Members of the public are invited to spend an evening with Architect and Roger Williams University Professor of Architecture Julian Bonder as part of a Faculty Spotlight edition of the President’s Distinguished Speakers Series at Roger Williams University.
The architect and educator will offer ideas on architecture, memory and public space and share the story of the award-winning Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery – a memorial created by Wodiczko + Bonder, a design partnership of Bonder and Krzysztof Wodiczko of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. The Memorial received, among other awards, a Special Mention from the Biannual European Prize for Urban Public Space, an Honor Award from the Boston Society of Architects and a nomination for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture / Mies van der Rohe Award – a unique space that invites visitors to contemplate slavery and the slave trade, celebrate resistance and abolition, and consider the continuing struggle against present-day forms of slavery. Opened in March 2012, the Memorial is sited on the banks of the Loire River in the heart of the city.
Born in New York and raised in Buenos Aires, Bonder is a longtime architect and educator based out of Cambridge, Mass. In his design projects and writings, he concentrates on exploring the relationships among memory, trauma, architecture and public space. His body of work includes projects focused on events including the Civil War, the Desaparecidos of Argentina, the Holocaust, civil rights, slavery and the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Since 2001, Bonder has served as professor of architecture at Roger Williams. Previously, he taught architecture at Universidad de Buenos Aires, Syracuse University and as the Hyde Chair of Excellence Professor at the University of Nebraska. He is principal of Julian Bonder + Associates in Cambridge.