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Fall Lecture Series: Annabelle Selldorf

Lecture Title: Annabelle Selldorf – Current Work

Annabelle Selldorf founded Selldorf Architects in 1988 and since that time the firm has worked on public and private projects that range from museums and libraries to a recycling facility; and at scales from the construction of new buildings to the restoration of historic interiors and exhibition design.  

The firm’s guiding principles are deeply rooted in humanism. At every scale and for every condition, Selldorf Architects designs for the individual experience. Creating buildings and spaces that bring people together and foster community is fundamental to Selldorf’s mission. By giving form to the needs and desires of clients and communities alike, the architectural solutions that emerge transcend purpose to poetic resolution.

Ms. Selldorf will present recent cultural, institutional, and commercial projects including the ongoing renovation and expansion of the Frick Collection, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, David Zwirner 20th Street, and the Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility.  

Annabelle Selldorf is the Principal of Selldorf Architects, a 70-person architectural design practice that she founded in New York City in 1988. The firm creates public and private spaces that manifest a clear and modern sensibility to enduring impact. Institutional and cultural clients include the Frick Collection, Clark Art Institute, Neue Galerie New York, Swiss Institute, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Ms. Selldorf is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and serves on the Board of the Architectural League of New York, the World Monuments Fund, the Chinati Foundation, and the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Additionally, Ms. Selldorf is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 2014 was the recipient of their prestigious Award in Architecture, and in 2016 received the AIA New York Medal of Honor.

Annabelle Selldorf lecture posterWith thanks to UMass AIAS and the University Museum of Contemporary Art for co-sponsoring this event and to the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, the Women for UMass Fund, and the UMass Department of Architecture for their ongoing support of this series.

Lecture begins at 5:30pm in Design Building Room 170. All lectures are free and open to the public. Free parking is available after 5:00pm in surface lots.