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EVDS Design Matters features Tom Wiscombe

UToday HomeFebruary 4, 2013

By Jessica Wallace

EVDS Design Matters lecture series features Tom Wiscombe on Feb. 6 at the downtown campus. Photo courtesy of Tom Wiscombe DesignEVDS Design Matters lecture series features Tom Wiscombe on Feb. 6 at the downtown campus. Photo courtesy of Tom Wiscombe DesignEach month the Design Matters lecture series, hosted by the Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS,) welcomes to Calgary thought-provoking speakers to explore elements of design in our modern culture. This month the series welcomes architect Tom Wiscombe.

Wiscombe is founder and principal of Tom Wiscombe Design (Los Angeles), an internationally recognized design firm operating at the forefront of contemporary architecture. He is a senior faculty member at the Southern California Institute of Architecture and holds the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professorship at Yale University.

The work of Tom Wiscombe Design stands out in the design community as it blends the form, pattern, color, and technology of a building into one exclusive structure. In 2009, ICON Magazine named Wiscombe one of the “top 20 architects in the world who are making the future and transforming the way we work.”

"Tom’s work is remarkable because of its stunning visual impact and technological sophistication, but also unabashedly fun in that he finds ways to play with materials in ways that we all wish we could but simply never believed to be possible,” states Josh Taron, EVDS assistant professor of Architecture.

Wiscombe’s work is based on the idea that the beauty of architecture resides in the synchronization of complex parts into one cooperative whole. His work fosters strong relationships across conventional architectural hierarchies. The biological and natural world provides him with endless sources of inspiration.

“His rootedness in construction methodologies and architectural assemblies forces us to reconsider what it means to think ecologically while flexing design’s capacity to play a critical role in advancing environmentally sensitive urban agendas,” notes Taron. “His contribution to the field will no doubt resonate for generations as we continue to grapple with the challenges and opportunities the planet presents.”

This month’s Design Matters lecture with Tom Wiscombe takes place Feb. 6 from 6-8 p.m. at the University of Calgary’s downtown campus. Admission is free for students and $5 for non-students.