Michael Boucher is a landscape architect from Maine whose firm collaborates with acclaimed modern architects on a wide range of project types across North America and elsewhere. The firm focuses on space-making and striveto create purposeful, enduring designs. Michael Boucher Landscape Architecture (MBLA)’s designs explore the interplay between buildings, site structures and nature, with a focus on space-making and movement through the landscape. They take clues from nature — the land, vegetation and climate — but do not attempt to replicate nature'spatterns. Instead, MBLA mergesarchitectural intentions and site dynamics asthey help site buildings the land around them.
The Neighborhood Design/Build Studio is an award-winning program in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington where students design and build small community projects for Seattle area non-profit groups. Badanes will give an overview of his 40+ years of work with the Jersey Devil Design/Build group, a group of architects, artists, and inventors committed to the interdependence of design and construction. The work is characterized by its energy efficiency, innovative use of materials, and by a high level of craft and detail.
Robert McCarter presents an examination of 14 unrealized designs by Louis I. Kahn (1901-1974), which together constitute one of the most significant contributions to 20th-century architecture by a single architect. It is essential to the intellectual and cultural sustainability of our disciplinary history to study and learn from the theoretical insights, generative potential, and critical importance in the architect’s development as a designer that are embedded in these transformative but unrealized works.