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Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series Brings Architect George Miller to Kent State

Posted Mar. 5, 2012
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World-renowned architect George H. Miller
will speak at Kent State on March 15 about
current techniques in the architecture industry
during this year's Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist

The annual Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series presents world-renowned architect George H. Miller, managing partner at New York-based Pei Cobb Freed and Partners, at 7 p.m. on March 15 in the Kent Student Center Kiva. The lecture is free and open to the public. To ensure a seat, call 330-672-2760 or email

During his visit, Miller will share images of projects and talk about the current techniques in the architecture industry. Douglas Steidl, dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, will have an interview-type conversation with Miller, and a question-and-answer segment will conclude the series.

“I hope to draw out how Pei Cobb Freed addressed the issues and how their design quality was maintained through differing issues and approaches,” Steidl says.  “Mr. Miller’s visit reflects the philosophy that has guided the architecture program at Kent State since its establishment.”

Miller is an architect principal and managing partner at Pei Cobb Freed and Partners in New York, where he has worked for more than 35 years.  The company is known for such projects as the Grand Louvre in Paris, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, the Paloaao Lombardia in Milan and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Miller is also a former president of the American Institute of Architects, a member of the Architectural League of New York, Municipal Arts Society, Society of Architectural Historians and is director of the New York Building Congress.

Born in Berlin, Germany, and raised in northeastern Pennsylvania, Miller received his B.A. in architecture from Pennsylvania State University, and was recently awarded The Alumni Fellow Award. He is licensed to practice architecture in 20 states and the District of Columbia and is also a member of the Order of Architects in Luxembourg.

Working from their studio in New York, eight partners and approximately 80 colleagues of Pei Cobb Freed and Partners approach each project on its own terms, drawing inspiration more from specific surroundings than from formal or theoretical preconceptions. This approach stems from the conviction that successful environments of lasting value can be created only when individual building projects reflect a concern for the specific physical and cultural contexts in which they occur.

The Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series aims to bring diverse views to Kent State in the fields of architecture, visual art, music, theatre and dance to share interdisciplinary experiences with students, faculty and the community. The series was created by Max and Cecile Draime in memory of their dear friend and architect, Thomas Schroth.