Lisa Iwamoto speaks Feb. 28 on architecture


Innovative Architect and Digital Fabrication Leader Lisa Iwamoto 

to Speak Feb. 28, 2013


Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing challenging and on-going public discourse about architecture, design and the urban environment, is pleased to continue its 2012-13 season of lectures with Lisa Iwamoto, who will speak Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Magnolia Theatre in the West Village at 3699 McKinney Ave. This lecture is presented in partnership with Tex-Fab and the School of Architecture, UT Arlington.

Season Benefactor is Briggs-Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty | Claire Dewar.  Spring Series Benefactors are Jackson Walker LLP, Impact Outdoor Advertising | Janet Kafka and Associates, Maharger Development | Reggie Graham,, and Smink, Inc.  Lecture Benefactors are Radiant Outdoor Advertising and Austin Commercial. The Reception Underwriters are Megan + Casey McManemin, MESA Design Group and Architectural Lighting Associates.

The lecture, which is open to the public, will start at 7 p.m. with a complimentary reception beginning at 6:15 pm.  Tickets are $20 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 or call 214-764-2406.

Lisa Iwamoto
Architect, Author and Professor

UC Berkeley; San Francisco, CA 

Lisa Iwamoto is co-founder and principal of Iwamoto – Scott Architecture. Committed to pursuing architecture as a form of applied design research, the company engages in projects at multiple scales and in a variety of contexts consisting of full-scale fabrications, museum installations and exhibitions, theoretical proposals, competitions and commissioned design projects. Iwamoto-Scott’s recent projects include: Voussoir Cloud, SCIArc Gallery, Los Angeles; ORDOS100; Hydronet, the winning scheme for City of the Future: San Francisco 2108; REEF, PS1 Young Architects Program 2007; and Jellyfish House, a theoretical house design incorporating ambient technologies for the Vitra Design Museum’s exhibition OPEN HOUSE.

Iwamoto teaches design studios and graduate seminar at the University of California Berkeley. Her research focuses on digital fabrication and material technologies for architecture, and includes development of the CAD/CAM lab in the Department of Architecture. Her book, Digital Fabrications: Architectural and Material Techniques, an industry best seller, was published in 2009 by Princeton Architectural Press as part of its series Architecture Briefs.

Iwamoto received her Masters of Architecture degree with distinction from Harvard University where she was recipient of the Faculty Design Award, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Colorado. She has taught previously at the University of Michigan where she was Mushcenheim Fellow, and at Harvard.

Iwamoto – Scott has received numerous awards and honors including: Emerging Voices from the Architectural League of New York; Grand Prize for the History Channel’s City of the Future: San Francisco 2108; P/A Award Citation for 2:1 House; California Council of the AIA Emerging Talent Award; Young Architects award from the Architectural League of New York; I.D. Magazine Design Awards; and AIA awards for various projects from the San Francisco, Boston, and New Jersey chapters. Their work has been published in journals including Progressive Architecture, Architecture, Architectural Record, Dwell, Wallpaper, Domus, I.D. Magazine, Egg Magazine, Surface, Competitions, California Home + Design, Seed, and The Journal of Architectural Education; newspapers including the New York Times, LA Times, and San Francisco Chronicle; books including All American: Innovation in American Architecture, Young Architects 4: Material Practice, and Next Generation Architecture: Folds, Blobs & Boxes, Young Architects Americas; and popular magazines and blogs including Wired, Popular Science, CNN, and CNET.  Iwamoto has also lectured widely,  both nationally and internationally.

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


Among the over 130 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”.


For more information on the Dallas Architecture Forum, visit For questions about the Forum, call 214-764-2406.

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