PEOPLE

Spring LECTURE SERIES 2014

All lectures will be held at 6:30 pm in the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture Sciame Auditorium. All lectures are free and open to the public.




  • Ghislaine Viñas

    February 6, 2014

    Born in the Netherlands and raised in South Africa, Ghislaine brings a special blend of international sensibility, intuitive style, humor, irony and refreshing enthusiasm to her work. She is driven daily by her passion for interior design and especially by color.  Ghislaine and her team thrive on collaboration and although the backbone of their work is a strong clean refreshing look, they dare to go "off roading" by experimenting with and exploring many areas of design. Ghislaine Viñas established her interior design studio in 1999, when commissioned to do the complete build-out of a 9,000-sq-ft office/art gallery in the Starrett Lehigh Building in New York's Chelsea art district.  Since then she has successfully completed many projects, both commercial and residential, ranging from New York City, including apartments, townhouses, lofts and an art gallery in Chelsea, to offices and homes in Los Angeles, New Jersey, Holland, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Ghislaine has chosen to keep her office small so her clients can expect a very “hands-on” personal approach as she works through the project.  Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design embarked on their first hospitality project in 2012 and they are currently developing a product line on top of many other exciting design projects. Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design was awarded the Interior Design Merit Award for Best of Year in the residential category in 2007, 2008 and 2011 and has won the Interior Design Best of Year award in 2010 & 2012.  In 2007 she won the Pantone "Color Outside the Lines" competition for color use in residential interiors , as well receiving third place in the Electrolux, "The Lived-In Kitchen", design competition and honorable mention in the same competition in 2012.   The firm was awarded the prestigious Benjamin Moore Hue Award in 2010 for their use of color in residential interiors. Ghislaine has been featured on various TV programs including HGTV, Open House New York and IDTV “Designing New York”. Ghislaine's work has graced the covers of countless magazines and she has been published worldwide in publications including: Interior Design, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Departures, Frame,  O At Home, Dwell, Elle Decor Japan, England and Mexico as well as Architectural Digest in Russia just to name a few.  Ghislaine studied interior design at Philadelphia University and moved to New York right after receiving her degree. Ghislaine now lives in New York City with her husband and their two children.

  • Graeme Brooker

    February 13, 2014

    Graeme Brooker is an academic, writer and designer based in the UK. He is the head of the department of Fashion and Interiors and the convener of I:F (Interiors: Fashion) at Middlesex University, London. He has held numerous senior positions in institutions in the UK, most notably at the Universities of Cardiff, Manchester and Brighton, where he taught both studio and theory in interior architecture and design. He has written numerous books on the design of interior space and in particular on the implications of reusing existing buildings, including co-authoring the highly acclaimed Rereadings (RIBA Enterprises 2004). Other co-authored publications include Form and Structure (AVA 2007), Context and Environment (AVA 2008), The Visual Dictionary of Interior Architecture (AVA 2008), Objects and Elements (AVA 2009), and What is Interior Design? (Rotovision 2010). He is the founder and Director of the charity Interior Educators (IE), the national subject association for interiors in the UK. He is a commissioning editor for the publisher Ashgate and is also a member of the editorial advisory board for the journals Interiors: Design: Architecture: Culture (BERG), Architecture: Media: Politics: Society: (AMPS) and the Australian/New Zealand based Journal I.D.E.A. His latest books are From Organisation to Decoration (with Sally Stone: Routledge 2013), The Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design (with Lois Weinthal: BERG 2013) and Key Interiors Since 1900 (Laurence King 2013). The latter is a positioning of the narrative of the history of interior architecture and design communicated through the re-use of existing buildings.

  • David Hotson

    February 27, 2014

    David Hotson was born in Pennsylvania and raised in Colorado and southern Ontario Canada. After completing a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from the University of Waterloo, David enrolled in the Master of Architecture program at Yale University. While at Yale David was the recipient of the Skidmore Owings and Merril Foundation Traveling Fellowship which funded a year of travel in Mediterranean Europe, Africa and the Middle East. After completing the architecture program at Yale, David moved to New York City, and established a private practice in 1991. Along with early commissions in the US and Japan, the office of David Hotson Architect began a long period of collaboration with Yale classmate Maya Lin, acting as the executive architect on a series of projects that she attracted as her Vietnam Veterans Memorial was completed to wide acclaim. This track record of collaboration lead to work in association with other noted architects, artists, and designers including Sanitago Calatrava, Ricardo Legorreta, and David Adjaye. Among many published projects, David Hotson's SkyHouse project, completed in 2012, has been published in two dozen magazines internationally, and has been featured on hundreds of design website in over 30 countries. In 2013 the project received an Architzer A+ Award by the 200 member international jury from among entrants from over 100 countries and a Best of Year Award from Interior Design Magazine.

