Hanif Kara


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Current Work
Hanif Kara
“The Engineering of Empathy”
Introduced and moderated by Gregg Pasquarelli

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
7:00 p.m.
The Great Hall, The Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street
1.5 AIA and New York State CEUs

This program is co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union.

Structural engineer and Design Director and co-founder of AKTII, Hanif Kara will present his approach to engineering in the lecture: “The Engineering of Empathy.”  Kara will discuss the evolving relationship between architects and engineers brought on by new struggles and challenges with technological advancement, economy, and ecology in the past decade.  Kara will elaborate on what he refers to as the “strategic model” of practice, which, he explains, requires the engineer to “sit in the mind” of the architect or client, while thinking with the expert knowledge of the engineer.

His work includes collaboration on Foster + Partners’ Sheikh Zayed National Museum, Zaha Hadid’s Phaeno Science Centre, Thomas Heatherwick’s UK Pavilion at World Expo 2010 Shanghai, FOA’s Ravensbourne Design College, and David Chipperfield’s Turner Contemporary Museum.

In addition to professional practice, Hanif Kara is the Pierce Anderson Lecturer in Creative Engineering at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Visiting Professor for Architectural Technology at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. He is a commissioner for CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) and was the first engineer to be a judge for the annual RIBA Stirling Prize 2011. He serves on the board of trustees of the Architecture Foundation and has been an advisor to the Aga Khan Development Network.

Gregg Pasquarelli is a founding partner of the New York firm SHoP Architects and serves on the Architectural League’s Board of Directors.

Tickets are free for League members; $15 for non-members. Members may reserve a ticket by e-mailing: rsvp@archleague.org. Member tickets will be held at the check-in desk; unclaimed tickets will be released fifteen minutes after the start of the program. Non-members may purchase tickets here, beginning April 18.

The Architectural League is pleased to acknowledge the support of TRESPA for the Current Work series. This program is additionally supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.