Roger Duffy

0:00 – Intro by Dean Richard Sommer
9:42 – Roger Duffy presentation
1:01:35 – Moderated discussion
1:18:02 – Q & A

On January 26, 2016, the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto welcomed Roger Duffy to present a bulthaup lecture.

Roger Duffy is a Design Partner in the New York office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM). His design work encompasses a wide range of award-winning urban projects, from academic, museum, and gallery spaces to transportation-oriented developments, residential, hospitality, and office buildings. Among Mr. Duffy’s key initiatives was the launching of SOM Journal, an annually published book of SOM’s best work as selected and critiqued by an independent jury of artists, designers, and critics.

Experimentation and collaboration characterize Roger Duffy’s projects worldwide. Light is a critical aspect of his work, as is innovation in sustainability. Mr. Duffy’s collaborative design approach is rooted in a deep understanding of the unique qualities of each client’s program, site, and aspirations. The urban context of his work has influenced many of his projects, such as his Cornell Tech Master Plan’s treatment of reclaimed space on Roosevelt Island; The University Center for the New School at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 14th Street; and The Park Hotel in Hyderabad adjacent to a railway. Two major transportation facilities designed by Mr. Duffy’s teams recently opened, Denver Union Station in downtown Denver, and Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Terminal 2 outside of Mumbai. In New York City, Mr. Duffy led two SOM teams that explored alternate visions for the future of both Penn Station – Madison Square Garden (2013), and the area around Grand Central Terminal (2012).

Duffy received a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University. A fellow of the AIA, he served on the board of the Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University for many years. He has lectured at Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, Harvard, National Building Museum, Netherlands Architectural Institute, Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts, University of Toronto, University of Pennsylvania, and Vassar, and he has taught seminars at Harvard and Cooper Union. His projects have received numerous design awards and are featured regularly in the press.

The Daniels Faculty would like to thank bulthaup Toronto for its generous sponsorship of this lecture:

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