Gunnar Birkerts papers: 1930-2017
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Professional Papers [series]

The Professional Papers series encompasses nine subseries relating to Birkerts' career accomplishments as an architect, lecturer and writer over a 50-year period. These subseries include Transcripts and Notes of Speeches, Lectures and Seminars, Transcripts of Interviews, Audio-Visual Materials which correspond to many of the transcripts, Writings, Publications, Correspondence, Awards and Honorary Academic Affiliations, Travel Diaries with Conceptual Drawings, Newspaper and Journal Articles, and Photographs.

 
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

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

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Box   1  
University of Michigan February 26, 1970

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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Box   1  
Pratt Institute December 4, 1981

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

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Box   1  
Ball State University April 14, 1982

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Box   1  
Cranbrook School November 4, 1982

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

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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

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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

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Box   1  
Lecture II January 31, 1983

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

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

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

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Box   1  
Faculty Colloquium I January 26, 1983

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Box   1  
Faculty Colloquium II February 15, 1983

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Faculty Colloquium III March 15, 1983

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Box   1  
Forum I February 9, 1983

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Box   1  
Forum II February 23, 1983

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Box   1  
Forum III March 14, 1983

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Box   1  
Forum IV April 13, 1983

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Box   1  
Iowa State University May 9, 1983

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

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

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

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

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Virginia Tech-"Departures," November 7, 1984

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

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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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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(#)

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

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

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(#)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Elinor Weinel Theory Seminar November 13, 1990

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Jim Kudrna Theory Seminar November 13, 1990

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Jim Kudrna Third Year Seminar November 15, 1990

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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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

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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

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

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Box   2  
Iowa AIA Convention September 14, 1983

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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(#)

Box   2  
Mid-Florida Chapter AIA Meeting, Orlando November 16, 1989
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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

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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

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Boulder, Colorado Lecture October 15, 1993

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

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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

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Building Dedications
Box   2  
Also available on audiotape

(*)

Box   2  
Also available on videocassette

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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

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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

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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
 
Transcripts of Interviews [subseries]

The second sub-series within the Professional Papers series, Transcripts of Interviews, relates to interviews given by Birkerts from 1982 to 2000. The interviews tend to focus on his professional career, his design philosophy and creative process, or a particular project on which he was working at the time. Some of the interviews (noted by an *) can be heard on the corresponding audiotapes, which are listed in the Audio-Visual Materials subseries. The researcher should be aware that additional interviews can be found in the Sources Used for Publication subseries.

Box   2  
Gregg Yeomans for Dichotomy (University of Detroit) May 1982
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"Gunnar Birkerts Interviewed by G.B." for Reflections (University of Illinois) Fall 1983, December 1982
Box   2  
Charles Gandee for Architectural Record January 10, 1983

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Box   2  
Charles Mertz-Regarding Detroit and Midwest Heritage January 11, 1983

(*)

Box   2  
Robert A. Benson-Regarding Domino's Farms Master Plan June 20, 1984

(*)

Box   2  
Diana Lennon for Detroit Free Press-"Taste," July 29, 1986

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Box   2  
Jim Schwartz November 6, 1986

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Box   2  
Andrea Dean (phone interview) 1986
Box   2  
Robert A. Benson for Inland Architect-"An Interview with Gunnar Birkerts," January-February 1986
Box   2  
Jim Schwartz for Engineering News Record January 6, 1987

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Box   2  
Bob Bauer for Michigan Alumnus-"Creativity," September 30, 1987

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Box   2  
Kathy Blair for Ann Arbor News December 29, 1987

(*)

Box   2  
Yasser Mansour January 16, 1988

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Box   2  
Ted Sandstra for Dialogue (Calvin College Journal) March 14, 1994

(*)

Box   2  
Kay Kaiser for World Architecture May 1994
Box   2  
Bill Lacy-Regarding Purchase College, SUNY Master Plan June 19, 1996

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Box   2  
Riga, Latvia, Interview-"Arhitekturaj Jabut Laikmetigai Nevis Modernai," August 2000
Box   2  
Unidentified Interview regarding Italian Period undated
 
Audio-Visual Materials [subseries]

The third Professional Papers sub-series, Audio-Visual Materials, contains over 180 audiotapes and 22 videotapes of Birkerts' various speeches, lectures, interviews and musings. The tapes are arranged in chronological order and cover more than a thirty year period (1965-1998). Many of the tapes (noted by an * or a #) have corresponding transcripts and/or speaking notes in the Speeches, Lectures and Seminars, Interviews, and Sources Used for Publication sub-series.

 
Audiotapes of Speeches, Lectures and Interviews
 
1965-1979
Box   3 Con.   Con. 1
Lawrence Technological University Lecture February 6, 1965 (2 audiotapes)

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Box   3 Con.   Con. 1
University of Arkansas Lecture April 10-11, 1969 (2 audiotapes)

(*)

Box   3 Con.   Con. 1
University of Michigan Lecture February 26, 1970

(*)

Box   3 Con.   Con. 1
University of Michigan Lecture; "Quo Vadis" 1974 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
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[Side 1] ([02103-SR-6-1])
(Gunnar Birkerts lecturing at the University of Michigan. Lecture entitled "Quo Vadis.") (mp3 file) [access item]
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[Side 2] ([02103-SR-6-2])
(Gunnar Birkerts lecturing at the University of Michigan. Lecture entitled "Quo Vadis.") (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3 Con.   Con. 1
IBM Southfield - Energy Seminar; University of Michigan Brown Bag Lecture 1976 October, 1976 November (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-7-1])
(Gunnar Birkerts at IBM in Southfield Energy Seminar. Transcript of lecture available at the Bentley Historical Library.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-7-2])
(Gunnar Birkerts lecturing at University Michigan Brown Bag. Transcript of lecture available at the Bentley Historical Library.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3 Con.   Con. 1
University of Michigan Brown Bag Lecture (side B) October 1976

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Box   3 Con.   Con. 1
New York Institute of Technology Lecture; WCAR Interview 1977 April 25 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-8-1])
(Gunnar Birkerts lecturing at New York Institute of Technology.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-8-2])
(Gunnar Birkerts interviewed with Aurora Hendricks at IBM Southfield.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3 Con.   Con. 1
University of Nebraska Lecture November 10, 1977

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Box   3 Con.   Con. 1
Civita Seminar/University of Michigan; "Visualize"; "Mind - Left Side, Right Side" 1977 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-10-1])
(Gunnar Birkerts at the University of Michigan Seminar, talk entitled "Visualize.") (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-10-2])
(Gunnar Birkerts lecture entitled "Mind - Left Side, Right Side.") (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3  
Monograph Dictation; University of Michigan Seminar; "Mind" and "Methodology" 1978, 1978 January 15 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-11-1])
(Gunnar Birkerts dictating a monograph, circa 1978.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-11-2])
(Birkerts at a University of Michigan Seminar "Mind" and "Methodology" on January 15, 1978.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3  
Dictations of Letters; Columbia University Lecture [1978], 1978 March (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-12-1])
(First six minutes is a recording of a party; dictation begins at 6:20. Gunnar Birkerts dictating letters to clients and in reply to awards and honors received.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-12-2])
(Gunnar Birkerts lecturing on architecture, his life experiences, and theoretical approaches to design.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3  
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Seminar; Questions and Answers 1979 February 22 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-15-1])
(Gunnar Birkerts lecturing on design and architecture including theories and design. Seminar is translated into Spanish during lecture.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-15-2])
(Gunnar Birkerts answers questions from the audience at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara.) (mp3 file) [access item]
 
