Thursday, April 26th, 7:00 – 9:30pm
City – Culture – Architecture: sowing the seeds that enhance city life for everybody’s future
In The Duncan Anderson Design Department Gallery at California State University, Long Beach
Cultural institutions are the lifeblood of cities. At their very best museums, libraries, concert halls and the like offer inspiration for the future, a connection with the past and a counterbalance for the more mundane and acquisitive aspects of contemporary life. It would be hard to imagine an important city without these anchors, just as a city without architecture—the ultimate public art—would be inconceivable.
Nick Leahy discusses his design work and the stories behind several important cultural projects including TKTS steps in Times Square, The Lower Eastside Tenement Museum New York, Studio museum Harlem, The Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and the Shanghai Public event center at the world expo, among others.
A talented and visionary design leader, Nick Leahy designs, manages, and directs the projects for one of the Perkins Eastman studios. He takes a very hands-on approach, attending regular project meetings and working closely with the project team members throughout the process to ensure that the design intent is realized. He has designed across several industry sectors and has worked at virtually every scale of project from large scale urban planning to small scale exhibits. His work has been recognized with numerous awards.
Nick’s projects are distinguished by their critical balance of place, program, and craft. Key to his design methodology is to investigate each site’s relationship to its environment, history, and its intended use. His designs for civic buildings, performing arts centers, museums, and institutional facilities can be found across the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. His recent projects include: the design and construction of the TKTS Booth in Times Square; the winning international design competition entry for the Shanghai World Expo Public Events Center; the Marriott East; Lower East Side Tenement Museum American Museum; Museum of Natural History Spitzer Hall of Human Origins and Butterfly Conservatory; and the Chinese Academy of Sciences Campus Academic Center in Beijing.
Nick’s past work has included exhibitions designed for Hasbro Inc. at the International Toy Fair in London; design and master planning for several zoos and safari parks in Europe; design of renovations to two medieval structures and work on the reconstruction of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in England also with pentagram design.