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Oct 10 2019 Lecture /

DAS Lecture Series: James Timberlake

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

ARC-202 (The Pit)
Ryerson University
325 Church St.


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James Timberlake, FAIA, LEED Fellow
Partner, KieranTimberlake
Sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction,

James Timberlake is a partner at KieranTimberlake, an award-winning architecture firm recognized for its environmental ethos, research expertise, and innovative design and planning. James explores some of today’s most important topics, among them, efficient construction methods, resource conservation strategies, and novel use of building materials. 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, Smithsonian 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 his guidance, the firm has received over 200 design citations, including the AIA Firm Award in 2008 and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in 2010. A recipient of the Rome Prize in 1982-1983, James was also an inaugural recipient of the Benjamin Latrobe Fellowship for architectural design research from the AIA College of Fellows in 2001. Since 2002, he has co-authored six books on architecture, including the influential book refabricating Architecture.

James received a Bachelor of Environmental Science degree from the University of Detroit and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania. James has taught a graduate-level design and research studio at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and has held visiting professorships at the 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.