American Masters – Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future

Film Interviewees

Air date: 12/27/2016

American Masters – Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future

Premieres nationwide Tuesday, December 27 at 8 p.m. on PBS

(check local listings)

Film Interviewees (in alphabetical order)

Donald Albrecht, architecture curator; created Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future, the first-ever retrospective of Saarinen, which toured museums in Europe and the United States from 2006–2010, and wrote the exhibit book with Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen

Niels Diffrient (now deceased), industrial designer, knew Saarinen and his father Eliel since the Cranbrook faculty days and the Saarinens’ firm, worked with Eero on some of the most iconic furniture designs of the 20th century

Paul Goldberger, architecture critic

Cathleen McGuigan, editor-in-chief of Architectural Record, author of an upcoming biography of architecture critic Aline Saarinen, Eero’s second wife

Jayne Merkel, author of the monograph Eero Saarinen

Jeffrey Osborne, design and marketing consultant associated with Knoll Furniture for 20 years

César Pelli, architect, worked with Saarinen from his earliest years

Kevin Roche, Pritzker Prize-winning architect, worked with Saarinen from the earliest days of the Saarinen office in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Eric Saarinen, ASC, who serves as the film’s on-camera storyteller, director of photography and co-producer; Eero Saarinen’s son; award-winning advertising director/cinematographer; director of photography on 15 theatrical features, including Albert Brooks’ Lost in America, The Hills Have Eyes, and Exploratorium, Oscar nominee for Best Documentary, Short Subject

Robert A.M. Stern, architect, writer, former Dean of the Yale School of Architecture; instrumental with Kevin Roche in preserving the Saarinen archives at Yale

Abba Tor, structural project engineer of Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport; worked on other Saarinen buildings

Rafael Viñoly, architect, decided to become an architect when he saw the Saarinen office model shop