February 19, 2020
by Center for Architecture
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On Thursday, March 12, architects, designers, architecture enthusiasts, and young professionals will gather at the Center for Architecture for the 8th annual Guess-A-Sketch, an architecture-themed, pictionary-style tournament to support the nonprofit’s K-12 education initiatives. Four architects will live sketch iconic buildings from around the world on stage as competing teams guess.

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Audience members are also invited to guess on Twitter, with the opportunity to win a selection of prizes generously donated by our prize sponsors including Hariri & Hariri Architecture, 305 Fitness, Chelsea Piers, The Cliffs, Barre3, Foods of NY Tours Experience, The Museum at Eldridge Street, New York Sports Club, and the Vilcek Foundation. Tomas Rossant, AIA, Partner, Ennead Architects, will join us as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies. Meet this year’s four honoree sketchers:

Harriet Harriss, RIBA, FAIA, Ph.D.
Dr. Harriet Harriss sits as the dean of the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute. Dr. Harriss currently leads the Post-Graduate Research Program in Architecture and Interior Design at the Royal College of Art in London. Pioneering new pedagogic models for design education has been at the forefront of her teaching, research, and writing, as well as a focus on the need to broaden participation and diversity in architecture. Prior to her role at the Royal College of Art, Dr. Harriss led the MArchD (Masters in Applied Design in Architecture, ARB, RIBA Part II) at Oxford Brookes University. She has previously taught in the United States at Parsons, The New School and has run international collaborations with New York Institute of Technology, Columbia University, and the University of Detroit, Mercy.

Billie Tsien, AIA, and Tod Williams, FAIA
Tod Williams and Billie Tsien founded their New York architecture office, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners, in 1986. Their studio focuses on work for institutions such as schools, museums, and not-for-profits. A sense of rootedness, light, texture, detail, and most of all, experience, are at the heart of their designs. Notable projects include The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia and the Lefrak Center in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. They are currently designing the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago and reimagining the public spaces for David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center. Their dedication to this work has been recognized by numerous citations including the Praemium Imperiale from the Japan Art Association, National Medal of the Arts from President Obama and the 2013 AIA Architecture Firm Award. In parallel with their practice, Tod and Billie maintain active academic careers and lecture worldwide. As educators and practitioners, they are committed to making a better world through architecture.

Susan T. Rodriguez, FAIA
Susan T. Rodriguez designs at the intersection of architecture and the public realm to create buildings and spaces that distill the essence of cultures and communities. Her award-winning work is recognized internationally for its contribution to the vitality of cities and landscapes, and the civic, cultural and educational institutions they serve. In 2017, Ms. Rodriguez began an independent practice combining more than thirty years of design leadership as a founding partner at Ennead Architects (formerly Polshek Partnership) with a passionate belief in the power of architecture to effect change and improve the quality of life for all. Some of her notable projects include Central Park’s new Harlem Meer Center, the Lycée Français de New York, the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, The Westmoreland Museum of American Art and a new Center for Human Ecology at College of the Atlantic. She lectures frequently on her work and has taught numerous design studios.  In 2016, she received the Women in Architecture Design Leader Award from Architectural Record.