Laurie Hawkinson, a prominent architect, will visit the New Jersey School of Architecture (NJSOA) at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) on Feb. 13, 2006 to discuss her recent architectural work. The lecture, free and open to the public, is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the Weston Lecture Hall at NJSOA. It is the second in NJSOA’s spring lecture series, which features esteemed architects and designers. For more information call 973-596-3080.
Hawkinson is a principal in the New York firm Smith-Miller+Hawkinson and is an associate professor of architecture at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture. Along with her partner and husband, Henry Smith-Miller, she is involved in a pair of projects, one near the World Trade Center site and one in Queens. Their firm has also done a study of 100-plus acres in New York’s financial district for the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the agency overseeing the reconstruction of the former World Trade Center site.
Hawkinson addresses design problems by using new technologies and innovative materials. For the project in Queens, she is working with consultants to explore the use of thermal piles and other environmentally friendly ways to supplement building systems. She says elements such as geotextiles—fabrics used to hold soil and grass—can be used on a building’s roof to retain heat.
The ferry terminal the firm designed for New York City’s Pier 11, near Wall Street, reflects these materials. Completed in 2000, the structure features glass, translucent fiberglass and exposed steel, and has a 48-foot-long airplane-hangar door that when opened blurs the line between inside and outside.
Hawkinson’s designs build on her background in fine arts. She received a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of California at Berkeley, then attended the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York and received her professional degree in architecture from The Cooper Union in 1983. Hawkinson has held visiting adjunct professor positions at Harvard University, Yale University, Parsons School of Design, and the University of Miami.
NJSOA is one of the largest degree accredited architecture schools in the United States, granting both bachelor's and master's degrees in architecture, the only architecture school in New Jersey offering the bachelor's degree in architecture, and a national leader in the integration of computer-aided design into the studio curriculum.