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October 6, 2020

APDesign Ekdahl Lecture Series presents architect Carlos Jiménez

Submitted by Thom Jackson

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Carlos Jiménez, principal and lead designer at Carlos Jiménez Studio, will present "Reflections, and some recent works" as part of the College of Architecture, Planning & Design's, or APDesign, 2020-2021 Ekdahl Lecture Series at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7. The lecture will be presented virtually and is free and open to the public.

Born in San Jose, Costa Rica, in 1959, Jiménez moved to the United States in 1974. He graduated from the University of Houston School of Architecture in 1981, receiving awards for best thesis project and best portfolio. Jiménez established his own office in Houston in 1983. He was a visiting professor at Rice University, Texas A&M University, Southern California Institute of Architecture, UCLA, University of Texas-Arlington, University of Houston, Williams College, University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Tulane University, University of Texas-Austin, University of California-Berkeley and the University of Oregon.

Jiménez was a lecturer, juror and visiting critic at universities and cultural institutions throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Japan. He has been a tenured professor at Rice University School of Architecture since the year 2000. He was a jury member of the Pritzker Architecture Prize from 2001-2011.

His awards for excellence in design and teaching include Design Intelligence Most Admired Educator 2013; Rice University’s 2013 George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching; AIA Houston Educator of the Year, 2009; AIA Houston Honor Award, 2007-2008; Academic Leader Award, Tecnologico de Monterrey at Queretaro, 2009-2010; Charles Duncan Award, Rice University, 2006; Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award, 2004; Architectural Record Houses Award, 2004, 1996, 1994, 1990; AIA Indianapolis Honor Awards, 2003, and Architecture, 2002; Progressive Architecture Young Architects, 1987; The Architectural League of New York Young Architects Award, 1988; Emerging Voices, 1994; Forty Under Forty, 1995; Fifty Under Fifty and Hall of Fame, 1995; Tulane University’s first Favrot chair in architecture, 1996; University of Texas, Austin’s McDermott visiting professor, 1997, and Ruth Carter Stevenson chair in architecture, 2004; Harvard University’s Eliot Noyes visiting design professor, 1997; Universidad del Diseno’s Doctor Honoris Causa, 1998; U.C. Berkeley’s Friedman visiting professor, 1999; and University of Oregon’s Pietro Beluschi distinguished visiting professor, 2000.

Jiménez's work is exhibited at museums and galleries in Houston; New York; Los Angeles; Moscow; Montreal; Santa Monica; Austin; Mexico City; Manhattan, Kansas; Williamstown; New Orleans; Fort Worth; Chicago; Cambridge, Arrecife — Lanzarote, Canary Islands; Kansas City; Dallas; Greencastle; Greenwich; Washington, D.C.; and Philadelphia.

Principal built works include the Houston Fine Art Press, the Lynn Goode Gallery, the Central Administration/Junior School Building for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Spencer Studio Art Building at Williams College Massachusetts, the Cummins Engine Child Development Center in Columbus Indiana, the Peeler Art Center at DePauw University, Indiana, the Irwin Mortgage Corporate Headquarters, Indiana, the Library Service Center and Data Center at Rice University, Crowley House in Marfa, the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, the Evry Urban Housing Tower, Evry France, and the Benopia Civic Center in Gandia, Spain, among others. 

Carlos Jiménez Studio is an award-winning, internationally recognized firm based in Houston. Jiménez, principal and lead designer, is actively involved in all stages of design for each project — from the initial phase through development, planning, construction to completion. Since founded in 1983, the Carlos Jiménez Studio has striven for excellence in design through projects ranging in scale, type and locality: from an art studio building facing the serene Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts to a corporate headquarters along a busy freeway in Indiana, from a house in the sparse hills of Marfa to the lively streets of North Philadelphia, from a day care center in Columbus to a Data Center in Houston, from a residential tower in the satellite city of Evry to a community center in the medieval traces of Gandia. Carlos Jiménez Studio thrives in the collaboration with our clients and consultants to resolve the demands of program, address the circumstances of site, and arrive at the optimum design solution. 

View a full listing of the 2020-2021 Ekdahl Lectures and virtual links.

The Oscar S. Ekdahl Distinguished Lecture Series in Architecture and Design brings the finest professionals in the design and planning disciplines to APDesign and the K-State community. These individuals are selected to avail faculty, staff, students and regional professionals to the potency of design and planning in addressing the issues we face as a global society. The series honors Oscar Ekdahl who received his Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University in 1933 and was a founding partner in Ekdahl, Davis, Depew, Persson Architects PA in Topeka.

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