The Frontier Architect: Paradigms for Progressive Practice in Upstate Architectural Outposts

On Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:30pm in Gordon Hall Room 303 on the UMass Amherst campus, Rick Hauser will speak on "The Frontier Architect: Paradigms for Progressive Practice in Upstate Architectural Outposts."

Rick Hauser identifies as a “Frontier Architect” and his Finger Lakes firm, In. Site: Architecture, embraces these paradigms which have helped him navigate the uncharted territory of building a progressive practice outside the centers of fashion. From design-build and modest rural additions, through state-wide downtown revitalization work, to a nature center in the rainforests of Madagascar, Hauser will use I.S:A’s work to illustrate lessons learned on the path to building a sustainable practice “out there”.

Rick’s approach links practice with theory and community. He taught on the architecture faculty at Hobart & William Smith Colleges from 1997-2008. Meanwhile, his community entrepreneurism includes founding and coordinating regional events such as Last Night Perry and Perry Farmer’s’ Market; writing successful grants for master planning, revitalization and open space planning projects; and serving as revitalization consultant for several downtowns. He organized and manages Perry New York LLC, a for-profit, community-wide investment corporation dedicated to rehabilitating buildings and bringing businesses to Perry’s downtown. He now helps other communities invent similar approaches to catalyzing downtown re-investment.

This event is being held as part of the UMass Architecture + Design program and Five College Architectural Studies Spring 2014 Lecture Series. This event is sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Amherst Architecture + Design Program.