Lecture & Event Archive2024-04-17T17:47:56+00:00

Lectures Archive

The video, photography and lecture archive is the collection of recorded and photographed events that the school and its units host during the semesters. Not all events are recorded and/or photographed.


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March 21, 2024 | Lecture Series: Katarzyna Balug

Katarzyna Balug is an architectural historian who studies the cultural manifestations of the human impact of technology. Her research emphasizes questions of autonomy, agency, subjectivity, and our entanglement with environment. She is currently exploring the existential ramifications of leaving Earth, from the first balloon flights, through the space race, to the approaching second wave of extra orbital human space flight. Her writing has been published in, among others, Geoforum, Critical Sociology (co-authored), and the edited volume NASA in the American South (University of Florida Press). She holds a Ph.D. in Architecture from Harvard University.

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March 07, 2024 | Lecture Series: Camilo Rosales

Camilo Rosales, AIA is a practicing architect licensed in the states of Florida and New York, and a Full Professor at Florida International University. Before joining Florida International University, Mr. Rosales worked with highly recognized architecture firms: in New York with I.M. Pei and Partners, and with an SOM/Frank O. Gehry partnership participating in the winning entry for the Redevelopment of Madison Square Garden (project). He also worked with Arquitectonica in Miami. Mr. Rosales’ academic work is a reflection of his practice which seeks to harmonize nature, culture, and technology.


February 06, 2024 | Lecture Series: Shamichael Hallman

Shamichael Hallman is a ’23 Loeb Fellow at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. As a Loeb Fellow he has gave a number of guest lectures across to universities throughout New England about the importance of libraries. Shamichael Hallman currently serves as Director, Civic Health and Economic Opportunity with Urban Libraries Council. In this role he is working to create ULC’s upcoming focus on libraries as essential city and county infrastructure including their value as physical spaces, a connector of diverse lived experiences and role in public safety and public health.


January 29, 2024 | Lecture Series: Paolo Brescia

Paolo Brescia worked with Renzo Piano until 2000, when together with Tommaso Principi he founded OBR in Genoa, creating a collective between Genoa, London and Mumbai. Today the Team of OBR is based in Milan and includes 40 architects involved in urban projects with strong social value, promoting – through architecture – the development of a sense of community and individual identities. Among the most significant projects of OBR are the Pythagoras Museum in Kroton, the New Sabauda Gallery in Turin, the Milanofiori Residential Complex, the Children Hospital in Parma, and the Michelin Asia-Pacific headquarters in New Delhi.

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January 23, 2024 | Lecture Series: Whitney Moon

Whitney Moon will be presenting her research about the rise and fall of pneumatic architecture in the 1960s and 70s for a collection of essays she is currently working on entitled “Who Let the Air Out?,” She is also collaborating on a forthcoming exhibition and book project about the architectural works of Lillian Scott & Willis Leenhouts. Moon’s recent writings have been published in e-flux, JAE, LOG, PRAXIS, Room One Thousand, The Other Architect, Possible Mediums, and Constructing Building Enclosures.

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January 16, 2024 | Lecture Series: Behnaz Farahi

Behnaz Farahi explores how to foster an empathetic relationship between the human body and the space around it using computational systems. Her work addresses critical issues such as feminism, emotion, perception and social interaction. She specializes in computational design, robotics, interaction and digital fabrication technologies.


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November 14, 2023 | FEEDback Series: Environmental Art, Architecture & Creativity Panel Conversation

One more lecture of our FEEDback Series: Environmental Art, Architecture & Creativity Panel Conversation. Curated and moderated by Associate Professor Eric Goldemberg and with amazing lineup of Ximena Caminos, Colin Foord, and Alessandro Melis.

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November 07, 2023 | Lecture Series: Hana Kassem

Hana Kassem, is a Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, with nearly three decades of experience, leading the design of projects globally and in the United States. Her architectural approach centers around human-centric, experiential design, aiming to elevate well-being and meet societal needs, fostering enriching and equitable spaces. Her portfolio spans academic, research, cultural, hospitality, residential, and mixed-use projects in Brazil, the USA, France, the Philippines, and China.

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October 17, 2023 | Lecture Series: Atelier Mey

Atelier Mey is a collective of architects who enjoy confronting the circumstance of architecture.Their projects vary scales and range from the intimacy of the human body to the assemblage of architecture into urbanism. In relation to specific project inquiries, collaborative transdisciplinary teams contribute to an open dialogue inclusive of geography, material science, energy, and biology.

