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Environmentally Conscious German Architect Stefan Behnisch To Give A Dean’s Forum Lecture At U.Va. School Of Architecture On April 1

March 18, 2005 --

German architect Stefan Behnisch is known for his innovative, environmentally conscious design. He will give the Dean's Forum Lecture, "Designs + Concepts," on Friday, April 1, at 5 p.m., at the University of Virginia School of Architecture, Campbell Hall, Room 153.

Behnisch is a partner in the Stuttgart, Germany, firm Behnisch, Behnisch & Partner. He and his team of architects have worked on numerous projects — from single-family houses to city complexes. Some recent projects include the Senscity Paradise Universe, a leisure park in Las Vegas that fosters a new perception and understanding of nature and its laws; the Moscow City Transport Terminal MCTT inMoscow, Russia, a multiuse complex that houses a transport terminal, office and retail space, restaurants, an entertainment center, hotel, wellness center and a wintergarden; and the Genzyme Center in Cambridge, Mass., the new corporate headquarters for Genzyme Corporation built on a former toxic Brownfields site. The building features an internal environment that emphasizes natural light, operable windows, extensive indoor gardens, views of the outdoors, and an "open feel," with extensive shared spaces to facilitate collaboration.This project has garnered numerous accolades, including the Northeast Green Building Award for 2004, Top Ten Green Project from the American Institute of Architects and the Wastewise Program Champion Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

In addition to the Stuttgart office, Behnisch, Behnisch, & Partner recently opened an office in Los Angeles. The original firm, Behnisch & Partner, operates from Sillenbuch, Germany and was founded by Stefan Behnisch’s father, the celebrated architect E.H. Günter Behnisch, in 1952.

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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