NXNC Spring Lecture: Fernau + Hartman Architects


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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Santa Rosa Arts Center
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa, CA, 95401

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We welcome Richard Fernau and Laura Hartman of FERNAU + HARTMAN ARCHITECTS to the AIA Redwood Empire for our North by North Coast Spring Lecture at the Santa Rosa Arts Center in the SOFA District. Street parking along South A.

Date: Thursday, May 11th

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Cost: Members – AIA, Assoc. AIA, Allied & Students FREE | Non-members $20

Light refreshments will be provided. Space is limited. Register today!

RICHARD FERNAU, FAIA studied philosophy at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and received a Masters of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. Following graduation, he worked in Hollywood as an assistant art director with Jonathan Demme, and, after completing a traveling fellowship through Europe, was an architect with Peter Steiger Architecture in Zurich, Switzerland. Richard opened his own practice in 1977 and joined with Laura Hartman in 1980, forming Fernau & Hartman Architects. Their work has been consistently cited for its site-appropriate design; the firm has received over sixty design awards. Fernau & Hartman has also been featured in many publications, including Progressive Architecture and the New York Times.

Richard is an Emeritus Professor of Architecture at UC Berkeley, where he taught design and theory. He is the author of Improvisations on the Land: Houses of Fernau & Hartman, and has lectured widely, including at the Collegi dArquitectes de Catalunya in Barcelona, Cairo University, and the University of Hong Kong. In addition to serving on numerous juries, among them the Progressive Architecture Awards and the American Wood Council, Richard has acted as an evaluator for the MacArthur Awards. He divides his time between Berkeley and a storefront studio in rural Montana where he pursues special projects, spends time with his wife and two sons, and fly fishes.

LAURA HARTMAN, FAIA was born in West Virginia. She received a B.A. in Art from Smith College, and a M. Arch from the University of California at Berkeley. Before joining Richard Fernau in 1981 to form Fernau & Hartman Architects, she worked with Esherick, Homsey, Dodge, and Davis in San Francisco and with Schneibli e Associati, Architetti in Switzerland. As a principal at Fernau & Hartman, Laura has been envolved in all phases of the firm’s projects, from initial planning and programming through construction, working at many scales, from furniture design to master planning.

In addition to her wide design experience, Laura is also an adept teacher; she has taught at UC Berkeley, the University of Utah, and the University of Oregon. She is currently on the Sea Ranch Design Committee, the Planning and Design Committee at Georgia Tech, and the Wood Design Editorial Board. In dialog with her architectural practice, Laura has continually explored painting and collage and exhibited her artwork most recently in, Reading Materials, Constructions by Laura Hartman at 871 Fine Arts in San Francisco. Laura also has both a personal and academic interest in vernacular architecture and has a long-term project investigating the mining structures of Appalachia.


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