The inaugural David Dillon Symposium will be April 26 and 27 at the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center and will honor Dillon’s prolific career as an architectural critic. Through a keynote address and a daylong symposium, the changing role and venues for architectural criticism today will be explored. A wide range of respected speakers from Texas and across the country who write about architecture for newspapers, magazines, journals, books, and blogs, will consider the purpose of architectural criticism in a digital world where publishing and access to information have radically changed the traditions of the field. What is the role of the architectural critic today? Who reads criticism? Can good criticism help shape a better, more vibrant city?
The keynote speaker for “Criticism Today,” will be Pulitzer Prize-winning Paul Goldberger, the architecture critic for The New Yorker. Goldberger will speak Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in the Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. Goldberger also will speak as part of the Dillon Symposium on Friday, April 27 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m. at the Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St. The Symposium also will include: Kate Holliday, Director of David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture; Scott Cantrell, critic at The Dallas Morning News; Thomas Fisher, Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota; Stephen Fox, fellow of the Anchorage Foundation of Texas; Christopher Hawthorne, architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times; Alexandra Lange, critic, journalist and architectural historian; Benjamin Lima, critic and art history professor at University of Texas Arlington; and Stephan Sharpe, editor of Texas Architect.
Advance reservations and ticket purchase is encouraged. Tickets for both the keynote address and symposium are $35 for Dallas Architecture Forum members and UTA Faculty and staff, $45 for general admission, and $15 for full-time students. Lunch is not included, but afternoon beverages will be provided. Tickets for the keynote address only are $15 or Dallas Architecture Forum members and UTA Faculty and staff, $25 for general admission, and $5 for full-time students. For more information on the symposium, visit http://www.uta.edu/architecture/research/dillon/symposium.php. Registration is available at the Dallas Architecture Forum’s website, www.dallasarchitectureforum.org or by phone at 817.272.2313. If available, remaining tickets may be purchased before the Thursday evening keynote and the Friday symposium.