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Tom Kundig and Mark Rozzo - Architectural Explorations in Books

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Tom Kundig (of Seattle-based Olson Kundig Architects) redefines the practice of modern architecture. Tom’s reverence for place—for both rural and urban landscapes, and their cultural significance—has resulted in work that celebrates site, community and client alike. His early studies in physics and hard sciences led him to develop an interest with the physics of architecture—a perfect union of the rational and the poetic. Drawing upon a deep devotion to craft and the process of making, Kundig’s designs unite nature with man-made materials, transforming steel and concrete into rich tactile experiences. Together, these interests can be found in Tom’s detailing and raw, often kinetic designs, which explore new forms of engagement with site and landscape. Join Tom Kundig and Town & Country executive editor Mark Rozzo as they discuss the role of place, nature, materials and craft in creating Kundig's bold and sensitive designs.

Over the past five years, Seattle-based Tom Kundig has continued his accelerated rise, collecting a number of prestigious awards, including the 2008 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Architecture Design. Tom Kundig: Houses 2 features seventeen residential projects, ranging from a two hundred-square-foot cabin in the woods to a house carved into and built out of solid rock. In his new work, Kundig continues to redefine modern architecture by striking a balance between raw and refined, and creating inviting spaces with a strong sense of place. The houses seamlessly incorporate his signature inventive details, rich materials, and stunning sites—from the rugged coast of the Pacific Northwestern to the severe high desert.

Copies of the book are available for purchase and signing at the event.

Tim Bies/Olson Kundig Architects, OutpostTim Bies/Olson Kundig Architects, OutpostTim Bies/Olson Kundig Architects, Rolling Huts.Tim Bies/Olson Kundig Architects, Rolling Huts.One of the most recognized architects in North America, Seattle-based Tom Kundig is the recipient of some of the nation’s highest accolades, including the National Design Award in Architecture Design from the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the 2010 World Architecture News “House of the Year.” Most recently, Kundig was named to the Wallpaper*150, a list of people who have contributed meaningful artistic creations to the world over the past 15 years. Kundig lectures extensively including recent and notable lectures at the Royal Academy of Art in London, and as part of the exhibit “Global Ends” at TOTO Gallery MA in Tokyo where Kundig was the sole North American representative. With projects ranging from huts to high-rises, his work is now global and regularly included in publications as wide ranging as The New York Times, Architectural Record, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, A+U and Fast Company, among others. His most recent book Tom Kundig: Houses 2 is published by Princeton Architectural Press.

Mark Rozzo has been a columnist at the Los Angeles Times, a staffer and contributor at The New Yorker, and a writer and editor for The New York Times. He has written about design and architecture for Times, as well as I.D., The Wall Street Journal, and Men’s Vogue, where he was deputy editor. He is currently the executive editor of Town & Country and an adjunct professor of creative writing at Columbia University.

In its third season Architectural Explorations in Books, initiated and organized by Arezoo Moseni, is a series of engaging programs delving into the critical role that architecture publications play in the understanding of contemporary urban developments and structures. The events feature book presentations and discussions by acclaimed architects, critics, curators, designers, photographers and writers.

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