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Peter Gluck
Peter Gluck

Architecture lecture combines design, build

By Alison Beshur
Public Affairs Specialist

(April 19, 2006)--Not only has Peter Gluck designed a variety of residential and commercial buildings, but he also has labored to oversee the construction of the projects, including one of his latest works, Floating Box House in Austin.

Gluck will begin his lecture, "Architects/Architecture, Building/Buildings" at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, in the Buena Vista Theater, Buena Vista Street Building Room 1.326, at the UTSA Downtown Campus.

The free lecture is open to all and is the third in a series organized by the UTSA College of Architecture and the American Institute of Architects San Antonio Chapter.

Architecture professor Rick Lewis said the series of talks and Gluck's lecture present fresh and non-traditional perspectives in today's ever-evolving architectural profession.

"By examining the unconventional ways that architects realize that they can wear many hats in the process of positively influencing the build as well as the natural environment, aspiring young designers find themselves in a better position to succeed in a world that is always willing to reward inventiveness over business as usual," Lewis said.

"While creating buildings will remain the staple of the architecture profession, the works of designers, such as Gluck, represent creativeness born out of teaching, travel, and even building with one's hands, while advancing the ideas of quality space and inspiring aesthetics to the benefit of people's lives," he added.

For several years, UTSA has partnered with the AIA San Antonio chapter to coordinate lecture series events that complement architecture programs at UTSA and provide a venue for students to interact with practitioners in the field of architecture.

Michael Rey, an associate member of the AIA-San Antonio and architect-in-training for Overland Partners Architects, helped select Gluck for the lecture series.

Rey said he is impressed by Gluck's ability to combine two complicated professions and oversee the construction and follow-through of his own designs.

"He's hands on," Rey said. "It's a very different way of approaching architecture."

Some of Gluck's most recognized works include the Bronx Prepatory Charter School in New York, the Bar House in the hills of the Western United States and the Scholar's Library in Olive Branch, N.Y.

Gluck's Bridge House was featured in Architectural Record's Record Houses in 1996 and he has received numerous design awards, including an Honor Award from the AIA New York Chapter in 2004 for his Scholar's Library and a Design Award from the AIA Connecticut Design Commission for his Double House in 2005.

The New York-based architect earned a master's degree in architecture in 1965 from Yale University.

H-E-B, Lake Flato Architects and Kell Muñoz are sponsors of the 2006 lecture series. Supporters include Alamo Architects, RVK and Ford Powell & Carson Architects and Friends, Madeline Anz Slay Architects, Sprinkle Robey Architects and Durand-Hollis Rupe Architects.

Other events in the series include:

  • Sept. 20 (Wednesday) -- "Architecture/Development" by Jonathan Segal, FAIA
  • Oct. 24 (Tuesday) -- Design Awards exhibition at the Witte Museum
  • Nov. 15 (Wednesday) -- "Design work of TEN Arquitectos" by Enrique Norten of TEN Arquitectos

For more information about the lecture series, contact Eunice Hinojosa at (210) 458-3010.

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