AIA New York Chapter

Center for Architecture

James Stirling Memorial Lecture on the City: Beijing Inside Out: Caochangdi, a lecture by Robert Mangurian and Mary-Ann Ray

Monday, 04/06/2009, 5:30–8:00pm

The AIA New York Chapter, in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the London School of Economics, is welcoming 2008-2009 Stirling Lecturers Robert Mangurian and Mary-Ann Ray to the Center for Architecture on April 6, 2009. Winning the James Stirling Lectures on the City competition for their proposal “CAOCHANGDI Urban Rural Conundrums: Off Center People’s Space in the Early 21st Century Republic of China - A Model for the Momentous Project of the New Socialist Village,” the Studio Works principals will be discussing the dynamic social and economic conditions of Caochangdi, one of nearly 500 urban villages in the city of Beijing.

The James Stirling Memorial Lectures competition was established in November 2003 by the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) to create a unique forum for the advancement of new critical perspectives on the role of urban design and urban architecture in the development of cities worldwide. It was conceived in homage to architect James Stirling, who believed that urban design is integral to the practice of architecture and a vital topic for public debate.


Robert Mangurian was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He attended Stanford University and received his diploma in architecture from Berkeley in 1967. In 1969, Mr. Mangurian founded an architecture, planning, and design group called STUDIO WORKS along with Keith Godard, Craig Hodgetts, and Lester Walker. Recognized for the high quality and inventiveness of its work, and the wide range of concerns and disciplines undertaken, STUDIO WORKS is located in Los Angeles and New York. Principals in Los Angeles are Robert Mangurian and Mary-Ann Ray.Mr. Mangurian has participated as a design critic for graduate thesis and studio work in schools of architecture throughout the country, including Princeton University, Tulane University, UCLA, Washington University, and Harvard’s GSD. He has also served as Visiting Wortham Professor at Rice University and Saarinen Professor at the University of Michigan. Mr. Mangurian has lectured extensively over the past fifteen years on theoretical aspects of architecture and their practical application in work conducted at STUDIO WORKS. From 1987 to 1997 he served as the Director of the Graduate Program in Architecture at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). The National Endowment for the Arts has funded several projects by Mr. Mangurian, including the Mid-Career Fellowship for the American Academy in Rome in 1977.

Mary-Ann Ray was born in Seattle, Washington, where in 1981 she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Washington. She went on to receive a Masters degree in Architecture from Princeton University in 1987, and the Rome Prize of 1987- 1988. Ms. Ray’s professional experience includes work with Michael Graves, Architect, James Turrell, Artist, and Richard Meier and Partners. Currently, she is a principal, with Robert Mangurian, at STUDIO WORKS in Los Angeles. Awards, grants and Honors include PA Design Awards, Graham Foundation and Ford Foundations Grants. Her work has been exhibited at the Gagosian/Castelli Gallery in New York, the Phillipe Uzzan Galerie in Paris, the Des Moines Art Center, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Ms. Ray has lectured widely, has taught at Yale University as visiting Saarinen Professor, at Rice University as visiting Wortham Professor, and served as Chair of the Environmental Arts Department at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles from 1997 to 1999. Currently, she teaches in the graduate program of the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles and in 2007 she was appointed the Centennial Professor of Practice at the University of Michigan.

The work of STUDIO WORKS has been published on numerous occasions both nationally and internationally in publications such as LOTUS International, Progressive Architecture, and GA to name a few. The constructed and non-constructed work of Mr. Mangurian and STUDIO WORKS has been exhibited extensively in solo and group shows. Many of the constructed and non-constructed projects of STUDIO WORKS have received awards from Progressive Architecture. STUDIO WORKS current projects range in size from 2.5 million to over 100 million dollar budgets. STUDIO WORKS has been involved with projects ranging from furniture, buildings, publications, and urban design to a major work of archaeology- an in progress new plan for Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli.

In 2001, Robert Mangurian and Mary-Ann Ray were the recipients of the prestigious Chrysler Design Award for Innovation, Excellence, and Sustained Vision as exemplified in an ongoing body of work in a design field, an honor shared with just ten other architects including Pritker Prize laureates Frank Gehry and Thom Mayne.

Organized by: AIA New York in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the London School of Economics
Sponsored by: Underwriter: PKSB Architects; Sponsors: Benjamin Moore & Co., Buro Happold Consulting Engineers, Studio Daniel Libeskind, Syska Hennessy Group and Trespa
Location: Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place (Directions)
Member Price: Free
Nonmember Price: $10
CES LUs: 1.5

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