Recent Speaking Engagements in New York and China

This past February, David Rolland, AIA/NCARB, partner at Viñoly, participated in a panel discussion held at The Center for Architecture in New York City. The panel was sponsored and organized by New York City’s Department of Design and Construction, and focused on the use of geothermal heat pump systems in New York City building projects.

Citing the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Mr. Rolland illustrated the challenges and benefits of incorporating an open loop geothermal system, and how it was successfully integrated as part of a sustainable building project.

And in China on March 27, Andrea Lamberti, AIA/NCARB, partner at Viñoly, spoke in Tsinghua University’s lecture series in Beijing, and at the 6th annual Ultra High-rise Building Summit in Shanghai.

The Ultra High-rise Building Summit is an annual event that facilitates dialogue surrounding China’s rapid economic growth and dynamic urbanism, and how to best optimize building practices for its ever- increasing demand for new development. Ms. Lamberti spoke on the ‘Challenges of Building Tall,’ referencing one of the firm’s current works, 432 Park Avenue, which is currently under construction and when completed will be the tallest residential building in the United States.

Later that same day, Ms. Lamberti was received by an audience of students, faculty and professionals at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Ms. Lamberti’s talk, titled “Elevating the Public Realm,” highlighted the integration of new public spaces into three recent projects: the Cleveland Museum of Art Renovation and expansion, 20 Fenchurch Street and firstsite Contemporary Visual Arts.