A Quick and Quirky History (and future) of Architecture

November 15th, 2013

Architect, artist, and design proselytizer Michael A. Mense, whose office is in Anchorage, Alaska, gives a pithy and engaging history of architecture on Friday, November 15 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Essex Library, 33 West Avenue. He will describe the changing role of the architect in society and the resulting wariness of the American public. His illustrated talk will touch on his belief that there is a need to redefine both how architecture is practiced and how architects are educated.

Mr. Mense, FAIA, founded mmenseArchitects in 1979 and has designed 1,250 projects in Alaska and the lower 48. He has served as an awards juror for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and currently is a member of the AIA Committee on Design Advisory Group, which he chaired in 2012. Previously, he was a Trustee of the Anchorage Museum Association, Chairman of the Anchorage Urban Design Commission, President of KSKA Public Radio, and occasional instructor at Anchorage Community College. The Anchorage Museum and the International Gallery of Contemporary Art (Anchorage) have displayed his art.

The talk is part of the Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series, which is beginning its sixth year and is one of many programs presented by the Essex Library. Please call the Essex Library at (860) 767-1560 to register (youressexlibrary.org).