  • Brian Healy

    March 13, 2014

    Brian Healy was educated at the Pennsylvania State University and the Yale School of Architecture where he was Editor of Perspecta 19. Since establishing his practice in Boston in 1986, the designs produced by his office have received fifty national and regional design awards, including seven within the Progressive Architecture Award Program. He was selected as an Emerging Voice by the Architectural League of New York and has received residencies from the American Academy in Rome, the MacDowell Art Colony, and Amherst College. His firm has won first place in international design competitions, including Chicago’s Initiative to Redefine Public Housing and the Mill Center for the Arts in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The work spans a diverse range of scales and settings – from installations to urban design – and has been extensively published and exhibited both here and abroad. The 2009 monograph Commonplaces: Thinking of an American Architecture documents the inherent links in their work between each place and its unique setting. For the past twenty-three years, Brian has also been active in teaching architectural design at numerous design institutions in North America, including the Yale School of Architecture, Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Pennsylvania. In 2011, he became the Design Director at Perkins+Will in Boston. Brian Healy is teaching as distinguished Visiting Professor in the spring of 2014 semester at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture.

  • Jamie Drake

    March 20, 2013

    New York-based designer Jamie Drake has long used his exuberant color sense, taste for glamour, and eye for telling detail to create memorable residential and commercial interiors in a range of styles. Among the most notable are a Los Angeles showplace for Madonna, residences in the Dakota and other historic New York buildings, multiple projects for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, including Gracie Mansion and various rooms at City Hall, a private, New York-based foundation, and a ground-up medical facility in Florida. He has also masterminded collections for Schumacher, Safavieh, Lewis Mittman, THG, Elkay and Labrazel. A widely published member of the Interior Design Hall of Fame and Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of the Year in 2003, Drake sits on the board of the New York Community Trust and the Historic House Trust Directors’ Council. In 2011, he was inducted into the ASID College of Fellows. Drake currently serves as the Chair of The Alpha Workshops, where he has been a board member for more than a decade.

  • Stanley Abercrombie

    March 27, 2014

    Stanley Abercrombie earned degrees in architecture from Georgia Tech, MIT, and Columbia. He was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he also taught, a Fellow of the American Academy at Rome, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and an Honorary Fellow of the American Society of Interior Designers. He worked as an architect in the offices of Marcel Breuer and John Carl Warnecke and in private practice. He is the author of eight books and more than 1500 articles in 46 different magazines and newspapers. He has been editor-in-chief of three design magazines including, for 14 years, Interior Design.

  • Karen Bausman

    April 3, 2014

    Since graduating in architecture from The Cooper Union, Karen Bausman has conquered a field not known for female lead designers, making her achievements at the forefront of a new generation of architects all the more noteworthy. Her office, Karen Bausman + Associates, in 2005, 2010 and again in 2012 was awarded a multiyear Design Excellence contract as part of The City of New York’s ambitious effort to bring new ideas, ecological soundness, and technology to the design of city-financed buildings. Ms. Bausman’s expertise is currently being applied to numerous coastal building projects for a stronger, more resilient New York post Hurricane Sandy. Her buildings and their interior design are known for their sophisticated, high performance engineering to achieve high levels of storm surge resilience in a challenging marine environment. Recipient of the Rome Prize, Ms. Bausman first garnered international recognition with her Performance Theater for Los Angeles, which won the Progressive Architecture Award. This breakthrough commission and other works that push the boundaries of structural and visual poetry formed the basis of Karen Bausman: Supermodels, a solo exhibition of her building designs and working methods at Harvard University. Among her most notable private commissions are ultra-elegant New York headquarters for private clients Warner Bros. Records (Interior of the Year) and Elektra Entertainment – award-winning environments that are designed to celebrate the iconoclastic artist and that serve as important incubators in New York’s highly competitive arts scene. Ms. Bausman is teaching as distinguished Visiting Professor in the spring of 2014 semester at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture.

  • Alexander Gorlin

    April 10, 2014

    Alexander Gorlin is a noted architect, design critic, author, and scholar. His internationally recognized firm, Alexander Gorlin Architects, specializes in a full range of services including architectural design, interior design, and master planning throughout the United States and abroad. The firm has been extensively honored with a number of Design Excellence Awards from the American Institute of Architects. Principal Alexander Gorlin has taught at the Yale School of Architecture and was a Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. His work has been published in Architectural Digest, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Architectural Record. His latest book, Kabbalah in Art and Architecture, is published by Pointed Leaf Press. Alexander Gorlin Architects was recently honored to be included in Architectural Digest’s AD100 list of top designers for 2014.