NEWS
2014 OCTOBER
- MARMOMACC NEWSLETTER [ARTICLE]

The article by Christian R. Pongratz on the 2013 Grande Pinnacle Awards and Pinnacle Awards given by the MIA is soon to be published online.


2014 OCTOBER
- Facades+ Dallas [CONFERENCE]

The famed Facades+ conference is coming to Dallas with a series of lectures, symposiums and workshops. Prof. Christian R Pongratz is participating in the RESEARCH IN PRACTICE panel lead by Heath May (HKS) and with Brad Bell, Matt Fajkus and Andrew Vrana.
Facades+Program

2014 OCTOBER
- DIGITAL MEDIA [BOOKS]

Perbellini, Maria and Pongratz, Christian, are finalizing a textbook on digital media, contributor Dustin White; book in progress Cognella Academic Publishing, University Readers, CA.


2014 SEPTEMBER
- GRANDE PINNACLE AWARD 2014 [JURY]

Christian R. Pongratz is participating in New York as jury member in one of the industry’s most prestigious annual award programs, the Pinnacle Awards and the Grande Pinnacle Award 2014, awarded by the Marble Institute of America (MIA), Washington, August.
MIA


2014 FEBRUARY
- TEX-FAB 5 [SYMPOSIUM]

Christian R Pongratz will participate as guest speaker at the University of Texas at Austin, which will be hosting the 5th annual TEX-FAB event 19-23 of February, 2014. For more information visit: TEX-FAB


2014 JANUARY
- MARMOMACC [WORKSHOP]

Surfaces/Stonexpo 2014 Las Vegas The 2 day workshop in Las Vegas is organized by Prof. Pongratz for MARMOMACC STONE ACADEMY S2 (SURFACES & STONEXPO/MARMOMACC AMERICAS) Las Vegas, 2014


2013 SEPTEMBER
- GRANDE PINNACLE AWARD 2013 [JURY]

Christian R. Pongratz is participating as jury member in one of the industry’s most prestigious annual award programs, the Pinnacle Awards and the Grande Pinnacle Award 2013, awarded by the Marble Institute of America (MIA), August. MIA


2013 JULY
- MARMOMACC NEWSLETTER [ARTICLE]

The article by Christian R. Pongratz on the 2012 Grande Pinnacle Awards and Pinnacle Awards given by the MIA is now published online. Marmomacc 2012
Marmomacc 2012


2013 APRIL
- DIID [Scientific Committee]

Christian R. Pongratz is invited as a member to the scientific committee of DIID, a leading industrial design magazine in Italy.
diid


2012 OCTOBER
- MARMOMACC NEWSLETTER [ARTICLE]

Pongratz on the 2011 Grande Pinnacle Awards and Pinnacle Awards given by the MIA is now published online.
Marmomacc 2011


2012 OCTOBER
- [PUBLICATIONS]

The recent professional work of Pongratz Perbellini is published in "Stereotomy", Stone Architecture and New Research, by Fallacara, Giuseppe, Presses des Ponts, Paris, France, 2012


2012 OCTOBER
- [ARCHITECTURE TOUR]

The Pongratz Perbellini Architects designed Pare Pinto Home, remodeling project completed in 2011 is featured in the Tech Terrace U.N.I.T. 2012 Home Tour.


2012 SEPTEMBER
- 47th Marmomacc [LECTURE]

Christian R. Pongratz is giving a lecture at the 4th Marmomacc conference Forum del Marmo, Marmomacc, Verona, Italy in september.
event program


2012 SEPTEMBER
- 47th Marmomacc DEEP SURFACE [EXHIBITION]

Pongratz Perbellini Architects are exhibiting their new designs for façade cladding, prototyping in DDF labs and realization in various natural stones with the Marble School of Verona.


2012 SEPTEMBER
- 47th Marmomacc Summer 100% GRAVITY [EXHIBITION]

Pongratz Perbellini Architects are exhibiting their new design for load bearing façade screens based off the geometry of a saddle polihedra, prototyping in DDF labs and realization in Carrara stone with Kienesberger.


