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May 18, 2018 | 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Category: Special Event
Location: McGregor Memorial Conference Center Atrium | Map
495 Gilmour Mall
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

Please join the WSU Yamasaki Legacy Group celebrate the 60th birthday of the McGregor Memorial Conference Center! The iconic masterwork of Minuro Yamasaki opened on May 18, 1958 - and continues to serve Wayne State University and the community. We will be celebrating with birthday cake and refreshments, and the WSU Bookstore will be on-hand with books celebrating Yamasaki and mid-century architecture.

The birthday celebration is preceeded by a lecture by Richard B. Hess at 4:30pm: "McGregor Reflecting Pool and Sculpture Gardens - Restoring a Minuro Yamasaki Masterwork."

The lecture by Mr. Hess will examine:

• The Challenge of Preserving Innovation and Experience

• Yamasaki’s Search for Surprise, Serenity, and Delight

• Reconstruction of the Reflecting Pool

• Restoration of the Sculpture Islands & the Return of Tranquility

Richard B. Hess is a Senior Associate with Quinn Evans Architects, responsible for managing QEA’s Detroit office and Urban Revitalization work. With over 20 years of combined experience in professional practice and teaching, Mr. Hess has been passionately involved in the preservation of historic architecture and the revitalization of urban communities. His recent work on the restoration of Minoru Yamasaki’s reflecting pool and sculpture gardens at the McGregor Memorial Conference Center received the 2014 Michigan Governor’s Award, National Trust Award for Historic Preservation, and the Docomomo US Citation of Merit. Mr. Hess holds a Bachelor of Design degree from the University of Florida with a Masters in Architecture and Graduate Certificate in Film Studies from the University of Michigan.

For more information about this event, please contact Kevin Piotrowski at 313-577-3030 or