Please join EYP Principal David Fixler for a lecture entitled, "Innovation Becomes Tradition: Institutional Heritage and the Renewal of Modern Architecture.” Sponsored by the Architectural Conservation Lab, Career Services, and the Student Historic Preservation Association, the event will be held on Tuesday, April 12 at 5:00 p.m. in Goldsmith Hall 2.308 (Dean’s Conference Room). Light refreshments will be served on a first come, first served basis.
The presentation will cover issues facing American universities as they encounter the renewal of their modern heritage. Mr. Fixler will focus primarily on the history and rehabilitation of two important institutional buildings, Alvar Aalto’s Baker House at MIT and Louis Kahn’s Richards Laboratories at the University of Pennsylvania.
David Fixler has guided the restoration and renovation of numerous, significant landmark facilities for government and higher education clients nationwide. An internationally recognized expert on the Modern Movement and mid-century modern buildings, he is co-editor of the recently released Aalto and America. His approach to historic preservation as a design discipline sensitively balances art, technology, and history to ensure energy-efficient modernizations that extend the useful life of culturally significant structures.
A sought-after speaker and author, David has been published in such magazines as Architecture, Architectural Record, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, APT Bulletin, Metropolis, Cultural Resources Management, Traditional Buildings, Spazio (Italy) and PTAH (Finland). He has lectured and taught at Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, MIT, Wellesley College, Wentworth Institute, and the Boston Architectural Center.
David has served as a design juror at MIT and RISD, and conceived, helped to organize, and participated in numerous conferences on a wide range of architecture and preservation topics. He is also a co-founder and president of DOCOMOMO-U.S./New England, co-chair of the Association for Preservation Technology International (APTI) Committee on Modern Heritage, and a past Board member of the Society of Architectural Historians. (www.eypaedesign.com)