O-14, Dubai, Reiser + Umemoto. Credit: Khalid Al Najjar.

Fumihiko Maki Lecture: Jesse Reiser & Nanako Umemoto

April 6, 2015
6p Reception, 6:30p Lecture
Steinberg Auditorium

Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto, principals of Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture, PC, will deliver the Fumihiko Maki Lecture, Effects of a Distance, as part of the Sam Fox School Public Lecture Series.

Founded in 1986, Reiser + Umemoto is an internationally recognized, multidisciplinary design firm that has built projects at a wide range of scales: from furniture design, to residential and commercial structures, to the scale of landscape, urban design, and infrastructure. The firm began construction on the Taipei Pop Music Center and the Kaohsiung Port Terminal in Taiwan in 2013. It completed O-14, a 22-story exoskeletal office tower in Dubai, in 2012. O-14 has received numerous international honors, including the Concrete Industry Board's 2009 Award of Merit and the American Council of Engineering Companies' 2009 Diamond Award. A comprehensive monograph of the building, entitled "O-14: Projection and Reception," was released in 2013 in collaboration with Architectural Association Publications.

The firm's work has been published and exhibited widely. It received the Chrysler Design Award in 1999, and Reiser and Umemoto received the Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2000. Reiser + Umemoto published "Atlas of Novel Tectonics" in 2006, and released the Japanese version in 2008. In May 2008, the firm was awarded the President's Citation from George Campbell, president of the Cooper Union, for outstanding practical and theoretical contributions to the field of architecture. The Cooper Union also honored Reiser + Umemoto with the John Q. Hejduk Award for Architecture in April 2011. United States Artists named Reiser and Umemoto USA Booth Fellows for Architecture & Design in 2012.

Reiser is a professor of architecture at Princeton University and has taught at various other schools in the United States and Asia, including Columbia University, Yale University, Ohio State University, Hong Kong University, and the Cooper Union. He has also lectured at educational and cultural institutions throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. In 1985, he was a fellow of the American Academy in Rome and worked for John Hejduk and Aldo Rossi prior to forming Reiser + Umemoto. Reiser earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the Cooper Union and his Master of Architecture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Umemoto has taught at various schools in the United States and Asia, including Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, Hong Kong University, Kyoto University, and the Cooper Union. She has also lectured widely at various educational and cultural institutions throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Umemoto earned her Bachelor of Architecture from the Cooper Union following studies at the School of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture at the Osaka University of Art.

Fumihiko Maki Lecture

The Fumihiko Maki Lecture recognizes annually an architect of international reputation whose work advances the optimism and strength of modern architecture. The lecture was established by the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design to honor renowned architect and former faculty member Fumihiko Maki, architect of Steinberg Hall, Earl E. and Myrtle E. Walker Hall, and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, all part of the Sam Fox School complex. Past Maki lecturers have included Ben van Berkel, David Chipperfield, Charles Correa, Tom Kundig, James Polshek, Steven Holl, Herman Hertzberger, Wang Shu, Thom Mayne, and Michael Murphy, among others.