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Thu 11.06.2014

New Kids on the Bloc: American Architects Working in Post-Soviet Culture Sectors

When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6

Where: At The Center   

As recent history and current events demonstrate, Eastern Europe and Central Asia present both an opportunity for major building commissions and a potentially challenging, even volatile market. Three architects with projects in these regions discuss their experiences in securing commissions, developing design concepts, and managing local construction projects.

This panel discussion brings together three different cultural projects and architectural practitioners to discuss how U.S. firms successfully compete and build in countries such as Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, and Poland. The panelists will provide case studies that illuminate a range of issues behind their American service exports. One of the region's first children's museums, for example, shows how an architect is helping serve new trends in K-12 education and social priorities in Bulgaria.

The architecture firms are midsize, design-focused practices currently working on one or more Eastern European and Central Asian projects. Their project case studies illuminate the economic and social forces at play in these changing regions as well as specific logistical, business and practice-based challenges of working internationally.

The projects to be discussed:
• Muzeiko, America for Bulgaria Children’s Museum – Sofia, Bulgaria
• Medeu Sports Center - Almaty, Kazakhstan
• Museum of Modern Art Warsaw and TR Warszawa National Theatre – Warsaw, Poland

Lee H. Skolnick, FAIA, Principal, Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership
Audrey Matlock, FAIA
, Principal, Audrey Matlock Architect
Gabriel Smith, AIA
, Director, Thomas Phifer and Partners

Moderator: Katie Gerfen, Executive Editor, Design; Architect magazine

Organized by: AIANY Cultural Facilities Program
Price: Free for AIA members; $10 for non-members

Sponsoredy by: Kubik Maltbie


This pro­gram is presented in conjunction with the Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, AIANY Chapter 2014 pres­i­den­tial theme “Civic Spirit: Civic Vision


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