GWATHMEY SEIGEL- AMERICAN MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGES

LIFE:

  • Born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1938
  • Studied at the University of Pennsylvania School of Architecture under Louis I. Kahn, Robert Venturi, and Thomas Vreeland
  • Graduated from Yale with a Masters in architecture in 1962 where he studied under Paul Rudolph and James Stirling
  • Begun a partnership with Robert Seigel in 1971

ARCHITECTURAL STYLE:

  • Grafts American vernacular with the International Style
  • Combines nineteenth century brickwork, American wood construction with the Modernist’s passion for industrial buildings to create sleek, unarticulated surfaces
  • Exaggerated super scale and sense of infinite space
  • Spatial variety , emphasizing verticality
  • Functionally appropriate and recognizing activity patterns

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, Whig Hall, Princeton (1975)

  • Won the 1973 Design Award for Progressive Architecture

AMERICAN MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE, New York(1988)

  • American Museum of the Moving Image is both an archive-repository and a learning center for movie and video history where exhibits are designed to encourage hands-on exploration
  • “The final outcome is a Museum which has received worldwide recognition for its aesthetic distinction and is, at the same time, a place where I and my colleagues are able to function professionally in an environment which is not only pleasing but appropriate to the activities which we must perform.” – Rochelle Slovin, Director

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