Integral Works

Friday, October 4, 2013

Time: 4:30pm
Location: Architecture and Urban Planning Building 170

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“Integral Works” presentation by David Miller, Founding Partner, Miller Hull Partnership, Seattle, WA.
This lecture is cosponsored with the Inner Harbor Initiative at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
For more information about this speaker’s visit, contact Department of Architecture Chair James Wasley.

Bio: David is a nationally-recognized architect known for pursuing innovative sustainable and high performance design strategies while responding to each site’s unique conditions and surrounding context. David served in the Peace Corps after graduating from Washington State University in 1968. His focus on self-help housing in Brazil laid the foundation for his award-winning housing designs on projects across the nation. David’s early architecture training was also gleaned at SOM, Chicago, Arthur Erickson in Vancouver, B.C.; and Rhone Iredale in Vancouver, B.C. where he became a partner and set up the Seattle office with Robert Hull. In 1977 the partners became independent from RIA and renamed the firm the Miller Hull Partnership. David is currently Chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington, where he is also a tenured professor of architecture. David authored Toward a New Regionalism (2005) which promotes environmental architecture and showcases the work of Northwest architects from Portland to British Columbia.

Lecture Summary: The Miller Hull Partnership's design reputation is based on simple, innovative and authentic designs. Since its inception the firm has pursued a rigorous logic in its design approach in the belief that architectural programs are best solved directly and efficiently. Miller Hull's design philosophy centers around two essential architectural ideas. One is to use a building's structure to create a significant place within a site, and the other is to be sensitive to climate and to respond to environmental demands with the form of the building. These ideas evolve from an appreciation of the extraordinary beauty of the natural environment and have allowed Miller Hull's projects to have an unusually clear fit to their surrounding context. The founding partners have explored the development of two dominant themes in America's western regional architecture: the need to establish a defined place within the landscape and the art of rational building. Their attitude toward building in the landscape takes advantage of a mutual inflection in which architecture and landscape seem to need each other for completion. Their architecture captures the spirit and vitality of the West by focusing on the tensions between nature and materiality; detail and structure.