The Dallas Architecture Forum
Presents Noted Architect
At the Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art
The Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing public education about architecture, design and the urban environment, is pleased to continue its 2019-2020 Lecture Season, with celebrated architect Michel Rojkin, on December 3 in the Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art.
Michel Rojkind is the founder of Rojkind Arquitectos, a studio focused on design and experiential innovation. The firm addresses the challenges of contemporary life by designing compelling architectural and urban planning solutions that positively impact our society and environment. A graduate in Architecture and Urban Planning at the Universidad Iberoamericana, he has been a visiting professor at SCI-Arc in L.A., the IACC in Barcelona, PennDesign in Philadelphia and Aalto University, Finland. Rojkind has been a juror for international competitions and has lectured widely, including Giants of Design, Summit Tulum, reSITE 20 and Global City Dialogues. Rojkind has been featured in numerous well-known publications, and The New York Times highlighted him in “A Generation of Architects Making Its Mark at Dizzying Speed”. The Mexican Civil Registry named Rojkind one of the “Most influential Mexican Leaders” and one of the “Country’s Treasured Architects”.
Rojkind Arquitectos was recognized by Architectural Record as a top 10 “Design Vanguard” firm and received Interior Design’s Best of 2011 Award as well as ArchDaily’s Building of the Year for the project Tori Tori Restaurant. The studio has received awards from the AIA, the Azure People’s Choice Award, a P/A Citation Award and an Architizer A+ Award. Rojkind Arquitectos also received the 2015 IIDA Best Interiors for Mercado Roma. Its High Park project won an A+ Award from Architizer and its Foro Boca project received Architizer’s A+Award Honoree as Project of the Year and ArchDaily’s Building of the Year Award.
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“Michel Rojkind is quite innovative and sees architecture as having the power to shape contemporary society by creating a sense of community,” stated Forum Executive Director Nate Eudaly. “He believes in pushing forms beyond the boundaries of conventional design and is known for being a dynamic speaker. We believe Mr. Rojkind will present a program of great interest.”
The lecture will occur at 7 p.m. on December 3 with a complimentary reception 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 Sponsors for The Dallas Architecture Forum’s 2019-2020 Season are Faisal Halum Group | Briggs Freeman International Realty, Maharger Development | Reggie Graham, Perennials and Sutherland LLC, and SMINK, Inc. Series Sponsors are Bentley Tibbs, Bodron/Fruit, Jackson Walker, Kafka Properties LLC, moderndallas, O’Brien Architects and Scott + Reid Construction. Lecture Sponsors are GFF, Perkins + Will and SCHMIDT & STACY and Reception Sponsor is OMNIPLAN.
3 December 2019
Tuesday, 7:00 pm
Reception and check-in 6:15 pm
Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art
Rojkind Arquitectos is a Mexico City-based innovative firm focusing on design, business tactics, and experiential innovation. The firm designs urban strategies and architectural solutions by redefining challenging conditions as design opportunities. Collaborating with experts from all fields, Rojkind Arquitectos develops custom-made experiences for each one of their clients and end users.
The firm is committed to achieving design excellence. They focus on investigating contemporary programs, applying the latest technologies, and translating complex digital designs into simple solutions for local fabrication. The result: a wide spectrum of design initiatives, from the intimacies of small objects to the complexities of large buildings and master plans.
By understanding that the architecture profession is in constant flux (economical, political, and social), Rojkind Arquitectos is willing to take risks and pursue uncommon paths to provide urban strategies that open new possibilities.
Rojkind Arquitectos was founded by Michel Rojkind in 2002. He was born in Mexico City, where he studied Architecture and Urban Planning at the Universidad Iberoamericana. Rojkind has been a visiting professor at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles, at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IACC) in Barcelona, and at University of Pennsylvania, PennDesign (UPenn) in Philadelphia.
In 2010, Rojkind was named as one of the “Country’s Treasured Architects” by the Mexican Civil Registry. The Los Angeles Times named Michel Rojkind among the “Faces to Watch in 2010.” Also in 2010, Rojkind was selected by the Architectural League of New York as one of the “Emerging Voices.” In 2011, he was named by Wallpaper* magazine as one of the “150 Movers, Shakers and Makers That Have Rocked The World in the Last 15 Years.” In 2013, Forbes magazine named him “one of the most influential architects of the contemporary Mexican scene.”
ABOUT THE DALLAS ARCHITECTURE FORUM
The Dallas Architecture Forum educates, enriches and connects our community by presenting programs and events, creating experiences, and engaging global and local thought-leaders from the design fields to enhance how we live.
As a not-for-profit organization for design enthusiasts founded over two decades ago, The Forum explores ideas related to how and why design matters in our daily lives through dynamic programming centered on current topics and trends in architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, urban planning, engineering, construction, and other related fields of art and design. Our collaborative programming and community outreach are enriched by the active involvement and leadership of businesses, arts and cultural organizations, government and academic institutions at regional, national and international levels.
