Architecture and Memory Symposium

Michael Arad will discuss his design for the World Trade Center Memorial

The issue of representing significant events, including tragedy, in memorial architecture will be discussed by leading figures in two symposia at the College of Architecture on February 26. Divided into morning and afternoon sessions, the symposium will culminate with a reception for Georgia Tech Alumnus and designer of the World Trade Center Memorial Michael Arad.

The morning session, sponsored by the College of Architecture and the Georgia Tech Foundation, will include presentations of memorial designs by architect Julian Bonder of Roger Williams University and Harris Dimitropoulos, of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Professor Dimitropoulos, an architect and artist, was the designer of the memorial commemorating the bicentennial of the French Revolution, constructed in Paris in 1989.

Following Bonder and Dimitropoulos, Professor James Young of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and member of the jury that selected Michael Arad's design will discuss the difficult condition of the representation of tragedy. Professor Young is the author of The Texture of Memory: Holocaust Memorials and Meaning and At Memory's Edge: After-Images of the Holocaust in Contemporary Art and Architecture.

Joining Professor Young will be Professor John Dixon Hunt author of numerous books including The Genius of the Place, Gardens and the Picturesque, and most recently, The Afterlife of Gardens. Professor Hunt is widely recognized throughout the world as the foremost historian of landscape architecture. He is founding editor of the Journal of Garden History, has served as Director of Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, and as Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania.

Alan Balfour, Professor and Dean of the School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Yves Abrioux, Professor of Literary Criticism at the University of Paris: 3 will join Professor Ken Knoespel, McEver Professor of Engineering and the Liberal Arts and
Chair of the School of Language Communication and Culture at Georgia Tech's Ivan Allen College as respondents.

The afternoon session will be the third annual Dean's Symposium on the Changing Nature of Practice. Sponsored by the Alumni Committee of the College of Architecture the afternoon will include a presentation by Michael Arad of his winning design for the World Trade Center Memorial in New York. Professor Young will join Arad for a discussion of the process of evaluation and selection by the jury of Mr. Arad's design. A reception will follow in the atrium of the West Architecture building

Please register if you plan to attend.