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October 10, 2023 | Lecture Series: Fabiola López-Durán, PhD 

Fabiola López-Durán is an Associate Professor of Art and Architectural History at Rice University. She earned her Ph.D. in the History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT. Adopting a transnational and interdisciplinary perspective, López-Durán’s research and teaching focuses on the complicities between capitalism, racism, and the construction of the built environment.

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August 24, 2023 | Lecture Series: Dr. Neil Leach 

Neil Leach is a British architect and theorist. His research interests fall broadly into two fields, critical theory and digital design. In the field of critical theory, he has published a number of monographs and edited volumes, dealing largely with the impact of importing theoretical tools from critical theory into an architectural arena. He is the co-founder of DigitalFUTURES, an online educational platform that operates in 10 languages; a former researcher for NASA, and a member of the Academia Europea.


March 28, 2023 | Lecture Series: Garnette Cadogan 

Garnette Cadogan is a Jamaican saunterer of cities and encourages others to experience walking as a way to connect with a place and its history. Traces everywhere reveal the passage of time and people as though they were an open text, waiting, even needing, to be engaged and appreciated by all. Garnette also writes extensively about cities, justice, accessibility, play, music, and more in various publications. He is the Tunney Lee Distinguished Lecturer of Urbanism at the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

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February 9, 2023 | Lecture Series: Bernard Tschumi

Bernard Tschumi is an architect based in New York and Paris. First known as a theorist, he exhibited and published The Manhattan Transcripts and wrote Architecture and Disjunction, a series of theoretical essays. Major built works include the Parc de la Villette, the Acropolis Museum, Le Fresnoy Center for the Contemporary Arts, Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture at FIU, MuséoParc Alésia, the Paris Zoo, the Binhai Science Museum, and a large educational complex for the University of Paris-Saclay opening in 2023.


January 12, 2023 | Lecture Series: Jacob van Rijs MVRDV

The ‘VR’ of MVRDV, Founding Partner and Principal Architect Jacob van Rijs (Amsterdam, NL – 1964) is renowned for his dedication to bold concepts combining daring ideas with a humane and user-friendly approach. Van Rijs has developed this approach over the past 30 years in practice, leading to a wide range of the office’s most notable projects, from cultural and civic buildings to transformations, and from residential buildings and social housing to interiors.


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December 1, 2022 | Lecture Series: Stefano Boeri

Presenting work and research, the Lecture will trace the long path that Stefano Boeri Architetti (SBA) has followed in the last fifteen years of practice, aiming at the redefinition of the relationship between city and nature. Their recent book aims to unveil the processes and the complexity involved in the search for a new kind of urbanism, raising questions and opening new scenarios on relationship between the human species and living Nature.


November 01, 2022 | Lecture Series: Artists participating in Miami Art Week

Joyce Billet, Mikhaile Solomon, Felice Grodi, and Eric Goldemberg are four FIU School of Architecture alumni and staff participating in this year’s Miami Art Week. In the lecture, they will talk about their visions as artist and the reality of Miami as a scenario for an event of this scale.

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September 13, 2022 | Lecture Series: Madeline Gannon and Iván Bernal

Dr. Madeline Gannon is a multidisciplinary designer inventing better ways to communicate with machines. Also known as “The Robot Whisperer”. Ivan Bernal is a designer, educator, and curator. He is currently Director at Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

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August 30, 2022 | Lecture Series: Dr. Joseph Choma

Choma is currently the director of the School of Architecture at Florida International University (FAU). He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Cambridge. Recently, he has taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Cooper Union, and Clemson University. He also served as visiting associate professor at MIT and was the 2019-20 NCCR Digital Fabrication Researcher in Residence at the ETH Zurich (the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich).

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March 29, 2022 | Lecture Series: Adam Marcus

Adam is a graduate of Brown University, where he studied art and architectural history, and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He is LEED accredited, NCARB certified, and is a licensed and registered architect in the states of California and New York.


March 8, 2022 | Lecture Series: Dekleva Gregorič

Dekleva Gregorič architects is Ljubljana-based architecture studio established by Aljoša Dekleva and Tina Gregoric in 2003. Their design approach attempts to pursue the concept of ‘research by design’ and ‘design by research’ spanning on several modes (spatial, social, material, historical…), different scales and programs as well as diverse climates and localities.

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February 22, 2022 | Lecture Series: Lola Sheppard and Mason White

Lateral Office is a highly collaborative practice, embracing research-driven design processes and experimental work in a team-based setting. They are interested in truly unique design challenges that require new thinking and processes. They believe strongly in the synthetic possibilities of architecture, culture, technology, and environment to convert challenges to opportunities.

