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Love design? NJIT's free architecture lectures featuring top pros are the ticket

New Jersey Institute of Technology

Check your calendars so as not to miss one of NJIT's famous free architecture lectures scheduled from February through April. Luminous names in the world of architecture and design will light up the roster for this spring's annual talk series sponsored by the NJIT College of Architecture & Design. The public is invited to attend the Monday night talks which start at 5:45 p.m. in Weston Lecture Hall (Number One) on the NJIT campus. NJIT is an AIA/CES credit provider for licensed architects.

Street parking is usually available. To reach the campus via public transportation from Newark Penn Station, take the NJ Transit Newark Light Rail three stops to the NJIT Warren Street Station. Proceed west to Warren and Summit streets and Weston Hall. For information, call 973-596-3080.

The series begins Feb. 13, 2012 when Harvard University Assistant Professor Kiel Moe, Graduate School of Design, speaks about "Matter Is But Captured Energy." Moe's research and pedagogical focus is on the formation of energy in architecture. For more information, please visit:

The venerable NYC-based Robert Siegel, principal of Robert Siegel Architects will discuss "Movement" on Feb. 27, 2012. Siegel was previously the chair of the AIA New York Chapter Committee on the environment and served on the NYC High Performance Building Initiative. For more information, please visit:

Ted Ngai, of atelier nGai, a lecturer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will discuss "Ecophysiological Architecture" on March 5, 2012. Ngai teaches and conducts research at the Center for Architecture, Science and Ecology (CASE) in New York City. For more information, please visit:

Architect Peter Pelsinski, RA, LEED AP, a partner in Stonely, Pelsinski and Neukomm, NYC will discuss "Creative Generalism" on March 26, 2012. Pelsinski, an NJIT adjunct faculty member, is the recipient of the prestigious Architectural League of New York's Young Architects Award as well as the American Institute of Architects's Henry Adams Medal. For more information, please visit:

The Victorian art critic John Ruskin, the pre-Raphaelite art movement in England and how all that and more relate to architecture will be the focus on April 2, 2012 when Marymount Manhattan College Associate Professor Jason Rosenfeld, PhD, an art historian, takes the podium. The lecture will tie into Rosenfeld's second exhibition which he is currently co-curating for Tate Britain, London, the home of British art from 1500 to now. The exhibit will survey the works of the 19th century Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, England's greatest avant-garde artistic group whom Ruskin influenced. For more information, please visit:

On April 9, 2012 the topic will be aesthetics when Tina Manis, a principal of Tina Manis Associates discusses "In Search of Beauty: Synchronizing Domestic Space." Manis is an adjunct professor teaching graduate design studio in the department of architecture at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate Design School, Barnard and Columbia Colleges, and she has taught interior design at The New School/Parsons School of Design. For more information, please visit:

One might say that the best has been saved for last. On April 19, 2012, Preston Scott Cohen, principal chair and the Gerald M. McCue Professor of Architecture of Harvard University's Graduate School of Design will deliver the AIANJ Endowed Lecture. This lecture has been a program in place since 2007 and has included architects Thom Mayne, Daniel Libeskind, and Bernard Tschumi. The event will coincide with the COAD's annual Design Showcase.


Cohen is the founder and principal of his own firm in Boston, Preston Scott Cohen, Inc. The topic will be "Attenuation." Cohen is the author of Contested Symmetries (Princeton Architectural Press, 2001) and numerous theoretical and historical essays about architecture. For more information about Cohen, please visit:

NJIT Associate Professors Richard Garber and Matthew Burgermaster with NJIT Assistant Professor Rhett Russo organized the series.

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls more than 9,558 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2011 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Office of Continuing Professional Education.

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