This week-ends quarterly meeting of the advisory Strategic Planning Steering Committee (“SC”) of the Cosanti Foundation started with a Forum of prominent architects.

“BUILDING – DWELLING – THINKING: ARCHITECTS AND ARCOSANTI” took place Friday evening, October 30. 2015, in the Red Room of the East Crescent. Participating architects were AARON BETSKY, EDDIE JONES, ROBERT MILLER and DARREN PETRUCCI. The event was moderated by Jeff Stein.

[photos by Sue Kirsch]

AARON BETSKY, Contributor
Aaron Betsky is a critic curator, educator, lecturer, and writer on architecture and design, who, from August 2006 to January 2014, was the director of the Cincinnati Art Museum. From 2001 to 2006 Betsky served as director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam, Netherlands. and  is author of more than a dozen books on art, architecture, and design. Trained at Yale, Betsky has worked as a designer for Frank O. Gehry & Associates and Hodgetts + Fung, taught at SCI-Arc, and served as the director of the 11th Venice International Architecture Biennale. He is currently Dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin and Taliesin West and is a featured columnist at ARCHITECTURE magazine.

EDDIE JONES, Contributor
Eddie Jones AIA is principal of Jones Studio, founded in Phoenix, Arizona in 1979. The firm’s portfolio displays a broad range of building types, spanning from a “two-holer” outhouse trailhead located on a remote desert site, to the 53-acre Mariposa Land Port of Entry in Nogales, Arizona – the fourth busiest land port in the US. Completed projects include higher education facilities, research facilities, performing arts centers, land ports of entry, an NFL training facility, a town hall, a softball-soccer stadium, an entire college campus and 18 custom designed homes. Jones Studio and their clients have been honored with 190 design awards, for over 50 built projects. In 2014 they were awarded the Arizona Forward Crescordia Award for Environmental Stewardship and were ranked 21st in The Architect 50 and 6th in Sustainability.

ROBERT MILLER, Contributor Rob Miller AIA, Directs of the School of Architecture at the University of Arizona (2010). Holding a BA in Architecture from Clemson (1976) and an M.ARCH with a Certificate in Urban Design from Rice (1979), Miller worked for several firms in the south before starting his own practice in 1986. He taught at Clemson University from 1990-2010, serving as Professor-in-Residence at the Daniel Center in Genoa, Italy (1997-1999) and Director of the Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston (2000-2010). Miller was awarded a fellowship to the American Academy in Rome (1997) for his integrated teaching and practice. His book, Implementing Architecture (Nexus Press, 1988), won first place and Grand Prize in MACWORLD’s graphic design competition (1989). MIller’s pedagogical focus is “hybrid learning”: merging educational content with professional practices. From urban design to design/build installations, he has developed a teaching method around service-learning. His published scholarship, in Europe, South America, and the US, explores this territory.

DARREN PETRUCCI, Contributor Darren Petrucci is Coordinator of the Master of Urban Design Program at ASU. He is founder and principal of A-I-R [Architecture-Infrastructure-Research] Inc., and its mirror company R-I-A [Redefining-Innovation-Agency] Inc. He received both the MArch and the MAUD degree with distinction from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. His work focuses on “Amenity Infrastructures” that integrate of pleasure, comfort, and convenience within new forms of public and private infrastructure and architecture. Petrucci is a member of the Como Innovation Summit, a recipient of the New York Architecture League’s “Emerging Voices” award, the winner of a Progressive Architecture Award, a Record House Award, and two NCARB Prizes for excellence in teaching and practice. His work has been exhibited and published internationally. Recently, he spoke at a TEDx conference on Amenity Infrastructure.

JEFF STEIN, Moderator
Jeff Stein AIA is an award-winning architect, writer, educator and serves as co-president of Cosanti Foundation He has taught architecture in the Career Discovery program of the Harvard GSD; headed the department of architecture at Wentworth Institute in Boston; and was Dean of the Boston Architectural College (2004-2011). He has taught at architecture schools in the US and at the Technicum Winterthur, Zurich, and Ecole d’Architecture in Montpellier, France. Mr. Stein has written for ARCHITECTURE BOSTON magazine and was for ten years architecture critic for the New England newspaper, BANKER +TRADESMAN. He lectures widely about Arcosanti, energy and urban design, including at the Tel Aviv-Yafo Centennial Conference on Urban Sustainability, at the Santa Fe Institute, and he has just returned from the at the World EcoCities Summit in AbuDhabi.  Jeff delivered a TED talk about Arcosanti, Arcology and Lean Linear Cities in San Francisco as part of a Global Ted Conference: TEDxCity2.0.

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