Stephen Kieran of Kieran Timberlake delivers a keynote lecture at Ryerson University

In conjunction with the ar.chi.tect: Redefining the Profession symposium taking place on January 28, 2014 at the Design Exchange in Toronto, architect Stephen Kieran delivers a keynote lecture from 6:30pm to 8:00pm on Monday, January 27, 2014 in The Pit at Ryerson University’s Department of Architectural Science, located at 325 Church Street in Toronto. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.

Stephen Kieran is a partner at KieranTimberlake, an architecture firm recognized for its beautifully crafted, thoughtfully made buildings that are holistically integrated to site, program and people. Established in Philadelphia in 1984, the firm’s achievements are the results of a thorough examination of the craft of architecture at all levels, from its early adoption of building information modeling and environmental analysis tools, to close collaboration with fabricators, to engagement with materials scientists.

Examples include Melvin J. and Claire Levine Hall at the University of Pennsylvania, which employs the first actively ventilated curtain wall of its type in North America; SmartWrap™, a mass-customizable building envelope exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; Cellophane House™, a fully recyclable, energy-gathering dwelling exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art in New York; and the Embassy of the United States in London, which employs strategies to significantly reduce energy consumption and sets an agenda to achieve carbon neutrality.

Stephen and his partner, James Timberlake, received the first Benjamin Latrobe Fellowship for architectural design research from the AIA College of Fellows in 2001. KieranTimberlake has received numerous design citations including the 2008 Architecture Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects, and the 2010 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Architecture from the Smithsonian Institution.

Kieran has co-authored five books on architecture, including the influential Refabricating Architecture, and two new books in 2011, Cellophane House™, and KieranTimberlake: Inquiry. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University, and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a recipient of the Rome Prize.

In addition to his architectural practice, he teaches a graduate research studio at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. He has also held professorships at the University of Washington, Yale University, the University of Michigan, and Princeton University.