Susan T. Rodriguez, FAIA made a presentation titled “Overlay: Current Work” on November 3rd for the 2022 AIA Central PA Fall Lecture. Susan T Rodriguez Architecture is a decorated 5 year old firm based in New York City – she was a founding Partner and Design Principal at Ennead Architects (formerly Polshek Partnership & she noted the profound impact Jim Polshek had on her both in terms of empowering her but also informing her design sensibilities).
Susie presented 14 projects from her diverse portfolio that ranged from federal courthouses to school buildings to museums to housing to recreational centers with the aspiration of creating extraordinary places. She presented the projects through the lens of her rich historical analytical process in an effort to improve the communities and places where she works by focusing on who the buildings are for.
The work was compelling without fail which is impressive particularly given the range of scales and building types. The historic images, design sketches, conceptual diagrams, material collages, and “x-ray” sections thoroughly explained the building designs.
I took her presentation as not only an overview of her body of work and what informs it but also a call to action. Susie spoke of the architect’s responsibility to not only realize our clients’ visions and aspirations but also sustain and improve our communities and respect the natural environment. View the lecture here.
Thank You to all the Sponsors – 16 sponsors made the lecture possible – and all the Attendees – we had another strong turnout. Special thanks to Armstrong for being such tremendous hosts