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Transcripts and Notes of Speeches, Lectures and Seminars [subseries]

Within the large Professional Papers series, the Transcripts and Notes of Speeches, Lectures and Seminars subseries contains materials related to over 150 presentations given by Birkerts during his career. These transcripts and notes document Birkerts' professional and artistic beliefs, design philosophy and creative process. The subseries is arranged in three further sub-subseries describing the venues of Birkerts' presentations: Academic, Professional and Public, and Dedications. The Academic sub-subseries contains speaking notes and transcripts of the speeches and lectures given by Birkerts to students and faculty at various academic institutions. The Professional and Public sub-subseries includes similar material for addresses given by Birkerts to his professional colleagues as well as to the general public. Comments made by Birkerts at the dedications of a few of the buildings which he designed make up the Dedications sub-subseries. Researchers should note that specific building projects tend to be mentioned in the speeches and lectures occurring between the times of a building's design and completion. For example, Domino's Farms is discussed quite frequently in lectures given from 1984 through 1985. These three sub-subseries contain lectures which can be heard on corresponding audiotapes or videotapes (marked with an * or a #), which are listed in the Audio-Visual Materials subseries. The researcher should also be aware that additional lectures and speeches can be found in the Sources Used for Publication subseries.

 
Academic Institutions
 
Speech Note Cards 1965-1976, undated
Box   1  
Lawrence Technological University February 6, 1965

(*)

Box   1  
University of Kentucky December 2, 1965
Box   1  
University of Arkansas April 10-11, 1969

(*)

Box   1  
University of Michigan February 26, 1970

(*)

Box   1  
Rice University and University of Texas February 1971
Box   1  
University of Michigan December 4, 1971
Box   1  
North Dakota State University February 9, 1972
Box   1  
Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute February 23, 1976
Box   1  
Five speeches undated
Box   1  
University of Michigan Wallenberg Symposium Panel on "Architecture as a Humane Art," March 16, 1972
Box   1  
University of Michigan Brown Bag October 1976

(*)

Box   1  
Rhode Island School of Design January 1977
Box   1  
Texas A & M University February 3, 1977
Box   1  
New York Institute of Technology April 25, 1977

(*)

Box   1  
Kent State University-"Appropriate Architecture, Architecture of No Style, Architecture of Response," September 22, 1977
Box   1  
University of Nebraska November 10, 1977

(*)

Box   1  
University of Florida-Gainesville and Columbia University 1977
Box   1  
Speech Templates 1977
Box   1  
University of Texas at Austin November 15, 1978
Box   1  
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Seminar February 20, 1979

(*)

Box   1  
University of Detroit School of Architecture-"The Philosophy and Methodology of Gunnar Birkerts," March 23, 1979
Box   1  
Louisiana State University September 25, 1979

(*)

Box   1  
Arizona State University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign October 6 and November 1, 1979

(*)

Box   1  
Miscellaneous Lecture Notes circa 1970s
Box   1  
Georgia Institute of Technology and Auburn University February 19-20, 1980
Box   1  
Southern California Institute of Architecture, California Polytechnic State University and University of California, Berkeley May 6-8, 1980
Box   1  
University of Michigan Seminar-"Knowing Yourself," September 1980

(*)

Box   1  
SUNY Buffalo and University of Kentucky September 29 and October 6, 1980

(*)

Box   1  
University of Michigan-"Man the Builder," circa 1980
Box   1  
University of Michigan-Michigan Law Library Justification circa 1980
Box   1  
University of Michigan Brown Bag-"Design Methodology," February 9, 1981

(*)

Box   1  
Pratt Institute December 4, 1981

(*)

Box   1  
University of Michigan, "Design Methodology II," 1981
Box   1  
University of Michigan circa 1981
Box   1  
University of Oklahoma April 6, 1982

(*)

Box   1  
Ball State University April 14, 1982

(*)

Box   1  
Cranbrook School November 4, 1982

(*)

Box   1  
Texas A & M University and University of Michigan November 18, 1982

(*)

Box   1  
Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, Knoxville Charette Fall 1982
Box   1  
University of Michigan Seminar-"Symbolism and Metaphor" (goes with tape "Metaphor, Symbolism and Color") circa 1982

(*)

Box   1  
University of Michigan Seminar circa 1982
Box   1  
Miscellaneous Lecture Notes circa 1982-1983
 
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1983
 
University of Illinois-Plym Lecture Series
Box   1  
Lecture I January 24, 1983

(*)

Box   1  
Lecture II January 31, 1983

(*)

Box   1  
Lecture III-"Metamorphosis of Design Methodology," February 14, 1983

(*)

Box   1  
Seminar I-"You and Your Mind, Knowing Yourself," February 18, 1983

(*)

Box   1  
Seminar II-"Daylight and Energy," circa February, 1983
Box   1  
Bob DeHaven's Theory Seminar April 19, 1983

(*)

