Noero Wolff Architects


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Current Work
Jo Noero
“The Everyday and the Extraordinary”
Moderated by Andres Lepik

Friday, October 1, 2010
7:00 p.m.
The Great Hall, The Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street

Please note new venue:
Rose Auditorium, The Cooper Union
41  Cooper Square, New York City

1.5 HSW CEUs

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Jo Noero of the South African firm Noero Wolff Architects will present the office’s long history of design work in the once segregated townships of South Africa, most notably the competition and multiple-award winning design for the Red Location Museum and Master Plan in New Brighton township outside Port Elizabeth. Noero will discuss a series of projects that demonstrate the “commitment to making an architecture that straddles the everyday world of people in South Africa and the radical possibilities that this world of the everyday offers.” The Red Location Museum is included in The Museum of Modern Art’s upcoming exhibition Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement, which runs from October 3-January 3.

Noero-NWA-Red-Location-MuseJo Noero founded Jo Noero Architects in Johannesburg in 1984 and has been in practice as Noero Wolff Architects (with Heinrich Wolff) since 1999 in Cape Town. The firm’s work ranges from residential houses to institutional work including law courts, churches, sport facilities, hospitals, and schools. The office’s recent projects includes the work in Red Location, which includes not only the museum, but housing, a gallery, and market; House Noero; Alfred Street Commercial Redevelopment; the Attridgeville Magistrates Court; and the Inkwenkwezi Secondary School and St. Cyprian’s School both in Cape Town.

Jo Noero has received international and national awards, including the Lubetkin Prize from the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2006 (for Red Location Museum as best building designed in the world outside of the UK), an RIBA International Award in 2006, the Dedalo Minosse Premio Internazionale in 2005/2006 Award, the Ruth and Ralph Erskine Prize from the Nordic Association of Architects in 1993, 16 South African Institute of Architects Awards of Merit for Outstanding Design, 8 South African Architecture Project Awards, and 2 Awards of Excellence from the Institute of South African Architects for the Soweto Careers Centre in 1994 and the Red Location Museum of Struggle in 2008.

The firm has been widely published in books and journals, including 10×10, Architectural Review, Architectural Record, Harvard Design Review, and the RIBA Journal. The firm has exhibited at the Architectural Association in London, the NAI in Holland, the Venice Biennale, the Singapore Architecture Biennale, and numerous universities in the U.S.

Noero received his B.Arch from the University of Natal in South Africa and his M.Phil in Architecture from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He has taught widely in both the U.S. and in South Africa and is currently Professor of Architecture, University of Cape Town, at which he was Director of the School of Architecture and Planning from 2000-2005.

Andres Lepik is Curator of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art and co-organized Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement.

Tickets are required for admission to League programs. Tickets are free for League and MoMA members; $15 for non-members; $10 for members of the Museum for African Art. Members may reserve a ticket by e-mailing: Tickets will be held at the check-in desk; unclaimed tickets will be released fifteen minutes after the start of the program.  Non-members and members of the Museum for African Art may purchase tickets here until 3:00 p.m. the day of the program.  MoMA and Museum for African Art members must present their membership card for ticket pick-up.

Co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union and the Architecture and Design Department of The Museum of Modern Art. AIA and New York State continuing education credits are available.

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

Photos from top to bottom: Noero Wolff Architects, St Cyprian’s School. Photo by Dave Southwood;  Noero Wolff Architects, Red Location Museum. Photo by Iwan Baan


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