Frank Escher and Ravi GuneWardena

Emerging Voices 2006
Frank Escher and Ravi GuneWardena
Escher GuneWardena

Recorded: March 23, 2006

This interview with Frank Escher and Ravi GuneWardena was conducted by Gregory Wessner and recorded on the evening of their Emerging Voices lecture.

The Architectural League‘s annual Emerging Voices lecture series was created in 1982 to recognize and encourage architects who are beginning to achieve prominence in the profession. The series focuses primarily on built work, at a variety of scales, and is structured to reflect the diversity of contemporary practice–geographically, stylistically, and ideologically.

Escher GuneWardena addresses issues of “sustainability, affordability, and the dialogue between form and construction.” Seeking to establish “simple formal manifestations of the complexities of each project,” Frank Escher and Ravi GuneWardena founded Escher GuneWardena Architecture in 1995. Since then, they have completed the Jamie Residence in Pasadena, California; interiors for Electric Sun tanning salons; and installation design for a Sharon Lockhart retrospective at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art. The firm was one of six architecture firms included in the National Design Triennial at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in 2003, and the exhibition OPEN HOUSE: Intelligent Living by Design, organized by the Vitra Design Museum and the Art Center in Los Angeles in 2004.