Michael Imber: Building with Landscape, Culture and Craft


Location: 104 Bond Hall

The Nortman Lecture


Lecture Summary

This talk explores the meaning of landscape and culture through painting. Landscape painting has been much more than a literal capture of a place. Painting embodies both cultural and personal memories important to understanding the meaning and spirit of a landscape to its people; including,historical, socio-economical, political and even religious views.  Architects have traditionally used drawing and painting to increase their own understanding of culture and place, and architects today can create a more informed, sustainable, meaningful and lasting architecture by better knowing a place through their own drawing and painting.




Michael Imber, FAIA is the Principal Architect of Michael G. Imber, Architects, PLLC a modern classical design firm based in San Antonio, Texas and recognized for a body of work that is strong in historic sentiment, yet modern in its execution.

Michael has won numerous design awards including the Texas Society of Architect’s William W. Caudill, FAIA Award; for his achievements as a young architect and for his contributions to the American Institute of Architects. In 2007 Michael was honored with the Arthur Ross Award for his enduring commitment to the classical tradition. In 2008, he was inducted into the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows. He has won the 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 Palladio Award for outstanding achievement in traditional design and numerous Texas ICA&A Staub Awards.

Founding President of the ICA&A, Texas Chapter. Currently the firm is working on projects in the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Florida, Texas, Colorado and California.