College of Architecture and Planning inaugurates Contemporary Traditional Architecture Initiatives
Léon Krier, one of the world’s leading architects and urbanists, recently spent three days with students and faculty at the CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning (CAP), as well as giving the inaugural lecture of the Contemporary Traditional Architecture Initiatives.
Krier critiqued the work of students in two graduate architecture studios, and he visited the Classical Elements of Architecture and Introduction to Architecture classes. He also met with faculty and held a lunchtime colloquium with students, faculty and guests.
Samantha White, (pictured with Krier) master of Architecture student and president of Students for Classical Architecture, said, “Having Leon Krier not only visit, but take the time to meet with students and review work, gave us the opportunity to ask him questions and really become familiar with the world-renowned theorist. His ideas of people in relation to the urban environment encouraged me to think critically about urban sprawl, cities, and mixed use building types.”
Krier’s April 1 lecture “The Architecture of Community” was presented in partnership with the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICAA) Rocky Mountain Chapter and attended by more than 150 people.
“Our college encourages discussions about design from a variety of perspectives, and we are thrilled to have launched our new Contemporary Traditional Architecture Initiatives lectures with someone of Léon Krier’s stature,” said Mark Gelernter, PhD, dean of the College of Architecture and Planning. “The fact that he was so engaged with students and faculty while he was here was a special bonus.”
At the only college in Colorado to offer a full range of degrees in architecture and related disciplines, CU Denver students have the unique opportunity to learn from masters in the field such as Krier. Undergraduate and graduate architecture students here regularly benefit from this kind of real world connection.
More about Léon Krier
Krier is regarded worldwide as the “godfather of new urbanism.” During his decades-long career, Krier has advocated for the reconstruction of the vernacular and classical city as the means to true sustainability and human dignity. His projects include master plans for new towns such as Poundbury in England and Cayalá in Guatemala; architect of buildings including the Windsor Town Hall and the Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center at the University of Miami School of Architecture. He also is the author of provocative and precise essays with his signature drawings that have served as inspiration to countless New Urbanists and New Classicists across the world.
Krier has taught and inspired students and professors alike at the Architectural Association and Royal College of Arts in London, Princeton University, Yale University, the University of Virginia and the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of numerous essays and books including Architecture: Choice or Fate (1998), winner of the Silver Medal of the Académie Française and now republished and expanded as The Architecture of Community (2009).
Krier’s work has been honored with the Berlin Prize for Architecture, the Jefferson Memorial Gold Medal, the Chicago American Institute of Architects Award, the European Culture Prize, and an Athena Medal from the Congress for the New Urbanism. In 2003, he became the inaugural recipient of the Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical and Traditional Architecture. He has been consultant and trusted advisor to His Royal Highnes, The Prince of Wales, since 1988.