Oct. 23: Dallas Architecture Forum Presents Kim Yao/ARO-Restoration of Donald Judd’s Home & Rothko Chapel

The Dallas Architecture Forum

Presents Noted Architect Kim Yao

Oct. 23rd at 7pm, the Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art

The Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing public education about architecture, design and the urban environment, is pleased to continue its 2019-2020 Lecture Season, with noted architect Kim Yao, on October 23 in the Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Kim Yao, AIA is a Principal of Architecture Research Office (ARO) in New York City. ARO’s diverse body of work–spanning strategic planning, architecture and urban design–has earned the firm over a hundred design awards including the 2018 AIA New York State Firm of the Year Award and the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt 2011 National Design Award. Yao is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She has also taught at the School of Constructed Environments, Parsons the New School for Design, and Barnard College. Yao has lectured widely throughout the United States and abroad. She is on the Executive Committee and Board for AIA New York and the Center for Architecture as the 2019 President-Elect of AIA New York.

ARO has collaborated with leading universities, cultural institutions, global corporations, government agencies, and private residential clients. The firm’s current and recent projects include the new academic research hub at Brown University’s 164 Angell; the restoration of the Rothko Chapel in Houston, along with a new campus plan for the Menil Collection; the expansion of Dia Art Foundation’s locations; and a new home for the Vilcek Foundation. 

Past notable projects include a New Urban Ground, a proposal for urban climate change adaptation; the restoration of the seminal 20th-century-artist Donald Judd’s Home and Studio; Knoll’s flagship showroom and corporate offices; and the Princeton School of Architecture. The American Academy of Arts and Letters honored the firm with their 2010 Academy Award for Architecture. ARO’s projects have garnered more than 100 design awards and have been widely published nationally and internationally. The firm’s work has also been exhibited widely and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

“In our current massive information age, full of branded personalities, Architecture Research Office is a self-described “information-driven” firm which has built its reputation on their thoughtfully researched approach to design that has no preconceived ideas, and allows them to become familiar with the needs and goals of a given space before ever beginning the design process,” stated Forum Executive Director Nate Eudaly. 

“After more than 20 years with the firm, Kim Yao brings an intimate look at this design philosophy which has and will shape important projects in Texas, such as the restoration of the Rothko Chapel and a new campus plan for the Menil Collection in Houston and beyond, including the restoration of the seminal 20th-century-artist Donald Judd’s Home and Studio in New York City. We believe Ms. Yao will present a program of great interest.”

The lecture will occur at 7 p.m. on October 23 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 Sponsors for The Dallas Architecture Forum’s 2019-2020 Season are Faisal Halum Group | Briggs Freeman International Realty, Maharger Development | Reggie Graham, Perennials and Sutherland LLC, and SMINK, Inc. Series Sponsors are Bentley Tibbs Architect, DLR Group | Staffelbach, HKS, Jackson Walker, Kafka Properties LLC, modmedia/moderndallas.net, O’Brien Architects, Scott+Cooner, and Scott+Reid Construction. Lecture Sponsor is Gensler and Reception Sponsor is Conduit Gallery.

KIM YAO

PRINCIPAL

ARO ARCHITECTS

NEW YORK CITY

23 October 2019

Wednesday, 7:00 pm

Reception and check-in 6:15 pm

Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art

Founded in 1993, Architecture Research Office has earned a reputation for earnest exploration and engagement that yields architecture that is original, innovative and imaginative. Architecture Research Office is as much a laboratory as a design practice.

Through investigation, analysis and testing, ARO creates designs that unite the conceptual and the pragmatic within a strong, coherent vision. This research-driven process enables the firm to operate on a wide variety of projects, and to craft elegant solutions to seemingly intractable problems.

At its core, Architecture Research Office is a practice for the new millennium. Its diverse project portfolio – spanning strategic planning, architecture, and urban design – embodies “Visionary Pragmatism” for its ability to achieve remarkable aesthetic and programmatic results while exhibiting profound responsibility for financial and natural resources. From a 1,000 square foot low-cost, energy-efficient housing prototype to private homes to a proposal to reinvent public space, and the role of ecology and infrastructure in New York City, ARO’s work is materially sensuous, intellectually rigorous and socially engaging.

ARO received the 2018 AIA New York State Firm of the Year Award and the 2011 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Architecture. The American Academy of Arts and Letters honored the firm with their 2010 Academy Award for Architecture. The firm’s work has been exhibited widely and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

ABOUT THE DALLAS ARCHITECTURE FORUM

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As a not-for-profit organization for design enthusiasts founded over two decades ago, The Forum explores ideas related to how and why design matters in our daily lives through dynamic programming centered on current topics and trends in architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, urban planning, engineering, construction, and other related fields of art and design.  Our collaborative programming and community outreach are enriched by the active involvement and leadership of businesses, arts and cultural organizations, government and academic institutions at regional, national and international levels.

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