Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto lecture

The RUR Architecture founders discuss their work as part of the Current Work lecture series.

February 6, 2012

Recorded on October 25, 2011.

Current Work is a lecture series featuring leading figures in the worlds of architecture, urbanism, design, and art.

Founded in 1986, Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto’s New York City-based practice RUR Architecture has an international collection of projects, yet considers each as the continuation of an ongoing inquiry, delving into relationships between architecture, territory, and systems of distribution.

Recent projects include O-14, a 22-story exoskeletal office tower in Dubai, as well as residences in Jerusalem, New York, and New Jersey. The firm’s current work includes projects commissioned through two recently won international competitions: the Taipei Pop Music Center and the Kaohsiung Port Terminal, both scheduled to begin construction in 2012.

Their O-14 Building has received numerous honors, including the Concrete Industry Board’s 2009 Award of Merit and the American Council of Engineering Companies’ 2009 Diamond Award. A monograph of the project, O-14: Projection and Reception, is currently in production by AA Publications.

Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto were awarded the Chrysler Award for Excellence in Design in 1999 and received the Academy Award in Architecture by the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2000. In 2008 they were awarded the Presidential Citation from The Cooper Union for outstanding practical and theoretical contributions to the field of Architecture, and in April 2011, they were honored with the John Hejduk Award, also from The Cooper Union.

Both partners have taught at a number of academic institutions. Reiser is currently a Professor of Architecture and director of graduate studies for the MArch program at Princeton University’s School of Architecture.


Atelier ARS° lecture

With deep appreciation for local craftsmanship, ATELIER ARS° reinterprets modernist typologies in a contemporary language.

Emerging Voices Video 2015

Álvaro Siza Vieira lecture

Portuguese architect Siza discusses his Iberê Camargo Museum, which is located in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Current Work Video 2013

Mia Lehrer lecture

Mia Lehrer is known for her commitment to environmental and community advocacy in Los Angeles and beyond.

Current Work Video 2016