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Architectural historian Anna Bronovitskaya’s new lecture series will focus on architects whose careers culminated in the late twentieth, early twenty-first centuries. Each lecture centers around the creative path of the cycle’s protagonists as well as their most significant projects.
Frank Gehry (b. 1929, Toronto) is best known as the author of complex curvilinear buildings, created using specially developed software. His select projects include the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, etc. He is the 1989 Pritzker Prize recipient. The lecture will expose Gehry's working method and analyze the experimentations that boosted the architect’ creative boom late in his career.
Born into a family of hereditary masons, Renzo Piano (b. 1937, Genoa) began exploring the design possibilities of other materials in his practice, finding unusual applications for metal and plastics. Having gained recognition for the Centre Pompidou building in Paris, designed in collaboration with Richard Rogers, Piano remains one of the most sought-after architects of museum spaces. His recent projects include the GES-2 House of Culture in Moscow.
The architectural firm of Norman Foster (b. 1935, Manchester), Foster + Partners, which currently employs 1,400 people, is often called a project factory, even though the factory’s products are always one-of-a-kind. Foster's high-tech buildings are erected on four continents frequently becoming international architectural highlights. In Russia, after Foster’s Project Orange and Crystal Island were abandoned in Moscow, the construction of the Russian Copper Company headquarters designed by the bureau was completed in Yekaterinburg in 2020.
Anna Bronovitskaya is an architectural historian, director of research at Moscow’s Institute of Modernism. Author of multiple publications on twentieth-century architecture.