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Karen Lewis / Knowlton School

Process Architecture
April 4, 2012 - 5:30pm

Karen Lewis will present a lecture entitled "Process Architecture" in Knowlton Hall's Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4. The lecture is free and open to the public. This lecture has been approved for one Learning Unit of continuing education credit for AIA members. AIA member attendees will receive credit if they sign the AIA Course Attendance Form (include AIA membership number, name and e-mail address) located outside of the main entrance to the Gui Auditorium.

Karen Lewis is an assistant professor of architecture at the Knowlton School. Her design research examines the intersection of graphic and infrastructural systems. Lewis holds a bachelor of arts degree in architecture from Wellesley College and a master of architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. In 2009, she was awarded the ACSA New Faculty Teaching Award, a prestigious award given to new faculty during their formative academic years who demonstrate excellence in teaching. 

Lewis and students from her winter architecture studio were recently recognized in the Van Alen Institute’s "Life at the Speed of Rail" competition. The competition - a multimedia ideas competition that addressed the cultural, environmental and economic impact of a new US rail network - awarded ten winning entries and honorable mentions that will be discussed and exhibited at several museums throughout the country. Lewis' two winning submissions - Switch Space, and Health Corridor - focused on the "3C" high-speed rail network, a proposal to connect Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland with passenger rail.

In 2006, Lewis began a professional practice, Influx Studio, with Jason Kentner, assistant professor of landscape architecture at the Ohio State University. Influx Studio has been recognized in several international competitions: Their proposal, Memory Trail, was selected as one of five final designs for the Flight 93 9/11 Memorial in Somerset, PA; 110% Juice, a collaborative design for an off-shore wind farm in Cape Cod, was recognized by the Boston Society of Architects; this past fall, their proposal for The Bronx Grand Concourse Intersections competition, Inner Space, was exhibited at the Architecture Center in New York.

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