This Thursday (April 10) at 6PM, the University of Oregon Department of Architecture will welcome Seattle architect James Cutler, FAIA, principal with Cutler Anderson Architects. He will speak at the new White Stag Block facility at 70 N.W. Couch Street in the public event room on the first floor.
From the press release:
For over three decades Cutler’s attention to detail, to material qualities and to context and place have put him at the forefront of the Pacific Northwest Regional movement, creating architecture that is at once environmentally sensitive and deeply humane. Projects such as Grace Episcopal Church, the S’Klallam Tribal Center and residences like the Long House in Orcas Island serve not merely as expressions of client and place, but of Cutler Anderson’s rigorous pursuit of a holistic architecture. Cutler has taught at the UO as the 1999 Pietro Belluschi Distinguished Visiting Professor as well as at the University of Washington, UC Berkeley, Harvard GSD and the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied under Louis Kahn."
Considering the Kahn disciples who taught at UO and now practice in Portland, such as Thomas Hacker, along with Cutler in Seattle, it really seems that there is a Kahn legacy in the Northwest. Which is appropriate because Kahn, like Frank Lloyd Wright, created the most spiritual of modern architecture - perfect for our beautiful landscape of snowy peaks rugged coasts, and green valleys.
“The ultimate goal on every project is to produce projects that are not only beautiful but also emotionally enlightening,” says Cutler, whose firm's Grace Church on Bainbridge Island is picutred above. Cutler Anderson has received over six National Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects and more than thirty other national and regional awards.