Lecture: Humane Modernism

April 11th, 2014

International architect Robert Miller explores his and his firm’s design practice, examining a range of innovative and sustainable buildings, on Friday, April 11 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Essex Town Hall.

Titled “Bohlin Cywinski Jackson: Humane Modernism,” this illustrated presentation focuses on such signature projects as the Ballard Library in Seattle and Vanke Visitor Center in China.

Miller, a Principal in the highly acclaimed firm, calls himself a “Romantic Modernist” whose holistic approach to architecture has been influenced by lifelong interests that encompass social issues, alternative construction, renewable energy, and industrial design. He also discusses his design of furniture and hardware utilizing the principles of Modernism.

“In my work I try to balance often contrasting aspects, such as the reaction of nature against artificiality, of simplicity versus elaborate display, sentiment and reason,” Miller said.

Known for its collaborative approach to architecture, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson has been named Firm of the Year by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Miller, who is a member of the AIA’s College of Fellows, has won 65 design awards and patented a number of inventions.

His talk is part of the Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series, one of many programs offered by the Essex Library. Please call the library at (860) 767-1560 to register for this free event. Sponsored by Centerbrook Architects, the lecture series is in its sixth season.