Linden Tree presentation: February 13th, 2008 (at) 7:00 pm
Brett Terpeluk is a designer transitioning from a decade-long collaboration with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop to his own private practice based in both San Francisco and Genoa, Italy.
At this month’s Linden Tree, Brett will be presenting his first built project, Farina, which overlays a design process rooted in his collaboration with Renzo Piano with a more eclectic craft-based sensibility in which ideas of reuse, tactility, and assembly are explored. Urbanistically, the project attempts to establish an active and theatrical dialogue with the surrounding streetscape.
Since 2004, Brett has been locally managing the design and construction of the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, considered one of the most sustainable projects in the world today. He has taught architecture at both Rice University and CCA. At UC Berkeley, he co-taught the Friedman Professorship studio which explored the relationship between architectural expression and the implementation of sustainable strategies. He has also contributed to notable architectural journals such as Parametro and Casabella.
A Pennsylvania native, Brett was educated at both Princeton (BA) and Rice (MARCH) Universities. A traveling fellowship from Rice triggered his interest in working abroad where he became an integral part of RPBW in Genoa, Italy. He has been actively involved in design and construction processes of Aurora Place Towers (Sydney, Australia), Nasher Sculpture Center (Dallas, Texas), and the Universita` di Treviso (Treviso, Italy).
Brett’s presentations provide a critical window into the design process used within RPBW and its translation into built form. Emphasis is placed upon the articulation of detail and its impact at an urban scale as well as its relation to nature and organic systems.
100 Broderick Street, Number 401
San Francisco, CA US-94117
Phone +1 415 335 3512
brett (at) studioterpeluk.com