If you’ve seen the giant etched-glass dragon snaking across the ceiling at Shun Lee Palace in New York, you’ve glimpsed of the handiwork of Philip Vourvoulis, an expert in architectural glass known for his work on projects ranging from museums to residences to restaurants. On April 12, Vourvoulis will lead the workshop “The Challenges of Glass Architecture: Controlling the Appearance and Performance of Glass in the Building Facade” part of Facades + PERFORMANCE, an upcoming conference on high-performance building enclosures sponsored by The Architect’s Newspaper.
At the workshop, Vourvoulis will be joined by Christoph Timm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Bruce Milley of Guardian Industries, and Nick Bagatelos of BISEM. In the form of an interactive panel discussion, the group will explore the latest in architectural glass materials and processes, including new printing processes, electrochromic products, and other high-performance glazings. Using case studies, the workshop will highlight strategies to optimize performance while maintaining aesthetic control. This workshop offers 4 LU/HSW AIA CE credits.
Vourvoulis, who has his own California-based consulting firm and also serves as acting creative director for the LA fabricator Triview Industries, trained as a ceramicist but soon fell in love with glass thanks to an encounter with the Art Deco glasswork in the Shangri-La Hotel in Santa Monica. “I’m fascinated by the plasticity of the material,” Vourvouli told the LA Times. “You can take a blank sheet or a melted lump and out of it conjure magic.” Collaborating with numerous architects over the last decades, including Frank Gehry, Stephen Ehrlich, and landscape architect Maggie Jencks, Vourvoulis’ work has evolved along with the technological innovations in glass.
New this year, “dialog workshops” offer a daylong series of in-depth conversations with leading architects, fabricators, developers and engineers following presentations their current projects as real-world case studies. With a limited number of spaces in each session, the intimate environment aims to encourage conversation and creative problem-solving, and participants create a customized schedule of half-day workshops to suit their professional goals. To register, click here.
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