Noted architect will speak Wednesday

Lecture at BMA

February 28, 1999|By Edward Gunts

Sarah Susanka, a Minnesota-based architect who co-wrote "The Not So Big House" and whose firm designed Life Magazine's 1999 "Dream House," will discuss her view of residential design during a lecture that starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Baltimore Museum of Art, on Art Museum Drive.

Susanka is the lead-off speaker in the spring lecture series sponsored by the Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Nationally, she has gained attention as a young architect who believes that bigger is not necessarily better. Quality of space, not quantity, is the idea behind many of her designs.

"Why are we drawn more to smaller, more personal spaces than to large, more expensive ones?" she asks. "What makes the sunny, intimate breakfast nook more inviting than the vaulting spaciousness of a cathedral-ceiling great room?"

She asks her clients to record "the dimensions and details of spaces which make them especially comfortable" and to keep a log of where they spend time at home, as she guides them "in a kind of self-analysis that bucks the trend toward ever-larger houses and helps them recognize their true needs and desires."

The theme of the AIA lecture series this spring is "Threshold" -- approaching the start of a new millennium and reflecting on the century just past. Other scheduled speakers are architects Brian MacKay-Lyons March 17, James Polshek April 7 and architectural historian Beatriz Colomina April 21.

All lectures will be at the Baltimore Museum of Art and will start at 6 p.m. Series tickets are $40 per person, or $35 for members of the AIA, the museum and the Baltimore Architectural Foundation. Tickets for individual lectures are $12 per person ($8 each for seniors and students with ID).

For more information, call, 410-625-2585.

Pub Date: 2/28/99

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