MEDIA: Prior to the lecture, journalists are invited to the Milstein Hall media tour, led by OMA Partner Shohei Shigematsu and Kent Kleinman, Cornell dean of Architecture, Art and Planning from noon to 2 p.m., on Oct. 20, 2011. For information contact Blaine Friedlander, Cornell Press Office, at [email protected] or (607) 254-8093.

Newswise — ITHACA, N.Y. – Rem Koolhaas, Pritzker Prize-winner and co-founder of noted architectural firm OMA, will present a lecture at Bailey Hall, Cornell University campus, on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011 at 5 p.m. The OMA-designed Milstein Hall is the first new building for Cornell’s architecture students in 100 years.

Milstein Hall’s 25,000 square feet of flexible studio space opened in August, housing 16 architecture studios for the fall semester. The 250-seat auditorium opens in early October and will function as a central-events location within the college.

Milstein Hall information:

Milstein Hall is a breakthrough facility for Cornell University as it physically unites many of the College of Architecture Art and Planning’s (AAP) resources, while providing a contemporary platform for the top-ranked undergraduate program for architecture in the United States. Milstein Hall is the first new building for the college in more than 100 years — and the surrounding outer spaces created by its addition — is designed to immediately transform the education and training with its facilities and resources that stimulate inventiveness and interaction.

Says Kent Kleinman, Cornell dean of Architecture, Art, and Planning, “Milstein Hall is an extraordinary new addition to AAP’s suite of buildings, providing the academic and physical ‘center of gravity’ for the design arts at Cornell. With 25,000 square feet of open studio space, a lecture hall for 250 people, and generous critique space, Milstein Hall makes it possible for AAP to radically reconfigure the way design is taught. From a pedagogical point of view, the building is transformative.”

Koolhaas has won several international awards including the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2000 and the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2010 Venice Biennale. He heads the work of both OMA and AMO (the research branch of OMA.) The AMO firm operates in areas beyond the realm of architecture, such as media, politics, renewable energy and fashion.

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