1979-1982
Box   3 Con.   Con. 2
Louisiana State University Lecture (side A) September 25, 1979

(*)

Box   3  
Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Lecture (side B) October 6, 1979

(*)

Box   3 Con.   Con. 2
University of Michigan Faculty Design Meeting 1979 October 30 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-17-1])
(Gunnar Birkerts dictating notes and letters in both English and Latvian.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-17-2])
(Gunnar Birkerts dictating notes and letters in both English and Latvian.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3 Con.   Con. 2
University of Michigan Seminar; "Knowing Yourself, Your Mind"; "Second Part Mind, First Part Design Methodology" 1980 September 01 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-18-1])
(Gunnar Birkerts lecturing at a University of Michigan Seminar on "Knowing Yourself, Your Mind." Transcript of lecture available at the Bentley Historical Library.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-18-2])
(Gunnar Birkerts lecturing at a University of Michigan Seminar on "Second Part Mind, First Part Design Methodology.") (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3 Con.   Con. 2
University of Michigan Design Methodology Seminar 1980 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1; no Side 2] ([02103-SR-19-1])
(Gunnar Birkerts discussing the subject of minimalism in architecture.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3 Con.   Con. 2
University of Kentucky Lecture; University of Michigan Design Seminar; "Conceptualization" 1980 October 06, 1980 November (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-20-1])
(Gunnar Birkerts lecturing at the University of Kentucky. Transcript of lecture available at the Bentley Historical Library.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-20-2])
(Gunnar Birkerts at a University of Michigan Design Seminar, lecture entitled "Conceptualization.") (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3 Con.   Con. 2
University of Michigan Seminar 1980 January 22 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-21-1])
(In Script); Gunnar Birkerts discusses form and theory in modern architecture.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-21-2])
(In Script); Gunnar Birkerts discusses form and theory in modern architecture.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3 Con.   Con. 2
University of Michigan Brown Bag Lecture-"Design Methodology," February 9, 1981

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Box   3 Con.   Con. 2
University of Michigan; Methodology I Seminar 1981 September (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-23-1])
(Gunnar Birkerts discusses form and theory in modern architecture.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-23-2])
(Gunnar Birkerts discusses form and theory in modern architecture.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3 Con.   Con. 2
University of Pennsylvania Lecture; T. Wolfe Seminar; "From Our House to Bauhaus" 1981 October 04, 1981 October 21 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-25-1])
(October 21, 1981 (side A); Gunnar Birkerts lecturing at the University of Pennsylvania.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-25-2])
(October 04, 1981. Recording of T. Wolfe seminar entitled "From Our House to Bauhaus.") (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3 Con.   Con. 2
T. Wolfe Seminar-"From Our House to Bauhaus," (side B) circa 1981
Box   3 Con.   Con. 2
Pratt Institute Lecture; University of Detroit Lecture 1981-1982 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] 1981 December 04 ([02103-SR-26-1])
(December 4, 1981; Gunnar Birkerts lecturing at the Pratt Institute. Transcript of lecture available at the Bentley Historical Library.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] 1982 January 29 ([02103-SR-26-2])
(January 29, 1982; Gunnar Birkerts lecturing at the University of Detroit.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3 Con.   Con. 2
University of Oklahoma Lecture; Impromptu Lecture - Ann Arbor 1982 April 06, 1982 April 12 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-27-1])
(April 6, 1982; Gunnar Birkerts lecturing at the University of Oklahoma. Transcript of lecture available at the Bentley Historical Library.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-27-2])
(April 12, 1982; Gunnar Birkerts giving an Impromptu lecture in Ann Arbor.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3 Con.   Con. 2
Impromptu Lecture-Ann Arbor (side B) April 12, 1982
Box   3 Con.   Con. 2
Ball State University Lecture April 14, 1982

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Box   3 Con.   Con. 2
University of Michigan - First Day Remarks and Dictation of Letters 1982 Fall (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-29-1])
(Gunnar Birkerts making remarks and a speech at a hospital.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-29-2])
(Dictation of letters by Gunnar Birkerts.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3 Con.   Con. 2
University of Michigan Methodology Seminar 1982 Fall (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-30-1])
(Gunnar Birkerts discusses form and theory in modern architecture.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-30-2])
(Sem II; Gunnar Birkerts discusses form and theory in modern architecture.) (mp3 file) [access item]
 
1982-1983
Box   3 Con.   Con. 2
University of Michigan Seminar; "You & Your Mind" 1982 September (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-31-1])
(Gunnar Birkerts at a University of Michigan seminar entitled "You & Your Mind.") (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-31-2])
(Sem. II; Gunnar Birkerts discusses form and theory in modern architecture.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3 Con.   Con. 2
ACSA Lecture University of Michigan 1982 October 21 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-32-1])
(Gunnar Birkerts discusses form and theory in modern architecture and his experiences and heritage.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-32-2])
(Gunnar Birkerts discusses form and theory in modern architecture and his experiences and heritage.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3 Con.   Con. 3
University of Michigan Seminar-"Metaphor, Symbolism and Color" (goes with lecture "Symbolism and Metaphor") (side A) November 1982

(*)

Box   3 Con.   Con. 3
Cranbrook School Lecture (side B) November 4, 1982

(*)

Box   3 Con.   Con. 3
Texas A & M University Lecture November 18, 1982

(*)

Box   3 Con.   Con. 3
Charles Gandee Interview for Architectural Record January 10, 1983

(*)

Box   3 Con.   Con. 3
Charles Mertz Interview-Detroit Heritage/Midwest January 11, 1983

(*)

 
University of Illinois-Plym Lecture Series
Box   3 Con.   Con. 3
Lecture I January 24, 1983 (2 audiotapes)

(*)

Box   3 Con.   Con. 3
Lecture II January 31, 1983 (2 audiotapes)

(*)

Box   3 Con.   Con. 3
Lecture III-Metamorphosis Design Methodology (tape labeled "Design Metamorphosis 1959-Now") February 14, 1983

(*)

Box   3 Con.   Con. 3
Seminar I-"You and Your Mind, Knowing Yourself" (tape labeled "Revised Plym Lecture I") February 18, 1983

(*)

Box   3 Con.   Con. 3
Bob DeHaven's Theory Seminar April 19, 1983

(*)

Box   3 Con.   Con. 3
Faculty Colloquium I January 26, 1983

(*)

Box   3 Con.   Con. 3
Faculty Colloquium II February 15, 1983

(*)

 
1983
 
University of Illinois-Plym Lecture Series (cont.)
Box   3 Con.   Con. 4
Faculty Colloquium III March 15, 1983 (2 audiotapes)

(*)

Box   3 Con.   Con. 4
Forum I February 9, 1983 (2 audiotapes)

(*)

Box   3 Con.   Con. 4
Forum II February 23, 1983 (2 audiotapes)

(*)

Box   3 Con.   Con. 4
Forum III (Paulsen-Creese) March 14, 1983 (2 audiotapes)

(*)

Box   3 Con.   Con. 4
Forum IV April 13, 1983 (2 audiotapes)

(*)

