Wright Design Series

Thursday, February 9

“3 Wisconsin Waterfront Museums”
James Shields, FAIA

What do the Discovery World Museum, the Museum of Wisconsin Art, and additions to the Milwaukee Art Museum have in common? All three are waterfront projects designed by award-winning architect Jim Shields.  Shields will focus on these buildings in his presentation, considering the inspiration and sites that gave them form.   As lead designer of HGA Architects and Engineers, his work reflects an elegant simplicity, often known for leading-edge engineering technology, regional materials, and use of day lighting.


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Thursday, March 9

Architect Spotlight:  Reed Kroloff

As Dean of Architecture at Tulane University in New Orleans, Reed Kroloff shepherded the school through the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and co-chaired the commission charged with developing the initial master plan for rebuilding the city in the wake of the storm and subsequent flooding.

Kroloff left New Orleans in 2007 to become the director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He continues to promote excellence in urban design through his writing and his consulting firm Jones | Kroloff. He is also an active organizer and adviser for dozens of New Public Works competitions designed to choose architects for high-profile projects, including the Motown Center in Detroit, and a signature building for the University of Connecticut campus (the contract for which was awarded to Frank Gehry).


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Tuesday, April 25

“Fred B. Jones and Penwern: Frank Lloyd Wright on Delavan Lake”
Mark Hertzberg

While many people are familiar with Frank Lloyd Wright’s year round urban and suburban homes, he also designed summer lake cottages, some in Michigan, Ontario, and on Delavan Lake. Five cottages and a yacht club were realized on Delavan Lake. One “cottage,” for Fred B. Jones, was part of an estate designed by Wright. Penwern, as they named it, included the house, a boathouse, a gate lodge, and a stable. Penwern’s story also touches on three other early Wright clients: Henry H. Wallis, Thomas H. Gale, and Ward W. Willits.

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Weds, May 17  

Join us for the 100th Wright Design Lecture!

Architect Spotlight:  Mark Rios, FAIA, FASLA

Formally trained in both architecture and landscape architecture, Mark has long seen those two disciplines as inseparable. He founded Rios Associates in 1985 with a singular vision: to imagine, design, and build complete environments. Under his leadership, the firm, now called Rios Clementi Hale Studios, has an international reputation for its groundbreaking multidisciplinary approach to all its commissions.


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FREE ticket required for admission. Tickets are available subject to venue capacity and are issued on a first come first serve basis. If not sold out, tickets will be available at the event starting at 6:30pm.


The Wright Design Series was inspired by master architect Frank Lloyd Wright who, although known for his architectural designs, also created designs in furniture, clothing, textiles and tableware. The free lectures and discussions highlight a wide array of design topics including architecture.





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