Dan Rockhill, Straight Outta Kansas


Rockhill's Kansas Longhouse (Courtesy Rockhill and Associates)

Dan Rockhill is best-known in New York as the design father of Studio 804 at the University of Kansas, where he teaches. The studio is among the most successful in the country at actually creating high-quality, sustainable, and LEED-certified buildings produced and built by students. Not only has the studio won many “green” awards for their design-build structures, but they are notable for their high design standards—unusual in sustainability studios. New Yorkers will get a glimpse of the studio’s pathbreaking work on Wednesday, November 10 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., when Rockhill delivers a lecture at the Dom showroom at 66 Crosby Street.

Wedding on the Plains, a temporary wedding chapel and reception hall made of recycled materials.

In addition to showing the work from Studio 804, Rockhill will present his own work that is, as he says, “tightly bound to the natural milieu and culture of the Kansas region.” This means, I suppose, that the work does not have the architectural flamboyance of Rural Studio, but, befitting the context of its Midwest roots, is more spartan. Rockhill is an architect who works at the highest design level, but always within the local vernacular of substantiality. He rarely speaks in New York, so don’t miss this special night in Soho—you can RSVP here. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will follow the lecture, which starts at 7:00 p.m. and is co-sponsored by The Architect’s Newspaper and the Center for Architecture.

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