Eran Chen: Person Place Thing with Randy Cohen

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Person Place Thing is an interview show hosted by Randy Cohen based on the idea that people are particularly engaging when they speak, not directly about themselves, but about something they care about. Cohen’s guests talk about one person, one place, and one thing that is important to them. The result: surprising stories from great speakers. This installment of Person Place Thing will be a conversation with Eran Chen, AIA, the Founder and Executive Director of ODA, with live music by Liz Hanley.

Eran Chen, 
AIA, Founder & Executive Director, ODA
Randy Cohen, Host, Person Place Thing

About the Speakers:
Eran Chen, AIA, is the Founder and Executive Director of ODA, an architecture, interiors, and landscape design firm based in New York. Since establishing ODA in 2007, Eran Chen has earned a reputation for mold-breaking designs that will deliver a better urban future. Having completed more than 60 buildings in just over a decade, he has become one of the most prolific architects in New York. Chen's work has been widely published around the world and recognized by the AIA, the Society of American Registered Architects, and others. In addition to guest lecturing globally, Chen is also a Professor at both Columbia University and New York University. His writings on architecture have been published in ODA's first book, Unboxing New York, and an upcoming monograph launching in March of next year with Rizzoli.

Randy Cohen is an American writer and humorist who began his professional career writing for newspapers and magazines such as The New Yorker, Harpers, The Atlantic, and Young Love Comics. While Cohen is a writer of humor pieces, essays, and stories he is best known for “The Ethicist,” a weekly column for The New York Times Magazine between 1999 and 2011. His most recent book is entitled Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything.

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