The architect behind St. Petersburg's new pier will make an appearance at the Dalí Museum Thursday night.
If the campaign both for and against his Lens project is any indication of the passion residents feel about his design, Michael Maltzan likely should brace for a few pointed questions to go with his warm welcome at the Our Town speaking series. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and runs through 7:45. Questions from the audience are encouraged in the format.
Maltzan, of Michael Maltzan Architecture in Los Angeles, will discuss the role of architecture in urban planning, his early career, principal projects and theory of urban planning, as well as his approach to the St. Petersburg Pier.
It's that last project that engendered both scorn and enthusiasm. His firm was named the winner in a design challenge to reinvent the old Pier, which has significant structural issues and is scheduled to close in May. The project has been budgeted at $50 million and is scheduled to be completed in 2016.
Our Town is a once-a-month conversation with people who are engaged in significant issues and topics in Tampa Bay. The program held in a conversation format with Dr. Carol Mickett, a philosopher and artist, explores the life as well as the projects and engagements of the guests.
Pier design aside, Maltzan's background is notable. He has a master of architecture degree with a letter of distinction from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. He holds both a bachelor of fine arts and a bachelor of architecture from Rhode Island School of Design
The event is open to the public and costs $5, but is free to Dalí members. Seating is first come, first serve, and guests must check in at admissions before the event.