The University Record, March 18, 1997

Wallenberg, Dinkeloo lectures scheduled

The close of the month brings two major lectures to the College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Michael Sorkin will deliver the Raoul Wallenberg Lecture March 26 and Rafael Vinoly will give the John Dinkeloo Memorial Lecture March 31. Both presentations begin at 6 p.m. in the Lecture Hall, Art & Architecture Building.

Sorkin, an internationally renowned architect, professor of Urbanism, director of the Institute of Urbanism at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, and a visiting professor at Columbia University, will present "Traffic in Democracy" as the 1997 Raoul Wallenberg Lecturer.

Sorkin's design practice is devoted to both practical and theoretical projects of all scales with a particular focus on the city. His current work includes public housing in Vienna, a sustainable urban design scheme for San Francisco and a new town in Laos.

Sorkin is the author of numerous articles in both professional and general publications and a former architecture critic for the Village Voice. His most recent books include Variations on a Theme Park, and an anthology on the modern American city.

The goal of the Wallenberg Lecture series is to celebrate architecture as a humane social art and keep the memory of alumnus Raoul Wallenberg's acts of compassion alive for generations of students and teachers.

Vinoly, a native of Uruguay, is best known as an American architect with practices in New York, Tokyo and Buenos Aires. He will deliver the Dinkeloo Memorial Lxecture in conjunction with an exhibit of his "Tokyo Forum" project in the College's gallery.

Skilled at both large- and small-scale design projects, Vinoly's recent works include private residences, retail interiors, university buildings and museums. The Tokyo International Forum, opened to the public early this year, is the largest and most complex project he has undertaken.

The Dinkeloo Lecture Series features architects renowned for their commitment to design, technology, the art of making buildings, and working internationally to develop ideas and concepts, all with the same fervor as alumnus John Dinkeloo demonstrated.