Lecture: The Tiber and the City

May 31st, 2013

Architect Louis R. Pounder, a 2012 winner of the Rome Prize given by The American Academy in Rome, presents an illustrated talk on Friday, May 31, at 7 p.m. at the Essex Town Hall. Titled "A View from the American Academy in Rome: the Tiber and the City," his presentation will focus on the Academy’s history and mission, and his research on the Tiber River and its effect on urban development in Rome. He will also discuss how riverine cities in the U.S. can best develop their urban planning. His talk is part of the Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series, which is beginning its fifth year and is one of many programs presented by the Essex Library. Please call the Essex Library at (860) 767-1560 to register (essexlib.org)

Pounders, FAIA and a native of Memphis, Tennessee, earned his BA from Rhodes College, and then attended the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he received the Master of Architecture. He worked for I. M. Pei & Partners in New York City and Boston before returning to Memphis to join the architectural firm of Gassner Nathan & Browne, where he became a Partner in 1980. In 1993, he joined an old friend to create Williamson Pounders Architects (WPA). In 2006, WPA joined forces with ANF Architects in Memphis.

A long-time member of the AIA Committee on Design (COD), he served on the Advisory Group of the COD. In 2009, Pounders became the National Chair of the Committee on Design. In 2008, he chaired the AIA Awards Task Group, and in 2010 he served on the National AIA Honor Awards for Architecture Jury. He is a member of the AIA College of Fellows and serves on the National Board of Peer Reviewers for the U. S. General Services Administration Design Excellence Program.