Freedom Tower Designer to Discuss Architecture and His Work

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Skidmore, Owings & Merrill architect David M. Childs, designer of the planned Freedom Tower in New York City as well as major structures around the globe, will talk about his field and numerous projects on Wednesday, December 7, at 6:00 p.m., in Taylor Hall room 203. His lecture is free and open to the public.

Childs has ranged from corporate, government, and educational buildings to urban master plans, international airports, and luxury hotels, including the Worldwide Plaza on Eighth Avenue, which became the subject of an eight-part television documentary. In 1975, President Ford appointed Childs to chair the National Capital Planning Commission, which he did until 1981. As design director of the Pennsylvania Avenue Commission in Washington, Childs planned the redesign of the nation's most ceremonial. street. He also developed the master plans for the Washington Mall and Constitution Gardens in Washington, D.C., the Riverside South area of Manhattan, and the Con Edison properties adjacent to the United Nations.

The Time Warner headquarters at Columbus Circle, the redevelopment of Pennsylvania Station, the Bear Stearns headquarters on Madison Avenue are among Childs' other prominent New York designs, and his 7 World Trade Center is now under construction. Among his current projects is the renovation and preservation of Lever House, a standard-setting office building in Manhattan.

Childs has designed David Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, and the Lester B. Pearson Airport in Toronto, Canada, as well as additions to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York and Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C. He is also known for the headquarters of National Geographic and U.S. News and World Report in Washington, D.C., the Bertelsmann Tower and 50-story Boston Properties headquarters in Times Square, and the Swiss Bank Center in Stamford, CT.

David Childs has worked out of both New York City and Washington, DC for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, one of the world's leading architecture and design firms with eight offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

The department of art and the Agnes Claflin Fund, a gift of the Friends of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, are co-sponsoring Childs' talk at Vassar. For more information, contact Nicholas Adams, professor of art, at (845) 437-5233. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, December 7, 2005