Box   3 Con.   Con. 4
Telecon "Lunchline" Ball State University 1983 March 15 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1; no Side 2] ([02103-SR-56-1])
(Difficult to hear content. Gunnar Birkerts discusses form and theory in modern architecture.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3 Con.   Con. 4
Illinois Institute of Technology Lecture 1983 April 05 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-57-1])
(Gunnar Birkerts discusses form and theory in modern architecture.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-57-2])
(Gunnar Birkerts discusses form and theory in modern architecture.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3 Con.   Con. 4
The Smithsonian Institution Lecture April 26, 1983

(*)

Box   3 Con.   Con. 4
Iowa State University Lecture May 9, 1983

(*)

Box   3 Con.   Con. 4
Urban Center Books Lecture (Municipal Art Society of New York) June 1, 1983

(*)

 
1983-1984
Box   3 Con.   Con. 4
Pavia, Italy lecture for Italian, Spanish, American Students 1983 July 21 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-61-1])
(Gunnar Birkerts discusses form and theory in modern architecture.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-61-2])
(Gunnar Birkerts discusses form and theory in modern architecture.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3 Con.   Con. 5
Charles Merz Interview on Saarinen; Marsha Miro Interview "Baldwin," for Detroit Free Press 1983 August, 1983 August 29 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-62-1])
(Gunnar Birkerts interviewed on Eero Saarinen and his architecture and designs.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-62-2])
(1983 August 29. Gunnar Birkerts interviewed on the subject of cultural connection in architecture.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3 Con.   Con. 5
University of Michigan First Day Seminar; "Fading"; Student Seminar, "Methodology/Yourself" 1983 September 12, 1983 September 26 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-63-1])
(September 12, 1983. Tape and digitized file speed up during playback.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-63-2])
(September 26, 1983; Gunnar Birkerts discussing aesthetics and form in architecture.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3 Con.   Con. 5
University of Michigan-Student Seminar, "Methodology/Yourself," (side B) September 26, 1983
Box   3 Con.   Con. 5
Iowa AIA Convention Speech September 14, 1983

(date on tape is October 14, 1983)

(*)

Box   3 Con.   Con. 5
University of Michigan First Day Seminar; "Fading"; Student Seminar, "Methodology/Yourself" 1983 September 12, 1983 September 26 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-63-1])
(September 12, 1983. Tape and digitized file speed up during playback.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-63-2])
(September 26, 1983; Gunnar Birkerts discussing aesthetics and form in architecture.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3 Con.   Con. 5
University of Michigan Lecture-"Next Architecture," February 13, 1984

(*)

Box   3 Con.   Con. 5
University of Michigan Lecture; "Next Architecture - You and Your Mind/Methodology"; Texas Tech University Lecture; "Next Architecture, My Work" 1984 March 05, 1984 April (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-67-1])
(March 5, 1984; Gunnar Birkerts lecturing at the University of Michigan. Lecture entitled "Next Architecture - You and Your Mind/Methodology." Transcript of lecture available at the Bentley Historical Library.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-67-2])
(April 1984; Gunnar Birkerts lecturing at Texas Tech with lecture entitled "Next Architecture, My Work.") (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3 Con.   Con. 5
Texas Tech University Lecture-"Next Architecture, My Work," (side B) April 1984
Box   3 Con.   Con. 5
University of Idaho and Washington State University Seminars April 26, 1984

(*)

Box   3 Con.   Con. 5
University of Michigan Lecture; "Next Architecture - You and Your Mind/Methodology"; Texas Tech University Lecture; "Next Architecture, My Work" 1984 March 05, 1984 April (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-67-1])
(March 5, 1984; Gunnar Birkerts lecturing at the University of Michigan. Lecture entitled "Next Architecture - You and Your Mind/Methodology." Transcript of lecture available at the Bentley Historical Library.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-67-2])
(April 1984; Gunnar Birkerts lecturing at Texas Tech with lecture entitled "Next Architecture, My Work.") (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3 Con.   Con. 5
University of Michigan Lecture; "Next Architecture - You and Your Mind/Methodology"; Texas Tech University Lecture; "Next Architecture, My Work" 1984 March 05, 1984 April (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-67-1])
(March 5, 1984; Gunnar Birkerts lecturing at the University of Michigan. Lecture entitled "Next Architecture - You and Your Mind/Methodology." Transcript of lecture available at the Bentley Historical Library.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-67-2])
(April 1984; Gunnar Birkerts lecturing at Texas Tech with lecture entitled "Next Architecture, My Work.") (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3 Con.   Con. 5
University of Michigan Lecture; "Next Architecture - You and Your Mind/Methodology"; Texas Tech University Lecture; "Next Architecture, My Work" 1984 March 05, 1984 April (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-67-1])
(March 5, 1984; Gunnar Birkerts lecturing at the University of Michigan. Lecture entitled "Next Architecture - You and Your Mind/Methodology." Transcript of lecture available at the Bentley Historical Library.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-67-2])
(April 1984; Gunnar Birkerts lecturing at Texas Tech with lecture entitled "Next Architecture, My Work.") (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3 Con.   Con. 5
Robert Benson Interview on Domino's Farms 1984 September 01 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-72-1])
(Robert Benson interviews Gunnar Birkerts on the Domino's Farms design and space. Transcript of content available at the Bentley Historical Library.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-72-2])
(Robert Benson interviews Gunnar Birkerts on the Domino's Farms design and space. Transcript of content available at the Bentley Historical Library.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3 Con.   Con. 5
University of Michigan Seminar; "Design Methodology-Knowing Yourself" 1984 September 17 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-73-1])
(1984 September 17; Gunnar Birkerts discussing aesthetics and form in architecture.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-73-2])
(1984 September 17; Gunnar Birkerts discussing aesthetics and form in architecture.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3 Con.   Con. 5
University of Michigan-Monaghan Lecture October 1, 1984

(*)

Box   3 Con.   Con. 5
University of Michigan Alumni Meeting-"Objectives and Manifestations of the Domino's Farms Project," October 12, 1984

(*)

 
1979, 1984-1986
Box   3 Con.   Con. 6
Virginia Tech Lecture-"Departures," November 7, 1984

(*)

Box   3 Con.   Con. 6
University of Michigan-T. S. Monaghan Lecture-"Concepts and Manifestations," November 12, 1984

(*)

Box   3 Con.   Con. 6
"Thoughts to Kay Kaiser Regarding Writing" 1984 September (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1; no Side 2] ([02103-SR-78-1])
(Dictation and response to Kay Kaiser on writing, journalism, and architecture. The Barber of Seville plays in the background) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3 Con.   Con. 6
Andrews University Lecture April 18, 1985 (2 audiotapes)

(*)

