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Cameron Sinclair, Co-founder of Architecture for Humanity, to Lecture at MICA April 20

Sinclair Is MICA's 2009 WM. O. Steinmetz ’50 Designer In Residence

Posted 02.25.09 by MICA Media Relations

Cameron Sinclair

BALTIMORE--Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) welcomes Cameron Sinclair, co-founder of Architecture for Humanity and a leader in the field of sustainable development and post-disaster reconstruction, as MICA's first Wm. O. Steinmetz '50 Designer in Residence. Sinclair will present a free, public lecture on Monday, April 20 at 7 p.m. in Falvey Hall of Brown Center, 1301 Mount Royal Ave.

Architecture for Humanity seeks architectural solutions to humanitarian crises and brings design services to communities in need around the world. In 2007, it launched the Open Architecture Network, the world's first online community dedicated to improving living conditions through innovative and sustainable design.

Sinclair was named a Nice Modernist by Dwell Magazine and one of the Aspen Seven-seven people changing the world for the better-by Fortune Magazine. He is a recipient of the ASID Design for Humanity award, Lewis Mumford Award for Peace, and the TED Prize, awarded annually to three exceptional individuals who each receive $100,000 and, much more important, the granting of "one wish to change the world."

Sinclair most recently appeared in the Sundance Channel's Iconoclasts series with actress Cameron Diaz.

The new Wm. O. Steinmetz '50 Design Residency program was established to enhance and develop further the design culture at MICA by bringing to campus outstanding practitioners like Sinclair-men and women who have valuable experiences, ideas, and perspectives to share with the MICA community as well as professionals in the field and interested public. It was created thanks to an endowment fund established by Betty Cooke '46, together with contributions from others who wish to honor Bill Steinmetz '50-loyal alumnus, former instructor and chairman of the foundation and general design departments, and long-term trustee.

The Wm. O. Steinmetz '50 Design Residency helps position MICA as a major voice in promoting design practices as integral to the improvement of society and culture in the United States and worldwide.

As part of Sinclair's residency, he will conduct master classes and student critiques, and participate in conversations with faculty and other interested individuals from the College.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.