Building Memory: A Conversation on the UK's Holocaust Memorial International Design Competition

What does it mean to remember the Holocaust in the 21st century, particularly after Brexit?

Join architect Brad Cloepfil in a conversation about the UK Holocaust Memorial Design Competition. Cloepfil and his firm, Allied Works Architecture, is one of the ten finalists for this venue, with the winner to be decided in the summer of 2017. This conversation will be co-facilitated by April Slabosheski of the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education and faculty in the Portland State University School of Architecture. Co-sponsored by the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at Portland State University.

The Panelists

Brad Cloepfil is an architect and principal of Allied Works Architecture in Portland, OR, and New York City. He has numerous cultural, commercial, and residential projects to his credit including the Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis, the National Music Center in Alberta, Canada, and closer to home, a warehouse adaptation for the advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy. Cloepfil was born in Portland, and holds a BA from the University of Oregon. He received his architecture degree from Columbia University in 1985.

Lisa Strausfeld holds advanced degrees in architecture (Harvard) and Media Arts and Sciences (MIT). She specializes in software design and digital information projects in media, internet, and creative settings. Perhaps best known for her design of Sugar, the graphical interface for One Laptop per Child, Strausfeld has been recognized as a cutting edge designer in publications like Businessweek and Fast Company as well as awarded numerous prizes, including six International Design Excellence Awards.

April Slabosheski is the Holocaust Educator at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education. She holds an MA in Judaic Studies from the University of Michigan and worked for a number of Jewish cultural and educational institutions in the Midwest before coming to Portland in 2014.

Clive Knights is a Professor and the Director of the School of Architecture at Portland State University. He holds professional architectural design undergraduate and graduate degrees from Portsmouth Polytechnic, UK, and a Master of Philosophy in Architectural History and Theory from Cambridge University. Publications include many journal articles and book chapters on the theory, history and pedagogy of architecture.

Want to learn more? Watch the video on Allied Works's competition entry.

Image: Allied Works (US) with artist Robert Montgomery. Image © Allied Works Architecture & Malcolm Reading Consultants