Symposium Brings Together Architects from Across the Western Hemisphere

Event: Architects from both North America and South America will convene at The University of Texas at Austin for "LATI2UDES: ARCHITECTURE IN THE AMERICAS," a two-day symposium to discuss the existence, or possible lack of, a modern American architecture.

When: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., April 1-2

Where: The University of Texas at Austin campus, Goldsmith Hall, room 3.120. Goldsmith Hall is across from the Texas Union on the East Mall (see campus map). Nearest parking is on Inner Campus Drive behind Goldsmith Hall.

Background: The Center for American Architecture and Design in the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin hosts, "LATI2UDES: ARCHITECTURE IN THE AMERICAS," a two-day symposium to explore the question of whether there is an American modern architecture -- that is, an architecture that transcends North/Central/South America and is, in some way, distinguishable from European, Asian and other architecture.

Prominent and emerging architects from across the Americas will speak, including Tatiana Bilbao, Mexico City, Mexico; Javier Corvalan Espinola, Laboratorio de Arquitectura, Asuncion, Paraguay; Sebastian Irarrazaval, Sebastian Irarrazaval Arquitecto, Santiago, Chile; Vince James, Vincent James Associates Architects, Minneapolis, Minn.; Jose Maria Saez Vaquero, Quito, Ecuador; Giancarlo Mazzanti Sierra, Giancarlo Mazzanti Arquitectos, Bogota, Colombia; and Maryann Thompson, Maryann Thompson Architects, Cambridge, Mass.

Respondents from the School of Architecture will be professors Kevin Alter, Michael Benedikt, Barbara Hoidn, Vince Snyder and Wilfried Wang. The symposium is free and open to the public.

The symposium agenda (PDF) can be found online.