Panelist: Yasmine Van Pee

Yasmine Van Pee is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, where she studies modern and contemporary art, with a particular interest in colonial and post-colonial Africa. Somewhat to her own surprise, her native Belgium has come to dominate her work these past years. Her dissertation is tentatively titled “Phantom Africa: Imagining Territory in Belgium and Congo, 1885-1975” and focuses on the work of Herzekiah Andrew Shanu, Gaston-Denys Périer, and Marcel Broodthaers. In her free time she enjoys tinkering with translations and vintage motorcycles.

Ms. Van Pee will present “Mining Katanga: Sammy Baloji’s “Mémoires” during Panel #3.

Panelist: Pierluigi Serraino

Pierluigi Serraino by Rondal Partridge

photo: Rondal Partridge

Pierluigi Serraino is an architect, author, and educator. He holds multiple professional and research degrees in architecture from Italy and the United States. Prior to opening his independent design practice, Pierluigi worked at Mark Mack architects, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and Anshen+Allen working on a variety of residential and institutional projects in the United States and overseas. His work and writing have been published in professional and scholarly journals, among them Architectural Record, Architecture California, Journal of Architectural Education, and Architectural Design (UK). He has authored four books, among them “Modernism Rediscovered” (Taschen 2000) and “NorCalMod: Icons of Northern California Modernism” (Chronicle Books). He has written numerous essays, the latest appeared in “Solid States: Concrete in Transition” (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010) on the pioneering modeling methods of Eero Saarinen & Associates and in “California Houses of Gordon Drake” (Stout Publishers, 2011) on the experimental designs of Gordon Drake. He has lectured widely on the subject of Mid-century modern, Architectural Photography, and Digital Design. Current research interests are the work of California architect Donald Olsen (forthcoming book, 2012), the 1958 ground-breaking creativity study on 40 architects very recently resurfaced, and changes in professional practice models brought about through the digital age.

Mr. Serraino will present “UNIVERSALITY BEATS PARTICULARITY: Sameness and Placemaking beyond Geography and Time in Twentieth Century Architecture” during Panel #2.