Visiting Scholar from Berlin to Speak at U.Va. School of Architecture Oct. 25

October 7, 2010 — Anna Viader Soler will give a Dean's Forum Lecture at the University of Virginia's School of Architecture on Oct. 25, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Campbell Hall, room 153.

Soler's lecture, "The Duck and the Fish: A Tale of Two Cities and Their Landscapes," will elaborate on the premise of an interdisciplinary exhibition she co-curated earlier this year at the Akademie der Kunste in Berlin. The exhibit, "Return of Landscape," probed the future of cities – not only as living spaces, but also as the creative centers of tomorrow's society. Soler will compare the two extreme examples of Las Vegas and Venice – two very different cities currently struggling with similar ecological problems.

Soler studied at the School of Architecture of Barcelona and at the Technical University Berlin. She taught at the Technical University Dresden's Institute of Landscape Architecture from 2004 to 2009. In 2004, she also founded her own office for architecture, urbanism and landscape architecture.

She has won numerous prizes in international landscape architecture competitions and works collaboratively with various offices, including Büro Kiefer, an innovative and respected landscape architecture firm in Berlin.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the University of Virginia International Visiting Scholarship Grant Program.