Craig Dykers : Snøhetta

The New Norwegian Opera House


So my school (Clemson University) puts on a Lecture Series every year… I have to be honest, they have been such a bore in the past; however, this year seems to be shaping up quite nicely. Last Friday we had the best lecturer come to town.

Name: Craig Dykers


Firm: Snøhetta

And he is seriously a bad ass. Obviously intelligent and more than slightly immature. With all that in mind, I walked away having a better respect for the profession with the knowledge that there really are some amazing businesses out there (his being one of them), that are trying to reshape the idea of architecture, business, and how we look at buildings, people, and our understanding of our surroundings — a way in which we can reshape our environment to leave a better footprint than the one we started with.

I took lots of notes….

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the days events, I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do:

“Apparently that’s what architects do now, push papers and move computers…” (after showing the lecture hall a time lapse photo of what happens in a typical day in his office)

“Sky is a piece of the landscape, as much as the ground.”

“If we’re not careful, we will become prisoners of history. We mush acknowledge but NOT be driven by history…” (in response to his library built in Alexandria, Egypt on a site that is obviously surrounded by ancient artifacts)

And something for architects to remember: Dumb floor plans are good. Simplify. — Craig said so.

WE (my studio class) were lucky enough to have him come to a working review of ours. Here’re a few pics of my partner and I presenting our project to Craig. I’m the big ball of hair.

Photos are compliments of Armando Montilla, edited by AAC

Check out the Snøhetta website here.

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