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"Michael Kalil Retrospective: Design for the 21st Century"
2001-11-01 until 2001-11-30
Parsons Exhibition Gallery, Parsons School of Design
New York, NY, USA United States of America

The Department of Architecture at Parsons School of Design, a division of New School University, will open a retrospective exhibition of the work of Michael Kalil. Michael Kalil was an educator, interior architect and an artist. Up until his death in 1991, he was the principal of Kalil Studio in New York City. Known for his innovative work with technology and materials, Kalil developed a prototype for a space module for habitation, for NASA (1984-1987).

The model for this prototype will be included in the exhibition. Also shown will be Kalil's Electronic Communications Center, designed for Armstrong World Industries, residences and industrial designs. Kalil's work has been extensively published, and exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Sao Paulo Biennial, and MOMA, among other places.

In 1980, he received the Interior Design Award for an automated office space he designed for Armstrong World Industries, and in 1994, he was posthumously awarded the Pratt Institute Alumni Achievement Award for outstanding achievement in design. It was the fist posthumous alumni award granted by the Institute. Kalil taught at Parsons School of Design, The University of North Carolina, and Columbia University, among other schools. In the early 1970's, he co-founded the Open Atelier of Architecture & Design, with Giuseppe Zambonini, to develop new approaches to design education.

In 2000, the Michael Kalil Endowment for Smart Design was established at the Department of Architecture, Parsons School of Design. This endowment will sponsor an annual lecture on natural/technological systems, a topic of growing importance and urgency to architects and society. The first lecturer in the series, William McDonough, a renowned architect who has been at the forefront of sustainable design, will lecture on April 18 in Tishman Auditorium at The New School. The endowment will also award yearly grants to students and practitioners conducting research in the spirit of Michael Kalil's designs.

Parsons' Architecture Department offers a BFA in Architectural Design, the Masters of Architecture and an MA in Lighting Design. The Architecture programs teach students about the built environment in all of its complex forms. They examine the designed world in multiple scales and social practices: from landscapes to furniture, from cities to performance spaces. Students' interdisciplinary training and digital expertise provide them with a range of career opportunities in the design world, such as exhibition design, theater design, environmental art, interior architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture and digital/virtual space production.

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