Lecture by Sheila Kennedy, FAIA, Founder & Principal of KVA Matx, Boston, MA
- Friday, February 26, 2016 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
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Montana State University, School of Architecture, is proud to present Sheila Kennedy, who will present her lecture “MIX, MIX, MAX, MIN: Material Agency in Architecture” on Friday, February 26th at 5:30 p.m., in Cheever Hall, Room 215. Ms. Kennedy will be lecturing on several of her firms recently built projects.
Sheila Kennedy is an American architect, innovator and educator. She is a Professor of the Practice of Architecture at MIT and a founding Principal of KVA Matx, an interdisciplinary practice that designs architecture, urbanism and resilient infrastructure for emerging public needs: Designated as one of Fast Company’s emerging Masters of Design, Kennedy is described as an “insightful and original thinker who is designing new ways of working, learning, leading and innovating”. Kennedy is the recipient of the 2014 Design Innovator Award and 2015 Rupp Prize, one of the most significant awards in architecture.
Kennedy directs KVA’s material research division MATx which works with business leaders, universities and public agencies to design next generation clean energy buildings and resilient ‘soft’ infrastructure for networked cities and urbanizing regions. MATx has created designs for Dupont, Siemens, Osram, Herman Miller, 3M, The North Face, the United States Department of Energy, The Federal Republic of France, SELCO (Solar Electric Light Company of India) and EDP/Brazil (Electrical Utility Company of Portugal).
Recent work at KVA Matx includes the RiverFIRST Minneapolis Riverfront Initiative, America’s largest sustainable urban riverfront development, the new East 34th St Ferry Terminal in Manhattan, and the carbon neutral Soft House work/live residential development in Hamburg, Germany. KVA Matx has been recognized by AIA National Design Excellence Awards, Progressive Architecture Awards, Industrial Design Excellence Awards, and Digitizer A+ Design Excellence Awards. The KVA MATx Portable Light Project, a non-profit global initiative to create energy harvesting textiles in the developing world has been recognized with the 2012 and 2009 Energy Globe Awards, a 2009 US Congressional Award, and a 2008 Tech Museum Award for technology that benefits humanity.
Kennedy’s design work has been exhibited at the United States Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, at MoMA, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, the International Rotterdam Biennial, the Vitra Design Museum, and the TED conference in California. Kennedy’s work has been published in many journals of architecture and design culture. She has been invited to share her work at the United Nations in New York, on National Public Radio, BBC World News, Swedish Television, CBS Spotlight on Design, The Discovery Channel, CNN Principal Voices, Wired, Elle Magazine, The Economist, and The Wall Street Journal.
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