GSD Talks | George Baird: Writings on Architecture and the City
George Baird is a partner in Baird Simpson Neuert Architects, the Toronto-based architecture and urban design firm, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto. Baird first established his firm in 1972, and has since designed award-winning architecture, as well as published a number of books that helped to establish the firm’s reputation for intelligent urban analysis. Prior to his work in Toronto, Baird was the G. Ware Travelstead Professor of Architecture at Harvard GSD from 1993 to 2004. It was here that he taught design studio and architecture theory, and continued to explore and write about themes of meaning in architecture and public space.
Over his five decades as an educator, Baird has raised important questions about theory, design practice, and the city. He has published widely and lectured extensively around the world on topics ranging from the political and social status of urban public space to “critical architecture.” Writings on Architecture and the City is a collection of essays written by Prof. Baird over the span of his career. With a total of 24 texts—four having been published in the Harvard Design Magazine—Prof. Baird’s newest publication focuses on his continued interest in planning and the built environment.
Prof. Baird will speak about his book. Following his talk, Michael Hays, Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory, and Preston Scott Cohen, Gerald M. McCue Professor in Architecture, will engage him in conversation.
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