Coverings 2024 Keynote Speaker: Chad Oppenheim, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Building Globally, Designing Locally - How Materiality Empowers Spirit of Place
Monday, April 22 | 8:00 - 9:00 AM | Room B312

Kick off your Coverings 2024 experience and A&D Day with breakfast and an invigorating keynote address from Chad Oppenheim.

From the Middle East to Miami, architect Chad Oppenheim and his eponymous firm, Oppenheim Architecture, are globally recognized for their monumental buildings that manage to strike the balance between innovative modernity and honoring regional context. In this stimulating keynote, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award winner and 2023 American Prize for Architecture laureate will explore how materials play the ultimate role in establishing each project’s “spirit of place,” paying homage to the land with which it is built through materials ranging from indigenous custom tiles, to corrugated metal facades, to even materials excavated from the site on which a project is being built.

There’s no cost to attend this breakfast and keynote – join us!

About Chad Oppenheim

Chad Oppenheim is a Miami-based architect whose work has been praised for its ability to transform the prosaic into the poetic. Through passion and sensitivity towards man and nature, Oppenheim creates monumental yet silent architecture that elicits a site’s inherent power.

A graduate of Cornell University and Fellow of the AIA, Oppenheim has lectured widely and has taught at various architecture schools, including Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and, most recently, Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. In 1999, he founded Oppenheim Architecture (Miami, Basel, New York), which has garnered global recognition at many scales; from large-scale urban architecture, hotels and resorts, to private residences, interiors and furnishings. The international practice has received over 80 industry awards, with more than 50 from the AIA, including the AIA’s highest distinction, the Silver Medal, as well as a 2018 National Design Award from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. The award-winning firm’s work has been featured in over 1,000 publications around the world, including multiple appearances in The New York Times and Architectural Record.

Most recently, Oppenheim was named the 2023 laureate of The American Prize for Architecture, the highest honor for architecture in the United States.

Oppenheim currently resides in Miami Beach with his wife and muse, Ilona, their son Hendrix, and their daughter Liloo.

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Roll up your sleeves and get your hands a little dirty, or simply sit back and listen as the brightest minds in the business let you in on their biggest secrets and boldest ideas. With dozens of learning opportunities in a variety of formats, Coverings has your team’s tile and stone educational needs covered. With sessions, roundtables, live demonstrations, workshops, forums, and more – there is something for everyone to learn at Coverings 2024.