Box   3 Con.   Con. 6
Robert Benson IV Interview 1985 August 19 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-81-1])
(Robert Benson interviews Gunnar Birkert who discusses architecture and the genesis of his designs.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-81-2])
(Robert Benson interviews Gunnar Birkert who discusses architecture and the genesis of his designs.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3 Con.   Con. 6
University of Cincinnati Lecture 1985 October 01 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1; no Side 2] ([02103-SR-83-1])
(Gunnar Birkerts lecture discussing architecture and the genesis of his designs.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3 Con.   Con. 6
Colorado Springs AIA Lecture 1985 October 10 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-84-1])
(Gunnar Birkert discusses architecture and the genesis of his designs at Colorado Springs American Institute of Architects.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-84-2])
(Gunnar Birkert discusses architecture and the genesis of his designs at Colorado Springs American Institute of Architects.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3 Con.   Con. 6
University of Michigan Honors Studio Seminar 1985 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-85-1])
("Design Methodology" I. Gunnar Birkert discusses architecture and the genesis of his designs.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-85-2])
("Design Methodology" II; not complete. Gunnar Birkert discusses architecture and the genesis of his designs.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3 Con.   Con. 6
Architecture and Urbanism Essay; 1500 words 1985 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1; no Side 2] ([02103-SR-86-1])
(Gunnar Birkerts discusses his life and experiences as an Architect.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3 Con.   Con. 6
Montana State University Lecture; "Virtue of Individuality" 1986 January 23 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-87-1])
(Gunnar Birkerts lecturing on the subject of individuality and creativity.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-87-2])
(Gunnar Birkerts lecturing on the subject of individuality and creativity.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3 Con.   Con. 6
University of Michigan ARCH 316 Studio Lecture; Saarinen Office History; Dictation 1979, 1986 March 04 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] 1986 March 04 ([02103-SR-88-1])
(1986 March 04; Gunnar Birkerts lecturing in the Architecture 316 course. Transcript of lecture available at the Bentley Historical Library.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] 1979 ([02103-SR-88-2])
(1979 dictation on Saarinen Office History.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3 Con.   Con. 6
University of Texas Arlington Lecture; "Virtue of Individuality" 1986 March 12 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1; no Side 2] ([02103-SR-89-1])
(Gunnar Birkerts lecturing on the subject of individuality and creativity.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   3 Con.   Con. 6
University of Michigan Panel on "Yama" 1986 March 17 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-90-1])
(Panelists include G. Olving, K. Brown, W. Jarrett, G. Birkerts.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-90-2])
(Panelists include G. Olving, K. Brown, W. Jarrett, G. Birkerts.) (mp3 file) [access item]
 
1986-1987
Box   4 Con.   Con. 7
Japan TV Tamama Interview; Corning Museum of Glass 1986 March 25 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-91-1])
(Gunnar Birkerts interviewed on his design of the Corning Glass Museum.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-91-2])
(Gunnar Birkerts interviewed on his design of the Corning Glass Museum.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   4 Con.   Con. 7
Ohio State University Lecture; "Virtue of Individuality"; Frank Lloyd Wright Symposium Press Conference 1986 April 23, 1985 April (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-92-1])
(April 23, 1986; Transcript of lecture available at the Bentley Historical Library. Gunnar Birkerts lecturing on the subject of individuality and creativity.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-92-2])
(1985 April; Frank Lloyd Wright Symposium Press Conference with T. S. Monaghan and Professor Bruno Zevi.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   4 Con.   Con. 7
London Glass Conference; Lecture and Panel Discussion April 1986 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-93-1])
(Gunnar Birkerts lecturing on his design of the Corning Glass Museum and T.S. Buechner from the Corning Museum.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-93-2])
(Gunnar Birkerts lecturing on his design of the Corning Glass Museum and T.S. Buechner from the Corning Museum.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   4 Con.   Con. 7
London Glass Conference; Sum-Up, with T. S. Buechner April 1986 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1; no Side 2] ([02103-SR-94-1])
(T.S. Buechner lecturing on the use of glass in modern architecture.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   4 Con.   Con. 7
Diana Lennon Interview for Detroit Free Press July 29, 1986

(*)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 7
Jim Schwartz Interview November 6, 1986

(*)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 7
Wisconsin AIA Lecture 1986 November 07 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-97-1])
(Gunnar Birkerts lecturing from the Wisconsin chapter of the American Institute of Architects.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-97-2])
(Gunnar Birkerts lecturing from the Wisconsin chapter of the American Institute of Architects.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   4 Con.   Con. 7
Papal Visit Interviews-Channel 4, Rich Myke, Pontiac Silverdome 1987

(#)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 7
Jim Schwartz Interview for Engineering News Record January 6, 1987

(*)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 7
University of Michigan Symposium-"Architectural Library of the Future," January 23, 1987

(*)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 7
University of Michigan Brown Bag Lecture; "How to Get a Job" 1987 March 16 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-101-1])
(Gunnar Birkert's lectures to students on how to get a job and starting salaries.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-101-2])
(Gunnar Birkert's lectures to students on how to get a job and starting salaries.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   4 Con.   Con. 7
Vincent Scully on Frank Lloyd Wright; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 1987 April (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-102-1])
(Vincent Scully lecturing on Frank Lloyd Wright at the University of Michigan.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-102-2])
(Vincent Scully lecturing on Frank Lloyd Wright at the University of Michigan.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   4 Con.   Con. 7
University of Michigan Brown Bag Lecture; "Metaphor" Seminar 1987 April 29 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1; no Side 2] ([02103-SR-103-1])
(Gunnar Birkerts lecturing on aesthetics and materials used as well as concepts of synthesis and creativity.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   4 Con.   Con. 7
Ball State University College of Architecture & Planning Summer Workshop, Columbus, Indiana-"Saarinen Legacy," June 2, 1987

(*)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 7
Ball State University College of Architecture & Planning Summer Workshop, Columbus, Indiana-"Organic Architecture-The Steady Core of the Modern Movement," June 4, 1987

(*)

 
1987-1988
Box   4  
State Capital Presentation, Lansing, Michigan 1987 June 18 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-106-1])
(Gunnar Birkert's giving a lecture at the state capitol presentation on restoration of state government buildings.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-106-2])
(Gunnar Birkert's giving a lecture at the state capitol presentation on restoration of state government buildings.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   4  
Gordon Bugbee Interview 1987 June (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-107-1])
(Gordon Bugbee interviewing Gunnar Birkerts on experiences in the field of architecture.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-107-2])
(Gordon Bugbee interviewing Gunnar Birkerts on experiences in the field of architecture.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   4 Con.   Con. 8
Bob Bauer Interview for Michigan Alumnus-"Creativity," September 30, 1987

(*)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 8
University of Michigan Lecture-"Continuity," October 7, 1987

(*)

Box   4  
AIA Omaha Convention Panel Discussion; H. N. Jacobson, Gibbs, G. Birkerts, Rose 1987 October (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-110-1])
(Part 1 of 2; First two minutes are Birkerts dictating notes; remainder of the tape is panel discussion at American Institute of Architects convention.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-110-2])
(Part 1 of 2; Panel discussion at American Institute of Architects convention.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   4  
Birkerts discussing Honors Student 1987 October (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1; no Side 2] ([02103-SR-111-1])
(Tape is not a panel discussion but Birkerts discussing honors student John Mayevsky.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   4  
Ann Arbor Township Meeting; Domino's Tower 1987 October 11 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1; no Side 2] ([02103-SR-112-1])
(Gunnar Birkerts and others meeting on the design and planning of Domino's Farms.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   4 Con.   Con. 8
Ann Arbor AIA Meeting-Domino's Farms November 5, 1987

(*)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 8
The Smithsonian Institution Lecture-"Organic Core of the Modern Movement," November 16, 1987

(*)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 8
Kathy Blair Interview for Ann Arbor News December 29, 1987 (2 audiotapes)

(*)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 8
Interview with Student Jan Iversen; "How Gunnar Birkerts Approaches Structure" 1988 January 07 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1; no Side 2] ([02103-SR-117-1])
(Student interviews Gunnar Birkerts on structure and architecture.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   4 Con.   Con. 8
"Creativity, Subconscious, etc."; Interview with Yasser Mansour 1988 January 16 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-118-1])
(Interview with Yasser Mansour discussing architecture and aesthetics. Transcript of lecture available at the Bentley Historical Library.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-118-2])
(Interview with Yasser Mansour discussing architecture and aesthetics. Transcript of lecture available at the Bentley Historical Library.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   4 Con.   Con. 8
Yasser Mansour Interview (side B) January 16, 1988

