Lerup to Deliver Clarkson Chair Lecture at UB

By Sue Wuetcher

Release Date: October 11, 2002

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Lars Lerup, dean of the Rice School of Architecture and William Ward Watkin Professor at Rice University, will discuss "Suburbia mon amor" at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 30 in 301 Crosby Hall on the University at Buffalo South (Main Street) Campus.

Lerup will speak as the Fall 2002 Clarkson Visiting Chair in the UB School of Architecture and Planning.

His lecture will be free and open to the public.

Lerup will be "in residence" at UB from Oct. 28 through Nov. 2, during which time he will meet with faculty and students, sit in on seminar discussions and participate in design reviews.

Born in Sweden, Lerup holds a civil engineering diploma from the Helsingborg Higher Technical College in Sweden, a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of California-Berkeley and a master's degree in urban design from Harvard University. He is the author of several books and 50 essays in international magazines.

His design work includes projects and competitions for new towns (Taipei, Taiwan), buildings and houses (California, Texas and Switzerland) and furniture. His work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Zurich, Moscow and Stockholm. His most recent exhibition, "room," (with Sohela Farokhi) was held at the Menil Foundation in Houston. His latest book, "After the City," was published in 2000 by MIT Press.

Lerup's lecture is made possible by the Will and Nan Clarkson Visiting Chair program. The Clarkson Chair is an endowed visiting position that is awarded annually to a distinguished scholar or professional in the disciplines of architecture, planning and design.