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Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing public education about architecture, design and the urban environment, is pleased to present esteemed architect and  professor Larry Scarpa, Co-Founder of Brooks + Scarpa.  He will speak on March 20 at the Magnolia Theatre, West Village, 3699 McKinney Avenue, Dallas.

The firm of Brooks + Scarpa is known for its dedication to modern architecture’s core concern for social and environmental issues as the guiding principles of design.  It has won over 70 major design awards, including the 2010 National AIA Architecture Firm Award, three “Top Ten Green Project” awards, a “Record Houses” award, a Rudy Bruner Prize, and was a finalist for the World Habitat Award. In 2009 Scarpa received The Lifetime Achie­vement Award from Interior Design magazine. His work has been widely exhibited, including at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.

Scarpa has taught at Harvard, Michigan and Berkeley, and he recently co-founded the The Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (AFHDL) to help develop sustainable and livable communities.

The lecture will be at 7 p.m. at the Magnolia Theatre, West Village, with a complimentary reception for lecture attendees beginning at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $20 per lecture for general admission and $5 for students (with ID). Tickets can be purchased at the door before the lecture. No reservations are needed to attend Forum lectures. Dallas Architecture Forum members receive free admission to all regular Forum lectures as a benefit of membership, and AIA members can earn one hour of CE credit for each lecture. For more information on the Dallas Architecture Forum, visit www.dallasarchitectureforum.org or call 214-764-2406. 

Season Benefactors for the Dallas Architecture Forum’s 2013-2014 Season are Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s Realty | Claire Dewar and Maharger Development | Reggie Graham.  Spring Series Benefactors are Impact Outdoor Advertising | Janet Kafka and Associates, Jackson Walker LLP and MAPP Construction.  Lecture Benefactor is J Q Engineers, with additional support provided by the Rose Family Foundation and the Dallas Architectural Foundation.  Reception Underwriters are MESA Landscape Architects, Morrison Dilworth + Walls and Pacific Builders, Inc.

The work of Larry Scarpa is known for reworking the very process of design and building to produce more innovative buildings. Each project is viewed as an opportunity to rethink the way things normally get done – from initial concept to material selection to construction, thus refining and improving the completeddesign. Scarpa’s firm BROOKS + SCARPA has received more than seventy major design awards, including 18 National AIA Awards, including the 2010 National AIA Architecture Firm Award, the 2011, 2006 and 2003 AIA Committee on the Environment “Top Ten Green Project” awards, 2005 Record Houses, 2003 Rudy Bruner Prize, and finalist for the World Habitat Award. In 2009 he received The Lifetime Achie­vement Award from Interior Design Magazine. His work has been widely exhibited, including at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.


Scarpa has taught and lectured at the university level at numerous schools including service as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University; the E. Fay Jones Distinguished Professor, an Eliel Saarinen Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan, and as a Freidman Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley. He has also served as the Chair of the Monterey Design Conference. Scarpa is a co-founder of Livable Places, Inc.; a nonprofit development and public policy organization dedicated to building mixed-use housing on under-utilized and problematic parcels of land. Most recently he co-founded the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (AHDLI) to help develop more sustainable and livable communities.

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