Speaker Biographies for
PAUL RUDOLPH: iNFLUENCES & OPPORTUNITIES
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.
Kate Wagner is the creator of the viral blog McMansionHell, which roasts the world’s ugliest houses from top to bottom, all while teaching about architecture and design. Since its launch in July 2016, the blog has been featured in a wide range of publications, including the Huffington Post, Slate, Business Insider and Paper Magazine.
Outside of McMansion Hell, Kate has written for Curbed, CityLab, The Baffler, The Atlantic, Architectural Digest and more. She recently graduated from Johns Hopkins with a Masters of Arts in Audio Science, specializing in architectural acoustics. Her thesis project examined intersections of acoustics, urbanism and Late Modern architecture.
Eric Wolff was born in Canada and majored in Chemical Engineer at University of Western Ontario, with courses in East Asian Studies at University of Toronto. He has had a life long passion for Creativity, including the Arts, Architecture and Design. He is recently retired and enjoying living in the restored and completed Paul Rudolph designed Fullam Residence.
As part of the “restoration and completion” project and subsequent nomination to the National Registry of Historic Places, Eric has done extensive research on many of Paul Rudolph’s projects around the time of the design and building of the Fullam Residence (1957-1959/63). To get insight into the project, he was able to obtain the original construction drawings, as well as the correspondence between Rudolph and the Fullam’s.
Eric believes that good design, whether in Architecture, Industrial Design or Art, has the ability to impact peoples’ lives in a positive emotional way. “Too many people short change the choice of good design in the belief that it need cost more; Rudolph, as an Architect, challenged this belief time and time again, by pushing the envelope in both materials and technology to ensure great design was incorporated into his buildings’ programs.”
John Wolstenholme established his boutique architecture firm in 2005. He possesses over 24 years of experience in the design and architecture fields and leads his team of designers to work cohesively together across multiple disciplines. He considers his greatest architectural achievements to be when he is creatively saving architecture through modernization and preservation, while paying homage to the past.
It’s no coincidence that John’s architecture firm is headquartered in The Nathan James House, a historic building located in the county seat of Bucks County, which was designed by renowned architect Milton Bean in 1888. Continuing on from there, Wolstenholme Associates has preserved and modernized countless other historic structures in the area, with the most notable being an addition on an iconic Paul Rudolph mid-century modern home. John and his team worked closely with their client to produce a creation that successfully respected the modernist master, Paul Rudolph who arguably has the same special sense as Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, and other architectural greats from that era.
John remains active in his community, supporting several charitable organizations and maintaining memberships in the United States Green Building Council, the National Council of Architectural Registration Board, the American Institute of Architects, the Bucks County Chapter of the AIA, the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, Heritage Conservancy, and the Bucks County Historical Society.
Andrew Bernheimer has honed an ability to execute subtle, exciting, and complex architecture within the constraints of real-world construction practices. With a diverse background in design and academia, Bernheimer partnered with Jared Della Valle in 1996 to form the award-winning architecture practice Della Valle Bernheimer. In 2011 Bernheimer founded his own firm, Bernheimer Architecture PLLC. He is an Assistant Professor and was formerly the Director of the Master of Architecture Program at Parsons the New School for Design in New York.
Bernheimer is a licensed Architect in New York State and a member of NCARB. He is a member of the AIA (American Institute of Architects), a Fellow at the Institute for Urban Design and a member of the Architectural League of New York. In addition to his role at Parsons he has taught at Syracuse University, Lehigh University, the Rhode Island School of Design and The City College of New York. He has lectured at major universities and institutions; his work has been the subject of over fifty articles and publications. In 2009 "Think/Make", a monograph on the first decade of his practice at Della Valle Bernheimer, was published in 2009 by Princeton Architectural Press. In 2018 Bernheimer was elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects.
Robert Miklos, FAIA, is Founding Principal of designLAB architects. The work of his firm, while contemporary, establishes a deep connection to the history and legacy of a building or site. Throughout his 30-year career as a design leader of several of Boston’s most prominent architectural design firms, Bob has focused on arts, cultural, and educational projects, ranging from the restoration of the venerable Boston Athenaeum to the interpretive transformation of Paul Rudolph’s pivotal work at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Bob believes that the practice of architecture is fundamentally a cultural art. He was recently awarded the Cleveland Institute of Art’s prestigious Award for Artistic Achievement, which recognizes his career as a creative visionary, devoted mentor, and strong ally for emerging design talent. His dedication to community enrichment and a collaborative design process is deeply rooted into the ethos of designLAB.
Ben Youtz, AIA, is a Partner at designLAB architects, where he has worked for nearly 11 years. Ben has significant experience adapting mid-century modern and brutalist icons into library and learning environments. He was the Project Manager for the renovation and addition to Paul Rudolph’s Claire T. Carney Library at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, as well as a collaborator on the UMass Dartmouth Master Plan.
Recently, Ben has been spearheading the renovation of the Sackler Building - a James Stirling post-modernist icon - into a multidisciplinary arts center for Harvard University. He approaches design as an assemblage of objects and built forms collected from the study of its existing context. Ben believes that artistic expression and craft of building tectonics share equal value with space and abstract form, a philosophy that impacts the complex building transformations that are central to his professional portfolio.
Kelly Haigh, AIA IIDA, is a Partner at designLAB architects. Her portfolio is focused on arts, library, and community-based design, which reflects her passion and background of teaching at numerous universities. Kelly led the interior transformation of Paul Rudolph’s Claire T. Carney and was a key contributor to the UMass Dartmouth Master Plan, each drawing from her personal knowledge of Paul Rudolph’s work, which she studied during her time at the University of Florida’s School of Architecture.
Kelly is a national leader in the interior architecture community, having served for years as the Co-Chair for the National AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge community. She is also the Leadership Chair of the Boston Society of Architect’s Women in Design Committee. Kelly was recently awarded the National AIA’s 2018 Young Architect Award, which is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in the profession early in their careers.