Dr. Winfred E. Newman, who goes by Elysse, will give a talk titled “New (Old) Directions in Architecture” Tuesday at the Arkansas Arts Center. There will be a reception for Newman, the new head of the University of Arkansas’s Fay Jones School of Architecture, at 5:30 p.m.; the talk follows at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

In the UA’s announcement of Newman’s hire, she writes: 

“My primary architecture training was with Gyo Obata, FAIA, who studied with Eliel Saarinen – my roots are in post-war American modernism,” Newman said. “I worked for Charles Moore in Austin, where I learned the value of site and material. One of the most influential people during my training was Natalie Dubois. She was the first woman to graduate in architecture from Columbia University. This is my legacy and one of which I am proud. However, as an architecture educator, I believe in being aware of and responding to the contemporary condition, always looking for the threads of the past to make something new in the present, benefiting the future.”

Newman has an impressive background. She received her doctorate in architecture, urban design, planning and landscape architecture from Harvard University. She comes to the UA from Florida International University; before that she was a visiting professor at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Tennessee, and a teaching fellow at Harvard University. She was also a fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.

The talk is sponsored by the Architecture and Design Network, a non-profit organization supported in part by the Arkansas Arts Center, the Central Arkansas Section of the Arkansas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the Fay Jones School and private individuals.