OTTAWA — A new keynote speaker has been announced for the upcoming Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s (RAIC) Festival of Architecture 2019 to be held at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto Oct. 26 to 30.
Bernard Plattner, a senior partner at the Renzo Piano Building Workshop with over 40 years of experience, has been added to the list of speakers for the festival. He will be delivering the keynote address at the RAIC College of Fellows and Syllabus program convocation.
Renzo Piano, originally to deliver the keynote, is unable to attend for personal reasons. Plattner will be accepting the honourary fellowship on Piano’s behalf.
Plattner was born in Bern, Switzerland, in 1946. He studied architecture at ETH in Zurich and started working with Piano & Rogers in 1973 on the Pompidou Centre in Paris, France. Since then, Plattner has continued to work with Renzo Piano in the Paris office, developing a portfolio of major projects, indicates a RAIC release. Plattner became a partner in 1989 and now acts as director of the Renzo Piano Building Workshop.
Plattner’s notable projects include the New York Times Building in New York City, the Rue de Meaux Housing in Paris, the Beyeler Foundation Museum in Basel, the reconstruction of the Potsdamer Platz area in Berlin and the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern. He also oversaw the construction of the Pathe Foundation in Paris. He is now responsible for several large-scale projects in Europe including the new Paris Courthouse, a mixed-use development in Vienna and the FLOAT office building in Dusseldorf.
For more information visit festival2019.raic.org.