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February  1, 2022 | Lecture Series: Johanna Muszbek and Jocelyn Froimovich

Housing is a permanent question for architecture: not only is always scarce, but it must also adapt to changes in the ways of life, the market and the urban expectations. Assuming this condition as an endemic crisis, in How do we live? Muszbek and Froimovich use urgency as a catalyst for proposals that update the architecture’s responses to massive housing.


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November 2, 2021 | Lecture Series: Elisa Silva

Elisa Silva is the director and founder of Enlace Arquitectura, (est. 2007) a multidisciplinary professional practice in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture, and Enlace Foundation (est. 2017), an NGO that promotes environmental, cultural and educational programs of social inclusion and participatory design collaborations. Enlace’s work has been recognized in numerous design competitions, exhibitions and international biennials including the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize 2022, the Biennale di Venezia 2021, the Chicago Architecture Biennial 2021, Arc en Rêve centre d’architecture in Bordeaux 2022, Centro Cultural Parque de España in Rosario Argentina 2022, Miami Art Basel FIU Gallery 2022, the XI and VIII Ibero American Architecture and Urban Design Biennial and the XX Architecture Biennial in Chile.

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October 21, 2021 | Lecture Series: Velocity Studio

Kentaro Kurihara and Miho Iwatsuki decided to establish Studio Velocity in 2006. Since then, they have pursued an innovative vision of small-scale residential architecture and dwellings which soften the boundaries between interior and exterior, allowing the proximity of natural elements to enhance and benefit everyday urban living spaces and attitudes.

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October 5, 2021 | Lecture Series: Ersela Kripa

Ersela Kripa is an Albanian-born, American architect, artist, and teacher. Her work has won numerous awards and honors, including the Rome Prize, the Architecture Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the MacDowell Fellowship.[1] She currently directs the architecture program at Texas Tech University, El Paso.


September 21, 2021 | Lecture Series: Lluis Alexandre Casanovas

Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco (Barcelona, 1985) is a Madrid and New York–based architect, curator, and scholar. He has a joint appointment as a curator and scientific advisor for the new architecture and design collection at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and at the Education Department.

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March 23, 2021 | Lecture Series: Collective Design Thinking (2nd hour)

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February 23, 2021 | Lecture Series: The Activist Architect

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January 19, 2021 | Lecture Series: Designing for Collective Wellbeing


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October 27, 2020 | Lecture Series: Collective Design Thinking (1st hour)

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October 13, 2020 | Lecture Series: Social Urbanism

Social Urbanism could be understood as practices of “urban planning” for communities with little governance, less attention, zero or pour access to services. A practice with emphasis in community participation, public space, natural resources managing, inclusion and climate justice. Social Urbanism is also a very precise moment in the history of Medellin, Colombia, when change started to happen thanks to a collaborative effort from the public and private sectors, the academia, people’s participation and professional practices.

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September 29, 2020 | Lecture Series: Decolonizing Architectural Education

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July 17, 2020 | Lecture Series: Roberto Espejo

Roberto Espejo is a Senior Project Coordinator at Ennead Architects LLP and former professor at the Yale School of Architecture. Ennead Architects, formerly the Polshek Partnership, is a 57-year-old, 190-person design firm with offices in New York, Shanghai and Miami.

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July 10, 2020 | Lecture Series: Thomas Wong

Thomas Wong is a Design Partner in Ennead Architects. Thomas has provided insightful design leadership on a broad range of building and program typologies, from museums to academic buildings and inpatient hospitals.

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July 02, 2020 | Lecture Series: Nick Gelpi

Nick Gelpi is a licensed architect and the founder of GELPI Projects, an Architecture design firm dedicated to examining the relationships between material and building concepts. Gelpi’s design practice has won numerous design awards including first place in the international design competition for the new Wynwood Greenhouse Park in 2014, which is currently nearing construction in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District.

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June 25, 2020 | Lecture Series: Eui-Sung Yi

Eui-Sung Yi is a Partner at Morphosis and Director of the NOW Institute. Yi joined Morphosis in 1992 and co-managed the Korean branch of Morphosis from 1994-1997, where he oversaw the construction of the firm’s first high-rise building.

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June 19, 2020 | Lecture Series: Fabiana Possamai

Fabiana Possamai Wills is an architect and urban designer. Her interdisciplinary work has allowed her to explore on the renewal of inactive landscapes, sprawling urban areas, and the intersection between infrastructure and architecture to generate strategies that promote sustainable environments and the activation of urban spaces.

