On Tuesday, January 7th, SOM will host an event to celebrate the release of Gordon Bunshaft and SOM: Building Corporate Modernism. Author Nicholas Adams will discuss Bunshaft, his work, and his legacy with Mary McLeod, Professor of Architecture at Columbia University; Francesco Dal Co, Professor in the History of Architecture at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura Venezia; Alexandra Lange, architecture critic at Curbed; and Design Partner Colin Koop.
Published by Yale University Press, Adams' book offers a nuanced portrait of Gordon Bunshaft, whose work defined the built aesthetic of corporate America. Bunshaft’s landmark 1952 design for Lever House reshaped the Manhattan skyline and elevated the reputation of SOM, the firm where he would spend more than 40 years as a partner. Although the enigmatic architect left behind few records, his legacy endures in the headquarters, museums, and libraries that were built in his distinctive modernist style.
Bunshaft's Impact and Legacy: Then and Now
A Panel Discussion
January 7, 2020
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place
New York, New York 10012