2012 SEPTEMBER
- GRANDE PINNACLE AWARD 2012 [JURY]

Christian R. Pongratz is participating as jury member in one of the industry’s most prestigious annual award programs, the Pinnacle Awards and the Grande Pinnacle Award 2012, awarded by the Marble Institute of America (MIA), August.
MIA


2012 JUNE
- Faculty [PUBLICATIONS]

Pongratz Perbellini Architects’ professional work featured in www.materialdesign.it, md Material Design Research Workshop, editor Prof. Alfonso Acocella.


2012 JANUARY
- LAS VEGAS STONEXPO [LECTURE]

Christian R. Pongratz is giving a lecture at StonExpo, in the session WE13T on Design Steps Towards Innovation, Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, in january. One of the largest industrial events, putting surface materials now really in any dimension.
StonExpo Surface


2012 JANUARY
- PORTER HENDERSON LIBRARY [COMPETITION]

Pongratz Perbellini Architects is finalist in the Porter Henderson Library competition


2011 DECEMBER
- DRYLANDS DESIGN [COMPETITION]

Pongratz Perbellini Architects participated in the DRYLANDS DESIGN, an open ideas Competition for retrofitting the American West, 2011-12 California The California Architectural Foundation William Turnbull in partnership with the Arid Lands Institute at Woodbury University and the AIACC Academy for Emerging Professionals; Entry submission with Prof. Perbellini and Prof. Driskill in Fall 2011


2011 DECEMBER
- THE CLOUD [COMPETITION]

Pongratz Perbellini Architects participated with a proposal for ArtPlace, Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, Chicago, IL. “The Cloud”, is an artistic installation in Lubbock Cultural District, and a collaborative proposal with Prof. D. Driskill and Prof. Perbellini 2011 and Marc Fornes, requested amount: $ 250,000.


2011 NOVEMBER
- PORTER HENDERSON LIBRARY [COMPETITION]

Pongratz Perbellini Architects participated in the Porter Henderson Library, Angelo State University, Public Art Proposal, San Angelo, Texas, (entry submission Pongratz Perbellini Architects)


2011 OCTOBER
- Faculty Honors [AWARDS]

ddf director Christian R. Pongratz received the Texas Tech University Study Abroad Global Vision Award 2011.


2011 SEPTEMBER
- 46th Marmomacc [EXHIBITION]

Christian R. Pongratz is exhibiting student work from the summer study abroad program VERONA 2011, Marmomacc, Verona, Italy in september. The event features student work from several universities, in particular design studios dealing with material issues and of course stone.


2011 SEPTEMBER
- 46th Marmomacc [LECTURE]

Christian R. Pongratz is giving a lecture at the 46th Marmomacc conference Forum del Marmo, Marmomacc, Verona, Italy in september.


2011 AUGUST
- GRANDE PINNACLE AWARD 2011 [JURY]

Christian R. Pongratz is participating as jury member in one of the industry’s most prestigious annual award programs, the Pinnacle Awards and the Grande Pinnacle Award 2011, awarded by the Marble Institute of America (MIA), Washington, August.


2011 JULY
- STEIN MAGAZINE [ARTICLE]

The results of the new Innovationspreis Stone + More are now published in the latest issue of Stein, Germany.
article Stein 07-2011


2011 JULY
- MARMOMACC NEWSLETTER [ARTICLE]

The article by Christian R. Pongratz on the 2010 Grande Pinnacle Awards and Pinnacle Awards given by the MIA is now published online.
Marmomacc 2011


2011 JULY
- MATERIALITA FLUIDA [BOOK CHAPTER]

The work of Pongratz Perbellini Architects, in the book Architettura & Information Technology, edited by Antonino Saggio, pages 102-108, La biblioteca dell’Architetto Series, Mancosu Editore, Rome, Italy, 2011 is finally out.


2011 JUNE
- Innovationspreis Stone + More 2011 [JURY]

Christian R. Pongratz is participating as jury member in the new Innovationspreis Stone + More, awarded by the Deutscher Naturwerksteinverband, dem Fachverband fuer Fliesen und Naturstein und dem Bundesverband Deutscher Steinmetze at the Messe Nuernberg, Germany.
Stone and More
Stone Tec Messe Nuernberg



2011 JUNE
- Nachhaltigkeitsstudie/ Sustainability Facades [REFERENCE]

In the recent comparative research study between glass facades and facades with natural stone, the use of stone prooves a clear advantage in terms of the sustainable quality of a building. The example given is the recent highrise building named "Opernturm" by C.Maeckler in Frankfurt.
Deutscher Naturwerkstein Verband


2011 APRIL
- Faculty Honors [AWARDS]

ddf director Christian R. Pongratz's scholarly work and research at Tech was acknowledged from the faculty at the College of Architecture, he received the Outstanding Researcher Award from Texas Tech University and he was nominated for the Barney E. Rushing, Jr. Faculty Distinguished Research Award


2011 MARCH
- SIGNALS AND BOUNDARIES [BOOK]

Christian Pongratz had been given the very pleasant opportunity by MIT Press to review the exciting manuskript "Signals and Boundaries", by John H Holland.


2011 MARCH
- PARAMETRICISM [CONFERENCE]

ddf director Christian R. Pongratz is invited to chair the session on building envelopes - surface geometry at the ACADIA conference hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on march 10th and 11th.
ACADIA


2011 JANUARY
- LAS VEGAS STONEXPO [LECTURE]

Christian R. Pongratz is giving a lecture at StonExpo, in the session WE08T on Design Exploration and Technological Innovation with Natural Stone, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas. This year for the first time Stonexpo is partnering with SURFACES and becoming one of the largest industrial events, putting surface materials now really in any dimension.
StonExpo
SURFACES


2010 September
- 45th Marmomacc [LECTURE]

Christian R. Pongratz is giving a lecture at the 45th Marmomacc conference Forum del Marmo with the title "Cyberstone", on Design Exploration and Technological Innovation with Stone, Marmomacc, Verona, Italy in september.
Marmomacc


2010 September
- GRANDE PINNACLE AWARD 2010 [JURY]

Christian R. Pongratz is participating as jury member in one of the industry’s most prestigious annual award programs, the Pinnacle Awards and the Grande Pinnacle Award 2010, awarded by the Marble Institute of America (MIA), Minneapolis, September.
MIA


2010 MAY
- ECO SOSTENIBILITA CONFERENCE [LECTURE]

Christian R. Pongratz is invited speaker at the conference on sustainability in S.Giovanni L., Verona, Italy. The title of his lecture is "La casa passiva, La certificazione LEED, Stato dell'arte negli USA". This conference puts the new energy saving codes and legislation in Italy in confrontation with best practices and experiences. The LEED certification in the United States proves to be a good comparison in terms of its comprehensive applicability.


2009 OCTOBER
- LAS VEGAS STONEXPO [LECTURE]

Christian R. Pongratz is giving a lecture at StonExpo, in the session SA06 on Design Exploration and Technological Innovation with Natural Stone, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, in October.
StonExpo


2009 SUMMER
- PRELIMINARY MASTERPLAN IN VERONA [PROJECTS]

Pongratz Perbellini Architects is in preliminary design phase of the masterplan dedicated towards a new area of residential expansion of 22.000qm lot area in the periphery of Verona, Italy.


2009 AUGUST
- SANTA MARGHERITA PROTOTYPE [DESIGN]

Pongratz Perbellini Architects r&d finished preliminary design and is now guiding the prototyping phase for a new three-dimensional surface out of engineered stone agglomerate with Santa Margherita.
Santa Margherita


2009 AUGUST
- GRANDE PINNACLE AWARD 2009 [JURY]

Christian R. Pongratz is again invited jury member for one of the industry’s most prestigious annual award programs, the Grande Pinnacle Award 2009, awarded by the Marble Institute of America (MIA) in Las Vegas in August.


2009 SPRING
- CYBERSTON [BOOK, ITALIAN VERSION

Cyberstone, our latest publication is out now first in Italian language. It investigates digital design and fabrication technology and resulting innovative stone applications in contemporary architecture. Several inspiring case studies of projects, products and recent ongoing applied research, launch the marble and stone material potential for new building designs, by way of innovative material properties or original material composites, using latest digital technologies in design, data transfer, prototype development and industrial manufacturing.
Collana IT Revolution in Architecture, directed by Nino Saggio




2009 SPRING
- BORING CLASSICS [COLLECTION OF DESIGNERS]

Pongratz Perbellini Architects is honored to contribute to this exciting assembly of work by practitioners and researchers at the forefront of a changing practice.


