UT to Host Designer of New York Times Square Reconstruction

The College of Architecture and Design will host architect Craig Dykers, designer of the New York Times Square reconstruction, at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29.

Dykers, a founding partner of Snohetta who was named a Wall Street Journal 2016 Innovator, will present “Habitat: Large and Small,” an unhinged look at the created world, at the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street. The free event is sponsored by General Shale and is open to the public. Doors open at 1 p.m.

“We have an inherent hunger that goes well beyond the need for food and shelter,” said Dykers. “In many ways, life is synonymous with place, and so we show a constant tendency throughout life to create place and identity. Through Snohetta’s work with landscape, architecture, and identity design, we evaluate the often unseen parameters of intentions.”

Dykers most recently led the design of the new Times Square as well as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art expansion. He is responsible for the design of the Library of Alexandria in Alexandria, Egypt, the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, Norway, and the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion in New York City.

His work has led to numerous international awards and recognitions, including the Mies van der Rohe European Union Prize for Architecture, the World Architecture Award, and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and he has lectured throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. He is an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Manufacturers.

For 43 years, UT’s College of Architecture and Design has hosted leading architects and design professionals through its Robert B. Church Memorial Lecture Series—and, more recently, the Governor’s Chair Lecture Series and General Shale Lectures—to enrich the education of its students and elevate the profession in the community. In 2016–17, more than a dozen professionals from around the world are lecturing at the college.

 

CONTACT:

Amanda F. Johnson (865-974-6401, amandajohnson@utk.edu)

Tyra Haag (865-974-5460, tyra.haag@tennessee.edu)