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June 12, 2020 | Lecture Series: Jes Paone

Paone is a NY-based architect, designer, and founder of his eponymous firm Jeshua Paone Architecture Studio. He was most recently the VP of Architecture and Design at luxury developer DDG where he was the senior architect and co-designer of several innovative projects in New York City including 41 Bond Street, 325 West Broadway, 100 Franklin, The Standish and the tallest building north of 72nd Street known as 180 East 88th Street.

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June 5, 2020 | Lecture Series: Carlos Seoane

Mr. Seoane is now the Associate Professor of Construction at the Coruña University School of Architecture. Mr. Seoane has professionally collaborated with leading architects. In the United States, Mr. Seoane moved to Portugal to collaborate with Alvaro Siza on the School of Journalism project in Santiago and oversaw its construction until 2000. Mr. Seoane started his independent studio in 1997 and, since then, he has also collaborated with David Chipperfield on the Corrubedo House project, and with Eisenman Architects on the City of Culture, in Santiago.


May 28, 2020 | Lecture Series: Elisa Silva


May 27, 2020 | Lecture Series: Anna Grichting


May 26, 2020 | Lecture Series: Ignacio Cardona


February 20, 2020 | Lecture Series: Patrik Schumacher

Patrik Schumacher is a London based architect and architectural theorist. Schumacher has been publishing theoretical articles in architectural magazines and anthologies since 1996, arguing for an expanded formal and spatial design repertoire as architecture’s response to the new level of societal complexity and dynamism


February 18, 2020 | Lecture Series: Henry Rueda


February 6, 2020 | Lecture Series: Mark Foster Gage

Mark Foster Cage Architects MFGA combines the assets of a fully licensed architecture firm with pioneering expertise in emerging technologies and interdisciplinary collaborations. This two-decade expertise arms the practice with the ability to produce a much wider range of design ideas for clients than are afforded by typical architecture and design practices.


January 14, 2020 | Lecture Series: Rozana Montiel

Rozana Montiel is a mexican architect, researcher, and founder of the Mexico-based architectural firm Rozana Montiel | Estudio de Arquitectura specializing in architectural design, artistic re-conceptualizations of space, and the public domain. Currently, she is a visiting critic in the architecture department at AAP.



November 5, 2019 | Lecture Series: Keisuke Toyoda

In the next generation society where real space and information space are combined , Keisuke Todoya is aiming for a world where people and NHA (Non-Human-Agent) can coexist.

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October 8, 2019 | Lecture Series: Refik Anadol

Refik Anadol is an internationally renowned media artist, director, and pioneer in the aesthetics of machine intelligence. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California, where he owns and operates Refik Anadol Studio and RAS LAB, the Studio’s research practice centered around discovering and developing trailblazing approaches to data narratives. Anadol is also teaching at UCLA’s Department of Design Media Arts from which he obtained his Master of Fine Arts.

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September 5, 2019 | Lecture Series: Biayna Bogosian

Biayna Bogosian has an academic and professional background in architecture, urban design, environmental design, computational design, data science, spatial computing, and media arts which has allowed her to move across and connect disciplines and different design scales. She also understands innovation in design within a broader environmental context and explores data-driven and citizen-centric approaches to improve the built environment and the inhabitants’ lives.


September 10, 2019 | Lecture Series: Bryan Young

Bryan Young’s work includes buildings, interiors, objects, material prototyping and furniture. Geometry, pattern, texture and spatial complexity play a significant role in creating an ambiguous architecture. The studio explores a variety of methods: breaking traditional techniques for fabrication, hand pulling plaster, growing crystals and burning things, to name a few.


July 19, 2019 | Lecture Series: Anouk Wipprecht

Producing an impressive body of tech-enhanced designs bringing together fashion and technology in an unusual way, Anouk Wipprecht creates technological couture; with systems around the body that tend towards artificial intelligence; projected as ‘host’ systems on the human body, her designs move, breath, and react to the environment around them.


April 2, 2019 | Lecture Series: Jing Liu SO-IL

SO-IL is an architecture firm with completed projects in Leon, Seoul, Lisbon, and Brooklyn that explores how the creation of environments and objects inspires lasting positive intellectual and societal engagement. They describe their architecture as outward-looking, engendering meaningful dialogue with what is materially, and psychologically outside of themselves.

