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Will and Nan Clarkson Visiting Chair

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Will and Nan Clarkson

For over 20 years, Will and Nan Clarkson have generously supported the Clarkson Chair program, which invites distinguished scholars and professionals to campus for lectures and seminars that engage students, faculty, practitioners and members of the public in knowledge-sharing, scholarship and debate on critical issues in architecture, planning and design. 

The Clarkson Visiting Chair is an endowed visiting position awarded semiannually to a distinguished scholar or professional in the disciplines of architecture, planning and design. This award is in recognition of excellence in the pursuit of scholarship and professional application within these disciplines.

Clarkson Chair in Architecture (spring 2015)

Frank Barkow, Barkow Leibinger

Frank Barkow is the 2015 Clarkson Chair in Architecture

Frank Barkow is the 2015 Clarkson Chair in Architecture

The 2015 Clarkson Chair in Architecture, Frank Barkow, is a founding partner of the American/German architectural practice, Barkow Leibinger. Focused on “how advances in technology and engineering can be turned to architectural ends”, Hal Foster notes that the performative nature of the firm’s work has an “inventive, even playful” quality. In this public lecture, Mr. Barkow will reflect on the major themes that guide the work of the practice through recent projects.

A widely recognized leader in digital and analogue fabrication techniques, Barkow Leibinger’s discursive research-based approach allows their work to respond to advancing knowledge and technology. Covering a wide range of scales, their projects include significant milestones such as the Biosphere in Potsdam, the Campus Restaurant in Ditzingen, the Trutec Building in Seoul, and the recently completed Tour Total in Berlin. Barkow Leibinger’s research work was recently featured at the 4th Marrakech Biennale and the 11th Venice Architecture Biennale. It was also exhibited at the Architectural Association in London and 032c Gallery in Berlin in conjunction with the publication of the catalogue “An Atlas of Fabrication”. Their work is in the permanent collections of MoMA, the Heinz Architecture Center, Pittsburgh, and the Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt.

Clarkson Chair in Planning (fall 2014)

Emily Talen, Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and the School of Sustainability, Arizona State University

Emily Talen is the Fall 2014 Clarkson Chair in Planning

Emily Talen is the Fall 2014 Clarkson Chair in Planning

Emily Talen is Professor at Arizona State University in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and the School of Sustainability. Her research is devoted to urbanism, urban design and social equity. She has four books: New Urbanism and American Planning: The Conflict of Cultures; Design for Diversity; Urban Design Reclaimed; and City Rules. She edited the 2 edition of the Charter of the New Urbanism, as well as Landscape Urbanism and its Discontents (with Andres Duany). She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Spring 2014

Previous Clarkson Chairs in Architecture

  • Guy Nordenson
  • Anne Lacaton
  • Antoine Picon
  • Teddy Cruz
  • Yve-Alain Bois
  • Joan Ockman
  • Michele Addington 
  • Kenneth Frampton
  • Anthony Vidler
  • Glenn Murcutt
  • Peter Zumthor
  • Lars Lerup
  • Mark Wigley
  • Sanford Kwinter
  • K. Michael Hayes
  • Daniel Hoffman
  • M. Christine Boyer
  • Alberto Pérez-Gómez
  • Marco Frascari

Previous Clarkson Chairs in Planning

  • Lewis Hopkins
  • Edward Blakely
  • Thomas Daniels
  • Philip Berke
  • Donald Shoup
  • Michael Teitz
  • Michael Greenberg
  • Michael Batty
  • Lawrence Frank
  • Peter Dreier
  • Michael Kwartler
  • Gerrit-Jan Knaap
  • Alan Artibise
  • Andrew Isserman
  • Michael Storper
  • Robert Yaro
  • Patsy Healey
  • John Forester