News Release: October 27, 2010

Cleveland Arts Prize winner Peter van Dijk, a renowned and award-winning architect, is the invited speaker for the 2010 Richard N. Campen Lecture in Architecture and Sculpture, sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University.

The free, public talk, "Ok, So You’ve Always Wanted to be an Architect?," is set for Nov. 4, at 6 p.m. in Thwing Ballroom, 11111 Euclid Ave.

Van Dijk’s architectural work focuses on breathing new life into old buildings and preserving what is still useful and valuable for future generations to enjoy, says Anne Helmreich, art historian and director of the Baker-Nord Center.

The former principal architect from the Cleveland firm of van Dijk Westlake Reed Leskosky has focused some of his architectural projects on historical preservation and recently contributed to the restoration of the Cleveland Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Cleveland’s Public Square.

Van Dijk, who designed outdoor music venue Blossom Music Center in 1968, has been mindful of mixing old and new with traditional and global elements to reflect Cleveland as a meeting place of cultures and diverse traditions.

His architectural legacy includes Cleveland State University’s Music and Physical Education buildings and state-of-the-art Natatorium; Ursuline College; Cain Park Amphitheater; University School’s Upper School; John Carroll University’s Chapel and Recreation Center; Westlake performing arts and recreation centers; major medical facilities in Ohio and West Virginia; and the Temple Hoyne Buell Theater in Denver, Colo.

Van Dijk is a fellow of the Ohio Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and was honored by the organization in 2000 with its highest honor, a gold medal.

In 2007, he received the Cleveland Arts Prize.

Registration recommended. Visit For more information, contact Maggie Kaminski, administrative director of the Baker-Nord Center, at 216.368.2242.

Posted by: Susan Griffith, October 27, 2010 12:06 PM | News Topics: Official Release