Box   1  
Faculty Colloquium I January 26, 1983

(*)

Box   1  
Faculty Colloquium II February 15, 1983

(*)

Box   1  
Faculty Colloquium III March 15, 1983

(*)

Box   1  
Forum I February 9, 1983

(*)

Box   1  
Forum II February 23, 1983

(*)

Box   1  
Forum III March 14, 1983

(*)

Box   1  
Forum IV April 13, 1983

(*)

Box   1  
Iowa State University May 9, 1983

(*)

Box   1  
New York Institute of Technology November 16, 1983
Box   1  
University of Michigan-"Next Architecture," February 13, 1984

(*)

Box   1  
University of Michigan-"Next Architecture-You and Your Mind/Methodology," March 5, 1984

(*)

Box   1  
University of Arkansas Charles L. Thompson Memorial Lecture April 12, 1984
Box   1  
University of Idaho and Washington State University Seminars April 26, 1984

(*)

Box   1  
University of Michigan-T. S. Monaghan Lecture October 1, 1984

(*)

Box   1  
Virginia Tech-"Departures," November 7, 1984

(*)

Box   1  
University of Michigan-T.S. Monaghan Lecture-"Concepts and Manifestations," November 12, 1984

(*)

Box   1  
Miscellaneous Lecture Notes circa 1984
Box   1  
University of Notre Dame-"Next Architecture," March 8, 1985
Box   1  
Andrews University April 18, 1985

(*)

Box   1  
University of Michigan-316 Studio Lecture March 4, 1986

(*)

Box   1  
Ohio State University-"Virtue of Individuality," April 23, 1986

(*)

Box   1  
University of Michigan Brown Bag March 24, 1987
Box   1  
Ball State University College of Architecture & Planning Summer Workshop, Columbus, Indiana-"Saarinen Legacy," June 2, 1987

(*)

Box   1  
Ball State University College of Architecture & Planning Summer Workshop, Columbus, Indiana-"Organic Architecture-The Steady Core of the Modern Movement," June 4, 1987

(*)

Box   1  
University of Michigan-"Continuity," October 7, 1987

(*)

Box   1  
University of Michigan-"The Organic Does Not Deconstruct," January 12, 1989

(*)

(#)

Box   1  
Tubinger Kunstgeschichtliche Gesellschaft & Architektenkammer-"Appropriateness and Meaning-The Architecture of Gunnar Birkerts," October 25, 1989
Box   1  
University of Michigan-John Dinkeloo Memorial Lecture-"The Virtue of Being Serious," March 1, 1990

(*)

Box   1  
California Polytechnic State University May 3, 1990
 
University of Oklahoma-Bruce Goff Professorship Series
Box   1  
Lecture I October 31, 1990

(*)

(#)

Box   1  
Lecture II-"Organic Architecture," November 13, 1990

(*)

Box   1  
Elinor Weinel Seminar-"Nature of Imagination," October 16, 1990

(*)

Box   1  
Elinor Weinel Seminar-"Necessity for Design Process," October 16, 1990

(*)

Box   1  
Jim Kudrna Seminar-"Introduction to Education," October 16, 1990

(*)

Box   1  
Elinor Weinel Seminar-"The Act of Representation," October 30, 1990

(*)

Box   1  
Elinor Weinel Seminar-"Society and Self," November 5, 1990

(*)

Box   1  
Elinor Weinel Seminar-"Eero Saarinen Slide Show," November 5, 1990

(*)

Box   1  
Elinor Weinel Theory Seminar November 13, 1990

(*)

Box   1  
Jim Kudrna Theory Seminar November 13, 1990

(*)

Box   1  
Jim Kudrna Third Year Seminar November 15, 1990

(*)

Box   1  
Elinor Weinel Seminar-"Context, Site, etc," November 15, 1990

(*)

(#)

Box   1  
Elinor Weinel Seminar-"Means, Materials and Structure," December 5, 1990

(*)

Box   1  
Elinor Weinel Seminar-"The Role of Critique," December 6, 1990

(*)

Box   1  
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee-"Polygonal/Underground," March 25, 1992

(*)

Box   1  
Kansas City Art Institute-Commencement Speech May 9, 1992
Box   1  
Ohio State University College of Law March 5-6, 1993
Box   1  
Reflective Studio Seminar March 13, 1993

(*)

Box   1  
Lawrence Technological University-"Expression," April 1, 1993

(*)

Box   1  
Ohio State University and Millikin University-"Unclassifiable Architecture," circa 1995-1996
Box   1  
Louisiana Technological School of Architecture-William B. Wiener Memorial Lecture-"Unclassifiable Architecture," March 25, 1997
Box   1  
University of Michigan-Lecture for "Between Earth and Sky" Exhibit Opening October 18, 1999
Box   1  
Michigan Technological University October 4, 2000
 
