Dickinson College Alumnus to Discuss Using Architectural Design to Improve Quality of Life

Chris Sharples '87

Out of Practice

by Maureen Moroz '19

Architect Chris Sharples '87 (fine arts) will present Out of Practice, a lecture about his work in designing buildings and environments that improve the quality of public life. The talk will take place Thursday, Oct. 25, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Room 235, Weiss Center for the Arts. Sharples is a principal at SHoP Architects, a firm in New York City that he cofounded more than 20 years ago. With SHoP, Sharples has designed such high-profile structures as the Barclay's Center and the transformational Domino Sugar Factory project in Brooklyn; the Midtown Center in Washington, D.C.; and Uber’s new headquarters in San Francisco.

"The architect's role is like the conductor of an orchestra: You have to bring the whole team together and orchestrate how the design will become real," Sharples has said of his work. "Dickinson gave me the skills to be both a critical and creative thinker, giving me the confidence to come up with unique solutions for challenging problems."

SHoP Architects has received multiple recognitions and awards, including Fast Company’s Most Innovative Architect Firm in the World (2014) and the Smithsonian/Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Architecture (2009).

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Published October 3, 2018