Russell has been invited to give the keynote lecture at Cal State University in Florence, Italy at the end of April. Following the lecture he will participate on a panel discussion about the future of architectural education along with his former professor, mentor and friend, Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, one of the original founders of Superstudio.
Russell will participate in a panel discussion about the future of housing at the annual INFONAVIT conference in Mexico City on November 14-15. Peter Eisenman will be the keynote speaker.
RNThomsen ARCHITECTURE has been commissioned by INFONAVIT, an agency of the federal government of Mexico, to design a single-family house prototype in rural Querétaro, northwest of Mexico City. Under the direction of Carlos Zedillo, the initiative seeks new ideas and designs from recognized architects for housing prototypes in both rural and urban sites.
Our ongoing project, Thinking the Future of Auschwitz has been published in the latest issue of Perspecta 48 (Amnesia), the Yale School of Architecture Journal. The work is dedicated to the memory of Russell’s late partner and dear friend, Eric A. Kahn.
We are pleased to announce the publication of 30 Years of Emerging Voices: Idea, Form, Resonance (Princeton Architectural Press). The book documents the first thirty years of the Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices program. “Each year the League runs two prestigious programs for early and mid-career architects and designers: Emerging Voices, an invited competition for North American firms and individuals with distinct design voices and significant bodies of realized work; and the Architectural League Prize, a juried portfolio competition organized around a yearly theme for young architects and designers ten years or less out of school.” Russell’s former office, COA was awarded both prizes. Architectural League of NY.
SCI-Arc professor Jake Matatyaou has published a critical essay on our project for Auschwitz entitled, “Nature’s Destructive Character” in the latest issue of the Avery Review (No. 8, Columbia University School of Architecture). Read the essay here.
Russell will participate in a featured panel discussion of the 2015 Conney Conference on Jewish Arts entitled, “What’s a Holocaust Memorial?” Other panelists will be Eric Owen Moss, Robert Eisenman, and Thom Mayne. The event takes place at 7,30 PM at the Doheny Library on the USC campus.
“What’s a Guggenheim?” Russell will participate in a panel presentation and discussion of entries to the international design competition for a new Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki at 7,00 PM in the SCI-Arc Kappe Library. Participants include Hernan Diaz Alonso (Xefirotarch), Griffin Enright Architects, Hodgetts + Fung, Jones, Partners: Architecture, Eric Owen Moss Architects, Oyler Wu Collaborative, Pita & Bloom, Russell Thomsen (RNThomsen Architecture) and Tom Wiscombe (Architecture).
Our project, “Thinking the Future of Auschwitz” has been published in the latest issue of Horizonte, the architectural journal of the Bauhaus in Weimar.
Art Forum has published a poignant remembrance of Russell’s late partner and friend, Eric Kahn, written by our colleague, Wes Jones. Read the article.
A review of our exhibition, “Thinking the Future of Auschwitz” at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) has been published in today’s LA Times Calendar section. Read the article.
Producer Avishay Artsy recently sat down with Russell to discuss the project and exhibition, “Thinking the Future of Auschwitz.” for the KCRW radio program, Which Way LA. Listen to the interview.
Please join us for the opening of our exhibition, “Thinking the Future of Auschwitz” in the Kappe Library at SCI-Arc. A reception will follow a public discussion between SCI-Arc Director, Eric Owen Moss and Russell. Watch the video.
We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant for our project, “Thinking the Future of Auschwitz” by the Graham Foundation for the Arts in Chicago. We would like to thank everyone at the Graham for their valuable support. Graham Foundation for the Arts.