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Lecture: Patricia Patkau

Storrs Lecture Hall

Patricia Patkau is one of four principals at Patkau Architects, an architecture and design research studio based in Vancouver, Canada. She will speak about "Architecture as a Critical Act."

In over 30 years of practice, both in Canada and in the United States, Patkau Architects has been responsible for the design of a wide variety of building types for a diverse range of clients. Projects vary in scale from gallery installations to master planning, from modest houses to major urban libraries. Many projects have involved functional programming, management of detailed public processes, and design of complex buildings and sites.

Current work includes a Visitors’ Centre at Fort York National Historic Site in Toronto; the Tache Hall Music, Art, and Theatre Complex at the University of Manitoba; the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport at the University of Toronto; and a series of Cottages at Fallingwater, Mill Run, Pennsylvania, as well as a variety of residential projects in diverse locations ranging from a northern island off the coast of British Columbia to a farm in Ad’Diriyyah, Saudi Arabia.

"As the circumstances of the work change, our interests expand. We explore the full richness and diversity of architectural practice, understanding it as a critical cultural act that engages our most fundamental desires and aspirations. We refuse singular definitions of architecture: as art, as technology, as social service, as environmental agent, as political statement. We embrace all these definitions, together, as part of the rich, complex and vital discipline that we believe architecture to be.