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WORKac Founder Architect Dan Wood to Lecture

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 17, 2009) - The University of Kentucky College of Design Lecture Series (pdf) will present a lecture by Dan Wood, one of the founders of New York's WORK Architecture Company. Wood's lecture, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, in 209 Pence Hall.

WORK Architecture Company (WORKac) was founded in 2003 by Amale Andraos and Dan Wood. Based in New York City, the firm believes in giving shape to ideas and the exploration of form through program. Since its inception, the firm has said "yes" to everything, designing more than a hundred projects ranging from a dog house for the urban dog to a new 100 acre city in Las Vegas and a 10,000 square-foot house in Inner Mongolia. WORKac strives to develop architectural and urban planning projects that engage culture and consciousness, nature and artificiality, surrealism and pragmatism.

Recent projects include the new 35,000 square-foot headquarters for the Diane von Furstenberg Studio, selected by the Municipal Art Society for a MASterwork award as the best adaptive reuse of the year; an AIA (American Institute of Architects) award-winning store for Anthropologie in California; and the Master Plan for the new BAM Cultural District in Brooklyn. In 2008, WORKac was selected for the Architecture League’s prestigious Emerging Voices Series and has been featured in publications including profiles in MARK Magazine, Architectural Record, Men’s Vogue and Metropolis.

Dan Wood received his bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree from Columbia University. He lived in Paris and for many years and in the Netherlands before moving to New York in 2002. Wood has taught at the Cooper Union and, together with Andraos, at the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University, where they served as Herbert Baumer Distinguished Visiting Professors. Wood is currently an adjunct professor at Princeton University School of Architecture.  

For more information on the Dan Wood lecture, call the UK College of Design at (859) 257-7617.