Glass House Presents

Escher GuneWardena Architecture

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Join Frank Escher and Ravi GuneWardena for a Zoom talk about the extraordinary range of projects of Escher GuneWardena Architecture, whose work ranges from small, conceptually rigorous projects to ecologically and socially innovative urban design proposals. Escher and GuneWardena’s interest in contemporary art has led to collaborations with artists, such as Sharon Lockhart, Mike Kelley, Olafur Eliasson, and Stephen Prina, and the installation design of dozens of exhibitions in American and European museums. Escher GuneWardena’s work on historic structures includes the restoration of Richard Neutra’s Lovell Health House, John Lautner’s Chemosphere as well as his personal residence, Gregory Ain’s Greene Residence, Paul R. Williams’s personal residence, and A. Quincy Jones’s historic Pilot House, as well as Phase 1 restoration work at the Eames House.

Frank Escher trained at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH, Zürich, Switzerland), is the editor of the monograph John Lautner, Architect, and serves on the boards of the John Lautner Foundation, the Julius Shulman Institute, and the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design.

Ravi GuneWardena studied architecture at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and art history in Florence, Italy. GuneWardena has served on the Hollywood Public Art Advisory Panel for the CRA/LA and is currently the director of the Los Angeles branch of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana.

Escher and GuneWardena have been visiting professors at Cal Poly Pomona, University of Oregon, and the Federal Institute of Technology. Clocks and Clouds, a monograph of the firm’s work, was released by Birkhäuser in 2017 in conjunction with their retrospective exhibition at the Art, Design, and Architecture Museum at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Glass House Presents is an ongoing series of talks, performances, and other live events that extend the site’s historic role as a gathering place for artists, architects, and other creative minds. This event is co-hosted by New Canaan Library and supported in part by Connecticut Humanities and the New Canaan Community Foundation.