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Robert J. Swanson Memorial Lecture: Gregg Pasquarelli (SHoP Architects)

Robert J. Swanson Memorial Lecture: Gregg Pasquarelli (SHoP Architects)

Gregg Pasquarelli co-founded the architectural firm SHoP Architects with Christopher Sharples, Coren Sharples, Kimberly Holden, and William Sharples in 1997 and has lectured, exhibited, and been published internationally. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture at Columbia GSAPP. Pasquarelli received a Bachelor of Science from the School of Business at Villanova University and a Master of Architecture from Columbia GSAPP.

SHoP's work includes the Barclays Center at Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn; a two-mile esplanade and park along the East River Waterfront in New York; the Innovation Hub government complex in Botswana; the South Street Seaport redevelopment in New York; a new major league soccer stadium in New York; and projects for Google in Mountain View, California.

Pasquarelli has taught at Yale, Columbia, the University of Virginia, and the University of Florida. He has lectured globally and his work has been reviewed and published in periodicals such as Architect, Architectural Record, the New Yorker, Wallpaper, Metropolis, Wired, Fast Company, Surface, Dwell, A+U, and The New York Times, among others.

SHoP's work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Pasquarelli serves on the Board of Directors for the Architectural League of New York and is a Young Leader’s Fellow of the National Committee on United States-China Relations.


In 2013, SHoP was selected after an invited competition to study the possibilities for using the former J.L. Hudson’s Department Store site in downtown Detroit as a catalyst for the ongoing revitalization of the city. Our clients at Rock Ventures recognized that the Hudson’s site must play a central role in their ongoing efforts to revitalize the city by returning residents, commerce, and cultural uses to the center of the city. Together with Detroit-based architects Hamilton Anderson Associates, we designed a building that offers a very broad range of uses. At its center is an enclosed community civic space that opens wide to welcome residents and visitors from surrounding streets. Around that center, retail, residential as well as food and culture will provide everyday services now lacking for the influx of residents that continue to relocate Downtown. Once complete, the building will be a powerful tool for encouraging growth and the renewal of civic pride—not only downtown but in the surrounding communities and the city and the region as a whole.