The Deborah J. Norden Fund 2014

Kerry O’Connor: “The Plečnik projects: Public experience and the section of water”

The Deborah J. Norden Fund, a program of The Architectural League of New York, was established in 1995 in memory of architect and arts administrator Deborah Norden. The competition awards up to $5,000 annually in travel grants to students and recent graduates in the fields of architecture, architectural history, and urban studies.

“The Plečnik projects: Public experience and the section of water”

In 2013, the Architectural League awarded one grant to Kerry O’Connor who travelled to Ljubljana, Slovenia, to study a two-and-a-half mile sequence of infrastructural public works along the Ljubljanica and Gradaščica rivers by twentieth century architect architect Jože Plečnik. Through a series of sketches and diagrams O’Connor studied the “continuously varied and fantastically dynamic urban experience at the interface of the river and the city”, focusing on the achievement of the work in its operative requirements and ability to contribute to civic live.

Kerry O’Connor is an architect in New York. Born in Hornell, NY, he earned a Master of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, where he graduated with honors, was a finalist for the Widmann Prize, and won the Degree Project Award for outstanding thesis. Kerry received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

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