Lise Anne Couture / Asymptote Architecture

April 9, 2014 - 5:30pm


Lise Anne Couture will present a lecture in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9. The lecture is free and open to the public. Couture is a principal of Asymptote Architecture, the highly acclaimed New York-based practice that she co-founded with Hani Rashid in 1989.

Through its award-winning design projects and buildings, Asymptote has gained an international reputation for being at the forefront of design and technological innovation. The firm pushes the boundaries of the discipline and engages in a broad range of design disciplines including architecture, master planning, art installations and design. It also recently completed projects include a 40,000 square foot exhibition pavilion in South Korea, a luxury residential building at 166 Perry Street in New York City, and the 500 room Yas Hotel located in Abu Dhabi. Current commissions in design or under construction include two 40-story residential towers in Seoul, a bank headquarters in Belgium, and a large-scale mixed-use project in Downtown Miami.

In 2004, Asymptote was chosen as the design architectural firm for the ninth International Venice Architecture Biennale. That same year Couture and Rashid were awarded the prestigious Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts in recognition of exceptional contributions to the progress and merging of art and architecture. They were also named by TIME magazine as leaders in Innovation for the 21st Century. Lise Anne Couture has held several prestigious academic positions including visiting professorships at Yale University, Harvard Graduate, Princeton University, MIT, Cornell University, and Sciarc in addition to others. She has been on the faculty of Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture since 1997 where she currently holds an appointment as professor in practice.


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