Craftsman Architect to Give Keynote Speech at U.Va. Architecture School Career Forum on Feb. 23

February 09, 2007

Feb. 9, 2007 -- As a practicing architect, Steve Badanes, founder of Jersey Devil Design/Build in Seattle, Wash., perpetuates the tradition of medieval craftsmanship. The firm of skilled craftsmen, architects, inventors and artists is "committed to the interdependence of building and design" with careful attention to craft and detail. Jersey Devil architects/builders live on-site during construction of their designs, which are known for energy efficiency and innovative use of materials. Badanes' keynote talk "Environmental Acupuncture: Jersey Devil and the neighborhood design build studio" on Feb. 23 at the University of Virginia School of Architecture's Career Forum will focus on the firm's work and ethos. Over the last 25 years they have created projects that critique conventional practice, both the process of making architecture and the accepted contemporary definitions of architecture itself. Commissions have included private homes, schools, public structures and the winning entry, "The Fremont Troll," in the Hall of Giants 1990 Competition in Seattle, Wash.
Badanes has lectured on Jersey Devil's work at more than 100 universities in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Their work has been the subject of two books: "The Jersey Devil Design/Build Book" (1985) and "Devil's Workshop: 25 Years of Jersey Devil Architecture" (1997).

Badanes attended Wesleyan University for undergraduate studies and Princeton University, where he received his Master of Architecture degree. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, as well as a Fellowship from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. He has conducted design/build workshops at the University of Technology in Helsinki, Finland, the University of Oregon, the University of Washington, the University of Miami, Ball State University, the University of California at San Diego, Florida A&M University, Miami University in Ohio, North Dakota State University, the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin.

Badanes holds the Howard Wright Endowed Chair at the University of Washington College of Architecture & Planning where he directs the Neighborhood Design/Build Studio.

Badanes's talk, "Environmental Acupuncture: Jersey Devil and the neighborhood design build studio," will be in Campbell Hall, Room 158, at 5 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Alice Keys at (434) 924-7019 or