Lecturer: Chad Oppenheim - "Enhance Life"
On October 18, 2012 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Through a deep respect for place, the architecture of Chad Oppenheim serves to enrich its surroundings, the lives of its inhabitants, and its patrons. Mr. Oppenheim will be showing projects of various scale that his office is completing around the world that serve the main goal of his mission - which is to enhance life.
Chad Oppenheim is a Miami-based international architect whose work encompasses all realms of design, ranging from large-scale urban architecture, museums, and universities, to interiors and furnishings. Founded in 1999, Oppenheim Architecture + Design (OAD) has garnered global recognition for socially and environmentally conscious architecture, as well as setting trends in the sustainable and humanitarian sectors.
The environment continues as the main inspiration behind the firm’s work. In Miami, Oppenheim redefined modernism by allowing nature to be at the forefront. The donation of a stunning new entrance to Simpson Park, one of South Florida’s last natural hardwood hammock ecosystems, was gifted to the City of Miami, reintroducing the park to the community.
Recently expanding to Switzerland with a new office in Basel, OAD’s completion of the Enzo Enea Headquarters in Rapperswil-Jona, sets the stage for the world-class tree museum.
Oppenheim’s design for the Net Metropolis commercial complex – currently under construction in Manila – has the distinction of being the pilot project in the Filipino government’s first ever national sustainable design program, developed in concert with the US Green Building Council.
A graduate of Cornell University, his uncompromising commitment to green architecture has made Oppenheim a highly sought-after global lecturer, adjunct professor of architecture at Florida International University, and the recipient of over 50 academic and career distinctions, including 33 AIA Awards.
Oppenheim’s Miami home is a direct reflection of his philosophies. Featured in numerous publications, including The New York Times, where hailed as “a minimalist on a beach of excess,” he resides in Villa Allegra with his wife and muse, Ilona, their son Hendrix and their daughter Liloo.
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