(*)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 8
State Capital Restoration Master Plan Presentation, Lansing, Michigan-R. Frank and G. Birkerts (tape dated January 2, 1988) February 2, 1988

(*)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 8
University of Michigan Honors Studio; "You and Your Mind" 1988 October (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-120-1])
(Recording of a Gunnar Birkerts lecture entitled "You and Your Mind.") (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-120-2])
(Recording of a Gunnar Birkerts lecture entitled "You and Your Mind.") (mp3 file) [access item]
 
1988-1991, undated
Box   4 Con.   Con. 9
Yasser Mansour Interview October 15, 1988

(*)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 9
Tele-Interview: Mississippi State University 1988 October 20 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-122-1])
(Gunnar Birkerts discussing his life and interests in architecture.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-122-2])
(Gunnar Birkerts discussing his life and interests in architecture.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   4 Con.   Con. 9
Steelcase Lecture, Grand Rapids, Michigan-"Power of the Mind," November 15, 1988

(*)

(#)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 9
University of Michigan Lecture "Concepts/Mind"; PY2; Hartman Introduction 1988 November 16 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-124-1])
(Recording of a Gunnar Birkerts lecture entitled "Concepts/Mind.") (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-124-2])
(Recording of a Gunnar Birkerts lecture entitled "Concepts/Mind.") (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   4 Con.   Con. 9
Yasser Mansour Interview December 31, 1988

(*)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 9
Tower News Announcement: WWJ Channel 4 1988 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1; no Side 2] ([02103-SR-126-1])
(Television news announcement for a sculpture at Domino's Farms on the slanted tower design or "Leaning Tower of Pizza.") (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   4 Con.   Con. 9
University of Michigan Lecture-"The Organic Does Not Deconstruct," January 12, 1989

(*)

(#)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 8
Alberta Association of Architects Speech; Calgary, Alberta, Canada 1989 April 08-09 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-128-1])
(Gunnar Birkerts giving a speech in Alberta, Canada on architecture and his projects.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-128-2])
(Gunnar Birkerts giving a speech in Alberta, Canada on architecture and his projects.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   4 Con.   Con. 8
Interview with Landon Walker and Bill Awddey, Metro/Jacksonville, Florida 1989 April 27 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1; no Side 2] ([02103-SR-129-1])
(Begins with Saxophone Quartet by Alexander Glazunov. Gunnar Birkerts interviewed by Landon Walker and Bill Awddey on a radio station in Jacksonville, Florida.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   4 Con.   Con. 9
University of Michigan John Dinkeloo Memorial Lecture-"The Virtue of Being Serious," March 1, 1990 (tape dated, April 1, 1990 1990

(*)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 9
Walker Art Center Lecture, Minneapolis, Minnesota-"Federal Reserve Bank Retrofit," July 18, 1990

(*)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 9
Dayton AIA Speech; "Retrospective and Current" 1991 May 16 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-132-1])
(Gunnar Birkerts speaking at the Dayton American Institute of Architects. Lecture is entitled "Retrospective and Current.") (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-132-2])
(Gunnar Birkerts speaking at the Dayton American Institute of Architects. Lecture is entitled "Retrospective and Current.") (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   4  
Lecture West Virginia Chapter, AIA 1991 September 20 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-133-1])
(Gunnar Birkerts lecturing for the West Virginia chapter of the American Institute of Architects.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-133-2])
(Gunnar Birkerts lecturing for the West Virginia chapter of the American Institute of Architects.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   4 Con.   Con. 9
University of Michigan Brown Bag Lecture 1991 October 18 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-134-1])
(Gunnars Birkerts discussing architecture and projects he is involved in Ann Arbor and Michigan.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-134-2])
(Gunnars Birkerts discussing architecture and projects he is involved in Ann Arbor and Michigan.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   4 Con.   Con. 10
"Conversations Regarding the Future of Architecture"; "Frank Lloyd Wright" [Undated] (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-135-1])
(Tape recordings of with Ernest Kump, Gordon Bunshaft, Philip Johnson, Eero Saarinen, and others on modern architecture and architects.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-135-2])
(Recording of Frank Lloyd Wright discussing aesthetics and architecture.) (mp3 file) [access item]
 
1990
 
University of Oklahoma-Bruce Goff Professorship Series
Box   4 Con.   Con. 10
Lecture I October 31, 1990

(*)

(#)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 10
Lecture II-"Organic Architecture," November 13, 1990

(*)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 10
Elinor Weinel Seminar-"Nature of Imagination," and "Necessity for Design Process," October 16, 1990

(*)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 10
Jim Kudrna Seminar-"Introduction to Education," October 16, 1990

(*)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 10
Tom Brine Seminar-"Office Practice," October 16, 1990

(#)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 10
Elinor Weinel Seminar-"The Act of Representation," October 30, 1990

(*)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 10
Elinor Weinel Seminar-"Society and Self," November 5, 1990

(*)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 10
Elinor Weinel Seminar-"Eero Saarinen Slide Show," November 5, 1990

(*)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 10
Elinor Weinel Theory Seminar November 13, 1990

(*)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 10
Jim Kudrna Theory Seminar November 13, 1990

(*)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 10
Jim Kudrna Third Year Seminar November 15, 1990

(*)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 10
Elinor Weinel Seminar-"Context, Site, etc," November 15, 1990

(*)

(#)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 10
Elinor Weinel Seminar-"Means, Materials and Structure," December 5, 1990

(*)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 10
Elinor Weinel Seminar-"The Role of Critique," December 6, 1990

(*)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 10
Lecture; Tulsa AIA & Students 1990 October 18 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-150-1])
(Gunnar Birkerts giving a lecture in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Side 1 is the second part of the tape.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-150-2])
(Gunnar Birkerts giving a lecture in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Side 2 is the first part of the tape.) (mp3 file) [access item]
 
1992-1994
Box   4 Con.   Con. 11
University of Wisconsin Lecture, Milwaukee-"Polygonal/Underground," March 25, 1992

(*)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 10
Wes Janz Interview on Eero Saarinen 1992 July 22 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-152-1])
(Wes Janz interviewing Gunnar Birkerts on Eero Saarinen.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-152-2])
(Wes Janz interviewing Gunnar Birkerts on Eero Saarinen.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   4 Con.   Con. 11
Reflective Studio Seminar March 13, 1993

(*)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 11
Lawrence Technological University Lecture-"Expression," April 1, 1993

(*)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 11
Los Angeles Lecture-"Process and Expression," May 21, 1993

(*)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 11
University of Colorado and N. Colorado AIA Lecture October 15, 1993

(*)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 11
Interview with Dr. George M. Goodwin; "Frank Lloyd Wright and Domino's Farms" 1993 December 16 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-157-1])
(Part 1 of 2; Phone interview discussing the relationship between Frank Lloyd Wright and Domino's Farms) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-157-2])
(Part 1 of 2; Phone interview discussing the relationship between Frank Lloyd Wright and Domino's Farms) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   4 Con.   Con. 11
Church of the Servant Dedication Lecture, Grand Rapids, Michigan February 13, 1994

