“How to make architecture out of paper”
Moderated by Reed Kroloff
1.5 AIA and New York State CEU’s
This lecture is co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union.
Each year The Architectural League’s Current Work series features the work of significant international figures who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment. Graphic Designer Michael Bierut will present his work in a public lecture to be followed by a conversation with Reed Kroloff.
For his entire career, Bierut has worked with architects and has faced the challenge of how ideas realized in three dimensions can be conveyed compellingly in two. Some of his most enduring relationships, including those with the Yale School of Architecture and The Architectural League of New York, have had architecture at the center. At the same time, he has been asked to create signage programs for projects as diverse as Celebration, Florida; the New York Times Building; and Lever House. The resulting posters, books, and environmental graphics demonstrate the surprising things that happen when two dimensions meet the third.
Michael Bierut is a partner of Pentagram, a multi-disciplinary design firm with offices in New York, London, Berlin, Austin, and San Francisco. Bierut works across a broad mix of scales—from environmental graphics, to corporate and institutional identities, to posters and publications. His clients have included Saks Fifth Avenue, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Harley-Davidson, the New York City Department of Transportation, the Robin Hood Foundation, Mohawk Paper Mills, Princeton University, the New York Jets, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, MIT Media Lab, and Hillary for America. Bierut’s work is represented in the permanent collections of museums including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has been recognized frequently for contributions to the field, including the AIGA Medal, in 2006, and the Design Mind category of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards in 2008.
A frequent commentator on a broad mix of design topics, Bierut is co-founder of Design Observer, a blog of design and cultural criticism, and author of the book 79 Short Essays on Design. A monograph on Bierut’s work, How to use graphic design to sell things, explain things, make things look better, make people laugh, make people cry and (every once in a while) change the world has been published this month. An exhibition of his work, part of the School of Visual Art’s Masters Series, will be on view at the SVA Chelsea Gallery in New York City from October 6 to November 7.
The Great Hall
The Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street