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<em>(left to right)</em> Kahn at the Kimbell Art Museum and Ando at the Modern Art Museum of Forth Worth - photos by W. Mark Gunderson and Bob Wharton

(left to right) Kahn at the Kimbell Art Museum and Ando at the Modern Art Museum of Forth Worth - photos by W. Mark Gunderson and Bob Wharton

Tour H: Kahn and Ando - **SOLD OUT** - 41 waitlisted


3.00 HSW
3.00 LUH


Thursday, November 7, 2013
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Class Code: 28

Room / Location

Grand Lobby / Convention Center First Floor


Early: $50.00 Advanced: $50.00 Full: $50.00

Sponsored By

Byrne Construction Services - Title Sponsor


Project: Kimbell Art Museum (1972)

Architect: Louis I. Kahn

Associate Architect: Preston M. Geren & Associates

Contractor: Thos S. Byrne Construction

Consultants: August E. Komendant (Structural Engineering); Cowan, Love and Jackson (MEP); Richard Kelly (Lighting Consultant); George Patton, Harriet Pattison (Landscape Consultants)

Project: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (2002)

Architect: Tadao Ando

Architect of Record: Kendall/Heaton Associates

Consulting Architect: FitzGerald Associates Architects

Contractor: Linbeck Group

Consultants: Thornton-Tomasetti/Ellisor-Tanner Engineers (Structural Engineering); CHP and Associates Consulting Engineers (MEP); George Sexton Associates (Lighting Consultant); SWA (Landscape Consultants)

Tour Guide: Mark Gunderson, AIA, W. Mark Gunderson, Architect

The Kimbell Art Museum and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth opened 30 years apart to the month. Tadao Ando was born 40 years after Louis Kahn, and his respect for Kahn is well documented. The relationship between the two museums — conceptually and physically — is rich and instructive. Kahn’s sublime structure has been a benchmark for any museum built since it opened in 1972, and Ando’s work is no exception. Their material palettes, formal discipline, regard for natural light, and landscape are primary elements. The use of counterpoint in each is reflective of the unique sensibility of each architect. Kahn was a wrestler in his youth, and Ando, a boxer.

The tour will address differences in philosophy between the two architects, differences in construction technologies and project delivery methods, and the ramifications in the built work, as well as many other details and intimate ‘behind-the-scenes’ anecdotes explaining significant choices and development in the design and construction of each project.


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