Architect/Artist Creative Collaborations
An Evening with architect Mark Sexton
“Architecture is influenced by and comes from all that surrounds us – whether natural or manmade, historical or the latest computer software.”
- Mark P. Sexton, FAIA, Leed® Ap
Co-founder of the Chicago-based firm Krueck + Sexton Architects, Mark Sexton is the 2018 speaker for the Trust’s annual program, Thinking Into the Future: The Robie House Series on Architecture, Design, and Ideas.
Sexton will present on nearly forty years of the firm’s iconic architecture, the significance of art in the firm’s projects, and their collaborations with artists like Jaume Plensa and Ursula Von Rydingsvard. As the influence of new materials, fabrication practices, and technologies shape the future of architecture, Sexton will consider how Krueck + Sexton will continue to push the boundaries of design, and what role art and its inspiration will play in the future of the firm’s work.
About the Speaker:
Mark Sexton co-founded the Chicago-based firm Krueck + Sexton Architects in 1979. Since then, Krueck + Sexton has gathered acclaim for its work in exploring the leading edge of Modernism as well as Chicago’s rich architectural tradition. Partners Ron Krueck and Mark Sexton both studied architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where they were steeped in the pure modernism of Mies van der Rohe. From this foundation, they developed a distinctive visual language influenced by art as much as by architecture, as evidenced in their impeccably designed and constructed buildings.
In recent years, Krueck + Sexton completed work on restorations of two Ludwig Mies van der Rohe masterworks: the 860-880 Lake Shore Drive apartments and Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology, home to the College of Architecture. For Sexton, Crown Hall remains Mies’ most important building, and he’s noted the thousands architecture students, educated at IIT, who’ve gone on to change cities around the world.
Some of the firm’s most prominent Chicago projects can be found at the heart of downtown Chicago.
Working in collaboration with the Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa, Krueck + Sexton developed the award-winning Crown Fountain at Millennium Park. Identifying new materials and technologies, the firm created a 21st century fountain that operates as an interactive public sculpture in a new urban plaza. The firm’s faceted glass facade for 2007’s Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies embraces contemporary materials and technology, while conforming to norms of scale and organization to harmonize with the streetwall ensemble of Michigan Avenue.
View the story of Crown Fountain.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Cocktail reception: 5 pm, Lecture: 6 pm
Logan Center for the Arts University of Chicago, 915 East 60th Street, Chicago
$20 Frank Lloyd Wright Trust members/University of Chicago alumni, faculty and staff/AIA Chicago members, $25 Non-members, $5 Students
Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Krueck + Sexton Architects
Photograph by William Zbaren
Crown Fountain, Chicago, IL
Photograph: Steve Hall / Hedrich Blessing