Founders of SANAA, the 2010 Pritzker Prize-winning architectural firm, visited S. R. Crown Hall this afternoon. They were spotted by two College of Architecture students who work for the Mies Society, Chris Kleehammer (far left) and Archit Sawhney (far right). Ryue Nishizawa (inside left) and Kazuyo Sejima (inner right) are speaking in a sold-out lecture at the Art Institute of Chicago tonight, an event for which Kleehammer and Sawhney bought tickets weeks ago.
So just how did this duo spot these famous but low-key architects? “I really admire their work a lot, and I did a paper on them,” Sawhney said. “I just remembered their pictures.” He said the four of them had a brief conversation about Crown Hall.
SANAA was short-listed as a finalist in the design of Illinois Institute of Technology’s McCormick Tribune Campus Center, which opened in 2003 and was designed by Rem Koolhaas.› Read more