Jennifer Bonner presents Harrison Lecture

October 21st, 2013 Comments Off on Jennifer Bonner presents Harrison Lecture

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Jennifer Bonner, assistant professor at Georgia Tech and director of Studio Bonner, presented the second Harrison Lecture for the semester on Oct. 18.

In Bonner’s presentation, “Misbehaving in Architecture (And Other Nonsensical Devices for Practice and Teaching),” she showed several images of architecture “misbehaving.” Bonner discussed “misbehaving” to not mean breaking building codes or being irresponsible but to mean doing unexpected things. Some examples she gave included leaving a ceiling unfinished in a nice building, using the look of an enlarged composition notebook as the skin of a building in an Atlanta suburb and the using concrete cinder blocks for a house in an upscale neighborhood.

The architect also discussed what a post-2008 practice might look like and gave several examples of what her firm had done in recent years.

She finished up the lecture with examples of some of her work.

Bonner received a bachelor of architecture from Auburn University and a master of architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where she was awarded the James Templeton Kelley Prize for the top graduating project. Her undergraduate thesis project, the Cedar Pavilion, was designed and constructed at the Rural Studio in Perry County, Ala. She has received numerous awards including an AR Award for Emerging Architecture in 2005 and has exhibited at institutions in London; Istanbul; Washington, D.C.; Austria; Barcelona; and Cincinnati. Previously, Bonner has taught design studios and seminars at Woodbury University, Auburn University, the Architectural Association and Lund University. Her research and work has been published in journals including Architectural Review, Architectural Record, Wallpaper, a+t, DAMn, Art Papers and GSD Platform. Her professional experience includes work in the offices of Foster + Partners and David Chipperfield Architects in London.

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