>  SCAD hosts School of Building Arts Lecture Series
April 26, 2012

The Savannah College of Art and Design is pleased to host the Spring 2012 School of Building Arts Lecture Series. Held at the SCAD Museum of Art at 601 Turner Blvd., the series connects students and the community with industry professionals who exemplify this year's program theme of collaboration.

The lectures are free and open to the public.

"Interpreting and visualizing the villas of early Islamic Spain"

  • May 3, 5:30 p.m.

Glaire D. Anderson, Ph.D., who teaches Islamic architecture and urbanism in the art history department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will discuss her research and writing on the villas (munyas) of early Islamic Spain. She also will discuss a collaborative project between University of North Carolina computer scientists and a studio artist to create a video game based on a digital model of a villa.

Anderson is a historian of early and medieval Islamic architecture and urbanism with a focus on the Caliphal period and the western Mediterranean, especially Iberia and North Africa. Her ongoing research focuses on early Islamic Iberia and North Africa; women, eunuchs and patronage in Al-Andalus; and the place of the medieval Islamic lands in a broader history of villas and villa cultures. Her work has been recognized by the College Art Association, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Society of Architectural Historians, and the Barakat Foundation. She currently serves on the executive board of the Historians of Islamic Art Association.

"Old new now"

  • May 17, 5:30 p.m.

Deborah Berke, founding partner of Deborah Berke & Partners Architects in New York City and professor of architectural design at Yale University, will discuss her most recent work.

Deborah Berke & Partners Architects is an architecture and interior design firm with the goal of creating buildings and spaces that are poised between background and foreground, where the presence of the architecture is in constant balance with the importance of life. Her firm has completed projects in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, and around the U.S. Current projects are located in Taiwan, Arkansas, Berlin, Pennsylvania and New York. Deborah Berke & Partners Architects is known throughout the world for using regional materials and technologies, based on the character of a place, and more importantly, how people live and work there.

"Luminous interiors: An epilogue to starkness"

  • May 24, 5:30 p.m.

Hank Forrest's professional experience encompasses more than 30 years as a lighting designer. Early in his career, he specialized as a lighting and technical consultant to photographers throughout North America, joining Fisher Marantz Stone in the late 1980s to specialize in lighting architecture. Forrest now serves as a senior associate principal at FMS, where his lighting experience runs the gamut from libraries, museums, historic renovations, casinos and residences to the Washington Monument. Drawing from this experience and his passion for light, Forrest will unfold the lighting design process and how it can transform social experiences to enliven architecture.

As an architectural lighting design firm, FMS explores and understands architectural design and creative intent to achieve a seamless integration of light and space. FMS specializes in using light to narrate the architect's story, enhancing the communication of design through environmentally and economically conscious lighting solutions.

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