This Wednesday at noon, the University of Oregon's Portland architecture program continues its winter lecture series with a presentation by architect Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works.
As you probably already know, Allied has produced a host of big, acclaimed, signature architecture projects around the US: the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, the Museum of Art & Design on Columbus Circle in New York, the Seattle Art Museum expansion, and of course Portland's fabulous Wieden + Kennedy 2281 Glisan buildings.
On the flyer I received about the lecture, there was this quote from Aaron Betsky, who heads the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam and helped select Cloepfil for the Museum of Art & Design job:
“Cloepfil sees his work as continually pushing and pulling at the expectations we build based on our experiences. He hopes that his buildings do not so much ground us, as make us aware both of our own need for ground and the instability of such a notional center to our existence.”
The lecture will be at the UO Portland Center, SW Second and Yamhill, first floor.
It's been five years since I profiled Brad in the New York Times, so that also makes it feels like a moment of reflection. In that time, the firm has gained another big project, an art museum at the University of Michigan. It's a broken record to chime about how Allied hasn't received much recent work in Portland, save for two spec homes being done with builder extraordinaire Don Tankersley and W+K's John Jay, and some PNCA master planning. But whether it's in Portland or out, I'm excited to see what else the firm comes up with.