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Internationally acclaimed architect to give Oct. 13 lecture at Lawrence Tech

Release Date: October 1, 2010

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Rafael Vinoly, a prominent international architect, will give a lecture in conjunction with a course taught by A. Alfred Taubman at Lawrence Technological University on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m.

The lecture, which is free, will be given in the Architecture Building auditorium at Lawrence Tech, 21000 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield.

Earlier in the day, Vinoly will be a guest lecturer at the College of Architecture and Design for the course, “Real Estate Practice: Land Economics,” which Taubman, a pioneering developer of shopping malls and retail centers, is teaching during the fall semester at Lawrence Tech.

Vinoly received his architectural education at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina, and in 1964 founded what became one of the largest architectural practices in South America. He moved his family to the United States in 1978 and founded Rafael Vinoly Architects PC in New York City in 1983.

He won an international competition to design the Tokyo International Forum in 1989, and his firm was one of the finalists in the World Trade Center competition.  His firm has expanded in recent years to include affiliate offices in London, Los Angeles, Dubai and Bahrain.

“In every project, I seek to maximize the opportunity for civic investment with a goal of forming iconic works that fulfill the needs of the client. For me, this makes architecture the most unique form of artistic endeavor,” Vinoly said.

Lawrence Technological University,, offers more than 100 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in the Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus is in Southfield, and programs are also offered in Detroit, Lansing, Petoskey and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.