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Feltman Lecture
Alberto Pérez-Gómez

Tuesday, February 23, 2010
6:30 p.m.
The Great Hall, The Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street
1.5 AIA CEU and New York state continuing education credits

Alberto Pérez-Gómez, the Bronfman Professor of Architectural History at McGill University, where he chairs the History and Theory Post-Professional (Master’s and Doctoral) Programs, will present The Cooper Union’s annual Feltman Lecture on lighting design.

Alberto Pérez-Gómez was born in Mexico City in 1949, where he studied architecture and practiced. He did postgraduate work at Cornell University, and was awarded an M.A. and a Ph.D. by the University of Essex (England). He has taught at universities in Mexico, Houston, Syracuse, Toronto, and at London’s Architectural Association. In 1983, he became Director of Carleton University’s School of Architecture before moving to McGill University in 1987. He has lectured extensively around the world and is the author of numerous articles published in major periodicals and books. He is also co-editor of a series of books entitled CHORA: Intervals in the Philosophy of Architecture.

His book Architecture and the Crisis of Modern Science (MIT Press,1983) won the Hitchcock Award in 1984. Later books include the erotic narrative theory Polyphilo or The Dark Forest Revisited (1992), Architectural Representation and the Perspective Hinge (co-authored with Louise Pelletier, 1997), which traces the history and theory of modern European architectural representation, and most recently, Built upon Love: Architectural Longing after Ethics and Aesthetics (2006), which examines points of convergence between ethics and poetics in architectural history and philosophy.

Free and open to all. For more information, call 212.353.4220.

This program is sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and is co-sponsored by the Architectural League. This lecture is made possible by the Ellen and Sidney Feltman Fund established at The Cooper Union to advance the principles and benefits of lighting design through the exploration of the practical, philosophical and aesthetic attributes of light and illumination.

Image courtesy of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture