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Left (L to R): Todd Oldham with Arnold B. Syrop (B. Arch. ’61); Right (L to R) President Thomas F. Schutte and Todd OldhamDesign innovator Todd Oldham came to Pratt’s Brooklyn campus on Valentine’s Day to speak on a subject close to his heart: legendary designer Alexander Girard, whose distinctive career is celebrated in a new monograph by Oldham and writer Kiera Coffee. While covering highlights of Girard’s 50-year career, Oldham showed over 400 slides from the 15 lb., 672-page book, Alexander Girard (Ammo Books, 2011), which contains 2,300 images. The lecture was followed by a book signing at which members of the audience purchased copies of the book.  

The lecture was an Anna and Joseph Syrop Annual Lecture endowed by The Selz Foundation, part of an annual series of lectures given by individuals in interior design. In attendance in the packed auditorium in Higgins Hall were the Syrops’ son and daughter-in-law, Arnold B. Syrop (B. Arch. ’61) and Joanne Syrop.

Text: Adrienne Gyongy
Photos: Kevin Wick

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