TOWARDS A PEACEABLE KINGDOM
Landscape does exist without architecture, but architecture cannot exist without landscape. The ground beneath us holds the history and identity of a site, and it must inform and actively participate in its transformation. The works featured in this lecture take into account the geological, ecological, and cultural layers of a site, considering the many living species beyond our own. We design for people, flora, and fauna in equal measure.
For more than 30 years, Snøhetta has designed some of the world’s most notable public and cultural projects. At the heart of all Snøhetta’s work lies a commitment to social and environmental sustainability, shaping the built environment and design in the service of humanism.
Two of its founding members are UT graduates. Craig Dykers and Elaine Molinar have, since the firm’s beginnings, helped shape and maintain its original transdisciplinary approach, one that integrates architectural, landscape, interior, product, graphic, digital design, and art across its work. The co-creative nature between Snøhetta's different disciplines is an essential driving force of the practice. The practice has a global presence, with offices spanning from Oslo, Paris, and Innsbruck, to New York, Hong Kong, Adelaide and San Francisco.
A 1988 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Elaine is a 2019 recipient of the Texas Medal of Arts and serves on the Advisory boards of the University of Texas School of Architecture, The Penn State School of Architecture, and the online editorial platform, Madame Architect.
A fellow member of the Texas Exes, Craig has served as a Diploma Adjudicator at the Architectural College in Oslo and in recent years has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Syracuse University, Cornell University, Parsons, and Washington University in St. Louis. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Manufacturers, a LEED-accredited professional, and has been a member of the Norwegian Institute of Architects.