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Lecture: Architect Jing Liu of SO-IL

January 22, 2015
Price Auditorium
$10 A&D Society members, $15 general public, free to students

Jing Liu co-founded Brooklyn-based SO-IL with Florian Idenburg in 2008. The firm has since amassed a significant body of work, bringing experience from the fields of architecture, academia, and the arts to projects ranging from retail establishments to cultural centers. The name SO-IL, which stands for Solid Objectives–Idenburg Liu, reflects the firm’s aim to distill concepts and ideas into simple built forms. Through an iterative process of model making, SO-IL uses direct engagement with materials to refine the experiences produced by each space.

At the end of Liu’s lecture, Karen Kice, Neville Bryan Assistant Curator, joins her in a discussion of SO-IL’s work featured in Veiled Architecture: Kukje Gallery, SO-IL, on display in Gallery 24 through January 25. This exhibition presents a series of conceptual and schematic models that reveals SO-IL’s process to recreate a traditional white-cube gallery, the Kukje Art Center in Seoul, Korea, as an innovative and striking building.

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The A&D Society gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of Park Hyatt Chicago.


SO-IL, architects. Kukje Art Center, Seoul, Korea. Photo by Iwan Baan.