007, Ronan’s firm was selected as architect of the iconic Poetry Foundation in Chicago, a search that included over 50 architecture firms from around the world. The firm was one of seven international finalists for the Obama Presidential Center. Ronan has lectured widely, exhibited internationally, and has been included in numerous publications and covered by the international design press. His monographs include Explorations: The Architecture of John Ronan and The Poetry Foundation. Ronan has received two AIA Institute National Honor Awards and has won many design competitions including those staged by the Graham Foundation. He holds a Master of Architecture with distinction from the Harvard GSD and is a Professor of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. www.jrarch.com
Ronan will speak on Tuesday, December 6 at 7 p.m. at the Magnolia Theatre in the West Village.
“John Ronan is an award-winning architect who is known for thoughtful, elegant buildings that have been published in the national and international business and design press. His Poetry Foundation building has achieved iconic status, and he was one of only seven international finalists for the Obama Presidential Center – a commission won by Billie Tsien, who spoke for The Forum last season,” stated Nate Eudaly, Executive Director of the Dallas Architecture Forum. “John is very engaging with audiences, and we believe his breadth of architectural, education and research experience will provide a program of great interest to the Dallas community.”
The lecture will occur at 7 p.m. on December 6, with a complimentary reception beginning at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $20 per lecture for general admission and $5 for students (with ID). Tickets can be purchased at the door before the lecture. No reservations are needed to attend Forum lectures. Dallas Architecture Forum members receive free admission to all regular Forum lectures as a benefit of membership, and AIA members can earn one hour of CE credit for each lecture. For more information on the Dallas Architecture Forum, visit www.dallasarchitectureforum.org
or call 214-764-2406
JOHN RONAN ARCHITECTS, CHICAGO
6 December 2016
Tuesday, 7:00 pm
Reception and check-in from 6:15 – 6:55 pm
Magnolia Theater, West Village
John Ronan FAIA is founding principal of the firm John Ronan Architects, and serves as Lead Designer on all projects the office undertakes. He is known for his abstract yet sensuous work which explores materiality and atmosphere. He was a winner in the Townhouse Revisited Competition staged by the Graham Foundation and his firm was the winner of the prestigious Perth Amboy High School Design Competition, a two-stage international competition to design a 472,000 square foot high school in New Jersey. Ronan was named as a member of the Design Vanguard byArchitectural Record magazine, and he was selected to The Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices program.
In 2007, Ronan’s firm was selected as architect of the Poetry Foundation in Chicago, a search that started with 50 architects from around the world. Princeton Architectural Press publishedExplorations: The Architecture of John Ronan, a monograph on the firm’s work. The Center for American Architecture and Design at the University of Texas published The Poetry Foundation. In 2016, the firm was named one of seven international finalists for the Obama Presidential Center.
Ronan has lectured widely and his work has been exhibited internationally, including the Art Institute of Chicago and The Architectural League of New York’s Urban Center. His work has been included in numerous publications on design and covered extensively by the international design press. His firm has been the recipient of two AIA Institute National Honor Awards (for the Poetry Foundation and The Gary Comer Youth Center, both in Chicago). John Ronan holds a Master of Architecture degree with distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan. Mr. Ronan is a Professor of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture. www.jrarch.com
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