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May 18, 2018 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Category: Lecture
Location: McGregor Memorial Conference Center B/C | Map
495 Gilmour Mall
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

McGregor Reflecting Pool and Sculpture Gardens: Restoring a Minuro Yamasaki Masterwork.

Lecture by Richard B. Hess

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.

A reception celebrating the 60th anniversary of the McGregor Memorial Conference Center follows the lecture at 5:30pm! Please celebrate McGregor's birthday with us!

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