Event Lecture by William Zahner

March 21, 2011 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

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UT School of Architecture / Goldsmith Auditorium

LECTURER:  William Zahner, President and CEO of A. Zahner Company
TIME AND PLACE:  Monday, March 21, 2011 at 5:00 p.m., Goldsmith Auditorium, rm. 3.120.

In conjunction with the current UTSOA exhibition Explorations, Defining Surface: an exhibit of fabrications produced by A. Zahner Company, The School of Architecture is pleased to present a lecture by William Zahner.

L. William Zahner, the fourth generation of his family to lead the A. Zahner Company, was named an Honorary AIA member in 2007. “He has taken what we still think of as a craft and elevated it into an art form,” the AIA jury commented. Thom Mayne, FAIA, calls him an “absolute leader in innovation, consistently pushing the tectonic limits of architecture. His total commitment to exploration and innovation makes him an integral part of our design team.”

BIO: L. William Zahner is the President and CEO of A. Zahner Company, a 115 year-old engineering and fabrication facility in Kansas City, Missouri.  Mr. Zahner has contributed to a number of high-profile projects in metal, including the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago, and the Cooper Union New Academic Building in New York City.  Zahner is a major contributor to the arts, and is Chairman of the Board for the Kansas City Art Institute, a 4-year college of Art and Design.  Mr. Zahner is an artist in his own right, producing large-scale sculptures in copper and various metals during his free time.

In 2010, L. William Zahner became a member of the Columbia Building Intelligence Think Tank.  In 2007, Zahner was conducted into the Honorary AIA and in the same year he received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Bloch School of Business. In 2006, he was awarded the Copper Metal Award from Associazione Italiana Di Metallurgia in Milan, Italy.  He is considered one of the Top 25 News Makers of the Year by Engineering News Record, 2000.   He has authored two books published by John Wiley and Sons: Architectural Metals; A Guide to the Selection, and Specification and Performance of Metals.  Mr. Zahner received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kansas.