Feb 28: Sheila Kennedy, Architect, Innovator, MIT Professor by The Dallas Architecture Forum

The Dallas Architecture Forum Presents
Award-Winning Architect, Innovator and MIT Professor
Shelia Kennedy
 
The Annual Rose Family Lecture
Honoring Deedie and the late Rusty Rose
 
Wednesday, 28 February 2018
 
At the Dallas Museum of Art
 
The Dallas Architecture Forum is pleased to continue its 2017-2018 lecture season with Shelia Kennedy, FAIA, founding Principal of Kennedy & Violich Architecture Ltd. (KVA) in Boston, Massachusetts, and Professor of the Practice of Architecture at MIT.
 
As a Principal of Kennedy & Violich Architecture Ltd. (KVA), Sheila Kennedy has established an internationally recognized design practice that explores architecture, digital technology and emerging public needs. Designated as one of Fast Company’s Masters of Design, Kennedy is described as an “insightful and original thinker who is designing new ways of working, learning, leading and innovating”. Kennedy’s creative problem definition and concept creation strategy for clients, directs MATx, the materials research unit at KVA. MATx works collaboratively with business leaders, manufacturers, cultural institutions and public agencies to apply creative production across the fields of design, electronics, architecture, and material science. MATx has developed designs and technology applications for Dupont, Siemens, Osram, Herman Miller, Saint-Gobain, The North Face, The City of Porto in Portugal, the Federal Republic of Germany and the United States Department of Energy. The MATx Portable Light Project, a non-profit global initiative that enables people in the developing world to create and own portable energy harvesting solar textile kits has been recognized with a 2012 Energy Globe Award, 2009 US Congressional Award, a 2009 Energy Globe Award and a 2008 Tech Museum Laureate Award for technology that benefits humanity.
Kennedy’s work has been exhibited at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, the International Rotterdam Biennale, the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SF MoMA), and the Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) “Design & the Elastic Mind” exhibition on breakthrough designs for new technologies. Kennedy has served as an advisor to the United States Department of Energy, the National Academy of Sciences’ Government-Industry Partnerships, and the Vision 2020 National Technology Roadmap. She is the author of multiple patents for the integration of digital technologies into architecture, building materials and textiles. Kennedy’s research and work in architecture have been recognized by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Academy of Sciences.
 
Sheila Kennedy studied architecture at the Ecole National Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris and received the Masters of Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, where she has also been an Associate Professor and Director of the M Arch II Program. She is currently Professor of the Practice of Architecture at MIT. Kennedy lectures widely and her work has been featured in journals of architecture, design culture, anthropology and optoelectronics, as well as National Public Radio, CBS News, CNN Principal Voices, BBC World News, Wired, Science News, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week and The New York Times.
 
 
See Additional Media Coverage:   
 
 
Treehugger Radio         https://goo.gl/98azNZ
 
Fast Company    https://goo.gl/BpCwZM
 
Kennedy will speak on Wednesday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m., with check-in and reception at 6:15 p.m., at the Dallas Museum of Art in the Horchow Auditorium.
 
“Sheila Kennedy is on the cutting edge in the research and development of sustainable materials that can be adapted by local communities, especially in the developing world,” stated Forum Executive Director Nate Eudaly. “In focusing her work on the intersection of electronics, architecture, design and material science, she has created innovative projects and materials that meet the needs of developing people groups around the world.  We believe Ms. Kennedy’s presentation will be of great interest to residents and innovative leaders throughout North Texas.”
The lecture will occur at 7 p.m. on February 28 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.
Season Benefactors for the Dallas Architecture Forum’s 2017-2018 Season are Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty – Faisal Halum Group, D Home | D Magazine and Maharger Development – Reggie Graham. Series Benefactors are bodron+fruit,  CORGAN, Scott+Cooner, SMINK and DLR Group|STAFFELBACH. Lecture Benefactor is BOKA Powell and Reception Underwriter is TKO Associates. The Forum extends thanks to the Dallas Center for Architecture Foundation for its support of the Rose Family Lecture.
SHEILA KENNEDY
PROFESSOR OF ARCHITECTURE, MIT
PRINCIPAL, KENNEDY & VIOLICH ARCHITECTURE (KVA MATX)
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
 
