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Jill Watson Lecture Series

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Renowned Architects to Visit Campus

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The Jill Watson Distinguished Lecture Series at Carnegie Mellon welcomes acclaimed architects David Adjaye and Elizabeth Diller to the Pittsburgh campus on Jan. 19-20.

"We think that these lectures will be a very fitting way to perpetuate the dynamic legacy of Jill Watson's accomplishments and interests," said Laura Lee, head of Carnegie Mellon's School of Architecture. "It is an honor to bring together these distinguished speakers and to invite the broader community to participate."

The lecture series, supported by Jill's parents Janice and Jim, is named in memory of the Carnegie Mellon alumna, former adjunct faculty member, and acclaimed Pittsburgh architect. She died in the tragic TWA Flight 800 crash on July 17, 1996.

Adjaye is a leading figure among young British architects. His lecture takes place in conjunction with his exhibition "Gritty Brits: New London Architecture," which runs from Jan. 20 through June 3 at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Diller is a principal in the collaborative interdisciplinary studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The architectural partnership was the first to receive a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for uniting design, performance and electronic media with cultural and architectural theory and criticism.

"The Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture is very excited to bring two such outstanding practitioners to present their work to our community," added Lee.

In other architecture news, Andrew Caruso (CFA '07) has been elected as the 51st National President of the American Institute of Architecture Students, joining a distinguished history of Carnegie Mellon leadership at the national level in the field of architecture.

Related Links: School of Architecture  |  Carnegie Museum of Art