THE FORUM LECTURES | PANELS
The Forum Lecture Series features emerging voices as well as established leaders from the allied fields of architecture and design. Pritzker Prize, Pulitzer Prize, AIA and ASLA Gold Medal winners as well as internationally acclaimed designs, authors and critics are among the over 210 speakers from over 20 countries who have presented at The Forum over the last two decades. Some of those Lecture Speakers include Diller / Scofidio / Renfro, Kazuyo Sejima, Tsien / Williams, Deborah Berke, Annabelle Selldorf, Lake / Flato, Craig Dykers / Snohetta, Jeanne Gang, Marlon Blackwell, Kai-Uwe Bergmann / BIG, Rick Joy, Juhani Pallasmaa, Tom Phifer, Leo Marmol, Lee Mindel, Laurie Olin, Tsao/McKown, Thomas Woltz, Brad Cloepfil, Gordon Gill, Alex Krieger, Tom Kundig, Enrique Norten, Daniel Libeskind, Eric Owen Moss, Michael Van Valkenburgh, James Burnett, Brian Mackay-Lyons, Jamie Carpenter, Wang Shu, James Corner, Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas, Rafael Vinoly, Reed/Hilderbrand, Segiru Ban, Peter Bohlin, Thom Mayne, Michael Graves, Jorge Silvetti, and Peter Eisenman.
In 2018, The Forum established the Frank Welch Memorial Lecture to honor Frank Welch, the Dean of Texas Modernist architects and great friend of The Forum. Past presenters include Ted Flato, Co-Founder of Lake | Flato Architects and Rick Joy, Founder and Principal, Studio Rick Joy.
The Forum organizes and presents an annual series of interactive, educational, and informal panel discussions about topics and issues of local and regional interest. The panels are moderated by community leaders and design professionals, and feature panelists recognized as experts in their fields. In addition, The Forum highlights regional design talent focusing on both their design inspirations and award-winning projects. Panels are presented as a service to the community at no charge.
The Dallas Design Symposium brings thought leaders from architecture, art and design together to explore the intersection of these fields for thoughtful and critical conversation. Past participants have included: environmental artist Christo, New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman, Aaron Betsky, Leo Marmol, Tom Kundig, Brad Oldham, Johnston Marklee, Terrence Riley, Karim Rashid, artists Walead Beshty and Jorge Pardo, and the Directors of the Chinati Foundation and MASS MoCA.
THE DESIGN SOCIETY
The Design Society is a satellite established to enhance and expand The Forum’s relationships with a broader audience and new constituencies. This group is led by visionary and emerging leaders in the design professions and offers additional programs, outreach and engagement primarily designed for a younger audience. Activities include: casual gatherings after Forum events, Pecha Kuchas, design-related community projects, informal design tours and Happy Hours. Design Society events are detailed on their Facebook page.
365 MODERN LIVING | DESIGN EXPERIENCES
“365 Modern Living” is a series of receptions hosted by The Forum focused around living with great design every day of the year. “365 Modern Living” features some of Dallas’ most architecturally significant modern and contemporary residences and explore the ideas surrounding design, inspiration, and innovation. Attendees have the opportunity to converse with the homes’ design teams of architects, interior designers, and landscape architects as well as owners. Experiencing architecture and design first-hand is vital to fulfilling the Forum’s mission. The Forum hosts its Annual Members’ Meeting and other special events at significant buildings in Dallas. Study Tours have been conducted to Spain, Switzerland, Finland, and Mexico City. Forum Study Groups have visited mid-century modern residences in Palm Springs in association with the University of Texas at Austin, and toured art and architecture in Los Angeles in conjunction with the Nasher Sculpture Center.
Dallas Modern is a monograph published by The Forum featuring twenty of the most architecturally outstanding modern and contemporary residences in Dallas. With over 200 pages and 250 color photographs as well as insightful essays written by Maxwell Anderson, Mark Gundersen and Jeremy Strick, the book advances The Forum’s mission to explore how design matters in daily life. The Forum also produced a limited-edition folio featuring important Dallas-Fort Worth cultural buildings designed by some of the most influential architects from the twentieth and twenty first centuries. The Forum commissioned esteemed photographer Laura Wilson to take original images for this folio celebrating these civic treasures in North Texas. The Forum plans to produce future publications about the significant architecture of the North Texas region.
OUR COMMUNITY | COLLABORATIONS | ACCOLADES
Since its founding, The Forum has fostered vibrant partnerships with over fifty regional, national and international educational, civic and cultural organizations. These collaborations produce meaningful discussions that connect the community to the importance of design in modern life. Among our collaborators is the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs (CAPPA) at the University of Texas at Arlington. Recent collaborations between CAPPA and The Forum explored issues and topics related to architecture and urban planning, including Texas Regional Architecture and Affordable Housing in cooperation with bcWorkshop (Building Community Workshop).
The Forum also works closely with Preservation Dallas, the Dallas chapter of the American Institute of Architects and its affiliated Architecture and Design Exchange. Other cultural, education and civic partners include: Dallas City Design Studio, DoCoMoMo North Texas, Meadows School and Museum at SMU, The MAC, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Contemporary, and the Kimbell Art Museum. The Forum also collaborates with other national organizations focused on stimulating discourse on architecture, design and urbanism. Among the groups with whom The Forum has cooperated are: Aga Kahn Foundation, Auburn University’s Rural Studio, Architectural League of New York City, Harvard Graduate School of Design, National Building Museum, Rice Design Alliance, Texas Tech University and the University of Texas at Austin.
The Forum’s successful collaborative initiatives and leadership have been recognized with numerous awards and accolades, including an AIA Dallas Community Honor Award, a Citation of Honor from the Texas Society of Architects, and a Collaborative Achievement Award from the national offices of the American Institute of Architects. The Forum is a founding member of the Association of Architecture Organizations (AAO), an international organization dedicated to enhancing public dialogue about architecture and design. The Forum’s Executive Director serves on the Board of Directors of the AAO.
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