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A One-Hour History of Architecture

Published 11/06/2013 12:00 AM
Updated 11/06/2013 10:49 AM
Press release from Centerbrook Architects

Alaskan architect and artist Michael A. Mense presents a quick and quirky history of architecture on Friday, Nov. 15 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Essex Library at 33 West Avenue. The event is free.

Mense's talk addresses the changing role of the architect in society and the wariness of the American public about the profession. His illustrated presentation also will touch on his belief that there is a need to redefine both how architecture is practiced and how architects are educated.

Mense, FAIA, founded mmenseArchitects in 1979 and has designed 1,250 projects in Alaska and the Lower 48. He has served as an awards juror for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and currently is a member of the AIA Committee on Design Advisory Group, which he chaired in 2012. Previously, he was a trustee of the Anchorage Museum Association, chairman of the Anchorage Urban Design Commission, president of KSKA Public Radio, and an instructor at Anchorage Community College. The Anchorage Museum and the International Gallery of Contemporary Art have displayed his art.

This free event is part of the monthly Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series, a collaboration between the firm and the Essex Library. For more information and to register, call the Essex Library at 860-767-1560 or visit www.youressexlibrary.org.

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