Speaker Biographies for
PAUL RUDOLPH: A WAY OF WORKING
Kelvin Dickinson is President of the Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation and graduated from the College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning at the University of Cincinnati in 1996.
He has been a lifelong fan of Mr. Rudolph’s work ever since he was introduced to it by Peter Eisenman while in college. After moving to New York City, Kevin joined the Paul Rudolph Foundation in 2006 and became Co-Director from 2009-2010.
In 2010, Kelvin left New York to assist in the opening of an architectural office in Doha, Qatar. In 2012 he joined Aljazeera Media Network’s Projects Division at their Doha Headquarters. After successfully launching the network’s new Arabic newsroom and program studio, he returned to New York and joined the Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation. He became the President of the foundation in May 2017.
Roberto de Alba is author of Paul Rudolph: The Late Work (Princeton Architectural Press) and editor of the 27th issue of Perspecta, the Yale architectural journal.
After a brief stint with architectural practice, Roberto began publishing architecture for The Whitney Library of Design and for Thomson Reuters. As Executive Editor for Architecture & Design he created many notable books, including the best selling series The New American House and early examples of book/CD-ROMs for architecture students.
Digital media dove-tailed perfectly with Roberto's passion for design and technology and in 1996 he launched Spliteye Multimedia, an award-winning web development studio dedicated to architecture. As chief creative for Spliteye, he has developed many distinctive websites for some of the most prominent architecture and engineering firms in the US. He has a Master of Architecture from Yale University.
Nora Leung graduated with distinction from the University of Hong Kong, School of Architecture, in 1980. She is a registered architect in Hong Kong and a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects since 1982.
Nora served as Project Architect and later as Head of Institutional Projects in Wong & Ouyang (H.K.) Ltd. from 1980 to 1988. She started her own practice Nora Leung Architect in end of 1988, which was later merged to form Chau, Ku & Leung Architects & Engineers Ltd. in 1991. As Director and Principal Partner of Chau, Ku & Leung Architects & Engineers Ltd., Nora leads an office of more than 60 staff, undertaking both Government and private projects in Hong Kong, including public housing, schools, hospitals, residential, commercial and institutional developments, as well as private residences.
She published the book “Experiencing Bond Centre” in 1989, giving a detailed account of the design of the Bond Centre (now renamed the Lippo Centre), for which she worked as project architect from 1984-1988. With her own practice, she collaborated with Paul Rudolph to work on two unbuilt projects in Hong Kong - “Harbour Road Hotel and Office Tower” and “3 Residences on Plantation Road”.
Nora has kept Rudolph’s site sketches for the construction of the Bond Centre up to this date. She curated the exhibition “Paul Rudolph: the Hong Kong Journey” showing the materials for the first time to the public.
Rocco Leonardis began his career by working next to Paul Rudolph, sharing his desk. Leonardis’s work with Rudolph extended on and off over many years, primarily to transpose Rudolph’s ideas into more formal drawings and to do perspective drawings in pen and ink.
He taught architectural design for the first time in 1968. He has led study tours of Rome, Florence, and Pompeii and is the project architect on an archaeological survey in Sicily. A visiting scholar/artist at the American Academy in Rome for several years beginning in 1997, and a participant in the National Endowment for the Humanities “Archaeology and Ideology in 19th- and 20th-Century Rome” summer seminar in 2004, Leonardis was an invited speaker at conferences in Mantova and Ferrara, Italy.
In addition to writing two books on perspective drawing, he has published essays concerning historical topics, such as sacred geometry in Greek, Roman, and medieval art and architecture, and architectural subjects, including Rudolph.
He is a life member of the Art Students League and is a registered architect in the United States, a chartered architect in the United Kingdom, and a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects.
R.D. Chin, Feng Shui Architect has a civil engineering degree (BSCE) from Tufts University and a masters degree in architecture (M.Arch) from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Chin had the privilege and honor to be trained and worked with the late master architect, Paul Rudolph; he worked three (3) times: 1981-1983, 1985-1989, and 1990-1996 beginning as an apprentice to becoming his office manager.
His feng shui training was under the tutelage of the late Grandmaster Lin Yun, Master Raymond Lo, and other feng shui teachers. He also teaches feng shui classes and performs blessing ceremonies.
He has worked on proposals for an urban planning and housing development in the Netherlands, a Feng Shui Proposal for the World Trade Center Memorial Competition and his projects include the corporate headquarters for Felippo Berio Olive Oil, NJ; Standard Chartered Bank and the affordable housing project for One Flushing, NY. He is author of Feng Shui Revealed published by Clarkson Potter of Random House and can be reached through his website www.rdchin.com
Jeremy Moser completed an apprenticeship in furniture making in Baltimore Maryland in the mid 1970’s, completed a B.A. in Japanese Aesthetics and Applied Craft at the Evergreen State College in Washington State in 1982, and completed his Master of Architecture Degree at Columbia University’s GSAPP in 1987.
Jeremy worked in Paul Rudolph’s office from 1988 through 1990. During this period, the New York office was small, with 4 to 5 Architects/Designers working with Mr. Rudolph on competitions, design and construction documents for all local and national works, and design development drawings/models for his international projects; in Singapore, Bangkok and China. Jeremy became Mr. Rudolph’s Architectural model maker. However, because of the small office size and the large scale of the projects, with the exception of the perspectives, all hands were involved in all aspects of the New York practice at both West 57th and East 58th Street offices.
Currently Jeremy Moser’s design practice, Studio Mnemosyne, is in Portland Maine and New York City, where he works on institutional, residential and preservation work, as well as 3-d modeling, printing, and prototyping. He has participated in studio design crits at Yale School of Architecture, Columbia GSAPP, and Maine College of Art.