The School of Architecture presents Bill Zahner lecturing on "The Intersection of Architecture & Art
- Friday, October 9, 2015 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
- Leon Johnson Hall - view map
Montana State University, School of Architecture is proud to present L. William Zahner (Bill), who will present his lecture “The Intersection of Architecture and Art” on Friday at 5:30 p.m., in Leon Johnson Hall, Room 339.
The lecture will focus on how artists and architects can leverage their companies as a creative resource for creating unique designs. Students will learn how Zahner worked with designers, collaboratively, to push the boundaries of metal used in art and architecture, how walls can move and adapt to their environment, how natural materials can capture the beauty of the moment, and how robotics are being integrated without losing the human touch. Zahner’s recent projects such as the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles – see the attached poster – and the City View Garage in Miami will be featured throughout the lecture, as well as many of the projects which helped transform the company over the past thirty years.
Mr. Zahner, who took the reins of A. Zahner Company nearly three decades ago, is credited for transforming the Company from a regional sheet metal firm into an international manufacturer of complex art and architecture. Founded in 1897, A. Zahner Company is an engineering and fabrication business which has brought complex forms to life, from Frank Gehry to Zaha Hadid.
Bill earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kansas. He was awarded an Honorary Degree from the American Institute of Architects and received the prestigious Copper Metal Award from Associazione Italiana Di Metallurgia, Milan, Italy. Bill and his 119-year-old firm have received numerous honors and awards for their extensive design-build work around the world. He is also a world renowned lecturer on the design and use of architectural metal through digital definition and aerospace engineering means and methods. Mr. Zehner is the author of two books and numerous articles which are the ‘comprehensive guides’ describing the use of metal in architecture, sharing his wealth of knowledge derived from being a fourth-generation metal expert. Bill is also an accomplished sculptor. Moreover, he serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Kansas, School of Engineering; the Nerman Museum of Art; Comfort the Children International and has served as Chairman of the Kansas City Art Institute.
The presentation is part of the School of Architecture’s Fall Lecture Series and is made possible through generous contributions by members of the School of Architecture’s Advisory Council, gifts through the Montana State University Foundation and the students of Montana State University School of Architecture.
Registered for one hour of AIA LU Continuing Education Units.
To request public accommodation or accommodation to participate in the above event, please contact Sharon Matney at 406-994-2921, or Susan Alt, MSU Human Resources, 406-994-3344.
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