DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE CONTINUES "FIRSTS” INAUGURAL LECTURE SERIES WITH LECTURE BY JOHN OCHSENDORF
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2011
The Department of Architecture at Portland State University continues its inaugural lecture series, titled “Firsts,” with a presentation by MIT civil engineering and architecture professor John Ochsendorf. The lecture takes place Thursday, October 20, at 7pm, in Shattuck Hall Annex, SW Broadway and Hall Streets, Portland, Oregon, and is open to the all students, faculty, staff and the public at no charge.
John Ochsendorf is an engineer and educator at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, specializing in the history and technology of historic structures. He has studied a variety of alternative engineering traditions, induding Guastavino thin tile vaulting and the hand-woven, fiber suspension bridges of the Inca Empire. He is the first engineer to be awarded a Rome Prize (2007) and the first structural engineer to be awarded a MacArthur Fellowship (2008). He currently teaches architecture and civil and environmental engineering at MIT.
The "Firsts" lecture series spans the 2011-2012 academic year with presentations by six notable academics, artists and professionals in architectural practice worldwide: Petra Kempf, John Ochsendorf, Gilles Saucier, Jeremy Till, Sarah Wigglesworth and Paul Pfeiffer.
The concepts of origins and beginnings, long a subject of interest among architects, will be explored throughout the series of lectures. As the Greek word Arche (meaning “first cause”) is at the root of the word architecture, the guest lecturers will discuss their own “first causes”—the spark that led them to follow their career path—as part of their presentations.