Will Bruder, recipient of the Marjorie Mead Hooker Memorial Visiting Professorship for 2011, presents, "An Architecture of People and Place," Friday, June 24 at 6.30 p.m. in Garcia Honda Auditorium at the University of New Mexico's School of Architecture and Planning.

For 40 years, Bruder has explored inventive and contextually exciting architectural solutions in response to site opportunities and user needs. Bruder is a craftsman in his concern for detail and building processes, and a sculptor in his blending of space, materials and light.

Self-trained as an architect, Bruder has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Supplementing his studio art education were studies in structural engineering, philosophy, art history and urban planning, followed by a full architectural apprenticeship under Gunnar Birkerts and Paolo Soleri. 

Subsequent to becoming registered, Bruder opened his own studio in 1974.  Most of his 450 commissions celebrate the craft of building in ways not typical in contemporary architecture, striving to invent form specific to function and clients' aspirations. Through his creative use of materials and light, Bruder's ability to raise the ordinary to the extraordinary is renowned.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

The professorship, endowed in memory of Marjorie Mead (Peggy) Hooker, was established at the UNM School of Architecture and Planning by her husband, Van Dorn Hooker, FAIA, daughter Ann Clarke and son John Hooker, AIA.