Sheila Kennedy 2014 Berkeley-Rupp Prize Recipient

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The Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Professorship and Prize awards $100,000 biannually to a distinguished practitioner or academic who has made a significant contribution to promoting the advancement of women in the field of architecture, and whose work emphasizes a commitment to sustainability and the community. The 2015 Berkeley-Rupp Professor is Sheila Kennedy of Kennedy Violich Architects, Boston. She is giving a talk on “soft design” on March 4 at Wurster Hall on the UC Berkeley campus at 6:30 PM. It’s part of a project she’s launching called HERE THERE, which calls for design and fabrication strategies that are agile and adaptable; local and global, strategies that can work as well “here” in the developing world as they do “there” at home. The premise is that we can no longer separate the “here” and “there” of how we design and make things. Kennedy’s research team is creating prototypes for “pop-up” solar streetlights, “soft” refrigeration for vaccine carriers on bicycles, and inflatable, lightweight tools to collect and clean water. They’re looking at how mobile networks are integrated into the value proposition.

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Tim Culvahouse, FAIA

Tim Culvahouse, FAIA, is Editor-in-Chief of the AIA California Council and an architect specializing in the public communication of design ideas through his firm, Culvahouse Consulting.

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