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30 October 2016 

Sunday, 2 to 4:30 pm
Check-in: 1:30 - 2 pm; Program starts at 2 pm
Nasher Hall, Nasher Sculpture Center
Join The Dallas Architecture Forum for an afternoon focused on how outstanding design utilizes materials, from common to rare, as integral elements of the design process. Learn how leading architects and artists incorporate functionality into their designs, ranging in scale from small sculptures to residences.
Attendees will have the privilege of hearing from two of the most highly regarded practitioners in their fields as they share insights and lead inspiring discussion on these intriguing topics.
Keynote discussion will be presented by Tom Kundig, FAIA, one of the leading residential architects in the world. Also speaking will be the highly acclaimed sculptor Brad Oldham.

Following the moderated presentations there will be a Panel Discussion to further learn about the use of materials based on their function within a project and the project's scale. Attendees will also be able to ask questions of the presenters at the conclusion of the Panel.


We anticipate that all spaces to the Design Symposium will be sold (advance purchase required), so we encourage you to purchase your tickets now. You may purchase spaces for the symposium below to ensure your attendance
Admission for the Symposium is $40 for Forum and Nasher members, $50 general public.

The Forum's Design Symposium is presented with collaboration and generous support from the Nasher Sculpture Center.

Tom Kundig, FAIA
Olson Kundig, Seattle

Tom Kundig, FAIA, is one of the leading residential architects in the world, whose work can be found on five continents. He is a Principal and Owner of Olson Kundig, a Seattle-based firm, which believes that buildings can serve as a bridge between nature, culture and people. Tom Kundig is widely acclaimed for his poetic designs that reveal his reverence for materials, art, functionality and craft in the experience of built space and its relationship to landscape. He will discuss how Olson Kundig has used these elements to create projects as wide ranging as huts to high rises, homes—often for art collectors, academic, cultural and civic projects, museums and exhibition design, places of worship, creative production, urban and interior design.

Kundig has received over 50 major design awards, including a National Design Award from the Cooper-Hewitt, an Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, ten National AIA Design Awards, and seven National AIA Honor Awards. Kundig is a member of the Interior Design Magazine Hall of Fame and the Architectural Digest AD100.  His work has appeared in hundreds of publications worldwide, and he is the author of three monographs, Tom Kundig Houses, Tom Kundig Houses 2, and Tom Kundig Works.  

Project images HERE

More about Tom HERE


From public community spaces to private homes, sculptor Brad Oldham has earned recognition worldwide with his site-specific artworks. Oldham has been described as a sculptor, place maker, and fearless fabricator. In both his large-scale sculptures and smaller pieces created for individuals, Oldham's meticulous craftsmanship, passion, focus on materials, creativity and consistent quality of work are evident in his projects. From prototype clay figures and shapes, Oldham will take us through the process of transforming them into brilliant stainless steel, bronze, aluminum, and brass, ranging from large scale site-specific installations to small sculptures and jewelry.

Oldham’s sculptural creations are installed around the globe, including the Center for Brain Health in Dallas, along with “Whimsy” in Exall Park and an installation at the Lumen Hotel. Oldham’s work was featured on Good Morning America, and the Texas Society of Architects recognized Oldham with its Artisan Award. Americans for the Arts included his installation “The Traveling Man” in its prestigious Year in Review program. Recent commissions include the National Geographic
headquarters in Washington, D.C., the Mitchell Park Library in Palo Alto, California, the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre in Ontario, and the Baku Flame Towers in Azerbaijan.

Project images 

More about Brad HERE

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