Craig Dykers, principal, Snøhetta, will deliver the SOM Architecture and Urban Planning Lecture as part of the Spring 2016 Dean’s Lecture Series on Fri., Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. in S. R. Crown Hall.
Dykers’ lecture is titled “Why (do we) bother?”:
Most people spend a good portion of their time finding ways to improve their lives. There is an inherent hunger that goes well beyond the need for food and shelter. In many ways life is synonymous with place. There is a constancy in life to create place and identity. Snøhetta is concerned with these things. These are the things that define the performance of our lives. Through our work with landscape, architecture, and identity design we evaluate the often unseen parameters of intentions. The reconstruction of Times Square and the Lascaux Caves Museum in France, the expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and new libraries and theaters are aligned with smaller projects such as a design for a beehive and bird nest to create an unhinged look at our created world.
Craig Dykers is a Founding Partner of the international design practice, Snøhetta. His interest in design as a promoter of social and physical well-being is supported by ongoing observation and contributes to the development of an innovative design process. Dykers has led many of Snøhetta’s prominent international projects, including the Alexandria Library in Egypt, the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, and the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion in NYC. Craig is currently leading the design of the SFMOMA Expansion in San Francisco and the new Times Square Reconstruction in New York City, both of which will be completed later this year (2016). Snøhetta is also one of the seven shortlisted firms in consideration for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago.
Craig’s work has led to international awards and recognitions including the Mies van der Rohe European Union Prize for Architecture, the World Architecture Award, and the Aga Kahn Award for Architecture, among many others.