Participants Documentary: Tomas Rossant, Don Weinreich, Molly McGowan, Thomas Wong
Participants Lecture: Tomas Rossant
Tomas Rossant is a founding Design Partner of Ennead Architects, a dynamic design collective with offices in New York City and Shanghai. A non-hierarchical collaborative of design generalists, the 190 person firm works at the nexus of strategy, research, building technology, firmness, commodity, and delight. Cross-pollinating ideas and technology rapidly between typologies, the practice always questions conventional wisdom in order to formulate new architectural paradigms. Tomas was taught to place the principles of Humanism at the root of architecture. Yet he believes the power of architecture to positively shape social and ecological outcomes has yet to be fully realized. He is on a mission to re-position the architect as the great problem solver of our epoch, loves the fact that the myth of the heroic individual architect is dying, and through interdisciplinary and collaborative research, wants to reclaim “social engineering” as the guiding force of architecture. His work is recognized for design excellence and has received numerous awards. His projects include: the Beus Center for Law and Society at Arizona State University; the expansion of Kansas State University’s College of Architecture, Planning and Design; concept designs for future Apple Stores; the headquarters for the public broadcaster WGBH in Boston; Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications; and the Masterplan for Yaddo, the historic artist colony in New York State. He is currently working on the new student center for Northwestern University; the masterplan for the Westminster Schools; the new Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital; and a new medical university for the Kuwait Department of Education. Tomas was the 2015 President of the AIA New York, the largest chapter of licensed professional architects in the United States; the former President of the Fine Arts Federation of New York; a founding board member of Design Onscreen; the former chairman of the board of the Jose Limon Dance Foundation; and he has served on the advisory board of Design Colloquium. Ennead creates architecture that shapes the public realm. Its approach to design is rooted in program and context, resulting in powerful formmaking. The firm’s diverse portfolio encompasses new construction, renovation and expansion, historic preservation, interior design and masterplanning - and ranges from museums and performing arts centers to complex laboratory, research and teaching facilities for higher education to large-scale infrastructure projects. Ennead creates expressive architecture that embodies each client’s mission and engages the user while shaping our place and time. Ennead’s clients include some of the most venerable institutions in North America: from Stanford to Yale universities, from the American Museum of Natural History to the William J. Clinton Presidential Center, from Carnegie Hall to the Standard Hotel, High Line.