(*)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 11
Interview with Ted Sandstra for Dialogue (Calvin College Journal) March 14, 1994

(*)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 11
Fiat/Torino Interview 1994 March 28 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1; no Side 2] ([02103-SR-161-1])
(Gunnar Birkerts being interviewed (speeching English) while others are speaking and translating into Italian.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   4 Con.   Con. 11
Kemper Museum Opening, Kansas City 1994 September 26 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-162-1])
(Gunnar Birkerts and others giving speeches on the Kemper Museum at its opening ceremony.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-162-2])
(Gunnar Birkerts and others giving speeches on the Kemper Museum at its opening ceremony.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   4 Con.   Con. 11
Milwaukee, Wisconsin Lecture-"Design Process" October 7, 1994

(*)

 
1994-1998, undated
Box   4 Con.   Con. 11
Michigan Technological University Board of Control - 9:30 AM Session - Duplicate 1994 November 18 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-164-1])
(Gunnar Birkerts and other discussing architectural projects at Michigan Technical University.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-164-2])
(Gunnar Birkerts and other discussing architectural projects at Michigan Technical University.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   4 Con.   Con. 12
Bill Lacy Interview Regarding Purchase College, SUNY Master Plan June 19, 1996

(*)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 11
Interview for Otago Daily Times, Dunedin, New Zea 1996 August 28 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-166-1])
(Interview of Birkerts in New Zealand discussing architecture projects in that country.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-166-2])
(Recording of interview of Birkerts on TV news discussing architectural conferences and projects in New Zealand.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   4 Con.   Con. 12
New Zealand Institute of Architects Lecture, Dunedin, NZ August 29, 1996

(*)

(#)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 12
Delft Underground Symposium 1997 March 17-18 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-168-1])
(Symposium featuring various speakers (including Gunnar Birkerts) on construction, architecture, and underground design.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-168-2])
(Symposium featuring various speakers (including Gunnar Birkerts) on construction, architecture, and underground design.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   4 Con.   Con. 12
Delft Underground Workshop March 19, 1997

(*)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 12
Modena Speech September 19-20, 1997 (2 audiotapes)

(*)

Box   4 Con.   Con. 12
Columbus, Indiana Lecture; "You Are What You Have Been" 1998 January 11 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-172-1])
(Gunnars Birkerts giving a lecture entitled "You Are What You Have Been.") (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-172-2])
(Gunnars Birkerts giving a lecture entitled "You Are What You Have Been." Birkerts discusses the Dominos Farm's building.) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   4 Con.   Con. 12
Columbus, Indiana Lecture; Wes Roy, Radio Interview - Cheryl Scott "The Republic" 1998 January 11 (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-173-1])
(There are two interviews on this side. Wes Roy interviews ends at 15:30, Cheryl Scott interview begins at 15:40.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-173-2])
(Recording of a male voice speaking in an unknown language, possibly Latvian?) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   4 Con.   Con. 12
Wes Roy Radio Interview and Cheryl Scott Interview for The Republic, (side B) 1998
Box   4 Con.   Con. 12
UIA/UNESCO Seminar at Cranbrook-"Lifelong Learning," 1998 (microcassette)
Box   4 Con.   Con. 12
"Welcome to the New Federal Reserve Bank" For Use With Filmstrips [Undated] (Audio Cassette, Compact Cassette, 1 7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([02103-SR-175-1])
(Tape recording describing the new Federal Reserve Bank building as part of a filmstrip.) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([02103-SR-175-2])
(Tape recording describing the new Federal Reserve Bank building as part of a filmstrip.) (mp3 file) [access item]
 
Videotapes of Speeches, Lectures and Interviews

(* = also available on audiotape)

(# = also available in written transcript)

Box   5  
University of Illinois Plym Convocation Forum-"Three Plym Professors: Birkerts, Esherik & Takayama," 09/15/1985
Box   5  
"Michigan Replay" Television Interview with Birkerts-New Football Building circa 1985
Box   5  
"Autograph" Television Interview by Marilyn McKay with Tom Monaghan undated
Box   5  
University of Iowa College of Law Dedication Ceremony and News Preview October 18, 1986

(#)

Box   5  
Channel 4 News Coverage of Papal Visit to Detroit and Interview with Birkerts September, 1987

(#)

Box   5  
"Architectural Mode" by Sony Corp.-Birkerts' Discussion of Corning Museum of Glass 1987
Box   5  
Steelcase Lecture, Grand Rapids, Michigan-"The Power of the Mind" November 15, 1988

(*)

(#)

Box   5  
University of Michigan Lecture-"The Organic Does Not Deconstruct," January 12, 1989

(#)

Box   5  
Rice Design Alliance Lecture, Houston-"The Saarinen Legacy," October 18, 1989
Box   5  
Kelly & Company Television Show-Domino's Farms Development Controversy undated
 
University of Oklahoma-Bruce Goff Professorship Series
Box   5  
Studio October 15, 1990
Box   5  
Lecture I October 31, 1990

(*)

(#)

Box   5  
Tom Brine Seminar-"How to Obtain a Job and Office Practice," and Studio 10/16/1990

(#)

Box   5  
Studios and Seminar Three 10/24/1990, 10/31/1990
Box   5  
Studio Critiques 10/30/1990, 11/14/1990
Box   5  
Studio Critique and Elinor Weinel Seminar-"Context, Site, etc," November 15, 1990

(*)

(#)

Box   5  
"Torino Sviluppo-Progetto di Gunnar Birkerts" (in Italian) circa 1990
Box   5  
University of Washington Law School Interview with Birkerts and Rohlfing September 30, 1993
Box   5  
Cross of Christ Interview with Birkerts and Gholz November 14, 1995
Box   5  
Kalamazoo Art Institute Conceptual Presentation undated
Box   5  
New Zealand Institute of Architects Lecture, Dunedin, NZ, August 29, 1996. (PAL format)

(*)

(#)

Box   5  
"Dominatin' with Donovan," Domino's Talk Show Interview with Tom Monaghan, Gunnar Birkerts and David Upgren 1997
Box   5  
Holtzman & Silverman Office Building, Southfield, Michigan, Interview by Video Protection Service, Inc. undated
Box   16  
"Construction of a Steel Suspended Structure: The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis," Film by Balthazar Korab August 1977 (1 videocassettes)
Box   16  
Modena Architecture Symposium 1997 (3 videocassettes)
Box   16  
"Columbus, IN, Architecture," Birkerts Interview with Nancy Calloway, 4/8/2000
Box   16  
"Making All Things New: The Rededication of the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament," 3/25/2003
Box   16  
Birkerts Interview by KDN Videoworks, Inc. 2/15/2004
Box   16  
"The Castle of Light: National Library of Latvia" 2005
Box   16  
"Michigan Modern," Birkerts Interview by Eric Hill 2011 (1 compact discs (1 cd with transcript))
 
Writings [subseries]

The Writings subseries within the Professional Papers series contains a few of Birkerts' many writings. Some of the pieces relate to specific buildings (particularly the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and Domino's Farms), while others deal with concepts such as design methodology and the "architecture of response." Also included are a few pieces of Birkerts' poetry about his architecture, as well as an article he wrote about Alvar Aalto.

