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Kathryn Dean will lecture on the work of her office, Dean/Wolf Architects. Her New York City-based practice has been praised for their uncanny ability to turn architectural constraints into powerful generators of form. Since founding the firm in 1991, Kathryn Dean and her partners have completed residential and institutional projects at a variety of scales, projects distinguished by a thought-provoking manipulation of light and space. The firm's award-winning loft interiors are small-scale wonders precisely crafted from sensual materials such as concrete, steel, wood, and glass. The Dean/Wolf firm activates these highly resonant materials with deliberately focused light in order to dissolve boundaries of interior and exterior space.
Kathryn Dean has been an architect, scholar and educator since the inception of her career. She first was selected for the American Academy Rome Prize Fellowship in 1987, received a Young Architects Award from Progressive Architecture in 1993, and the Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League of New York in 1997. The work is consistently published internationally in publications such as Architectural Record, Architectural Review, Architecture, and GA. Projects have garnered numerous design excellence recognitions by inclusion in multiple books on architecture such as New American House, New American Townhouse, New American Apartment, and New Architectural Interiors. Her work has received multiple national, state, and New York City AIA honor award citations, notably for Spiral House (1998), Urban Interface Loft (1998), Operable Boundary Townhouse Garden (2007), and Implied Rotation Townhouse(2011). Most recently, Inverted Warehouse/Townhouse received NYC, NY State, and Best of State Honor Awards. Her design for a single family residence currently under construction was awarded a Progressive Architecture citation by Architect Magazine. Author of Constructive Practices: Between Economy and Desire, as well as the recently published monograph Dean/Wolf Architects: Constructive Continuum, Kathryn is committed to both teaching and professional practice. She has been an assistant professor and taught advanced studio courses at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and at Harvard's Graduate School of Design, as well as a Visiting Distinguished Professor at the University of Michigan, the University of Virginia, and the University of Florida. Kathryn is the former Director of Graduate Programs and is currently the JoAnne Stolaroff Cotsen Professor of Architecture in the Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. She teaches while maintaining her Manhattan office.
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