Professional Associations and Public Audiences
Box   2  
"Glass-Poetry and Metaphor in Building Design," no place or date noted
Box   2  
Miscellaneous Lecture Notes, unidentified and undated
Box   2  
Great Lakes NOFA Conference, Dearborn, MI -- "Interior Design in the Modern Office," May 4, 1957
Box   2  
National Council on Schoolhouse Construction (NCSC) Regional Meeting, Ball State University-"Plans for Tougaloo College," April 17, 1967
Box   2  
SCARAB National Convention, University of Illinois-"Appropriateness in Architecture," November 21, 1967
Box   2  
Architecture and the College Conference, University of Illinois-"Design for a Developing Campus In the South (Tougaloo College)," May 1, 1968
Box   2  
Minneapolis Institute of Arts Lecture October 15, 1969
 
Speech Note Cards
Box   2  
Tau-Sigma-Delta Honor Society National Convention June 20, 1971
Box   2  
Minnesota Society of Architects Meeting-Federal Reserve Bank March 28, 1974
Box   2  
Arts Foundation of Michigan undated
Box   2  
Five speeches undated
Box   2  
Association of Student Chapters of AIA 20th Annual Convention, Columbus, Indiana November 26, 1976
Box   2  
Minnesota Society AIA Convention September 7, 1978
Box   2  
Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, Western Regional Conference, Tempe, AZ-"Hi-Tech Architecture," October 6, 1979

(*)

Box   2  
Speech Template circa 1982-1983
Box   2  
Miscellaneous Lectures circa 1982-1988
Box   2  
The Smithsonian Institution Resident Associate Program April 26, 1983

(*)

Box   2  
Urban Center Books Forums on Form (Municipal Art Society of New York) June 1, 1983

(*)

Box   2  
Iowa AIA Convention September 14, 1983

(*)

Box   2  
Omaha Chapter AIA Annual State Meeting September 21, 1984
Box   2  
University of Michigan Alumni Meeting-"Objectives and Manifestations of the Domino's Farms Project," October 12, 1984

(*)

Box   2  
University of Michigan Symposium-"Architectural Library of the Future," January 23, 1987

(*)

Box   2  
Stockholm Lecture July 21, 1987
Box   2  
Central States Region, AIA Convention, Omaha October 16, 1987
Box   2  
Ann Arbor AIA Meeting-Domino's Farms November 5, 1987

(*)

Box   2  
The Smithsonian Institution-"Organic Core of the Modern Movement," November 16, 1987

(*)

Box   2  
Speech Template 1987
Box   2  
State Capital Presentation, Lansing, Michigan February 2, 1988

(*)

Box   2  
Toledo Lecture-"Continuity," February 9, 1988
Box   2  
Steelcase Lecture, Grand Rapids, Michigan-"Power of the Mind," November 15, 1988

(*)

(#)

Box   2  
Mid-Florida Chapter AIA Meeting, Orlando November 16, 1989
Box   2  
Grand Valley Chapter AIA Meeting, Grand Rapids, Michigan February 12, 1990
Box   2  
Speech Templates 1990
Box   2  
Minnesota Society AIA and Walker Art Center Summer Design Series-"Federal Reserve Bank Retrofit," July 18, 1990

(*)

Box   2  
Nordic Baltic Architecture Triennial-Lecture/Synopsis September 24, 1990
Box   2  
Miscellaneous Lectures circa 1990
Box   2  
Charleston Lecture September 20, 1991
Box   2  
Birkerts Symposium, Riga, Latvia January 28, 1992
Box   2  
AIA Conferences-Indianapolis, North Dakota and Utah 1992
Box   2  
Los Angeles Lecture-"Process and Expression," May 21, 1993

(*)

Box   2  
Boulder, Colorado Lecture October 15, 1993

(*)

Box   2  
Milwaukee Lecture, "Design Process" October 7, 1994

(*)

Box   2  
Saarinen/Swanson Reunion, Cranbrook-Remarks regarding Eero Saarinen 1995
Box   2  
New Zealand Institute of Architects Lecture, Dunedin, NZ August 29, 1996

(*)

(#)

Box   2  
Delft Underground Workshop March 19, 1997

(*)

Box   2  
Modena, Italy Lecture October, 1997

(*)

 
Building Dedications
Box   2  
Also available on audiotape

(*)

Box   2  
Also available on videocassette

(#)

Box   2  
University of Michigan Law Library Addition October 31, 1981
Box   2  
Domino's Farms December 5, 1985
Box   2  
University of Iowa College of Law November 20, 1986

(#)

Box   2  
University of California at San Diego Library Groundbreaking March 4, 1990
Box   2  
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and Design Groundbreaking September 11, 1992
Box   2  
Church of the Servant, Grand Rapids, Michigan February 13, 1994

(*)

Box   2  
Ohio State University College of Law Building Addition May 1, 1993
Box   2  
Duke University Law School Addition April 8, 1995
Box   2  
Michigan Technological University Performing Arts Center October 4, 2000