Polisano to present lecture
By Julie Kane
Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 24 - March 19, 1998
On March 26, internationally renowned architect Lee A. Polisano will present remarks entitled "Knowledge, Information, and Belief." The lecture will be held at 7:30 p.m., in Squires Colonial Hall. A reception will follow in the Williamsburg Room.
Polisano graduated from Virginia Tech's College of Architecture and Urban Studies in 1977 where he studied under Professor Olivio Ferrari. He joined Kohn Pederson Fox in 1981, and became a senior partner in 1986. In 1989, he co-founded Kohn Pedersen Fox International in London where he currently practices.
Polisano's work involving the integration of building design and technology leads KPF's research and development of environmentally responsive buildings. He has been honored by Engineering News Record and the U.S. construction industry for his building design, and development of construction techniques using architectural concrete.
In 20 years of practice, KPF has completed more than 100 buildings, all commercial structures except for two art galleries and an embassy. Current projects include the Thames Court building in London and the innovative KBB development in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Many of Polisano's projects have received international design awards. He has published several articles, including "Complexity and Contrast--American and European High-Rise Buildings" in Architectural Design (1995), and he is frequently invited to address academic and professional symposia, such as the World Conference on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat in Amsterdam (1995), the Royal Institute of Architects National Convention in Scotland (1996), and Intelligent Building Symposium, Stuttgart (1996).