Lecture date: 2008-04-28
Part of the Founding Lecture Series of the AIA/UK, celebrating the AIA’s 150th anniversary. Through the presentation and discussion of projects and theories, ‘Space: Light’ celebrates liaisons and dialogues while weaving through a flowing association of diptychs: education-profession; art-architecture; past-future, New York-London.
Working with space and light as sculptural materials, Michael Gabellini constructs architectural settings that are at once elemental in form and dramatic in their purity of means. Gabellini has designed distinct boutiques, showroom facilities, restaurants, and corporate HQs for, amongst others, Jil Sander, Giorgio Armani, Salvatore Ferragamo, Nicole Farhi. He has also restored important architectural landmarks such as the observation decks at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the Fifth Avenue facades of Rockefeller Center, and the former AT&T building in Lower Manhattan. Gabellini received the 2006 National Design Award in Interior Design from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and has led his firm Gabbellini Sheppard to receive numerous awards from the AIA. Prior to founding his own firm, he worked as a senior designer at Kohn Pederson Fox.
Gabellini studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and at the AA. He has lectured at numerous academic institutions and teaches at Parsons School of Design in New York.