Architect Wendell Burnette Discusses His Approach to “Crafting Space”

For Immediate Release:
March 21, 2012
Contact: Robert Butler
816.701.3729
AArchitect Wendell Burnette Discusses His Approach to “Crafting Space”

Buildings are made of stone, wood, concrete, and metal. But even more fundamentally, they are born of context.

Architect Wendell Burnette discusses an approach to architecture based on developing consensus to create buildings that are uniquely appropriate, timeless, and valuable to the client and/or user in Crafting Space on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Architecture can be a living thing when it is of its place and time, Burnette believes:

"As architects we must endeavor to interpret, discover, frame, and re-present 'context and the specificity of things' in a deeply personal way."

The process extends to "locally appropriate construction systems and materials." In this way, he says, architects can create "soulful places for our clients, our constituents, our communities, and our world."

Wendell Burnette is a self-taught architect and principal of Wendell Burnette Architects in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a professor of practice at the Design School at Arizona State University. His firm has earned numerous honors including a 1990 Young Architects Award from Progressive Architecture magazine, a 1999 Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League of New York, and a 2007 National AIA Honor Award for the Palo Verde Library / Maryvale Community Center in Phoenix. Burnette received the 2009 Academy Award for Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Currently Burnette is the 2012 Regnier Distinguished Visiting Chair of the Department of Architecture at Kansas State University.

Admission is free. The event will be preceded by a 6 p.m. reception. RSVP online or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.

Co-sponsored by Kansas State University College of Architecture, Planning and Design and the Kansas City Design Center.