2009 MAY-JUNE
- PELLE, SKIN, TEXTURE [EXHIBITION] MILAN TRIENNIAL, ITALY, 26 MAY-26 JUNE 2009

Tuesday 26 May saw the inauguration in the Material ConneXion area of “Pelle, Skin, Texture”, the exhibition promoted by Marmomacc within the scope of the second edition of Marmomacc Meets Design. Pongratz Perbellini Architects presented “Roses”, a stone wall cladding.


2009 MAY
- MILAN POLITECHNIC ID&CT [CONFERENCE]

Christian R. Pongratz is key speaker at Id&cT, Innovative Design and Construction Technologies, Politecnico Milano, Dipartimento BEST, Milan, May 6-7, 2009.
http://www.innovativetechnologies.polimi.it


2009 MAY
- EMMI NOETHER HIGH SCHOOL MATHEMATICS DAY [LECTURE]

Maria R. Perbellini is giving a vivid presentation about her practice at the 7th Emmi Noether High School Mathematics Day, at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, TTU. The architects of tomorrow need to be excited at an early stage to ensure the continuation of our species…
http://www.math.ttu.edu/~enoether/ENHD09/emmy09.pdf


2008 OCTOBER-NOVEMBER
- PATTERN TRANSFORMATIONS AND SURFACE MODULATIONS [EXHIBITION]

An exhibition about the student works by Prof. Maria Perbellini (ARCH 2501 & 2502 Architectural Design Studio II & III) entitled “Pattern Transformations and Surface Modulations: A glimpse of Second Year Design Studio” at the Gallery RM06, Courtyard Level, from October 27 to November 14, in Lubbock, Texas, USA.




2008 OCTOBER
- MARMOMACC MEETS DESIGN [EXHIBITION]

ROSES BY PONGRATZ PERBELLINI ARCHITECTS FOR TESTI FRATELLI
During the international trade fair Marmomacc in Verona, Italy, from October 2 to 5, Pongratz Perbellini Architects presented “Roses”, a stone wall cladding, in the exhibition “Marmomacc meets Design 2008”, a hugely successful event coordinated by Evelina Bazzo on the topic of “Pelle, Skin, Texture”.

Design: Pongratz Perbellini Architects
Manufacturer: Testi Fratelli




2008 OCTOBER
- LEARN FROM STONE: TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY IN LESSINIA [EXHIBITION]

LITHIC LATHENCIES. THE SUBVERSION OF SUBSTANCE
The students’ works of the International Summer Design Studio, organized in Verona and in Lessinia by Texas Tech University during May-June, is presented from October 2 to 5 during the Marmomacc fair in a series of educational exhibition about the Universities collaboration of Veronafiere. Christian Pongratz and Vincenzo Pavan guided American and Italian students in the study of Lessinia stone architecture and the development of residential design projects in a mountain environment.




2008 SUMMER
- TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY SUMMER SEMINAR IN VERONA AND LESSINIA [EDUCATIONAL]

LITHIC LATHENCIES. THE SUBVERSION OF SUBSTANCE. RESIDENTIAL HOUSING / CONTEMPORARY LIVING IN LESSINIA
The Summer Design Studio, promoted by Texas Tech University in collaboration with Marmomacc in Verona from May 26 to June 29, is an intensive design research and material based laboratory. The studio explores the rich tradition of stone fabrication and the craftsmanship in construction. This becomes particularly evident through the unprecedented architecture of stone houses in the hill area of Lessinia nearby Verona. A confrontation with the often transgressive application of the unique local stone material gives suggestions for contemporary innovations. However it is not only the exciting and simple way of the architecture which lived throughout centuries, but the beautiful and well thought planning of the urban setting and its integration into the surrounding landscape that captures a unique spirit. The studio work is based upon advanced digital design and information based procedures, and will be further complemented with an intensive introduction to contemporary material technologies.



The Studio is geared towards a wide range of outside expertise to be integrated into the studio setting, in form of presentations by visiting critics, or visits to the studios of known architects, designers and artists. The studio work is enriched through travel and excursions to selected cities and architectural sites to study buildings in their urban settings. Visits to specific project related industries and companies will deepen the material related experience.




