Friday, September 30, 2011
Tenth Annual David Lewis Lecture on Urban Design
Urban Designer Dhiru Thadani to SpeakDhiru Thadani, AIA, architect, urbanist, and educator, will present a free public lecture on Monday, 3 October 2011, at 6:00 p.m. at Carnegie Museum of Art Theater in Oakland.
Mr. Thadani, a native of Mumbai, India, has been in practice in the United States since 1980. He received Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees from Catholic University, Washington, DC. He has worked on urban design and architecture projects in North America, Central America, Asia, and Europe. Mr. Thadani was Design Partner in the Thadani Hetzel Partnership from 1987 to 2002 and Principal and Director of Urban Design and Town Planning at Ayers Saint Gross from 2002 to 2009. He has taught at various institutions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Mr. Thadani has been a charter member of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) since its formation in 1993, and was appointed to the CNU Board in 2005. In 2010 he was awarded the Seaside Prize by the Seaside Institute.
In 2010, Rizzoli New York published The Language of Cities and Towns: A Visual Dictionary by Mr. Thadani. The book meticulously surveys the world of urban design and planning. Mr. Thadani, with the help of fifty contributors, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this blend of encyclopedia, illustrated design manual, and photo-essay collection. With over 500 definitions, articles, case studies, biographies, and essays, plus thousands of informative diagrams and photographs, the book is a visual feast and an essential reference book for all urbanists.
This will be the tenth annual David Lewis Lecture on Urban Design. It is co-sponsored by the Remaking Cities Institute of the School of Architecture of Carnegie Mellon University and the Heinz Architectural Center of Carnegie Museum of Art. The lecture series is underwritten by Urban Design Associates in honor of Mr. Lewis, founder of the firm and Emeritus Distinguished University Professor at Carnegie Mellon. Previous speakers in the David Lewis lecture series have been Donlyn Lyndon, Fred Koetter, John Norquist, Leon Krier, Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Hank Dittmar, Joan Busquets, Peter Bosselmann, and Marilyn Taylor.
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