Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series Continues With Architect Barry Svigals, FAIA

February 17, 2014

“The Art of Creative Engagement in Architecture”
Friday, February 21st at 7 p.m. at the Essex Library

Barry Svigals, whose New Haven firm was recently chosen to design Newtown’s new elementary school, will give an illustrated presentation on the art of creative engagement in architecture. His talk will discuss the joys of the collaborative process, focusing on collaboration as a tool, and he will employ several interactive exercises to identify common pitfalls of group interaction that impede open communication and short circuit creativity.

Svigals coauthored a new book, “Collaboration,” and is a proponent of creative thinking and artistic stimulation as a means to achieving breakthrough architecture and human performance. A graduate of the Yale School of Architecture, he studied sculpture at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris.

He founded Svigals + Partners, an architecture and art firm based in New Haven, in 1983. Its portfolio encompasses sculpture, furniture design, and campus planning. Major buildings completed by the firm often feature large-scale sculptural works by Mr. Svigals, including the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and several public schools in New Haven. Among its clients are Yale, Pepsi and Kodak.