See and Be Seen: Rethinking Public Space with James Wines


Date: 11/15/2022

Time: 6:00 pm

“We always used to say it was great to put art where you least expect to find it.” James Wines

Join AIA Miami for an evening with architect, environmentalist and artist, James Wines. The event will be moderated by Bernard Zyscovich, FAIA.

James Wines was born in Chicago, IL in 1932 and is the founder and president of SITE, an environmental art and architecture organization chartered in New York City in 1970. He is the former Chairman of Environmental Design at Parsons School of Design and a retired Professor of Architecture at Penn State University. His architecture, landscape, and public space projects are based on site-specific responses to surrounding contexts. Wines’ educational philosophy advocates for integrative thinking as a means of including multi-disciplinary ideas from outside the design professions.

Wines has written seven books on art and design, including On Site-On Energy (Scribners and Sons, 1974), De-Architecture (Rizzoli International, 1987), and Green Architecture (Taschen Verlag, 2000). He has designed more than 150 buildings, public spaces, exhibitions, landscapes, and environmental art works for private and municipal clients in 11 countries. Wines was awarded the Smithsonian Institution’s 2013 National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement, the 2013 ANCE Annual Award for an International Architect, and the 1995 Chrysler Award for Design Innovation. He is also the recipient of fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kress Foundation, the American Academy in Rome, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Graham Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. In 2021, the Tchoban Museum in Berlin hosted a retrospective of his drawings for SITE. Wines continues to work on international art and design projects, write, lecture, and engage in educational programs based on environmental initiatives.