6 February 2018
5:30PM — Moss Arts Center

James Timberlake, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, Architect

How Do We See the Future (of Architecture)?
Inaugural Covestro Lecture sponsored by the Virginia Tech Macromolecules Innovation Institute

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In addition to the lecture, there will also be an informal discussion with James Timberlake and Virginia Tech alums and KieranTimberlake Principals David Feaster and Johann Mordhorst on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, 11 am - 1 pm, in Cowgill Hall, room 300.

James Timberlake is a founding partner at KieranTimberlake, an award-winning architecture firm recognized for its environmental ethos, research expertise, and innovative design and planning. Timberlake explores some of today's most important topics—among them, efficient construction methods, resource conservation strategies, and novel use of building materials.

KieranTimberlake seeks ways to improve the art, quality, and craft of architecture by developing new materials, processes, assemblies, and products. This leads the firm to conduct deep investigations during design that bring together the diverse fields of architecture, environmental management, chemical physics, materials science, and more. The result is a detailed and crafted architecture that is resonant and compelling to its users because it embodies the vision of its people and its place in the world. In this talk, Timberlake will discuss ways the firm seeks great specificity of information to inform thoughtful and beautiful design.

Timberlake's work reflects his belief in beautifully-crafted, thoughtfully-made buildings holistically integrated to site, program, and people. Examples include Melvin J. and Claire Levine Hall at the University of Pennsylvania, which employs the first actively ventilated curtainwall of its type in North America; SmartWrap™, a mass-customizable building envelope exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; Cellophane House™, a fully recyclable, energy-gathering dwelling exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art in New York; and the Embassy of the United States in London, which employs strategies to significantly reduce energy consumption and sets an agenda to achieve carbon neutrality.

Under Timberlake's guidance, KieranTimberlake has received over 200 design citations, including the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Firm Award in 2008 and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in 2010. A recipient of the Rome Prize in 1982-1983, Timberlake was also an inaugural recipient (with partner Stephen Kieran) of the Benjamin Latrobe Fellowship for architectural design research from the AIA College of Fellows in 2001. He has co-authored six books on architecture, including the influential book refabricating Architecture. In addition to his architectural practice, Timberlake has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Washington, Yale University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Texas at Austin, among other institutions. He was appointed by the Obama Administration to serve on the Board of the National Institute of Building Sciences in 2012.

David Feaster, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Principal, KieranTimberlake

David Feaster excels at bringing clients, stakeholders, architects, consultants, and contractors together to fulfill project goals.

David is drawn to architecture's place at the crossroads of art and science. In more than 14 years as an architect, he has focused on detailed consultant coordination and systems integration for a range of projects including a new entry for the Eisenhower Executive Office Building and the renovation of Dunster House, a residential college within Harvard University’s River House Renewal.

David oversaw residential planning and coordination for the Charles David Keeling Apartments, a LEED Platinum-rated project at the University of California, San Diego. He is currently the Principal in Charge of a new Parish House for the historic St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, and a new student housing development on the University of Washington's North Campus that adds new housing and intimate outdoor spaces for 3,300 students.

David earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech (B.Arch. 2004) and has served as a guest juror at Drexel University.

Johann Mordhorst, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Principal, KieranTimberlake

Johann Mordhorst works to reconcile competing demands and expose the internal logic unique to each project to arrive at holistic design solutions.

Johann has close to fifteen years of professional experience as an architect. He has been with KieranTimberlake since 2005, working on several of the firm's award-winning projects, including two projects at Yale University—the Sculpture Building and School of Art Gallery and Morse and Ezra Stiles Colleges. Johann served as the Associate in Charge of an off-site fabricated private residence in Mendocino County, California.

Johann earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech (B.Arch. 1998) and has served as a teaching assistant for a graduate-level design-research studio taught by Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake at the University of Pennsylvania and has been a guest critic and presenter at Penn State, Philadelphia University, and the University of Pennsylvania.