2020–2021 Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series at the Essex Library

Centerbrook is very excited to announce the kick-off of the 13th Annual Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series at the Essex Library. Because we’re all spending more time at home, this year’s program will mainly focus on house and garden design. The lectures will be held on Zoom so they are easy to attend while still allowing us to attract speakers from around the country.

The lecture series is free. You can obtain the Zoom link by preregistering on the Essex Library’s website.

Cesar Pelli: Life in Architecture by Mike Crosbie - Friday September 25, 7:00 pm

We'll open the series with Essex resident and University of Hartford architecture professor Michael Crosbie who'll be speaking about his recent book, Cesar Pelli: Life In Architecture.

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Later this fall, we'll host lectures about timber frame homebuilding and modern houses in California, the Pacific Northwest, and Canada, with more to come in 2021.

Jack Sobon: Hand Hewn - Friday October 16, 7:00 pm

Join architect and craftsman Jack Sobon on Friday, October 16th at 7pm on Zoom as he describes his new book, Hand Hewn, and its celebration of the traditions, tools, and enduring art of timber-frame buildings.

Hand Hewn is a gorgeous celebration of the traditions and artistry of timber-frame building, a 7,000-year-old craft that holds an enduring attraction for its simple elegance and resilience. Internationally renowned timber-frame architect and craftsman Jack A. Sobon offers a fascinating look at how the natural, organic forms of trees become the framework for a home, with profiles of the classic tools he uses to hand hew and shape each timber, and explanations of the engineering of the wooden joinery that connects the timbers without a single nail. Sobon will illustrate the history of this enduring craft, the beauty and proportion of preindustrial craftsmanship, the appeal of vernacular architecture, and the relevance of timber framing today.

Jack Sobon is an architect and craftsman specializing in timber framed buildings. Since 1980 he has devoted his life to understanding the craft of timber framing. Using only traditional hand tools and working right from the forest, he has framed and erected over 50 structures. As an architect, he consults on historic structures and designs new timber framed structures. He was a founding director of the Timber Framer’s Guild and founder of the Traditional Timber Frame Research and Advisory Group, an offshoot of the Guild. He has four books to his credit and has taught over sixty all hand tool workshops.

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Robert Miller: American and Canadian Modern Houses - Friday November 6, 7:00 pm

Robert Miller of the architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson has designed award-winning residences that celebrate a sense of place, context, ecological sensitivity, and innovative materials. Join him for a conversation on the firm's residential projects and learn about how his clients have adapted to the "new normal" by engaging with their dwellings in ways that bring comfort and inspiration during uncertain times.

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Takashi Yanai: Outside-In, New California Modernism - Friday December 4, 7:00 pm

Architect Takashi Yanai, from EYRC Architects in Los Angeles, will present his firm’s new monograph Outside-In and describe recently built modern houses around Los Angeles and San Francisco.