Cascieri 20 :: Brendan MacFarlane :: Thursday 3.29.12

Photo by Richard Griswold
 By Richard Griswold, BAC Associate Provost and Dean of Students

"We would really like to see an excellent Parisian design office."--That was the request from the students at the practice-based design school. Jovi Cruces and I pack a lot in our yearly study abroad program and we are always trying to outdo prior summers with some new adventure, so we seized upon the notion.

Pink Bar, Restaurant Georges at the Pompidou Centre, Paris. Designed by Jakob+MacFarlane. Photo by Nicolas Borel  

In the spring of 2008 we wrote to Brendan MacFarlane, founding principal of Jakob+MacFarlane, because his firm’s work has such a legible conceptual basis: it has rigor and real ambition, yet there’s a  joy that runs through the work that is unmistakable. We first encountered his Georges café atop the Pompidou Center in a prior summer, and as we learned about the work of his firm, we were impressed with their success with work at a  range of scales, from furniture to interiors to building to master plan. We had a terrific office visit in 2008, and when we returned with a second set of students a year later, he met us on the job site of the firm’s rue Herold social housing where we were able to appreciate his incorporation of visionary sustainability principles into the firm’s signature aesthetic.

Their careful attention to detail – the commitment to realizing a comprehensive vision, is impressive. The use of color is brave and bold. His work inspired us all, as did the clarity with which he shares that work. So it is no surprise really that the students would put his name forward for the Atelier student lecture series. I am thrilled to welcome Brendan MacFarlane as a guest to our campus this week, and encourage you to attend Thursday’s Cascieri Lecture at 7 pm, to understand the stories of his work. 

Photos of our summer visits to Paris can be seen here. The students pictured in these images are:

Chris Raichle, B.Arch
Greg Spears, M.Arch
Arlen Stawasz, B.Arch
Griscel Hernandez-Diaz, B.Arch (Graduate)
Sarah Eigen Davis, M. Arch (Graduate)
Lian Davis, M. Arch (Graduate)
Nancy Santorelli, MID
Mika Gillmore, BID (Graduate)
Stephanie Bruss, BID
Adam Westlund, B.Arch
Donald Barany, B.Arch
Levi Tofias, M.Arch

Renee Rodiger, B.Arch
Jonathan Fertig, M.Arch (Graduate)
Ben Herter, M.Arch
Scott Brown, M.Arch (Graduate)
Rodney Cudmore, M.Arch
Cyndi Theriault, MID
Dorian Juncewicz, M.Arch
Michael Hamilton, M.Arch
Jarrod Quartell, B.Arch