September 30, 2010 — Merrill Elam will give the Harry S. Shure Visiting Professor Lecture at the University of Virginia's School of Architecture on Oct. 18 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Campbell Hall, room 153.
Elam is a principal in the firm of Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects of Atlanta. Her lecture, "WORK," will provide an overview of her firm's architectural projects, which include modernist buildings ranging from sleek, subtle designs to asymmetrical and unconventional architectural solutions.
In addition to architecture, the firm also engages in graphic design, exhibit design, interior design, planning, programming and research.
Elam lectures and teaches frequently, recently as a visiting critic at Syracuse University and the William Henry Bishop Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University, and has served as visiting critic at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and Southern California Institute of Architecture.
Elam and Mack Scogin have collaborated for more than 30 years. Their work has received multiple national awards, and their current projects include the Yale University Health Services Center in New Haven, Conn.; the Gates Center for Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh; and the new U.S. Federal Courthouse in Austin, Texas.
Established in 1984 and supplemented in 1989 by Michael A. Shure, a 1960 graduate of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, in honor of his father, Harry Shure, the professorship provides for a distinguished practitioner to lead a graduate-level studio and give a lecture each academic year. The studio culminates in the limited production of "a small elegant document," typically a book, portraying the intentions and outcome of the studio.
— By Ellen Cathey