专访帕金斯威尔董事Jeff Ziebarth
Interview with Jeff Ziebarth, Principal of Perkins+Will
2015-01-27 17:44:08    | keywords: Perkins+Will  Jeff  Ziebarth  访谈  建筑 
专访帕金斯威尔董事Jeff Ziebarth
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Q: Can you talk about which element(s) is/are most important in higher education practice? Especially in design and planning of business schools.
A: What we like to focus on in general higher education type of projects and practice is the program for the building and how the building is going to be used. That’s very important when we think about the planning and design of a building. The other thing that’s very relevant to that is the context for which it is going to be designed and built. We try to be very contextual at the work that we do. That’s very contextual to the campus. Some campuses may have a different style for the architecture than other parts of the campus. The context is very important. The program is very important. More specifically to business schools, the things we’d like to think about as far as the elements we recognize that the building itself becomes a representation of their brand so as to acknowledge the brand of the business school. The building will be used for recruitment and retention, and also be used as a way to really enhance the students’ experience. So we do a lot of thinking about how the students are going to use the building, gaining access to the different parts of the building. And then ultimately, when we think about the learning that goes on within the business school or any academic building, what we are learning now is the classrooms themselves are starting to change with the planning and design focusing much more on active learning and exercises. Spaces outside the classrooms are also seen as learning spaces. So as much learning happens outside the classroom as it happens within the classroom, we need to recognize it when we program and plan and think about designs and plans of the business school specifically. 
Q: What’s your opinion on good architectural design?
A: Personally, the function and the form need to work together. Often at times, it is all about the form of building, and it doesn’t function very well. And I don’t think it is a good piece of architecture. At the same time, form is important. We spend a lot of time trying to understand the functionality of the building, the program within the building, and make sure that the form can represent a high level. Its context is very important as well in architectural design. We need to blend into the context or some clients want something that’s a little bit differently related to the existing context. The context in relationship to good architectural design is important. And sustainability is something that Perkins+Will is really focusing on for years. I think good architectural design probably starts even a sustainable story. Both are aspects that create good architectural design.
Q: Who do you admire most in this profession?
A: I think that Perkins+Will has some phenomenal designers. We have many talented and good designers in this profession. I don’t feel comfortable saying whom I admire the most. I do think that what we do as a profession is something that helps build the environment. I see that as a great thing we are able to do. It’s a profession that embraces the idea that the architecture has an impact on people who are using our buildings in daily life. This is what we really need to focus on.
Q: Among all higher education projects of Perkins+Will, which project impresses you the best?
A: I’m really proud of working at Perkins+Will because we have some very talented designers and the work that we do is at a very high level. We are thought as thought leaders in not only conceptually how we think about the buildings but also how we do the planning and design. We are very consistent in a way that we approach our work so that every designer in every office in Perkins+Will can do a very good work consistently in a very high level. The program is a driver for our design. I would also say that sustainability is something that Perkins+Will is very knowledgeable and has been committed for a long time. I’m very impressed of how we’ve been able to elevate that part of our profession as thought leaders in sustainability. That’s something I’ve been very impressed of how we are able to do that in such a large firm.   
Q: What are you focus on in architecture industry recently?
A: I’ve been working on four business school projects right now. Our firm has been focusing more recently on medical education projects. We see that as a market that has a lot of needs for projects and good design. So we are well versed in that project type. It’s part of our practice that is growing. I’m involved a little bit in that work. I’ve also been involved more in the upfront strategic thinking side of projects. So it might even be before buildings are being talked about, I’d been working with some of our clients to talk about the feasibility of a project and that could be everything from programs that might go in it to how do you approach the fundraising side of it and how do you actually help get funding. A lot of my work more recently has been more of the upfront strategic planning side of it. It’s strategic thinking rather than planning and design. 
Q: You’ve focus 30-year career on designing and planning facilities for learning. Can you share some stories with us? The stories during design phase or construction stage, or stories about your feelings and experience, etc.
A: Some of my favorite or most enjoyable projects have been the ones that the clients have really pushed us. I think that leads to some of our best works where the clients have been very out-of-the-box thinking and we tend to be that way. We tend to be innovative in a way that we approach our work. Having clients on the same page is very valuable for the overall project itself. I’ve been working with a lot of business school deans in the past 15 to 20 years. These are businessmen. I enjoy the engagement in conversations about the business side of architecture and what architecture can do to support what they are trying to do with business education. Some of these deans are very progressive and innovative in the way they think and are willing to think out of the box. Being able to get clients with out-of-the-box thinking is probably the most enjoyable part in the projects that I’ve had a chance to work on. 
