Dallas Architecture Forum Lecture Series: Gordon Gill
Gordon Gill is one of the world’s preeminent exponents of performance-based architecture. His work, which ranges from the world’s largest buildings to sustainable communities, is driven by his philosophy that there is a purposeful relationship between formal design and performance, and that there is a language of performance, which is the basis of his practice: Form Follows Performance. Gill is a founding partner of the award-winning firm of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, whose work includes the design of the world’s first net zero-energy skyscraper, the Pearl River Tower, and the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa (both designed while at SOM Chicago). The firm also designed the world’s first large-scale positive energy building Masdar Headquarters, and the world’s tallest tower, Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Most recently the design of Astana Expo 2017 and its sustainable legacy community for Astana, Kazakhstan was developed. These landmark projects pursue energy independence by harnessing the power of natural forces on site and striking a balance with their environmental contexts. Gill’s designs also include performing arts centers, museums, strategic carbon planning and urban master plans across the globe.
Gill’s work has been published and exhibited widely in the U.S. and internationally and his designs have repeatedly been recognized by the American Institute of Architects. In 2009 he was selected as Chicago’s Best Emerging Architect by the Chicago Reader and in 2013 Gill was elected to The College of Fellows at the American Institute of Architects. Gordon Gill earned a B.S. in Architecture at Ryerson University, then earned a Master in Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington and an additional Master of Architecture at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard.
This lecture is being presented by The University of Texas at Arlington College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs (CAPPA), in collaboration with The Dallas Architecture Forum, in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the School of Architecture.