 
By Gunnar Birkerts
Box   2  
"Supergraphics," sent to Progressive Architecture 1968
Box   2  
Miscellaneous circa 1960s
Box   2  
"Statement of Philosophy," 1976
Box   2  
"Defining a Design Methodology-The Architecture of Response," sent to Architectural Record 1977
Box   2  
Response (8/11/77) to Paul Heyer, author of Architects on Architecture
Box   2  
"Metaphor in Design," sent to Decade 1978
Box   2  
Miscellaneous circa 1970s
Box   2  
"Aalto's Design Methodology," Architecture and Urbanism May 1983
Box   2  
Regarding the Federal Reserve Bank circa 1983
Box   2  
Regarding Domino's Farms 1986
Box   2  
"Gunnar Birkerts on 'Domino's Tower'," 1988
Box   2  
Poetry circa 1980s
Box   2  
Manifestos, Thoughts and Sayings 1980s-1990s
Box   2  
Miscellaneous circa 1980s-1990s
 
Office Brochures
Box   2  
First Brochure -- Birkerts & Straub circa 1962
Box   2  
AIA Submission 1976
 
By Others about Birkerts
Box   2  
1973-1989, undated
Box   2  
1990-1998, undated
Box   2  
By Sven Peter Birkerts, Birkerts' son 1982-1989
Box   16  
By Martin Schwartz, Draft Essays (2007) for Gunnar Birkerts: Metaphoric Modernist, by Schwartz and Sven Birkerts 2009 (1 compact discs ((text on CD)))
 
Publications [subseries]

The Publications sub-series, includes source material and correspondence related to two books about Birkerts. Sources Used for Publication, contains some of Birkerts' speeches, lectures, interviews and writings which were used in the production of two books, Kay Kaiser's The Architecture of Gunnar Birkerts and Gunnar Birkerts' Gunnar Birkerts: Buildings, Projects and Thoughts 1960-1985. There are also a few pieces of correspondence which give insight as to how these materials were used in the creation of the books. A few of the materials (noted by an * or a #) can be heard on the corresponding audiotapes or videotapes, which are listed in the Audio-Visual Materials series. The book Gunnar Birkerts: Metafore ed espansioni sotterranee (1988), by Kay Kaiser, can also be found in the Publications subseries. It is enclosed in its original packaging for the Italian market and demonstrates Birkerts' reputation in Italy, where he has had projects in Torino, Florence, Milan and Venice.

 
Sources Used for Publications
 
Used by Kay Kaiser for her book The Architecture of Gunnar Birkerts (2 folders)
Box   6  
Gunnar Birkerts on why he left Eero Saarinen February 6, 1990
Box   6  
"Gunnar Birkerts: A Steady Influence in a City of Turmoil," Interview for Dichotomy (University of Detroit)-1982
Box   6  
Two Lectures undated
Box   6  
"Design: The Critical Years," Toronto April 16, 1974
Box   6  
Draft of "Supergraphics," sent to Progressive Architecture 1968
Box   6  
Lecture undated
Box   6  
Excerpt from Bob DeHaven's Theory Seminar April 19, 1983
Box   6  
"Where Have We Come Since the Mid 60s?" August 11, 1977
Box   6  
"2001," sent to Architecture and Urbanism 1984
Box   6  
Opinion about the Next Architecture undated
Box   6  
From a Letter to Donald Canty, Editor AIA Journal-- "1981-2001," April 1981
Box   6  
Lecture-University of Michigan-"The Virtue of Individuality," September 23, 1985

(*)

Box   6  
"Talking to Myself . . ," November 29, 1985
Box   6  
Four pages from University of Illinois, Plym Forum III March 14, 1983

(*)

Box   6  
Interview with Bob Bauer for Michigan Alumnus September 30, 1987
Box   6  
Interview with Yasser Mansour October 15, 1988

(*)

Box   6  
Interview with Yasser Mansour December 31, 1988

(*)

Box   6  
Academic Lecture undated
Box   6  
Student Seminar Lecture, University of Michigan 1978
Box   6  
Academic Lecture, University of Michigan-"The Creative Process in Architecture," January 22, 1980
Box   6  
"On the Road to Roma," Recording to help William Marlin on the GA2 Writing circa 1981
Box   6  
"How can I stay true to the modern movement . . ," undated
Box   6  
"Gunnar Birkerts: World Renown Architect and Winner of a National Educators Award," Q & A Architecture, California Polytechnic State University March 15, 1990
 
Used by Gunnar Birkerts for his book Gunnar Birkerts: Buildings, Projects and Thoughts 1960-1985
Box   6  
Lecture, Columbia University-"On Methodology," 1981
Box   6  
"Aalto's Design Methodology," Architecture and Urbanism May 1983
Box   6  
"Eero Saarinen and his Works," Interview with Tsukasa Yamashita for Architecture and Urbanism 1984
 
Publications Correspondence
Box   6  
1963-1995
Box   6  
Who's Who Publications and Professional Directories 1973-1998
Box   6  
The Architecture of Gunnar Birkerts by Kay Kaiser, The AIA Press 1987-1990
Box   6  
Domino's Mansion by Gordon Bugbee, PROBE Press 1987-1988
Box   6  
Kaiser, Kay. Gunnar Birkerts: Metafore ed espansioni sotterranee. Torino & Milano, Italy: Testo & Imagine, 1998. Copy packaged for the Italian market
 
Correspondence [subseries]

The Correspondence subseries within the Professional Papers series contains voluminous documentation of Birkerts' appearances as a guest lecturer or professor at universities and professional conferences. These letters demonstrate the architect's personal commitment to educating students across the country and to his immense popularity as a speaker to diverse, international audiences. Correspondence regarding his participation on architectural competition juries and in exhibitions of his own work is also included here. Within the sub-subseries General Correspondence, a number of letters from other famous architects and engineers, such as Robert Venturi, Cesar Pelli and Leslie Robertson (structural engineer for many of Birkerts' buildings and for Minoru Yamasaki's World Trade Center), can be found. In addition, letters from students of all ages and professors and architects from around the world show the breadth of Birkerts' influence in architectural design.

 
Regarding Speeches and Lectures
Box   6  
Inventory of Lectures/Juries/Exhibitions Correspondence
 
Academic Institutions
Box   6  
1966-1969
Box   6  
1970-1979
Box   6  
1980-1984
Box   6  
1985-1989
Box   6  
1990-2000
 
Professional Associations and Public Audiences
Box   6  
1957-1979
Box   6  
1980-1985
Box   6  
1986-1989
Box   6  
1990-1999
 
Regarding Juries and Advisory Groups
Box   6  
1966-1979
Box   6  
1980-1994
Box   6  
Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts Architect Selection Committee 1969-1970
 
Regarding Exhibitions
Box   7  
1968-1985
Box   7  
1986-1997
 
General Correspondence
Box   7  
1959-1989
Box   7  
1990-1995
 
Awards and Honorary Academic Affiliations 1955-2000 [subseries]

The seventh subseries within the Professional Papers series, Awards and Honorary Academic Affiliations, ranges from his first "Young Designers" award by the Akron Art Institute in 1954 to his 2000 American Architecture Award from The Chicago Athenaeum for his National Library of Latvia. Correspondence associated with the prestigious Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize, awarded by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1981, may be of particular interest to researchers. In addition, awards given to the firm of Gunnar Birkerts and Associates by the AIA and other institutions for individual buildings are all testimony to the architect's impact on modern design in the last half of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first.

