As part of the 50th anniversary of the Kimbell, expert engineers, architects, and art historians will discuss the working relationship of two brilliant Estonian-born colleagues: structural engineer August Komendant, a pioneer of precast, prestressed, thin- shell concrete, and Louis I. Kahn, creator of modernist architecture with monumental forms and poetic light. 

Their dynamic but sometimes contentious collaboration produced some of the most innovative, acclaimed buildings of the twentieth century, including the Salk Institute and the Kimbell Art Museum. 

 

Schedule

Welcome
Eric M. Lee, director, Kimbell Art Museum

Moderator and Panelist
Guy Nordenson, professor, structural engineering and architecture, School of Architecture, Princeton University, New Jersey; partner, Guy Nordenson and Associates, New York

Panelist
Thomas Taylor, design director, Datum Engineers, Dallas

Engineering Modern Architecture: Highlights of August Komendant’s Career
Carl-Dag Lige, junior researcher, Faculty of Architecture, Estonian Academy of Arts,Tallinn, Estonia

Komendant and Kahn: Collaborative Design Innovation with Materials and Geometry
Caitlin Mueller, associate professor, department of civil and environmental engineering; associate professor, department of architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

Kimbell in Context:Technology and Collaboration in Concrete Modernism
Tyler Sprague, associate professor, department
of architecture; adjunct professor, department of civil and environmental engineering, University of Washington, Seattle

Kahn and Komendant: Design in Two-Point Perspective
Shantel Blakely, assistant professor, School of Architecture, Rice University, Houston