Predock honored for his
By Luis Zepeda
Daily Cougar Staff
Artists, architects and educators gathered
Saturday at the UH College of Architecture to recognize and honor the work
of Antoine Predock, a leading
figure in architecture design and one
of the best architects of this era, during the Seventh Annual Blueprint
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The Seventh Annual Blueprint
Ball, held Saturday at the College of Architecture, honored leading architect
Antoine Predock, featured on the jumbo screen.
"Personally Antoine Predock is one of
the premiere architects in the country if not the world at this point,"
said Lannis Kirkland, associate dean of the
College of Architecture. "His work is
characterized, I would say, by being both very personal and applicable
to everyone. He brings a very personal
passion to his work but it addresses everybody."
Besides being honored Saturday, Predock
also gave a lecture to students and visitors at the College of Architecture
Atrium on Friday. The Gerald D.
Hines College of Architecture has produced
close to 2,300 graduates in recent years, the majority of them practicing
"I'm impressed by the work ethic that comes
out of the college, not only by the intellectual capacity of the students
but the tenacity to learn from error,"
Predock said. "It is an image of the college's
instruction and the reputation of this place."
Predock delighted an audience of about
200 with his vision of what architecture is all about.
"Architecture is a journey to the unexpected,
is a poetic encounter where you never know what is going to happen," he
A native of New Mexico, Predock is often
referred to in his home state as a "desert rat" because of his enthusiasm
for motorcycles. His work has been
very prolific in the realm of educational
and institutional architecture: He designed the Tacoma Art Museum, the
Gateway Center at the University of
Minnesota and the Center for Nanoscale
Science of Technology at Rice University, among many others.
Some of Predock's designs have been featured
in movies, like 1998's Gattaca, starring Ethan Hawke, and this year's Impostor,
starring Gary Sinise.
Both movies were filmed in part at the
Classroom/Laboratory/ Administration Building at Cal Poly Pomona, in California.
In addition, the Gateway
Center at the University of Minnesota
was the main stage for the 2001 music video "Drive" by rock band Incubus.
Predock is currently involved in the design
and construction of the new San Diego Padres Ballpark, which, coincidentally,
will be home to a club owned
by UH alumnus and University benefactor
Honored for his architectural excellence,
Predock's style is often naturalistic with futuristic touches.
"Predock's work relates to a timelessness
in a way that few architects do," Kirkland said. "Not trying to replicate
what has been done before, not
thinking historical, but making it timeless
by specifically relating it to the place that the buildings are designed
The Blueprint Ball had scheduled famed
country singer and Houston native Lyle Lovett to perform on stage, but
a serious leg injury sustained two
weeks ago, when he helped his uncle after
he was attacked by a bull, kept Lovett from coming. Jazz artists Davis
Caceres provided the musical
The Blueprint Ball is an annual event sponsored
by the UH Architecture Alumni Association. Proceeds provide scholarships
to students at the Gerald
D. Hines College of Architecture.
This year's ball, emceed by KPRC-TV anchorwoman
and UH alumna Dominique Sachse, inducted Arturo Chavez to the College of
Hall of Fame.
"This is a huge milestone, a tremendous
honor to be here and to be honored this evening," Predock said. "I'm so