Students, faculty, and staff attending 2016 Hankin Lecture by Sam Rashkin

2017 Hankin Lecture

Time: November 8, 2017 at 4:00pm

Location: HUB Auditorium (Penn State University Park campus)

2017 LecturerPeter Gluck, founder and principal of GLUCK+, NYC

Lecture Title: "It's All About Context."

Lecture Description: What are the different contexts in which we operate as architects? First, there is topography or the “lay of the land”; second, adjacent structures or how what we design and build will “fit in”; third, social appropriateness to “the village”; and lastly, the historical context of our modern sensibilities. There are many contexts in which we build, often unrecognized. Sensitivity to these underlying forces leads to the creation of authentic places, buildings, and cities.

About the Hankin Distinguished Lecture Series

The Hankin Distinguished Lecture Series began in 2006 in an effort to honor the late Bernard Hankin. The series has brought several notable speakers to the Penn State campus including Henry Cisneros, Nicolas Retsinas, and Kent Colton.  The Lecture series is free and open to the public.

The full length videos for lectures from 2007-present are available for online viewing on our website. 

Portrait of Peter Gluck

About Peter Gluck

Peter L. Gluck is founder and principal of GLUCK+ in New York. For over 40 years, the practice has committed to crafting bold, innovative and conceptually unique architecture. The firm’s work is diverse and consistently recognized through national and international design awards and publications. Most work is constructed by the firm through their unique approach to Architect Led Design Build (ALDB) in a vertically integrated process. In 2014, Fast Company’s “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Architecture” list included GLUCK+ “for taking control of the entire building process.” GLUCK+ was featured in The Architectural League of New York’s Current Work lecture series with the presentation: “thinking making making thinking”.  Recent projects include Bridge, a high-rise development in Old City, Philadelphia; the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning, a public/private initiative in Crotona Park, Bronx; Duke University Marine Lab’s new LEED Gold oceanographic science research lab building; and a private Artist Retreat in upstate New York. Gluck received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Architecture from Yale University. He has taught at Columbia and Yale schools of architecture, and curated exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Milan Triennale.



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