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Baumer Lecture, Spring 2020, Keith Krumwiede

Keith Krumwiede / CCA

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
February 21, 2020 - 5:30pm

Keith Krumwiede will deliver the February 21 Baumer Lecture in the Gui Auditorium in Knowlton Hall at 5:30 p.m. The Keith Krumwiede lecture is also the keynote address of the Fulfilled Symposium. Krumwiede is Dean of Architecture at California College of the Arts. Krumwiede’s research and practice explore the relationship between architecture and its cultural, social, and political milieus. His recent book Atlas of Another America: An Architectural Fiction (Park Books, 2017) is a satirical assessment of the American Dream presented as an architectural treatise for a fictional, but uncannily familiar, suburban utopia. The book puts forward a critique of both American culture—reflecting upon the world we’ve made and the world we might have made—and architecture culture—lampooning its hubris and its often-complicit relationship to power and privilege. Atlas of Another America has been widely reviewed and well-received; in 2017, it received an ACSA Faculty Design Award and was named the book of the year by critics Alexandra Lange and Mark Lamster.

An award-winning educator, Krumwiede has taught at the University of California at Berkeley, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the New Jersey Institute of Technology (where he served as Director of Graduate Architecture Programs from 2012-2017), Yale University (where he served as Assistant Dean of the School of Architecture from 2004-2012), Rice University, and the Otis College of Art and Design. He is the recipient of the Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize at Rice University and the King-lui Wu Teaching Award at the Yale School of Architecture. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture, where he was awarded the best thesis prize and a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in architecture (with a minor in the history of the built environment) from the University of California at Berkeley.

Prior to joining CCA in fall 2018, Krumwiede was the Arnold W. Brunner/Katherine Edwards Gordon Rome Prize Fellow in Architecture at the American Academy in Rome. At the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, he exhibited The Monuments of Another America, a 50-foot long scenic wallpaper based on Xavier Mader’s 1814 wallpaper, The Monuments of Paris. In 2016, his project Freedomland was featured in “The World in Our Eyes” exhibition at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale. His work has also been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Cooper Union School of Architecture, the Sam Fox School of Design at Washington University in St. Louis, Princeton University’s School of Architecture, Pinkcomma Gallery in Boston, and WUHO Gallery in Los Angeles. Krumwiede’s projects, essays, and experimental texts have appeared in Cartha, Drawing Futures, The Architect’s Newspaper, The Avery Review, Log, Praxis, Perspecta, 306090, and Domus.