Another Language of Diplomacy


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Another Language of Diplomacy:
Design Excellence and the U.S. Department of State
Casey Jones, Director of Design Excellence, U.S. State Department
Lydia Muniz, Director, Bureau of Overseas Building, U.S. State Department
James Timberlake and Stephen Kieran, KieranTimberlake
Moderated by James S. Russell, architecture critic at Bloomberg News
1.5 AIA CEUs

This program is organized by the Architectural League, and co-sponsored by the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of the Cooper Union and the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter.

Lydia Muniz, Director of the Bureau of Overseas Building, and Casey Jones, Director of Design Excellence, will outline the U.S. State Department’s new Design Excellence program. The product of an extensive two-year interdepartmental and interdisciplinary study, the Design Excellence program emphasizes an integrative approach to site selection, architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, and engineering.

A major project in design during this transitional time at the OBO is the new U.S. Embassy in London. Architects James Timberlake and Stephen Kieran will discuss their initial competition-winning scheme and subsequent design development for the new embassy, including the goal for the new complex, responsive both to environmental and programmatic concerns, to “provide a street-level experience while respecting the urban texture of the existing landscape.”

Following the presentations will be a question and answer session both about the Design Excellence program, new building initiatives at the State Department, and the design of the embassy.

AIA members receive free admission with a valid member card shown at the door.  AIA members can also reserve by emailing:  Non-members of the League or AIA may purchase tickets at the door (the League is unable to accept credit card payments at the door for this event).

Time & Place
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
7:00 p.m.
The Great Hall, The Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street
Tickets are free for League members; $10 for non-members. League members may reserve a ticket by e-mailing: Member tickets will be held at the check-in desk; unclaimed tickets will be released fifteen minutes after the start of the program.
Architectural League programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.