Mark Your Calendar: Get to Know Kevin Roche


Home to the Temple of Dendur, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Sackler Wing was added as part of Kevin Roche’s masterplan for the museum.

Don’t miss “Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment.” On view through January 22 at the Museum of the City of New York (following its debut earlier this year at the Yale School of Architecture), it’s the first retrospective exhibition of the Pritzker Prize winner’s work, which includes the Ford Foundation Building, the master plan and extension of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum in California, and the Union Carbide World Corporate Headquarters in Danbury, Connecticut. The museum is also offering three unique opportunities to get up close and personal with the Dublin-born principal of Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates.

The architectural fun begins next Tuesday evening, as speakers Todd DeGarmo (CEO STUDIOS Architecture), Belmont Freeman (Belmont Freeman Architects), and critic Alexandra Lange consider Roche’s work from the inside out, by focusing on his innovative corporate office interiors for the likes of John Deere and Company. On December 6, Roche himself will be on hand to chat with Morrison Heckscher, chairman of the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, about the design, realization, and reception of Roche’s plan for the museum. The architect returns on January 10 to tackle the topic of “The Limitations of Modernism: Classical Forms in the Buildings of Kevin Roche” in the company of curators Donald Albrecht and Kyle Johnson as well as Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, an associate professor at the Yale School of Architecture. UnBeige readers can save 50% off the regular ticket price of $12: use code Roche2011 when ordering here.