Guest Lecture: Architect Dion Neutra
Dion Neutra presents the lecture Neutra Architecture: The View from Inside November 15 at 7 p.m.
Neutra is the son of Austrian-born architect Richard Neutra (1892–1970), who rose to prominence in 1929 with his visionary design of the Lovell Health House which introduced the International Style to the U.S. Architectural Digest described Richard Neutra as a "prophet of clean, crisp modernism," and stated that "his houses, most of which were built in California, have inspired countless architects and emboldened preservationists in an area of the country notoriously quick to raze landmarks." He is considered one of the most important architects of the 20th century.
Dion Neutra attended the University of Southern California and spent his junior year studying at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology architecture program in Zürich. He formally partnered with his father in 1965, establishing Richard and Dion Neutra and Associates.
From California, Dion Neutra runs the firm and the Neutra Institute for Survival Through Design, which is dedicated to the preservation of Neutra architecture, and the proliferation of the Neutra firm ethic. During the lecture, Neutra will discuss his firm’s modernist designs as well as “biorealism,” a term coined by Richard Neutra meaning ""the inherent and inseparable relationship between man and nature."
Neutra recently published The Neutras, Then & Late, a book chronicling the history of Richard and Dion Neutra and Associates and its nearly 400 projects. “We found that the original owners of Neutra buildings were dying off and selling, and we were reaching the end of an era,” Dion Neutra told Dwell magazine in 2011. "We are continually researching techniques to ensure the survival of these buildings…these owners preside over icons of history.”
After the lecture, Neutra will sign copies of The Neutras, Then & Late.
The Dion Neutra lecuture is sponsored by VS America, a Charlotte-based firm selling ergonomically-designed, high-quality furniture. VS acquired the rights to the Richard and Dion Neutra furniture collection from Dion Neutra and this winter will launch the iconic Boomerang Chair, which was designed by Richard Neutra in 1942.
Tickets for the 7 p.m. lecture are free for museum members and $10 for non-members. Purchase and reserve tickets online, by phone 704.353.9200 or at the visitor services desk.
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Left Photo: Dion Neutra (left) and Richard Neutra ca. 1970. Right Photo: Dion Neutra