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Catherine Seavitt and Guy Nordenson

Guy Nordenson is a professor of structural engineering and architecture at Princeton University and a faculty associate of the University Center for Human Values. He is active in earthquake engineering, including code development, technology transfer, long-range planning for FEMA and the USGS, and research. Nordenson initiated and led the development of the New York Seismic Code from 1984 to its enactment into law in 1995. He is co-founder of the Structural Engineers Association of New York and organized the inspections by the SEAoNY of 400 buildings in the restricted zone around the World Trade Center after 9/11. In 2004, he co-curated the Museum of Modern Art's Tall Buildings exhibition at MoMA QNS with Terence Riley, the Museum of Modern Art's Philip Johnson Chief curator of Architecture and Design. In 2004, Nordenson was the first recipient of a new award given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for contributions to architecture by a non-architect. Nordenson's recent publications include the WTC Emergency Building Damage Assessments (2004) and Tall Buildings (2003), a companion to the exhibition at MoMA QNS.

Catherine Seavitt-Nordenson received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan, a Bachelor of Architecture from the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of the Cooper Union, and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University. A registered architect in New York State, she has worked with Pei Cobb Freed and Partners, New York; RFR Engineers, Paris; and Atelier Raimund Abraham, New York. She established her own practice, an experimental studio focusing on the architecture of the landscape, in January 2003.

In 1997-98 Professor Seavitt-Nordenson was awarded the Rome Prize Fellowship in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome, where she examined the historical and physical trajectories of the Tiber River and Mussolini's Third Rome. She received a Fulbright research fellowship in 2001 to study issues of pattern, scale, and the modernist landscape in Brazil, and was given continued support for this work by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts in 2002. She has presented exhibitions of her work on pattern and landscape in Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, and Rome. Recently published articles include "Roberto Burle Marx: The Search for Something of a Lost Paradise", in Praxis 4: Landscapes; "Ground Patterns", forthcoming in Prototypo 007; and "Abstract Cartographies: Da Roma al Mare", in Dimensions 13.

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