Q: What does your career bring you? Happiness? Enjoyment? Or others?
A: For me, being able to travel different parts of the United States and the world is really enjoyable. Because you can see the work we do impacts the users. Knowing that you are having an impact on people’s lives day to day is the ultimate enjoyment. The other enjoyable thing for me is to enable the reality of someone’s vision. We do a lot of conversations early on in the process trying to understand -- what is our vision for this project? How does the architecture support that vision whether it’s the strategic part of an institution or a business school? Really understanding it is critical to successful work. Being part of that work is something that I really enjoy because you are the creator of this reality for clients. 
Q: Can you talk about the trend of architectural design? 
A: I think technology is a tool available to us. Technology is really changing how we’ve been able to approach architectural design and then ultimately the final project. We’ve been doing a lot of computational design as a part of the process that allows us to do things that you weren’t able to do in a number of years ago for things that you might be thinking but are hard to convey. It is going to continue to change the way that we think about architectural design and ultimately how we are able to do it. The other part of that is the technology related to the design process that ultimately leads to the construction process. Probably in the near future, our role of enabling design to be built, the tools that we are using and drawing construction documents, all those things in the past would be handing over digital models that are used to create buildings. Contractors would be using those tools rather than our drawings that we used in the past. I think right in this moment in the architecture profession, technologies are able to push forward design solutions. It’s going to change rapidly over the next number of years. That part of the profession is going to change ultimately of what we are actually hired to do. We are not going to be hired to be drawing buildings. We are going to be hired to think about the main substantial ideas for clients to buildings. It’s fun to see. 
Q: What are the differences in designing educational architecture with other types of projects?
A: Our firm is very well-known in healthcare work and science + Technology work. We do a lot of K12 schools, corporate and corporate interiors. We are expanding our practice to include a lot of other disciplines, like urban design, workplace strategies and branding. All these things are enhancing the quality of the work that we are doing. I think that specific to higher education, a lot of our work is the buildings that have high expectations that these are 50-100-year-lifelong buildings. Some of the other practices on the markets may not think their work quite that way. When we are on a campus, we know the expectation for this building is going to be around for 50-100 years and it makes you think differently on the way you not only plan them but also ultimately design them and how they’ll be built, used, maintained and how the systems will be put into the infrastructure. That’s probably a big difference. 
I believe we are seen as thought leaders in a lot of our practices. I can’t speak to all of our different markets and practices, but I do know that’s why our clients are hiring us. We understand that these buildings are built to last and need to be timeless. 
Q: What’s your opinion on the relationship between architecture and landscape?
A: That’s part of our practice that we are focusing on right now. We’ve become much more involved in urban design, landscaping, site design and public realm. We see that the architecture and landscape need to be seamless. The process that we go through designing architecture is that we try to get landscape architects involved and others like urban designers. It’s a holistic approach to the problem not necessarily from our single discipline’s point of view. Our firm is committed to this. Our work is stronger with the involvement of landscape architecture and other disciplines. I think we are going to continue to grow that side of our practice. In our office of Minneapolis, we have a handful of landscape architects and urban designers. It’s been a joy to have them as part of our practice. They can see how it is becoming a richer practice. 
Jeff Ziebarth 领导着帕金斯威尔公司的高等教育实践工作。他拥有三十年的丰富经验,专注于教育设施的设计规划工作。Jeff 在设计打造高等教育环境方面积累了大量经验。他还为企业总部和行政教育中心等设施提供设计服务。 

他所参与的重大委托项目有25个以上已经建成,并因此获得了来自美国学校与大学杂志、商学院主管人员联合会和研发杂志的奖项荣誉。Jeff 是国际高等商学院协会、高等院校规划学会和国际大学联合会的活跃一员,并积极在这些组织当中开展讲座活动。
Jeff Ziebarth leads Perkins+Will’s Higher Education practice. He has focused his 30-year career on designing and planning facilities for learning. Jeff has significant experience designing learning environments for higher education clients, with a focus on business school planning and design. He has also designed corporate headquarters and executive education centers for corporate clients.
With over 25 major built commissions, Ziebarth has gained honors from American School and University magazine, the Association of Business School Officials, and R & D magazine. Jeff is an active participant and lecturer with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Society of College and University Planners, and the Association of College Unions International.

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