“Firsts” Lecture, featuring Petra Kempf, Ph.D

Thursday, October 6,   7:00 pm

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The Department of Architecture at Portland State University, proudly announces its inaugural lecture series, titled “Firsts.” The lecture series begins with two lectures in October. The concepts of origins and beginnings, long a subject of interest among architects, will be explored throughout the series of lectures. As the Greek work Arche (meaning “first cause”) is at the root of the work architecture, the guest lecturers will discuss their own “first causes” – the spark that led them to follow their career path-as part of their presentations.

Petra Kempf, Ph.D is a practicing architect and urban designer based in New York. She is the founder of URBANTRANSITS, an interdisciplinary research initiative focusing on the transient nature of cities. She has worked with the Department of City Planning in New York City, the Project for Public Spaces and Richard Meier and Partners. She currently teaches at Columbia University and has taught at Cornell University, Parson School of Design and the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany. She is the author of You Are the City (2009) and (K)ein Ort Nirgends-Der Transitraum im urbanen Netzwerk (2010).

Shattuck Hall Annex, SW Broadway & Hall, Portland