Welcome by David J. Lewis, Dean, School of Constructed Environments

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David J. Lewis will give the welcome remarks at our Symposium on September 22 Regenerative Metropolis.




David J. Lewis is the Dean of The School of Constructed Environments, Professor of Architecture, and a founding principal of LTL Architects (Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis), a design intensive architecture firm located in New York City.  At Parsons he has served as Director of the Master of Architecture program, the Director of Design Workshop program, and on the faculty since 2002.  He leads courses on the intersection of architectural representation, material practices, and history.

David is founding principal of LTL Architects, a design intensive architecture firm founded in 1997 with twin brother Paul Lewis and Marc Tsurumaki, located in New York City.  David’s firm engages a broad range of architectural practice and discourse, from built work to speculative research, from education projects to public service.  LTL Architects carefully choreographs spatial and programmatic relationships to enhance exchanges between people, creating architecture that turns the commonplace into memorable stages for collectivity and community. The work of the firm has been recognized for combining design innovation with unconventional pragmatism, including selection as the 2019 Firm of the Year Award from the AIA NY State, and induction into the Interior Design Hall of Fame.

Upson Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Architects: LTL Architects and Perkins+Will, Photography: Michael Moran/OTTO

The principals are co-authors of the book Manual of Section (Princeton Architectural Press, 2016); monographs, Intensities (Princeton Architectural Press, 2013), Opportunistic Architecture (Princeton Architectural Press, 2008) and Situation Normal….Pamphlet Architecture #21 (Princeton Architectural Press, 1998).  Their 2020 online publication, Manual of Physical Distancing (Issuu), visualized the ongoing scientific research into the spatial impacts of Covid-19 and examined the future of the city seen in light of past pandemics.  They are currently working on a forthcoming book on the intersection of carbon sequestering materials and sectional innovation in dwellings around the world.  David has previously taught at Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Limerick, and Ohio State University; and holds the honorary position of Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of Limerick, Ireland.  David received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Carleton College, a Master of Arts in the History of Architecture & Urbanism from Cornell University, and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University.

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