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A Tour of Two Library Journal New Landmark Libraries

SPONSORED BY: Ratcliff Architects, richärd+bauer architecture, DEMCO, DEMCO Interiors and Library Journal
EVENT TIME AND DATE:  Thursday, September 6, 2012, 3:00-4:00 PM ET/12:00 – 1:00 PM PT

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Use them as prototypes for your next building project or treat them as think tanks for great design ideas that will support your library’s advancement, the 2012 five New Landmark Libraries represent the best of what academic libraries are today and provide a glimpse into the library of the future. The Landmarks, named by a team of 6 expert judges from a national pool, were profiled in the July 1 issue of Library Journal. They are flexible. They are green. They reinvent the library as the campus core in support of the whole student.

In this webcast, two architecture firms, moderated by New Library Landmarks project lead Louise Schaper, will take you into their New Landmark Libraries. One is a not-to-be-missed stunning legal library whose airy and light spaces defy the constraints of a small footprint. The other—a community college that also serves as the neighborhood’s public library—is chock full of fresh design and service ideas. The speakers will explore the beauty and the brains behind these buildings—what makes them amazing today and promising for tomorrow; resilient and deeply meaningful to the campus and community they serve.


Benjamin Levi – LEED AP Associate/Project Architect, Ratcliff Architects

Benjamin Levi has nearly twenty years of experience in architecture and design and has demonstrated skills in project leadership and process management employing LEAN Delivery principles and technical knowledge geared toward gaining public approvals and producing high performance structures. His ability to collaborate with clients, designers, planners, engineering consultants, review agencies, and project staff has proven invaluable to the success of his projects. He is hands-on with the work and intimately in tune with design content, use of digital tools, (including Revit and BIM applications) and regulatory requirements. His collaborative working style assures smooth relationships with all parties and his personal commitment to excellence in design and technical solutions is an asset to any project he undertakes. Recent assignments have included the Berkeley Law South Addition and Renovation for UC Berkeley; the Palo Alto Transit Center; UCSF Mission Bay Parking Structure; and, the Richmond Intermodal Station.

Joseph A. Nicola – Associate Principal, Ratcliff Architects

An award-winning architect, Joseph Nicola is the director of Ratcliff’s academic practice area.  With over thirty-five years of experience, he has overseen numerous large-scale university to include the addition expansion and renovation of Berkeley Law at the University of California, Berkeley; a new Media Learning Center at De Anza College in Cupertino; the Foley Center Library for Information and Technology at Gonzaga University and the Bing Wing of the Cecil A. Green Library at Stanford University

His career has also included the design and management of mixed-use, recreational, office, and retail projects, including a historic addition and renovation to the Olympic Club in San Francisco, as studio director at Hornberger + Worstell, director of architecture and design for PAE International Japan, and Vice President of The Architects Collaborative.

James E. Richärd, AIA – Principal and design team leader, richärd+bauer architecture

James Richärd, AIA is the architectural design principal and a founding partner of richärd + bauer architecture. With broad ranging architectural experience, Mr. Richärd has over 26 years of experience in library programming, master planning and planning, design. He was named an “emerging voice in architecture” by the Architecture League of New York and has received a multitude of regional and international design awards, including the 2008 AIA Architect’s Medal in Arizona.

Kelly Bauer, NCID Q, FIIDA – Principal and interior designer, richärd+bauer architecture

Kelly Bauer, NCIDQ, FIIDA has over 26 years of experience in library programming, space planning, interior architectural studies and project management. Through her practice, Kelly has developed a rich knowledge base in the evolution of innovative public and academic library design solutions. Design principal and founding partner of richärd+bauer architecture, llc., Kelly is an award winning designer with national accolades. Kelly is actively involved in the American Library Association and was named with her partner the 2007 Contract Magazine Designer of the Year.

Rita Hamilton – City librarian, City Library in Phoenix

Rita Hamilton has worked in public libraries for over thirty five years and is the City Librarian in Phoenix. Her previous work experience includes 13 years at the Tucson Public Library; 8 years in Nashville where as Assistant Director she was project manager for a $115 million project for a new main library and five branches; and 9 years at the Scottsdale (Az) Public Library building two award winning branch libraries, including Appaloosa a 2011 Landmark Library.


Louise Schaper, MLS – Library consultant

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