Valerio Olgiati: T. Gordon Little Lecture Series in Imagination

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Teri Nagel
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Summary Sentence: Celebrated architect known for intensity and precision.

Full Summary: Called by some the most important Swiss architect of his generation, Olgiati's buildings have shot to prominence over the past few years for their intensity and precision. AIA Continuing Education Credits available.

Valerio Olgiati studied architecture until 1986 at ETH Zuerich. Having lived and worked first in Zuerich and later in Los Angeles for some years, in 1996 he opened his own practice in Zurich and in 2008 with his wife Tamara Olgiati in Flims. Among his major buildings are the schoolhouse in Paspels, the Yellow House in Flims, a house for a musician in Scharans and the museum for the Swiss National Park in Zernez, among his major projects are a museum in Perm, Russia, a winery for Carnasciale, Italy and an extension for the manor Hohenbeilstein in Germany.
There are ten monographs about his work as an architect and teacher. Among others he has been awarded the German Architecture Prize Appreciation Honor. Four times he has received the prize for "the Best Building in Switzerland".
As a guest professor he taught at ETH Zuerich, at AA London and at Cornell University, New York. Since 2002 he has been a full professor at the Accademia di architettura Mendrisio at the Università della Svizzera italiana. From fall 2009 he holds the Kenzo Tange Chair at Harvard University, Cambridge.

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The T. Gordon Little Lecture Series in Imagination was established in honor of celebrated Atlanta interior designer T. Gordon Little (1915-2004). The series will celebrate Little's unwavering pursuit of imaginative design and his remarkable generosity of spirit. Free and open to public, thanks to a generous grant from the T. Gordon Little Foundation. AIA Continuing Education Credits available. Parking at Technology Square Parking Deck on Spring Street just south of Fifth Street. More information at or 404-894-3880.

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