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Architects in epicentres – stories from New York and Beijing – Member Lean In session
9 Jun 2020 at 12:00 pm AEST
In this Lean In, Michael Linke interviews Roberto Bannura of Steven Holl Architects (USA), a firm based between New York and Beijing which works closely with government entities on the design and development of major high profile international builds. Roberto will give us an overview of his background, the key issues emanating out of the USA with COVID and civil unrest centre stage, how this is impacting the profession, and covering off his time in Beijing where he works closely with the government on aiming to deliver a ‘new China’.
This will be a fascinating behind the scenes interview where Roberto will give you an exclusive look into the design philosophy of both the western and eastern architecture profession, the cultural impacts of working with vastly different clients, the importance of diplomacy in international projects and his perception of what the future holds for both the USA and China.
Roberto Bannura, Partner and Director of Steven Holl Architects, has spent the last 11 years living and working in Beijing. He has overseen a number of ongoing projects and competitions, and been responsible for large scale projects such as the Sliced Porosity Block mix use (310,000m2), the Shan Shui Hangzhou mix use (460,000m2) and several institutional projects (Qingdao Culture and Art Center, 200,000m2 and Necropolis Taiwan, 54,000m2 among others).
Roberto received his Degree of Architect and Urban Planner from the Universidad de Chile in 1995 (master degree equivalent), where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He then continued his studies in Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile where he obtained a degree on Urban Economy in 1997. Prior to his involvement in China, Roberto spent 10 years living and working in New York City, at both Gwathmey Siegel & Associate and Steven Holl, with a focus on high profile educational, commercial and residential projects.
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