The School of Architecture announces guest critics for fall 2021



Each semester, upper-level architecture students participate in the Guest Critics’ Program, which brings together leading architects and academics from around the world at the school. Three studios will be held on campus this fall.

The School of Architecture also offers fourth-year undergraduate architecture students living in China the opportunity to enroll in a guest residential critique studio, located in Shanghai, taught by one of China’s top young architects. .

Gary Bates (Spacegroup, Agence Makemake)

Gary Bates

Gary Bates will teach at the guest review studio, “Live,” which examines college student housing from a variety of perspectives. Students will study the urban morphology of centralization – in this case, the campus – where the unbundling of higher education institutions has become fully exposed amid the COVID pandemic. By discovering and exploring current and alternative housing models, as well as housing typology and human elements, students will develop a strategic plan, conceptual design, models and methodologies for future-oriented housing scenarios. in a world facing COVID, climate change and racial calculus.

Bates founded Spacegroup (Oslo) with Gro Bonesmo in 1999. As architects and town planners, Spacegroup quickly made its mark with projects such as the Prostneset ferry terminal in Tromsø, the national library in Vestbane, the master plan de Filipstad and the Louisville 25-Year Vision plan.

Bates studied at Virginia Polytechnic University and State University (1985-90). He began his collaboration with Rem Koolhaas in 1992 at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) where he became director and, from 1995 to 1998, principal in charge of the Asian office. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Kentucky, the Oslo School of Architecture and the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands.

Katherine Hogan and Vincent Petrarca (Katherine Hogan Architects)

Katherine Hogan and Vincent Petrarca will teach at the guest critical studio “Types and Typologies of Housing,” focusing on housing design, in particular the development of prototypes for future student housing on the Syracuse University campus and elsewhere. The studio will explore the typology of university accommodation through precedents, research and site analyzes, establishing a dynamic relationship between students and the university community. Students will meet academic speakers, learn about real estate developers, and learn from architects who are currently developing innovative housing solutions in their own practices. Through the study of building systems, structural strategies, assemblies and details of environmental / energy and enclosure control, as well as previous courses in building design, students will gain a better understanding architectural implications as well as confidence in the process of making architecture. .

Petrarch and Hogan

Vincent Petrarca and Katherine Hogan

Hogan is the owner and director of Katherine Hogan Architects, based in Raleigh, North Carolina. As an architect and educator, Hogan approaches every project with the belief that good design can happen at any scale and at any budget. Throughout her career, she has worked on projects of various scales and typologies, including institutional, commercial and residential projects. Hogan’s company has designed a diverse body of work and has received local, state, and national AIA awards for innovative design solutions to complex problems and for using ordinary materials in inventive ways. Katherine Hogan Architects was recently presented at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021 in the exhibition ‘A South Forty’, which showcases the work of 40 regional companies and aims to provide an overview of the current vitality of architecture and the contemporary designs in the southern United States. .

Hogan graduated with a B.Arch. graduated in 2005 from Syracuse University as an academic researcher, with a minor in Italian language. After graduation, she worked with Will Bruder Architect in Phoenix, Arizona, and then held a fellowship position with Bryan Bell at Design Corps, a non-profit architectural firm helping communities normally without access to architectural services. Hogan is serving his second term as a city council appointed member of the City of Raleigh Appearance Commission. She is also a member of the Syracuse University School of Architecture Advisory Board and has been a visiting critic at the school since 2015.

Petrarca is a director and co-owner of Katherine Hogan Architects. He has over 30 years of experience in the practice of architecture. Petrarca has worked on a wide range of award winning projects of different scales and typologies and has been recognized for its innovative approach to design. He has extensive experience in architectural achievement and is also a licensed general contractor, bringing years of on-site experience and knowledge to the company.

From 1993 to 2003, Petrarca worked for the award winning firm of Frank Harmon Architect. During this time, he found plenty of opportunities to fall into design-build situations. Petrarca’s first independent project was a 1,700 square foot home that he designed and built. It has won the AIA NC and AIA Southern Atlantic Region awards and has been featured in Dwell and on the cover of “25 Houses Under 1,500 Square Feet”.

Petrarca has been recognized as an innovative educator, receiving in 2014 an ACSA Faculty Design Award for his design of Weathering House. He is a professor of practice in the Department of Architecture at NC State’s College of Design, where he obtained his B.Arch. and M. Arch. II degrees. He has also been a guest critic at the Syracuse University School of Architecture since 2015.

Paul Preissner (Paul Preissner Architects)

Paul Preisner

Paul Preisner

Paul Preissner, AIA, will teach at the guest review studio, “Tar, Dirt, Concrete, and May be Wood,” which explores architecture as a construction that takes on something quite deep, but necessarily devoid of any meaning (the nature) and creates something else that is superficial, boring and meaningful (architecture). The studio’s objective will focus on the origin and organization of basic things (be it materials or social spaces) to investigate the two genealogies that formed the critical basis of the architectural dialogue: the abstraction and the thing. Abstraction refers to the parts of an architectural project that exist in the opinion, while the thing is the reality that gives meaning. Students will surround themselves with the subjects of nature and seek to find a more objective understanding of society through personal reflection. They will work with each of the materials and configure them in a building that neither references nor represents anything but allows everything; it is not an abstraction or a metaphor but exists as a physical reality of imagined activities; that’s it. By using some of what they have learned from themselves over the past year and understanding the newly discovered societal appreciation, but the still unexplained need for self-reflection and self-criticism, students will conceive of a social space and a private space in the form of a cabin (s) in the woods.

Preissner is an architect and educator. He is the founder of Paul Preissner Architects, located in Chicago. Preissner is curator and co-curator of the United States Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — the Biennale di Venezia. He is a professor at the University of Illinois — Chicago School of Architecture and author of “Kind of Boring: Canonical Work and Other Visible Things Meant to Be Viewed as Architecture” (Actar, 2020).

Preissner will give a public lecture at the school on October 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the Slocum Auditorium.


Liu ZY

Liu ZY

Liu ZY will teach at Shanghai-based guest review studio “On the Edge,” which will attempt to redesign Hongshan Zoo in Nanjing City, China. Due to the city’s unprecedented urban expansion over the past two decades, Hongshan Zoo, previously located on the outskirts of the city, is now surrounded by an urbanized setting. The modified edge conditions between the city and the zoo become the starting point for the student retrospective proposal. Just as the city enveloped the zoo, human intervention also altered the activities inside the zoo. On the border between the city and the zoo, nature and culture, humans and animals, this studio calls for an open framework that could reconcile these polar conditions through new hybrid possibilities.

Liu ZY has been working as a project architect at SANAA and KSA (Kazuyo Sejima and Associates) in Tokyo, Japan since 2018 and is responsible for major works in China including the Suzhou Shishan Theater, Kunshan Museum and mixed cultural spaces . His past professional experience includes Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, standardarchitecture and URBANUS.

Prior to joining SANAA, Liu ZY received a teaching scholarship at Yale University, taught in the design studio at South East University, and attended the Suzhou Garden course at the University of New Wales. of the South (UNSW). He has curated exhibitions at Yale School of Architecture and Beijing Design Week, and has published articles in academic journals such as Retrospecta, Perspecta, Construct, Time Architecture, and others.

He received a master’s degree in architecture from the Yale School of Architecture and a bachelor’s degree from UNSW.



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