If You Build It

San Francisco has seen its fair share of impressive building projects lately, and our skyline is nowhere near done. SFMOMA's new wing will completely reshape the museum's iconic Mario Botta design, rising like a futuristic iceberg behind the current structure. Meanwhile the nearby Transbay Transit Center will combine an office skyscraper with a glistening new terminal, complete with a rooftop garden. As impressive as these new exteriors might be, any interior design guru will emphasize how important it is that drapes match the carpet (as it were). The space inside a building, where people interact and collaborate, needs to be as harmonious as the outside. Jaime Velez knows a thing or two about such topics as the acting Director of Interior Design at the Chicago architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), the firm that built Chicago's famous Sears Tower and John Hancock Center. After studying architecture in Bogota, Colombia, Velez came to the Midwest in the '80s and while at SOM has worked on diverse projects that include the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry's sleek E-Suite classroom and the recent renovation of SOM's own offices. As someone experienced with the details of innovative interior design, Velez probably has a few suggestions for S.F.'s own architectural undertakings.
Mon., Nov. 26, 7 p.m., 2012

 
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