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Georgia Tech Celebrates One-Hundred Years of Architectural Education


FUNCTION FORMING FASHION will launch a new century of design education

Atlanta - On April 25, 2009, Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture will ring in its next 100 years at FUNCTION FORMING FASHION - a stylish affair inside an original installation environment on campus.

Set in the largest city in the southeast United States, the College’s students, faculty and alumni are largely credited with forming early Atlanta suburbs as well as the city’s distinctive skyline. The legacy endures today nationally and internationally, with proven leadership in research including urban design and high performance building.

"This is our time to flaunt the great pride we have in the talents of our alumni and in our remarkable history,” said Alan Balfour, Dean of the College. “And in the spirit of awe-inspiring design, we will create an experience that will properly launch the next century of architectural education at Georgia Tech.”

Alumnus, artist and architecture instructor Tristan Al-Haddad is the visionary who will bring FUNCTION FORMING FASHION to life. “Two orders of responsive space will be created as a scaffold for transforming the 100 year celebration into a ubiquitous performance of interactivity and dialog between user and environment,” said Al-Haddad, who recently was awarded a prestigious Fulbright exchange position to Chile. “In the courtyard between [the two architecture buildings] a reactive tensile membrane will create a continuous translucent canopy of sensual doubly curved surfaces that will be both pushed and pulled, up and down, left and right, as it negotiates its own internal material logic with the desires and stimulations of the bodies that occupy its interiority.”

Guests will don “creative architectural black tie” attire, inspired by the 1931 Beaux Arts Ball, where New York architects came dressed as their famed buildings. Architecture students also will make a cameo, with performances depicting their visions for the architecture of the next one-hundred years. Honored guests Val and Bud Peterson - the newly appointed President of Georgia Tech - will join faculty, alumni and friends for an evening of unparalleled delight in design.

The event culminates the centennial year that welcomed notable alumni to the lecture stage and celebrated archival student work in a three-part exhibition and in a book that will set to be released at the celebration.

Connecting science, technology and the arts, the College of Architecture at Georgia Tech champions advancements in the designed and built environment. The extraordinary legacy of its one-hundred year history is evident around the globe - from the invention of the atrium hotel by John C. Portman (1950) to the design for the World Trade Center Memorial in New York by Michael Arad (1999). The College houses seven interdisciplinary research centers, including the Center for Music Technology, the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access, the Center for Geographic Information Systems, the Construction Resources Center, the Advanced Wood Products Laboratory, the Interactive Media Architecture Group in Education and the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development.

The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the nation’s premier research universities. Ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report’s top public universities, Georgia Tech’s more than 19,000 students are enrolled in its Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Management and Sciences. Tech is among the nation’s top producers of women and African-American engineers. The Institute offers research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students and is home to more than 100 interdisciplinary units plus the Georgia Tech Research Institute.


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