Road Stories


Globalization: Perspectives
A panel discussion with Sunil Bald, Audrey Matlock, Joel Sanders, and Calvin Tsao
Introduced and moderated by Sarah Goldhagen

Thursday, May 7, 2009
7:00 p.m.
The Urban Center
457 Madison Avenue
This program was part of the 2008-09 program calendar. Click here for information about our current season.

Even in today’s constrained economic climate, many New York City architects are continuing to work internationally—including a number of small and mid-sized firms.   Projects underway represent varied modes of practices and relationships, including partnerships with foreign firms or developers, or linking with an international firm.  A diverse group of architects building across the globe will explore, through their work, contemporary questions about the ethics, form, and meaning of designing abroad. This program is the third of three evenings the League will present to consider the intersection of contemporary architectural practice and globalization.

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roadstories-sumo-2Sunil Bald is a partner of Studio SUMO, a Long Island City based practice Bald co-founded with Yolande Daniels.   SUMO’s projects range in scale, from small installations to large institutional buildings, and site, with projects in New York and as far a field as Japan. Bald currently teaches at Yale and is an adjunct professor at Josai University in Japan.


roadstories-matlock-medeu-exteriorAudrey Matlock is principal of Audrey Matlock Architect, a firm organized as a studio. Founded in 1993, the firm’s recent and current work includes building, landscape, and interior design, including projects in Trinidad and Kazakhstan.

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roadstories-sanders-Gangbuk_02_aerialJoel Sanders is principal of Joel Sanders, Architect, an office with work ranging from residential and commercial interiors to housing and public parks. Current work includes a number of projects in Korea.  Sanders is an Associate Professor of Architecture at Yale University.


roadstories-tsao-2Calvin Tsao co-founded Tsao & McKown Architects in 1985. His body of work spans a broad range of scales and typologies from domestic, civic, and commercial architecture to product, furniture, and exhibition design. Tsao is currently president of The Architectural League of New York and has taught at Harvard and Parsons The New School of Design. Current and past work includes projects in China, Singapore, Germany, Japan, and Malaysia.


Sarah Williams Goldhagen, a historian and theorist of modern architecture, is architecture critic for The New Republic.  She was a professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Her articles have also appeared in The New York Times, The American Prospect, and Art In America, and she has contributed scholarly essays to many publications. Goldhagen is a co-founder and co-editor of a new scholarly journal, Positions: On Modern Architecture and Urbanism/ Histories and Theories.

This program was made possible in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.