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Lecture and Discussion

Connections, Exchanges, (dis)Continuities: Notes from the Students of Louis Kahn

24 de Maio 2023 | 16:00

Auditório Mário Murteira, Ed. Sedas Nunes

Entrada Livre


Frank Farrokh Sabouri

AIA, LEED AP, Principal and Director of Design at Netta Architects, New Jersey

Alberto Souza Oliveira

former Associate Professor at the Lusiada University of Lisbon

Starting in the mid-20th century, renowned architect Louis Kahn ran the Master’s Studio at the University of Pennsylvania, offering a graduate degree. Many young architects from all over the world took part in this prestigious program at the time. This event brings together two of them: Frank Farrokh Sabouri and Alberto Souza Oliveira. Fifty years after their apprenticeship with Kahn, Mr. Sabouri and Mr. Oliveira will reflect on their time in his Studio, the international studies of architecture in the United States in the 1970s, and the dissemination of knowledge within the global architectural scene during and after this time. The audience will also have an opportunity to hear more about the trajectories Mr. Sabouri’s and Mr. Oliveira’s careers took after their studies. After this first portion of the event, Mr. Sabouri will give a presentation on “Spaces-in-Between” in architecture and urbanism, based on his extensive international practice.

The conversation will be moderated by Sonja Dragović, a PhD candidate and a researcher at DINÂMIA’CET, whose interests include the work and legacy of Svetlana Kana Radević, a late Yugoslav architect from Montenegro and one of the rare women to graduate from the Kahn’s Master’s Class during its 19-year run.

About the speakers (short bios)

Frank Sabouri is an international architect, urban designer, and researcher with over 30 years of professional experience. He was a student and apprentice of the American architect Louis Kahn at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving Master’s Degrees in City Planning and Urban Design. In addition to his globe-spanning design work, Mr. Sabouri is an active lecturer, having presented his ideas to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and The National Arts Club in New York and JiaoTong University in Shanghai in addition to a number of professional and academic institutions in the United States and beyond. He is based in Princeton, New Jersey, and for the last seven years has been principal and director of design with the Netta Architects, Planners in New Jersey.

Alberto Souza Oliveira graduated in Architecture from the Lisbon School of Fine Arts in 1969. He has a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the Louis Kahn's Class, of the Graduate School of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania. He worked with Louis Kahn in Philadelphia in 1972/1973.

Mr. Oliveria was an Associate Professor at the Lusiada University of Lisbon until 2015. As a working architect with a career spanning more than five decades, he has contributed extensively to the Portuguese scene, as the author and collaborator of numerous projects and building designs.


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