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Housing: Left, Right & Center

October 12, 2017

This symposium assesses the transformative potential in the architecture of urban housing in America in a challenging time.

In the face of population growth, climate change, a degraded infrastructure, a material culture invested in superficial greenwashing, and inequities in economic opportunity, a panel of prominent architects from various regions across the United States gathered to discuss the central issues of design that make urban housing successful.

Larry Scarpa, Keynote for Housing: Left, Right & Center, 10.12.2017

This recording captures the keynote address by Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA, of Brooks+Scarpa, Los Angeles. Following the lecture, there is a brief conversation between Lawrence Scarpa and Dallas Morning News architecture critic, Mark Lamster.

The symposium was hosted by Andy Bernheimer, Assistant Professor of Architecture, and David Leven, Associate Professor of Architecture at Parsons School of Design in collaboration with Parsons Healthy Materials Lab.


Andy Bernheimer

Andy Bernheimer

Assistant Professor of Architecture, Parsons School of Design

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Andrew Bernheimer is a Brooklyn-based architect and Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Parsons School of Design. Bernheimer leads an eponymous firm responsible for a wide variety of residential, civic, and cultural projects, including new multi-unit affordable housing developments across the five boroughs as well as award-winning private residences in the northeast region. He recently edited “Timber in the City”, a book featuring innovative practices in wood construction published by ORO Editions. Bernheimer sits on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Public Architecture, is the Co-Chair of the Van Alen Institute’s Program Council, is a fellow in the Forum for Urban Design, and is a member of the Architectural League of New York.

David Leven

David Leven

Associate Professor of Architecture, Parsons School of Design

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David Leven is a partner at LEVENBETTS, an award winning New York City based architecture practice, and an Associate Professor at Parsons School of Constructed Environments. David holds a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University, a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University and attended the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies. LEVENBETTS was founded by David with Stella Betts in 1997 and focuses on projects at all scales of urban design, public buildings, houses and housing, workspaces, exhibitions and furniture. The office employs a variety of methods to arrive at innovative solutions that involve incisive observation, interrogate programmatic and site givens and approach building systems as creative opportunities. LEVENBETTS has won several NYC AIA awards (2011, 2008, 2005, 2004, 2003), the Architectural League’s Young Architects Forum and Emerging Voices Awards (2009), Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard (2007) award, I.D. Annual Design Review Award (2004) and been exhibited widely. The work of LEVENBETTS has been published in various design magazines and books, and Princeton Architectural Press published a monograph on the firm’s work in 2008, called Pattern Recognition. David has lectured widely and has an been invited jurors at Columbia, Yale, Princeton, Harvard and University of Pennsylvania.  

David has served on advisory panels at the Architectural League of New York, committees at the New School, and holds architectural registration in New York and New Jersey.

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