The Taliesin West Lectures are presented in the Pavilion Theater at Taliesin West, they start at 7:00 PM (unless otherwise noted), and are free and open to the public.
The entrance to Taliesin West is located at the intersection of Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. and Cactus Rd. in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The 2011 series is generously supported by the Rio Salado Architecture Foundation.
Pliny Fisk is considered one of the originators of the Sustainable Architecture and Planning movement in the United States, with contributions spanning four decades. He has been instrumental in formulating local and national policy on green building, creating design and engineering criteria for flexible building systems, developing new methods for ecologically based planning, and pioneering regionally appropriate, sustainable materials. Pliny’s early teaching experience in the 1970s resulted in the creation of one of the first design/build courses in sustainable architecture offered in the U.S. Over the years, he has developed processes and plans for eco-industrial interventions at many scales. His areas of expertise include:
-Resource balanced design and planning methodology for buildings and communities
-Research and demonstration focusing on materials life cycle, industrial ecology, and the reuse of by-products in building materials and systems.
-Procedures for working with life cycle as a series of events at the building scale fostering human intervention and understanding
Former editor of Arquitectura/México, researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas of the National University of Mexico, since 1983; professor and author of many publications on 20th century architecture and urbanism, and a contributor to numerous architectural journals. Member of the Mexican Arts Academy, 1991, Honorary Academician of the Society of Mexican Architects,1988, and of the Argentinean National Academy of Beaux Arts, 2006; member of the ICOMOS, 1993, and DOCOMOMO, 2003.
In May 2000, Michael Pinto became a Partner in the role of Design Principal at Osborn. His interests lie in the process of engaging community and notions of authorship. He is a founding member of CityWorksLosAngeles and is on the board of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design. Michael has taught in the environmental design program at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and is currently coordinator of outreach and community programs at Sci-Arc. His own work has been published in Thresholds, Journal of the MIT School of Architecture, Art Journal of the University of Chicago, Metropolis Magazine, and Loud Paper. Michael holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Penn State University, and a Master of Architecture from Sci-Arc.
As principal of Hirsuta, Los Angeles and Assistant Professor, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design, Payne's work promotes a new materialism with a distinctly sensate bias, informed by intensive research and an experimental approach, his work engages material dynamics in the production of form to create a direct appeal to the senses.
As Executive Director and Lead Designer, Katrin develops business opportunities for the implementation of the passive house standard for various climate zones in North America. She manages locally the affordable homebuyer’s program and community development activities for Urbana. Her duties include the planning, design and management of projects, managing the e-co lab team, and maintaining client relationships. Before specializing in passive house construction Katrin worked for the architecture firms Murphy/Jahn, Inc. and Solomon Cordwell Buenz & Assoc. in Chicago on large-scale commercial buildings, specializing in double wall façade systems. Katrin has worked with Dr. Feist at the Passivhaus Institute in Darmstadt, Germany, on the translation of the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) into the English language. She has taught Building Science and Design Studios at the University of Illinois in Chicago and at Urbana-Champaign. She has presented on the passive house topic at national conferences as well as abroad. She is a licensed architect in Germany, and received a master’s degree in Architecture from Ball State University in Indiana.
Diane Jacobs and husband Michael, are principals of Holly Street Studio in Phoenix.
Brad Cloepfil founded Allied Works Architecture in his native Portland, Oregon in 1994 upon receiving the commission to design a new building for Seattle Brewing Company. Following the completion of the design Allied Works received a Progressive Architecture (P/A) Award.
The critical reputation of Allied Works was established with the Maryhill Overlook Interpretive Site located on the Columbia River Gorge and the headquarters for global advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy -- an adaptive reuse of a historic warehouse in Portland, Oregon. In 2002, he led the firm in winning the competition to re-design 2 Columbus Circle for the Museum of Arts and Design. In 2009, he received his first international commission to design the National Music Centre of Canada in Calgary, Alberta. Over the years Brad has led design teams for 100+ proposals, including the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Botanical Research Institute of Texas, University of Virginia School of Architecture, Disney Animation Studios, and the University of Texas at Dallas Arts & Technology Building.
As Principal and lead designer, Brad divides his time equally between the Portland and New York offices to maintain close and consistent interaction with every project from concept to completion. Alongside practicing architecture, Cloepfil has held guest professorships at Rice University, University of California Berkeley, Syracuse University, University of Oregon and Columbia University. He is also a frequent lecturer at leading universities, arts organizations and creative companies, including the Architectural Association, Apple Inc., New Mexico Museum of Art, Aspen Art Museum and Princeton University.
Brad graduated from Columbia University in New York where he served as a teaching assistant to Kenneth Frampton.