Public events and activities in Graduate Architecture and Urban Design are held in Higgins Hall Center Auditorium and the Robert and Hazel Segal Gallery. The center building—designed by Steven Holl and opened in 2005—hosts the school’s multimedia facilities as well as large bright open studios for the graduate program. School-wide lectures, symposia, and conferences bring a diverse set of architects, theorists, and practitioners from related fields to show and discuss their work in open an forum. The Segal Gallery hosts annual shows, special events, exhibitions of contemporary work, and historical scholarship.
LECTURES: PRATT SESSIONS
GAUD PRATT SESSIONS: OVERVIEW
The Pratt Sessions are a new format of lecture—organized by the GAUD Chair and the Dean as part of the School of Architecture’s lecture series—aiming to encourage student participation in a discussion-oriented format.
The GAUD actively promotes the discourse of its programs and engages audiences across the School of Architecture and Pratt Institute through a variety of exhibitions and exhibition formats annually. These are a central component for fostering exchange, sharing the exemplary work of our students and cultivating interdisciplinary awareness throughout the Institute and School.
LECTURES: PRATT PARALLELS
Pratt Parallels brings the GAUD, its faculty, and students thinking outside of the boundaries of the Institute and into the city via collaborations with other creatively oriented cultural institutions, governmental entities and/or non-profit organizations.
The GAUD forms partnerships with various exhibition-based organizations who have a vested interest in the discourse of our graduate programs and the work that is produced by their faculty and students. Ranging in duration, these exhibitions form a constellation of channels through which the GAUD interfaces with local, national and international communities. These exhibitions offer those students who are fortunate enough to participate in them the opportunity to exhibit their work and ideas in world leading venues and to engage audiences within and outside of architecture, New York City and Brooklyn.
LECTURES: PRATT IN_SIDES
Pratt IN_Sides are a group of ongoing lectures related to course-work across the three programs of the GAUD and showcase the tremendous range of people coming IN to the GAUD and interacting with our students and Directed Research Initiative. The lectures are internally oriented, primarily for enrolled students (though some ARE public) and meant to reveal a “side” of the discourse that is somewhat obfuscated or under exposed—correlating the title to the “B-Sides” of a recording session for musical artists.
CRITIQUES: CRITIC AT LARGE
In design studio critiques, GAUD faculty and invited outside evaluators, enthusiasts, and practitioners look beyond the evaluation process to create engaging moments of open debate and discourse about student projects and the studio proposition.
The School of Architecture Lecture Series includes designers, thinkers, architects, and interdisciplinary thought leaders from around the world each semester. All lectures are open to the GAUD students and are pertinent to their studies while at Pratt. The Pratt Sessions Lectures, which make up a percentage of the SoA Lecture Series each semester, are specifically curated by the GAUD Chair and oriented around the subjects of the Directed Research Initiative.
Cross-Sections reviews are a unique format of review foster discourse between different sections of any single studio. They occur in each program, within both the Core and Advanced Curricular areas of those programs and typically at least once a semester.
SYMPOSIUMS AND WORKSHOPS
Department-organized symposiums and workshops aim to reach across disciplines to generate new forms of knowledge and define new modes of practice. GAUD faculty and students are joined by leading experts and practitioners from a range of fields to investigate topics of contemporary importance relating society, politics, education, public information, public space, and the environment within the context of architecture.