Mario Botta lectures at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa

The Forum Lecture Series presents a discussion of recent work by legendary Swiss architect Mario Botta on Monday, November 10, 2008. The National Gallery is located at 380 Sussex Drive in Ottawa, and the lecture begins at 5:00 pm.

Born in Mendrisio, Ticino, on April 1, 1943, Botta apprenticed in Lugano, after which he attends the Art College in Milan, followed by studies at the University Institute of Architecture in Venice, which was directed by Carlo Scarpa and Giuseppe Mazzariol. Botta received his professional degree in 1969, and while in Venice he had the opportunity to meet and work for Le Corbusier and Louis I. Kahn.

His professional activity began in 1970 in Lugano, where he built his first single-family houses in Canton Ticino and subsequently, all over the world. Botta has always committed himself to intense architectural research, and since 1996 he has been involved as the creator and founder of the new Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio, Ticino, where he is currently a professor and which was under his directorship in 2002/2003.

Botta’s work has been recognized with important awards such as the Merit Award for Excellence in Design by the AIA for the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco; the International Architecture Award 2006 by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design; the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage Europa Nostra The Hague (The Netherlands) for the restructuring of the Theatre alla Scala in Milan; and the International Architecture Award 2007 by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design for the Church Santo Volto in Turin and the Wellness Centre Tschuggen Berg Oase in Arosa. His work has been exhibited around the world.

Some of Botta’s most memorable projects include the theatre and cultural centre Andr Malraux in Chambry, the library in Villeurbanne, the SFMOMA museum in San Francisco, the cathedral in Evry, the museum Jean Tinguely in Basel, the Cymbalista synagogue and Jewish heritage centre in Tel Aviv, the municipal library in Dortmund, the Durrenmatt centre in Neuchtel, the MART museum in Rovereto, the Kyobo tower and the Leeum museum in Seoul, the office building Tata CS in New Delhi and Hyderabad, the Fondation Bodmer, museum and library in Cologny, the church Papa Giovanni XXIII in Seriate, the restoration of the Theatre alla Scala in Milan, the new casin in Campione d’Italia, the church Santo Volto in Turin, and the wellness centre in Arosa.

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