Thinking the Edge will count with Fred Levrat as professor of the workshop.
Frederic Levrat is a Professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture and Planning since 1994 and a visiting Associate Professor at Pratt Institute. Teaching offers an ideal testing ground for his architectural explorations while the production of buildings is complemented by an intense research through, competitions, theoretical projects, writings and lectures. Professor Levrat has given lectures concerning his design strategies in New York, Paris, Lausanne, Kabul, Dubai and Tokyo.
Frederic Levrat has set up his architectural office ArX New York in 1994, and two subsidiaries in 1997 ArX Geneve in Switzerland, and in 2004 ArX Kabul in Afghanistan. ArX represent the intersection between Art and Architecture, where his projects thrive to be located. Recently Levrat renamed his office Levrat Design Consultants llc, reflecting his desire to continue its design on a global scale, independently of the city location.
Levrat’s office has been selected, by the Architectural League, as one of the 6 best Young American Architects firm of the year in 1997. It received a First Prize in an important European competition for Zurich-Affoltern Industrial transformation, and was Finalist for the reconstruction of the Re-unified Berlin Administrative and Political Center. Levrat was honored to receive the prestigious New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Architecture, in 1997, and 2001.
Frederic Levrat has build a Research Center for the European Space Agency and the University of Geneva, the extension of a sport center in Geneva, private residences renovations and showroom in New York as well as numerous exhibition design in Europe and in the USA. He has been commissioned to design a new town in Hungary, a Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar and a Library for the extension of the United Nations in Geneva. Recently Levrat has designed numerous commercial and residential towers in Dubai and the Arabian Gulf. Levrat commitment to a cutting edge and challenging architecture has positioned his work in the avant-guard scene of New York, on the constructed, academic and philosophical level.
During the period of 2003 to 2005, Frederic Levrat and Zolaykha Sherzad spend two years working mostly in Afghanistan. The range and quantity of work ArX Kabul has managed to produce was possible only in a reconstructing country with: 12 primary schools, 20 small clinics, Kabul Industrial Park masterplan and entrance, a Theater for FCCS, the Gate to Afghanistan – the Airport Road Masterplan in Kabul as well as a few large housing plan proposals.
Since 2006 Levrat has explored design scheme in Dubai, initially with his graduate students work, and then privately with his professional office, for a number of residential high rise and administrative headquarter. The TechnoPark headquarter design was published in a number of Dubai’s newspapers.
The diversity of the projects presented represent a conceptual reflection and a practical rigor allowing Levrat to manage complex project on a sensible cultural as well as esthetical basis. Further work of Frederic Levrat and of his office profile ARX New York can be found on the internet at: www.newyork-architetcs.com/arxnewyork