April 8, 2014

Seagram Building
Phyllis Lambert's recently published book, Building Seagram (Yale University Press, 2013), tells not only the history of the Seagram Building (1954–58), but of the culture of post-WWII design, including the significant role corporate patronage played in the era's real estate development, and of the Seagram project's substantial role in shaping landmark legislation and zoning laws in New York City.

Lambert provided an unprecedented personal history of her experience managing the project, as well as of the working relationship between Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson. She offered a detailed scholarly assessment of the design and construction process and the building's cultural legacy and life in the city through more than half a century. Lambert's lecture also focused on stewardship and conservation of the Seagram building.

This event was presented in conjunction with Getty Conservation Institute's Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative, which seeks to advance the practice of conserving twentieth-century heritage.

About the Speaker
Phyllis Lambert, architect, is Founding Director Emeritus of the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montréal, an international research center and museum founded in 1979. She is recognized internationally for her contribution in advancing contemporary architecture, together with her concern for the social issues of urban conservation and the role of architecture in the public realm. Lambert holds an M.S. in Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. She is also an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and Fellow of the Society of Architectural Historians.