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Internationally known architect, designer to give public lecture Oct. 4

By Emily Mullins

Thomas Ewing Visiting Professor and internationally known architect and designer Eugene Tsui will give a public lecture about his architectural career on Monday, Oct. 4, at noon in Grover Center, room W115.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Tsui has been called "the seminal architect of the 21st century." This title stems from his rare and unique ability to connect nature and architecture in a way unlike any other designer in history. Coining the term "evolutionary architecture," Tsui creates his designs using a scientific understanding of nature's processes, organisms, structures and materials, producing work that is fascinatingly new. His works and those of his company, Tsui Design and Research Inc., can be found worldwide in homes, schools, office buildings, stadiums, theme parks, bridges and floating cities, as well as the Ultima/Sky City Tower, the world's tallest building, standing two miles high.

Matthew Ziff, the area coordinator of the Interior Architecture Program, seized the opportunity to invite this "startlingly creative architect and designer" to Ohio University.

"When one of my students had an internship with Dr. Tsui and told me what an interesting person he was, I jumped at the opportunity to nominate him as the Thomas Ewing Visiting Professor," he said.

Tsui will be on campus Oct. 4 to Oct. 22 and will share his innovative expertise with interior architecture students and work with them on various design projects.

Tsui's extensive resume also includes educator, Olympic athlete and published author. He has earned four professional degrees in architecture and city and regional planning by attending the University of Oregon, Columbia University Graduate School of Design and the University of California, Berkeley, where he received an interdisciplinary doctorate in architecture and education. He is the current four-time Senior Olympics Gymnastics All-Around Champion and the author of four books. His publications include "The Urgency of Change," "Evolutionary Architecture: Nature as a Basis for Design," "Shenzhen Ecological Theme Park Concept Book," and "The World Architecture Review." He has also received numerous scholarships and awards including Honorable Mention for Most Exciting Design from the American Institute of Architects competition.

The Thomas Ewing Visiting Professorship is an annual program that seeks to bring outstanding and distinguished professionals to Ohio University to share their talents, as well as to experience what our campus has to offer. The selected individuals are expected to have notable recognition in the areas of art, engineering, history, literature, or science and are chosen by a six-member committee.

Emily Mullins is a student writer with University Communications and Marketing.

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