Date(s) - March 15, 2022
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
First Projects is our series of conversations with architects who have initiated and maintained a successful practice in architecture and design. Architects from Hong Kong, the US and the Asia-Pacific region reflect upon how their firm started – be it a first house, a lost competition, an unsolicited proposal, or a work on paper – and how that became the catalyst for the architectural adventures they are in now.
On Tuesday the 15th, we are excited to welcome Sarah Whiting, Assoc. AIA and Ron Witte, AIA, co-founders of WW Architecture, who will share with us some thoughts on the evolution of their firm. In addition to their practice, Sarah Whiting has been the Dean and Josep Lluís Sert Professor of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design since 2019, where Ron Witte is a Professor in Residence of Architecture.
This event will be moderated by Clover Lee, founder and director of plusclover.
Date: March 15, 2021 (Tuesday)
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 PM (HKT)
CES: 1.5 LUs/HSW
Ideas from this webinar:
1. Program is a generator of ideas.
2. Drawing is a didactic tool for investigating programmatic intent, and occasionally uncovering the unexpected.
3. Architects should instrumentalize the diagrams.
4. When talking to a patron, more ideas and fewer syllables are better.
Sarah Whiting, Assoc. AIA
Sarah Whiting has been Dean and Josep Lluís Sert Professor of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design since 2019. She is also a design principal and co-founder of WW Architecture, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and served as the Dean of Rice University’s School of Architecture from 2010 to 2019. Whiting received an interdisciplinary, self-directed Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale, a Master of Architecture from Princeton and her PhD in the History and Theory of Architecture from MIT. Whiting’s research and writing is broadly interdisciplinary, with the built environment at its core. An expert in architectural theory and urbanism, she has particular interests in the relationship between modern / contemporary architecture and politics, economics, and society – and how the built environment shapes the nature of public life.
Ron Witte, AIA
Ron Witte is a co-founder of WW Architecture and Professor in Residence of Architecture at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. Witte is a registered architect in Massachusetts, California, and Texas. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and his Master of Architecture from Princeton University. Witte’s projects and writings have been published in Assemblage, SeeSaw, Fresh Meat, Log, The Washington Post, Archplus, Scroope, Harvard Design Magazine, Architecture Magazine, Dialogue, Architectural Design Profiles, and Polygraph, among others. At WW, Witte is currently directing the design of the Taichung Airport City master plan in Taiwan, Scenic Drive Residence in Austin, and the Bristol Street Warehouse renovation and Hancock Apartment renovation, both in Cambridge. Witte’s most recent writing includes Tethers, on the relationship between architecture and urban design, and a brief essay on beauty.
Clover Lee is the founder and director of plusclover. Established in the US in 2001, plusclover relocated to Hong Kong in 2009, where they have completed a body of visually unique projects. Their work has been published in the monograph Amass – as well as in numerous journals, newspapers and books throughout Asia, Europe and the US – and has been exhibited at institutions in Venice, Hong Kong, Korea and at the Beijing International Biennales.
Clover received her Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and a Master of Design Studies from Harvard University. She has taught at Rice University, the Chinese University Hong Kong, UCLA, USC and the University of Michigan.