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Lecture: Andrew Kudless (Bill Kendall Memorial Professor of Design Technologies) | Matsys

Monday, October 19, 2020

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This lecture is being held via Zoom. CLICK HERE to register and gain access!


“On Growth and Form”

Andrew Kudless discusses the work of his firm Matsys through four connected topics that are essential to the way he designs. First, Kudless discusses the role of drawing in architectural design and production and its future in an age of automation. Second, Kudless describes his understanding of the material practice of architecture and its place in architectural education. Third, he discusses building solidarity with nonhuman life in architecture, to paraphrase Timothy Morton. Finally, the lecture concludes with a focus on the relationship between form, performance, and fabrication through an in-depth exploration of the design and construction process for Confluence Park in San Antonio.

About Andrew Kudless | Matsys
Bill Kendall Memorial Professor of Design Technologies

Andrew Kudless is a designer based in Houston, Texas where he is the Bill Kendall Memorial Endowed Professor at the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design as well as the Director of the Advanced Media Technology Lab. Founder of the design firm Matsys, Kudless came to Houston from San Francisco where he served as Professor at the California College of the Arts. He has taught design studios, workshops, and seminars at Ohio State University, the Architectural Association (London), Yale University, and Rice University. In 2019, Kudless received the American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Honor Award, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Faculty Design Award, and Texas Society of Architects (TxA) Design Award all for his work on Confluence Park in San Antonio, Texas - a project by Matsys and Lake | Flato Architects.

In 2005, Kudless was the Howard E. LeFevre Fellow for Emerging Practitioners at Ohio State University. He received the Design Merit Award in the Far Eastern International Digital Architecture Design (FEIDAD) competition in 2004 and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to research architectural design and urbanism in the Kansai region of Japan in 1998. Recently, Kudless became the first American to have work in the Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades Collection of furniture and design.

Kudless holds a Master of Arts with distinction from the Architectural Association’s Emergent Technologies and Design graduate program and a Master of Architecture with honors from the Tulane University School of Architecture. He has worked as a designer for Allied Works Architecture in Portland and New York and as a digital design, modeling, and fabrication consultant for Expedition Engineering in London. Kudless’ work has been exhibited in the United States, England, France, Japan and China, and is also in the permanent collections of the Pompidou Centre, the FRAC Centre, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Learn more about the work of Andrew Kudless and Matsys.