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UK Bringing Renowned Designers to Campus

By George Lewis

 

The theme of the symposium is "Serious Fun: Designing for Hospitality and Entertainment." The panelists will discuss the fun-but-serious topic of creating architecture, interiors and graphics for the multi-billion-dollar entertainment and hospitality industry, and the role of design in everyday life.

Photo of Public Fountain, Celebration, Fla.
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Public Fountain, Celebration, Fla., the work of Michael Bierut

Photo of Universal CityWalk Osaka, in Osaka, Japan
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Universal CityWalk Osaka, in Osaka, Japan, the work of Duncan Paterson

Photo of Remi Restaurant in New York City
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Remi Restaurant in New York City, the work of Adam Tihany

Jan. 15, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- As part of this year's Design on the Edge symposium and the rollout of a new College of Design, the University of Kentucky will bring to Lexington four of the nation’s premier architects and designers in the areas of hospitality and entertainment for a symposium at the Singletary Center for the Arts from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5.

The panelists include:

  • Deborah Berke, designer of Calvin Klein’s cK shops worldwide and associate professor of architecture at Yale University. She was chosen by Interior Design Magazine as its 2002 Hall of Fame recipient and is currently designing a boutique hotel centered around contemporary art in Louisville
  • Michael Bierut, partner in Pentagram Design of New York and an award-winning graphic designer whose clients include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the New York Jets professional football team, Motorola, Princeton and Yale universities, the National Building Museum, and Disney
  • Duncan Paterson, an architect and designer with Gensler Associates of Santa Monica who has created projects for Universal, Disney, Sony Entertainment, and Dreamworks, among others
  • Adam Tihany, an architect whose across-the-board designs link architecture, interiors, graphics, furniture and tableware. Among his projects are the Le Cirque 2000 restaurant in New York; Spago in Las Vegas, Chicago and Mexico City; and the Disney Wonder Cruise Ship.

Kurt Andersen, a journalist, critic and novelist will serve as moderator. Andersen hosts Studio 360, a National Public Radio show about arts and culture, which airs in Kentucky on WUKY and WUOL. He is the former editor of New York Magazine, the former architecture critic for Time Magazine, and founding editor of SPY Magazine.

The theme of the symposium is "Serious Fun: Designing for Hospitality and Entertainment." The panelists will discuss the fun-but-serious topic of creating architecture, interiors and graphics for the multi-billion-dollar entertainment and hospitality industry, and the role of design in everyday life.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Singletary Center Ticket Office, (859) 257-4929. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $5 for students. Preferred seats are $25.

The program is part of the UK College of Design 2003 Design on the Edge, the fifth annual event in interior design and architecture education. This year’s event is underwritten by Bittners, a Louisville-based interior design firm; Brown-Forman Corp., of Louisville, one of the largest American-owned companies in the wine and spirits business; and WUKY, the first university-owned public radio station in the nation and Kentucky’s first public radio station.

In January 2003, UK formed the College of Design, which encompasses the School of Architecture, the School of Interior Design, and the Department of Historic Preservation.


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