UCLA A.UD Lectures Series: Monday, October 28, 2013
Monica Ponce de Leon is the design director of the architecture firm MPdL Studio with offices in New York, Boston and Ann Arbor Michigan, and the dean of the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Her work is internationally recognized for its innovation in design. In particular, Ponce de Leon has been a leader in the use of robotic technology in building fabrication. During her directorship of Harvard’s Digital Lab her research was the first in the United States to investigate the use of robotics in fabrication for buildings. Ponce de Leon brings this kind of innovative research to bear on her practice. Advanced fabrication techniques deployed in projects such as the RISD Library in Providence Rhode Island, the Conrad Hilton hotel in New York, and Helios House for BP in Los Angeles were first developed in her lab and are the result of the application of Ponce de Leon’s academic research into practice. Because of her innovative use of technology, she has received numerous awards, including the by the National Design Award in Architecture from the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and the Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the AIA Institute Honor Award.