28 February 2018
Wedesday, 7:00 pm
Reception and check-in 6:15 from 6:156:55
Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art
 
The Rose Family Lecture
Presented with Underwriting Support from
Dallas Center for Architecture Foundation 
 
As a founding Principal of Kennedy & Violich Architecture Ltd. (KVA), Sheila Kennedy has established an internationally recognized new model for an interdisciplinary design practice that explores architecture, digital technology and emerging public needs. Designated as one of Fast Company’s Masters of Design, Kennedy is described as an “insightful and original thinker who is designing new ways of working, learning, leading and innovating”. In 2000, Kennedy established MATx, a pioneering materials research unit at KVA which engages applied creative production across the fields of design, electronics, and architecture and material science. MATx works collaboratively with business leaders, manufacturers, cultural institutions and public agencies to create designs, building components and architecture that advance the widespread implementation of sustainable digital materials. The MATx Portable Light Project, a non-profit global initiative that enables people in the developing world to create and own portable energy harvesting solar textile kits has been recognized with a U.S. Congressional Award, an Energy Globe Award and a Tech Museum Laureate Award for technology that benefits humanity.
 
Kennedy’s work has been exhibited at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, the International Rotterdam Biennale, the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SF MoMA), and the Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) “Design & the Elastic Mind” exhibition on breakthrough designs for new technologies. She is the author of multiple patents for the integration of digital technologies into architecture, building materials and textiles. Kennedy’s research and work in architecture have been recognized by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Academy of Sciences.
 
Kennedy lectures widely and her work has been featured in journals of architecture, design culture, anthropology and optoelectronics, as well as National Public Radio, CBS News, CNN Principal Voices, BBC World News, Wired, Science News, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week and The New York Times.
 

About the Dallas Architecture Forum
 
The Dallas Architecture Forum is a not-for-profit civic organization that brings leading architectural thought leaders from around the world to speak in Dallas and also fosters important local dialogue about the major issues impacting our urban environment.  The Forum was founded in 1996 by some of Dallas’ leading architects, business, cultural and civic leaders, and it continues to benefit from active support and guidance from these citizens. The Forum fulfills its mission of providing a continuing and challenging public discourse on architecture and urban design in – and for – the Dallas area. The Dallas Architecture Forum’s members include architects, design professionals, students and educators, and a broad range of civic-minded individuals and companies intent to improve the urban environment in North Texas.  The Forum has been recognized nationally with an AIA Collaboration Achievement Award for its strategic partnerships with other organizations focused on architecture, urban planning and the arts.  For more information on the Forum, visit www.DallasArchitectureForum.org
 
Among the over 230 speakers who have addressed the Forum’s Lecture Series  are Shigeru Ban,  Brad Cloepfil,  Diller + Scofidio, Peter Eisenman, Michael Graves,  Daniel Libeskind,  Thomas Phifer,  Rafael Vinoly, Juhani Pallasmaa, AIA Gold Medal Winner Peter Bohlin, and  regional architects David Lake and Ted Flato.  Pritzker Prize winners speaking to the Forum have been Kazuyo Sejima, Rafael Moneo, Thom Mayne, Rem Koolhaas and Norman Foster (the latter two in collaboration with the ATT Performing Arts Center).   Other speakers for the Forum have been leading designers Calvin Tsao, Andrée Putman, and Karim Rashid; landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh; and National Trust President Emeritus Richard Moe.  Important critics, authors and patrons who have spoken to the Forum include Emily Pulitzer, Terence Riley, Pulitzer Prize winners Robert Campbell and Blair Kamin, Aaron Betsky, and the late David Dillon.
 
The Forum organizes and presents an annual series of Panels—local, informal, open, and offered free of charge as a public service to the community—led by a moderator who brings a subject of local importance along with comments by participating panelists.  Moderators and Panelists have also come from both other Texas cities as well as from national institutions that were connected with particular Panel subjects.  Panels offer attendees the opportunity to participate in creating discourse.  Important topics addressed in Panels in recent years include: “Thoughts on the Dallas Comprehensive Plan”; “The Kimbell Expansion: A Discussion”; “Filling Out the Dallas Arts District”; and “Re-envisioning the Trinity”.  
 
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