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Open Notes of Architecture: Professor Jan Wampler

Event Type: Lecture
Presented By: School of Arch. & Community Design
Jan Wampler is a distinguished figure in the field of architecture, having graduated from Harvard's Graduate School of Design in 1964. After completing his education, he worked as Director of Diseño Urbano at ARUV in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he designed and oversaw the construction of numerous housing projects. His work was recognized with the First Design Award from Progressive Architecture in 1968 for the La Puntilla project in the old city of San Juan. 

Wampler returned to Boston and became the Director of the Planning Design Group for the Boston Redevelopment Authority. During this time, He designed the 1976 International Exposition to be built in Boston. In 1970, he established his own office and was invited to teach at MIT's Architecture Program, where he remained as the appointed Director of the Undergraduate Program until 2015. He also taught at various other institutions, including the University of California, Berkeley, Pomona, RISD, the University of Sydney, and Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. 
Wampler's office has designed numerous projects and received many awards, including the Angela Westover House, which received Design Awards from BSA and Massachusetts AIA. He has also authored a book titled "All Their Own" and was featured at MIT with several exhibitions, most notably "Open Strings for E," which summarized his work over 25 years. The exhibition earned him high praise, with Robert Campbell, an architectural critic, referring to him as the "Walt Whitman of Architecture." 

Jan Wampler has been a guest professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa since 2010, where he completed his second book, "Open Notes for Young Architects," which has received numerous positive reviews. Wampler taught at the University of South Florida until he resigned in 2023. Currently, he is working on his third book, “Open Notes at 85 - Search on the Journey”, while also overseeing several urban design and architecture projects in China. These projects include a Museum of Chinese Antiques, a new city for Chengdu, housing, and a community center near Beijing. Wampler's latest project is designing a public space system for Beijing, China, which promises to be an exciting undertaking. 

His lecture will look at architecture through a different lens, showing some of his work over the years and a thought for the future. 
Date: 2/13/2024
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Location: Judy Genshaft Honors
Start Time: 5:30 PM
End Time: 7:30 PM
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