Box   7  
"Young Designers, 1954" Furniture Exhibit, Akron Art Institute
 
College of Fellows, American Institute of Architects 1970
Box   7  
Portfolio for AIA Fellowship Nomination 12/31/1969
Box   7  
Correspondence March-June, 1970
Box   7  
Newspaper Articles 1970
Box   7  
American Academy in Rome, Architect in Residence 1976
Box   7  
Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters March-July, 1981
Box   7  
Plym Distinguished Professorship in Architecture, University of Illinois 1982-1983
Box   7  
American Institute of Architects Firm of the Year Nomination Submission 1984
Box   7  
The Domino's Thirty '88: Leaders in Excellence. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Domino's Farms Development Corp. 1988
 
Awards
Box   7  
1954-1979
Box   7  
1980-2000
Box   7  
State Certificates of License to Practice Architecture 1956-1998
 
Steno Book Travel Diaries with Conceptual Drawings [subseries]

The Travel Diaries with Conceptual Drawings subseries is especially noteworthy for giving the researcher insight into the spontaneous daily writings, musings and drawings of the architect while on the road visiting projects around the world. Handwritten and sometimes in his native Latvian language, these notebooks give the reader a sense of how Birkerts interacted with clients and associates while traveling. The tiny conceptual drawings on the pages of these diaries represent the spontaneity of his creative process, as he sought solutions to design problems on a train or plane. The volumes are arranged chronologically, with the notes and drawings for particular building projects indicated in the finding aid. The travel diaries contained in Box 11 were deemed by Birkerts to be too personal to be accessible to the public at the present time and thus are restricted for 50 years until 2033 to 2045.

Box   7  
Notes and drawings of Studio Concept and Honduras Chape l 1980
Box   7  
Notes and drawings of Domino's Pizza, Inc. and St. Peter's Lutheran Church 1984
Box   7  
Notes and drawings of St. Peter's Lutheran Church Furniture, Duke University Law School and University of Michigan Sports Services Building 1985
Box   7  
Notes and drawings of Domino's Tower (important sketches), Domino's Franchise Building, Domino's Chairman's Office Candelabra and Log Holder and University of Michigan -- Flint Library 1986
Box   7  
Notes and drawings of University of Michigan-Flint Library 1 and Domino's Franchise Building 1980s

(#)

Box   7  
Notes and drawings of Minnesota History Center Competition, Weinstein Residence and Domino's Master Plan 1986
Box   7  
Notes and drawings of Studio, University of Michigan-Flint Library 1, University of Wyoming Museum Competition, Holtzman and Silverman Office Building Lamp, Minnesota History Center Competition and Domino's Accessories 1986

(#)

Box   7  
Notes and drawings of University of California at San Diego Library Addition, Novoli Multi-Use Center, Domino's Gate and University of Western Michigan Honors College 1987
Box   7  
1987-Notes and drawings of Bardha Residence, Domino's Tower, Silverdome Papal Altar and Western Michigan University Honors College
Box   7  
1987-Notes and drawings of Domino's Tower 1987
Box   7  
1987-1988 Notes and drawings of Novoli Multi-Use Center, 1987-1988 1987-1988
Box   7  
1988 Notes and drawings of Domino's Gate and Las Vegas School 1988
Box   8  
1988-1989-Notes and drawings of US Embassy, Caracas, University of Iowa Law School and Weinstein Residence 1988-1989
Box   8  
Notes and drawings of University of Turin Administrative Tower II 1990
Box   8  
Notes and drawings of Juma al-Majid Center for Culture and Heritage Competition, Dubai 1991-1993
Box   8  
Notes and drawings of Venice Sports Center 1991-1992
Box   8  
Notes and drawings of Venice Sports Center 1992
Box   8  
Notes and drawings of National Library of Latvia and Grasis Residence Handrail 1992
Box   8  
Notes and drawings of Domino's Chapel and Furniture, Cross of Christ Church and Kaufman Residence Door 1997
Box   16  
Notes and sketches of National Library of Latvia, University of Torino projects, Father Tim Pelc's Chalice and project timelines 1990
Box   16  
Notes and sketches of National Library of Latvia, University of Torino projects, Father Tim Pelc's Chalice and project timelines 1998
Box   16  
Notes and sketches of National Library of Latvia and St. Hugo of the Hills Church Columbarium 1999
Box   16  
Notes and sketches of National Library of Latvia and Blessed Sacrament II Cardinal's Furniture 1999
Box   16  
Notes and sketches of National Library of Latvia and Blessed Sacrament Cathedral II & III
Box   16  
Notes and sketches of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral III light fixtures and University of California Library, San Marco 200-2001
Box   16  
Notes and sketches of Riga Museum of Occupation, Lincoln School II, and Adrian Dominican Sisters Maria Chapel 2001-2002
 
Steno Book Travel Diaries with Written Notes and Letter Drafts [subseries]

The Travel Diaries with Conceptual Drawings subseries is especially noteworthy for giving the researcher insight into the spontaneous daily writings, musings and drawings of the architect while on the road visiting projects around the world. Handwritten and sometimes in his native Latvian language, these notebooks give the reader a sense of how Birkerts interacted with clients and associates while traveling. The tiny conceptual drawings on the pages of these diaries represent the spontaneity of his creative process, as he sought solutions to design problems on a train or plane. The volumes are arranged chronologically, with the notes and drawings for particular building projects indicated in the finding aid. The travel diaries contained in Box 11 were deemed by Birkerts to be too personal to be accessible to the public at the present time and thus are restricted for 50 years until 2033 to 2045.

Box   11  
1983 [Restricted until January 01, 2033]
Box   11  
1989 [Restricted until January 01, 2039]
Box   11  
1991 [Restricted until January 01, 2041]
Box   11  
Italy, Latvia and Dubai 1993 [Restricted until January 01, 2043]
Box   11  
Milano 1993 (2 volumes)  [Restricted until January 01, 2043]
Box   11  
Milano and Torino 1993-1994 [Restricted until January 01, 2043]
Box   11  
Riga and Italy 1995 [Restricted until January 01, 2045]
Box   11  
1995-1996 [Restricted until January 01, 2045]
 
Newspaper and Journal Articles Regarding Birkerts' Work and Career 1960-1997 [subseries]

The last two subseries within the Professional Papers series are Newspaper and Journal Articles Regarding Birkerts' Work and Career, 1960-1997 and Photographs, 1955-2000. Through news reporting, written critique and photographic image, we see the changing face of the architect and his work over a 45-year span of his professional career. The newspaper and journal articles from as far away as Toronto, Riga, Rome and Saudi Arabia document the evolution of Birkerts' firm as well as his ideas about architectural design, city planning and the conceptual framework for many of his buildings. Included are critiques by Kay Kaiser of The San Diego Union William Marlin of The Christian Science Monitor and John Gallagher of the Detroit Free Press. Many newspaper articles about individual projects can also be found within the Project Records series, which houses the narrative records and architectural drawings for 122 buildings.

Box   8  
Clippings
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Photographs [subseries]

The images in the Photographs subseries were taken over five decades of the architect's career and offer us freeze-frame glimpses of Birkerts' life and work. A few of these show him designing diligently at his desk as a 30-year-old in 1955, surrounded by Lady Bird Johnson as well as many of the great modern architects of the twentieth century in Columbus, Indiana in 1967, and consulting with archivists on his drawings at the Bentley Historical Library in 1998. Combined with the written documentation of the architect's life and career, the photographic images contribute to the richness of the Gunnar Birkerts Collection and to our understanding of the man and his work.

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1955-1979
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1980-1989
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1990-2000