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Events to honor Prof. Wojciech Lesnikowski begin Sept. 20

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A retrospective exhibit of the work of professor of architecture Wojciech Lesnikowski will open Sept. 20, in the Galloway Room, 305 Marvin Hall. It will run through Oct. 6. 

Wojciech joined KU in 1988 as the Donald Hatch Distinguished professor of architecture and taught until he died of cancer last April. He also developed and led the department’s foreign studies programs in Paris and China.

The exhibition will feature his sketches, drawings, and competition entries, and include a timeline of his storied life. In addition, the collection of books he bequeathed to the KU Libraries will be on display in the Hatch Reading Room on Marvin’s fourth floor.

The work of alumni who participated in his Ecole Nationale Superieure d’ Architecture Paris Val de Seine (ENSAPVS) studies program will be displayed in the bridge gallery between Marvin Hall and the Art & Design Building.

Professor Pierre Engel of ENSAPVS will be open the exhibition with a lecture on tall, irregularly shaped buildings, a topic that  Wojciech was passionate about. It takes place Sept. 20 at 7:00 pm in Wescoe Hall.

Engel is a structural engineer who has conducted extensive research on steel structures, and consulted on the Orbit mega-sculpture that was built for the Olympics in London.  He also teaches KU students in the Paris program.

Engel and Wojciech were close friends. “When we first met, we immediately sympathized on human, architectural and academic values, he said. “We had many mutual friends, and our common interest in global architecture sealed a true and intense relationship between us.”

“Wojciech built the academic exchange between our two universities and academically it is very important,” Engel said.

The Office of Study Abroad, the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, and the School of Architecture, Design & Planning are sponsoring Engel’s lecture.

In addition to designing buildings in the U.S., France and Poland, Wojciech was a professor at ENSAPVS, and the Technical University of Krakow.

The  school accepting donations to establish the Lesnikowski Global Scholarship Fund in his honor in order to continue his work preparing students for global practice. To make a gift to this fund please follow this link, www.kuendowment.org/lesnikowski.