Please join us for a lecture by architect Annabelle Selldorf. She will discuss recent projects including a major expansion and renovation of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; the transformation of former railyards into LUMA Arles, a new center for contemporary arts in southern France; and the largest recycling facility in the United States located on the Brooklyn waterfront. Annabelle Selldorf is the Principal of Selldorf Architects, a 70-person architectural design practice that she founded in New York City in 1988.
The firm creates public and private spaces that manifest a clear and modern sensibility to enduring impact. Since its inception, the firm’s guiding principles have been deeply rooted in humanism. At every scale and for every condition, Selldorf Architects designs for the individual experience. As a result, its work is brought to life, and made complete, by those who use it.
Clients include cultural institutions and universities such as Brown University, New York University, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, The Clark Art Institute, Neue Galerie New York, and LUMA Arles, a new contemporary art center in Arles, France. In addition, the firm has created numerous galleries for David Zwirner, Hauser & Wirth, and Gladstone Gallery among others, and designed exhibitions for the Whitney, Frieze Masters, Gagosian Gallery, and the Venice Art Biennale.
The firm has designed the largest recycling facility and education center in the United States; the Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility, which is located on the Brooklyn waterfront.
Annabelle Selldorf is known for outstanding new projects and sensitive restorations of existing buildings. She will discuss recent projects that demonstrate the programmatic scope of Selldorf Architects, including David Zwirner, the first LEED-certified commercial art gallery in the U.S., and Sunset Park Material Recovery Center, a recycling plant on the Brooklyn waterfront with a public education center. Selldorf is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, an academician of the National Academy Museum, and a board member of the Architectural League of New York, among other leadership positions. An architecture award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, in 2014, praised the strong personal direction in her work.
Annabelle Selldorf | Selldorf Architects
February 3, 2016
Annabelle Selldorf founded Selldorf Architects in 1988. She has worked at the intimate scale of residential design, in the public realm for cultural institutions, and at the infrastructural scale of a municipal recycling facility. Selldorf’s sensitivity to both program and material, as well as to spatial clarity and organizational rhythm, allow her to work nimbly within this wide range of architectural typologies.
She organizes her lecture around two projects, the Sims Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility in Brooklyn and the David Zwirner 20th Street gallery space in Chelsea. These projects exemplify Selldorf’s working philosophy of “paying attention to absolutely everything all the time” while also staying cognizant of the larger vision. She expands on her work with other clients and discusses her personal appreciation for art and artists, her family's history within furniture design, and her relationship to her native city of Cologne, Germany.
In this lecture, Selldorf discusses the following projects:
Neue Galerie New York | New York, NY
Sims Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility | New York, NY
David Zwirner 20th Street | New York, NY
10 Bond Street | New York, NY
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego | La Jolla, CA
The Mwabwindo School | southern Zambia
Luma Arles | Arles, France
Vica, furniture design practice
The lecture is followed by a discussion with Billie Tsien, a co-founding principal of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners and President of The Architectural League of New York.
The Current Work series invites significant international figures who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment to present their work and ideas to a public audience.