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Internationally acclaimed architect Stanley Saitowitz to lecture at Syracuse Architecture

October 22, 2008

Elaine Wackerow
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Elaine Wackerow

Stanley Saitowitz, one of San Francisco's most renowned and prolific designers of modern buildings, will speak at the Syracuse University School of Architecture on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 5 p.m. in Slocum Hall Auditorium. His lecture, "Frameworks," is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in Slocum Gallery. An exhibition of Saitowitz's recent work will be on display in the gallery from Nov. 4-28.

Saitowitz is a Judith Greenberg Seinfeld Visiting Critic at Syracuse Architecture this fall and principal of the highly lauded firm Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects Inc. in San Francisco. He is emeritus professor of architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, and has given more than 200 public lectures in the United States and abroad.

Saitowitz built his first house in 1975. Together with Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects Inc., he has received national/ international recognition for countless buildings and projects, including houses, housing, master plans, offices, museums, libraries, wineries, synagogues, churches, commercial and residential interiors, memorials and urban landscapes. His firm's work is known for uniting early modern architecture with construction techniques, materials and urban and social attributes of the 21st century.

Among his many awards, Saitowitz's Transvaal House was declared a National Monument by the Monuments Council in South Africa in 1997, his New England Holocaust Memorial received the Henry Bacon Medal in 1998, and he was a finalist for the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in 2006.

Saitowitz was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and received his bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Witwatersrand in 1974 and his master's in architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1977. He has taught at numerous universities, including Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, the University of Oklahoma, UCLA, Rice University, SCIARC, Cornell University, the University of Texas at Austin and SU.

The visiting critic studio, "Urban Generator," currently being taught by Saitowitz, is the last of three sponsored by the Seinfeld Foundation and SU Trustee Judith Greenberg Seinfeld. It offers students the opportunity to learn about design options and commercial forms of development as they define our culture and revitalize our urban centers. "Urban Generator" proposes a multi-centered evolution of the San Francisco peninsula through the expansion of the BART underground that would result in service to other areas of the peninsula and vitalize new points on the map, provoke future development, and act to transform the area into a hub that is both new and characteristic of San Francisco. The studio includes a sponsored trip to San Francisco.

Syracuse University School of Architecture is the fourth-oldest program in the United States and is consistently rated among the top architecture schools in the country. In 2008, the school's undergraduate program was ranked third in the nation by DesignIntelligence.

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