2008 JUNE
- COMPASSO D’ORO XXI EDITION [AWARD]

NOMINATION AWARD – SEGNALAZIONE COMPASSO D’ORO



ADI ASSOCIAZIONE PER IL DISEGNO INDUSTRIALE
The Series “Hyperwave” obtained the Nomination Award (SEGNALAZIONE COMPASSO D’ORO). The Award Ceremony took place in Torino at Venaria Reale on June 26. In the same palace the awarded products are exposed in an exhibition, “Mostra XXI Compasso d’Oro ADI”, from June 26 to August 31.

Design: Pongratz Perbellini Architects

Manufacturer: Testi Fratelli






2008 APRIL-MARCH
- PONGRATZ PERBELLINI ARCHITECTS AT LHUCA [EXHIBITION]

An exhibition on recent works by Pongratz Perbellini Architects entitled “The process of architectural design and construction” at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA), Christine Devitt Exhibition Hall, Exhibition 3: “Making”, March 27-April 15, 2008, Lubbock, Texas, USA. A group exhibition curated by Kentaro Tsubaki.




2008 MARCH
- PONGRATZ PERBELLINI ARCHITECTS AT BIENAL MIAMI 2007 [AWARD]

Two projects by Pongratz Perbellini Architects is awarded in the Bienal Miami Beach 2007: in the category “INTERIOR DESIGN” the CP Group Salon in Verona, Italy, received the silver award and in the category “LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE” the Gwanbok Street in Pusan, Korea, the honorable mention.




2007 SEPTEMBER
- HYPERWAVE SHOWER COLLECTION [PRODUCTS]

In the Veronafiere fairs “Abitare il Tempo” and “Marmomacc”, Pongratz Perbellini Architects presented “Hyperwave Showers”, a stone cladding showers series made by Fratelli Testi.



The revolutionary Hyperwave Series by Testi Group reinvents the “shower ritual” and poses an innovative shower collection in natural stone with decorative high-end 3D surfaces. The ancient dualism of stone and water, and the search for natural harmony between body and soul, comes to life in “Hyperwave Shower Collection”: stone assumes an emotional expression which awakes a tactile, sensual and intimate experience. Embraced by sinuous smooth surfaces in stone and cuddled by relaxing sound of water, you have the feeling of living in a new dimension, being swept away by a deep sense of wellbeing. Innovative digital designs by Pongratz Perbellini Architects, together with modern fabrication technologies and centuries Italian stone and glass traditions, deliver to an unprecedented bath product. All the models are modular to satisfy any individual taste or space requirement and allow to create personalized environments. Shower wall and floor size can be resized on all sides and customized for most shower accessories.



BREEZE SHOWER
The BREEZE model purposes an elegant and sensual design, which stirs up a visual and tactile embracing experience: the soft sinuous lines of the wall run with no end to the ground becoming a unique thing with the floor and giving the impression of being in a seamless natural envelope.
STANDARD DIMENSIONS: wall cm.120x200 – floor cm.120x110 – round tile cm.120x10x15




FLOWER SHOWER
The new FLOWER design is composed of a unique floral design inspired from natural forms. As you look at it you will be embraced by the elegant sinuous form which draws it.
STANDARD DIMENSIONS: wall cm.180x210




STREAM SHOWER
STREAM has an elegant design composed of a wrapping central motive that emulates the flow of natural water from which smooth lines softly depart and create an intense “Rain-Shower” effect.
STANDARD DIMENSIONS: wall cm.220x210




DUNES SHOWER
The exclusive design of DUNES is composed of regular sinuous lines which follow one another and glide softly down until shower bottom. To stand on this you a wonderful feet massage: close your eyes and you will have the pleasant sensation of being on a smooth gold sand beach.
STANDARD DIMENSIONS: wall cm.110x210 – floor cm.110x100




GLASS DÉCOR
The exclusive 3D stone walls of the Hyperwave Shower Collection Series is increased in the value by these outstanding shower screens. These beautiful glass screens can be smoothed or engraved with designs you can personalize. Here you can see some examples of the exclusive glasses designed by Architect Christian Pongratz, which you can combine with the showers.


2007 APRIL
- ESTETICA DESIGN AWARD 2007, COSMOPROF [AWARD AND EXHIBITION]

Salon for CP Group – Hair & Wellness is awarded with ED.A Estetica Design Award 2007 in the category “scenographic and theatrical salon space” and is included in the Photographic Gallery in Bologna during Cosmoprof on March-April 2007.