Who are the world's most influential giants of contemporary architecture? Who are those architects who have achieved unparalleled success, while defining and shaping the profession; those who have created the building art which comes to express our society?
Architecture: The Legends is a ten-session series that seeks to explore and outline architecture and urbanism and the way they respond to economics, politics, social reform, spirituality, and aesthetics. Design historian Daniella Ohad interviews ten legends of the architecture world, who have been instrumental in shaping its current identity. This series offers a rare, stimulating opportunity to learn how to ‘read,’ experience, and understand the discipline of architecture, and to view it as lens through which we can understand our environment and culture, and appreciate its relevance. It allows the audience to meet the heroes of contemporary architecture, to gain insight into their approaches, references, emotions, methods, and philosophies, and the way they see how architecture is shaping the world.
The participating speakers have established international profiles with their own signatures, and are known for their contributions to architecture culture. They have designed some of the world's most renowned and important projects, whether domestic, cultural, private or public. They will speak about the reality of creating architecture, discuss its historical perspective, and provide insight into the evolution of their work, career, profession, and the state of architecture today.
October 12 – Santiago Calatrava
October 19 – Robert Stern
October 26 – Charles Renfro
November 2 – Thom Mayne
November 9 - Rafael Viñoly
November 16 - Jeanne Gang
November 23 – Frida Escobedo
November 30 – Recording from Design Miami
December 7 – Daniel Libeskind
December 14 – Milton Curry
December 21 – OPEN Architecture - Li Hu and Wenjing
Daniella Ohad is a design influencer, historian, educator, writer, talk show hostess, curator, keynote speaker, who received her PhD degree from the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design and Culture. For the past two decades, she has been committed to education in the field of design culture; history and theory; interiors; material culture; contemporary design; connoisseurship; and the decorative arts. She has taught in some of the world’s leading art institutions, including the School of Visual Arts, Pratt Institute, Parsons New School for Design, Cooper Union, and the New York School of Interior Design, and has spoken in conferences and events worldwide.
Her articles and critiques have been published in magazines and in peer-review journals, and she has curated and hosted such programs as Dialogues with Design Legends at the 92 Street Y; the talk show Spring/Harvest Dialogues; the video series The Collector; programs for the Italian network Skyarte. Ohad is a moderator and speaker in design talks and events and has hosted some of the leading talents in the world of architecture and design on stage in such venues as Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design, Sotheby’s, Museum of Arts and Design, Center for Architecture/AIA, Design Miami, and more. She has been a member in acquisition committees of NYC museums, and her blog Daniella on Design attracts hundreds of thousands of readers weekly. She lives and works in New York City.
In collaboration with USModernist Radio.