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John Dinkeloo Memorial Lecture: Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam, Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

September 10, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam have worked together in architecture for over forty years. They practice out of Atlanta, Georgia, where they started their own firm (now Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects) in 1984.

Their work is uncommonly diverse in program, size, location and aesthetics. It is grounded in the belief that architecture is, by nature, a generalist undertaking, transformed and made specific by a disciplinary rigor uniquely characterized by and generated through paradox, critique, intuition and principled expectations. It is work that operates within the realm of the strangely familiar: a realm defined by a quality of feelings, resonating with surprising conditions of humanity and possibility, and found inside the gap between the beautiful and the ugly, the functional and the dysfunctional, the rational and the irrational.

Mack is the Kajima Professor in Practice of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he was the Chairman of the Department of Architecture from 1990 to 1995. Merrill lectures and teaches frequently, recently as the Gehry International Visiting Chair in Architectural Design at the University of Toronto, the Louis Henri Sullivan Research Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the William Henry Bishop Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University.

Mack and Merrill received the 2012 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Architecture, the 2011 Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the 1996 Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design and a 2008 Honorary Fellowship in the Royal Institute of British Architects.

This lecture has been selected as the 2012 John Dinkeloo Memorial Lecture. This memorial lecture was established to recognize John Dinkeloo’s extraordinary contributions to architecture, to honor his distinguished professional work and to pay tribute to this highly respected alumnus of the Architecture Program at the University of Michigan.


September 10, 2012
6:00 pm