Campus: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo -- January 26, 2001

Hearst Foundation Donates $100,000 to Expand Lecture Series at Cal Poly's College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Public and Students Invited to Attend First Lecture in Series Featuring Todd Dalland

A $100,000 contribution to the Hearst Lecture Series Endowment was announced today by Martin Harms, Dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. The major donation expands the Endowment, which was established in 1996 by a generous gift from the Hearst Foundation. The Series brings internationally respected leaders from the design profession to the Cal Poly campus to deliver lectures, visit classrooms and critique design projects.

The additional funding to the Endowment from the Hearst Foundation has initiated plans to develop a significant and comprehensive symposium in spring of 2002. The private gift support will help sustain the critically acclaimed program and establish a new series of full-day symposiums with longer venue engagements, panel discussions and interdisciplinary themes.

"The generosity of this new Hearst grant will allow us to enhance our symposium series," says Associate Professor Karen Lange, the coordinator of the series. Lange adds, "The minds and design skills of our students will broaden through exposure this donation makes possible. The symposium series concentrates on a general theme of interdisciplinary concept and hands-on workshops."

The present Winter 2001 Hearst Lecture Series entitled "Schisms" is about to get underway. It is the first series during Cal Poly's Centennial year. The public and university students are invited to attend the first free lecture this Friday (January 26) at 3:00 pm in Room 213 of the Business Building Rotunda. Featured will be Todd Dalland, FAIA, principal and president of the design firm of FTL Happold. A Fellow of the American Institute of America and an expert in the design of lightweight structural systems, Dalland's lecture will address the 21st Century topic "Recyclable Portable Fabric Skyscrapers."

About Todd Dalland and FTL Happold:

The forward-looking firm FTL Happold performs engineering design by exploring engineering solutions and advancing state-of-the-art technology. Through years of experience, FTL Happold has developed an expertise in the engineering of lightweight structural systems, an ever-broadening technology which roughly encompasses a group of compressive and tensile surface structures made from such materials as woven textiles, steel cables, glass, plastics and concrete.

Todd Dalland graduated from Cornell University in 1971 and founded FTL Happold in 1977. He is a founding Executive Committee member of the Architectural Fabric Structure Institute, and a founding director of Surface Forms Research Group. Dalland believes "Design is best achieved through an integrated approach where the engineer is an integral part of the design team from concept to realization of projects."

Winter 2001 Calendar:

The Hearst endowment makes it possible for the College of Architecture and Environmental Design to bring practitioners from the related built and natural environment fields to lecture and share with students and faculty about their current practice and theory. The Winter Quarter series offers three unique views of design practice ranging from Todd Dalland's tensile structures, Peter Pran's international practice and digitally initiated design, and Carol Burns' community-based design and housing methods. For more information, please call the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at (805) 756-7432.

January 26:

Todd Dalland, F.A.I.A., Design Principal, FTL Happold, New York
Recyclable Portable Fabric Skyscrapers

February 9:

Peter Pran, Design Principal, NBBJ, Seattle
Recent Work

February 23:

Carol Burns, Principal, Taylor & Burns Architects, Boston
The Inexhaustible Manipulation of Familiar Things

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