Lecture to launch "Safdie's Sixties: Looking Forward to Looking Back" exhibit
McGill University and its School of Architecture are pleased to announce that world-renowned architect and McGill alumnus Moshe Safdie will deliver the annual David J. Azrieli Lecture on Monday, Oct. 15. Safdie's address, "Megascale, Order and Complexity," will be a discussion of his major projects past, present and future, including Habitat 67, which is 40 years old this year.
Safdie graduated from the McGill School of Architecture in 1961. After apprenticing with the legendary Louis I. Kahn in Philadelphia, he returned to Montreal and took charge of the master plan for Expo 67, where he also realized Habitat 67, an adaptation of his master's thesis that became one of the enduring 20th-century icons of utopian urban living.
His most notable works include the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa (1988), the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem (2005) and the Salt Lake City Library in Salt Lake City, Utah (2003). Safdie's lecture will include these notable projects as well as current and upcoming ones.
"Safdie's Sixties: Looking Forward to Looking Back," a vernissage and reception sponsored by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and Novus will take place Monday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m., followed by the David J. Azrieli Lecture in Architecture with Moshe Safdie at 7:30 p.m. in the Leacock Building, 855 Sherbrooke St. W., Room 132. The exhibition has been organized in collaboration with the John Bland Canadian Architecture Collection of the McGill University Library.
Interviews with Moshe Safdie may be arranged prior to the lecture on October 15.