School of Architecture, CUHK

James von Klemperer: KPF Making

Date & Time


18:30 - 19:30


G/F Atrium, AIT Building, CUHK
Model of the Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre (detail)
Blue Pool Road Bronze Screen

Lecture by James von Klemperer

In connection with the KPF Making exhibition that explored the importance of making and design commitment to the most tactile details on architectural and urban projects, this lecture presents a brief history of craft in architecture, focusing on architects who responded to their cultural conditions with a reignited interest in the physical hand of the designer. Examples range from the Renaissance, Arts and Crafts, and Bauhaus periods to the intersection of Chinese architectural history and modernity. By looking to the future of craft and the role of technology in bridging the gap between nascent ideas and innovative products, the lecture also demonstrates KPF’s data analysis initiative — KPF Urban Interface — and its use of data to craft the urban experience.

Please RSVP by 21 October 2018.

James von Klemperer is President and Design Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), where he began his career as an architect in 1983 upon completing his education at Harvard, Cambridge and Princeton. His work ranges in scale from a house to a city, and he contributes closely to these efforts from conception to completion. In addition to his own design projects, von Klemperer leads a staff of 600 in six offices around the world to explore shared architectural agendas and goals.


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Fall Lecture Series 2018-19: Making Architecture

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