Join us on April 13th at the KC Central Library for a lecture by Kansas State University 2016/17 Victor L. Regnier Distinguished Visiting Chair Gonçalo Byrne. A reception will be held at 6pm, with the program beginning promptly at 6:30pm. The Central Library parking garage is located directly west of the Central Library building on the northwest corner of 10th & Baltimore and there will also be limited street parking available.
About the Lecture
Buildings have a life of their own, between permanence, transformation, vulnerability and the inhabitant’s appropriation. Through a series of recent works, we intend to debate some issues related to the contemporary practice of architecture, namely the different means architecture holds to build different spatial sensations that go beyond the first impact that its image may cause, but improve people’s lives and endure in time. These ideas were carefully developed in the selected works located in contexts where a careful balance between time, heritage and invention was urgent. From intimacy to the public space, architecture tries to find its own temporality.
About Gonçalo Byrne
Gonçalo Byrne is an architect graduated from the School of Fine Arts of Lisbon (ESBAL), and an Honorary Degree from the Faculty of Architecture of the Technical University of Lisbon and from the Faculty of Architecture of Alghero, in Italy. In 1975, he established his own practice, and founded his firm Gonçalo Byne Arquitectos in 1991. Along the years, he has been teaching at several universities including those in Coimbra, Viseu, Lausanne, Venice, Mendrisio, Leuven, Harvard, Pamplona, Lisbon, and currently in Milan and Kansas City (US). Among his recent works are the requalification of the headquarters of the Portuguese National Bank, in Lisbon (with João Pedro Falcão de Campos); the requalification of the Thalia Theater, in Lisbon (with Barbas Lopes architects); the expansion of the National Museum Machado de Castro, in Coimbra; the Estoi Pousada de Portugal, in Faro; the Estoril Sol Complex, in Cascais. Byrne’s work has also been awarded, among many others, with the prize A.I.C.A. / S.E.C., the Gold Medal by the French Academy of Architecture, and the Piranesi Prix de Rome 2014 for the National Museum Machado de Castro, in Coimbra.