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March 26, 2019 | Lecture Series: Claudia Pasquero

Claudia is the director of ecoLogicStudio an architectural and urban design studio co-founded in London with Marco Poletto. In the past few years the studio has built up an international reputation for its innovative work on ‘systemic’ design; ecoLogicStudio’s method is defined by the combination and integration of systemic thinking, bio and socio-logic research, parametric design and prototyping.


March 5, 2019 | Lecture Series: Max Zolkwer

Max Zolkwer is the founder of Pop-Arq where he develops projects of various scales, public and private, and actively participates in local and international competitions. As a local branch of Supersudaca, he is involved in various urban research projects, including Al-Caribe , LA Collective, and RiaChulo.


February 26, 2019 | Lecture Series: Lawrence Scarpa BROOKS + SCARPA

Brooks + Scarpa is a collective of architects, designers and creative thinkers dedicated to enhancing the human experience. Honored with the Smithsonian Cooper- Hewitt National Design Award, the firm is a multi-disciplinary practice that includes architecture, landscape architecture, planning, environmental design, materials research, graphic, furniture and interior design services that produces innovative, sustainable iconic buildings and urban environments.


February 21, 2019 | Lecture Series: Philip Beesley

Philip Beesley Studio is an interdisciplinary design company located in Toronto, Canada. PB specializes in architectural design of public buildings, public art and experimental installations. The group is closely associated with the multi-partner Living Architecture Systems Group, the School of Architecture and Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo, and Riverside Architectural Press.

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February 19, 2019 | Lecture Series: Neil Leach

Neil Leach is a British architect and theorist that holds a Master of Arts degree and a Diploma of Architecture degree from the University of Cambridge, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Nottingham. Leach’s initial research interests focused on the Italian Renaissance but his more recent work has developed in the direction of the realm of contemporary architectural theory, materialism and computation.


April 5, 2018 | Lecture Series: Lauren Mandel

The future of our built environment hinges on the social, environmental, and economic performance of our landscapes. But how do we know that these landscapes—which may be designed to enhance social cohesion, manage rainwater, or reduce energy consumption—are performing as intended? Do high-performance landscapes actually work? This talk will introduce landscape performance research and dig into the infrastructure that’s possible, from rooftop farms to habitat corridors, thanks to evidence-based design.

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April 3, 2018 | Lecture Series: Nader Tehrani

Nader Tehrani is an Iranian-American designer and educator. In 2011 in partnership with Katherine Faulkner, Tehrani founded NADAAA, a practice dedicated to the advancement of design innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and an intensive dialogue with the construction industry

March 20, 2018 | Lecture Series: Angelo Bucci

For over 25 years, Angelo Bucci has been dedicated to building design, sharing his time between both professional and academic duties. These parallel activities define a special approach to SPBR projects, in which the professional demands are understood as an engaging opportunity to research Our projects show a critical view on aspects of the modern architecture, and highlight the importance of structural accuracy and distinctness, construction viability, transparency, and most importantly, a comprehension of the urban space as dialogue between architectural works.

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March 6, 2018 | Lecture Series: Anouk Wipprecht


Anouk combines the latest in science and technology to make fashion an experience that transcends mere appearances. Sensors embedded in the design monitor the space around the wearer, and body-sensors check in on stress levels as comfort or anxiety. Facilitating and augmenting the interactions we have with ourselves and our surroundings in an bespoke manner.

February 20, 2018 | Lecture Series: Jenny Wu

Jenny Wu is the founder and design director of LACE. She is also a partner at the Los Angeles based architecture and design office, Oyler Wu Collaborative, which she started in 2004 with Dwayne Oyler. The firm is recognized for its experimentation in design, material research, and fabrication, and was the winner of 2013 Design Vanguard Award from Architectural Record.  She was recently named one of the 4 design visionaries by Porsche and Dwell Magazine in their “Powered by Design” documentaries, showcasing her pioneering work in 3D printing.

January 23, 2018 | Lecture Series: Marlon Blackwell

Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, is a practicing architect in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and serves as the E. Fay Jones Distinguished Professor at the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas. Marlon is integrally involved in every phase of the design process, from programming through construction administration, for every project Marlon Blackwell Architects pursues. He is involved on a daily basis, working to establish the design direction and works directly with client leadership on critical issues, ensuring a successful outcome and meaningful relationship. As our references will attest, Marlon is accessible and involved. His keen attention to detail and design rigor ensure the success of every project, evident in his acclaim as an architect and educator.


November 9, 2017 | Walk on Water 2017

Annual race & competition featuring architecture students. Directed by Professor Jaime Canaves.

November 3, 2017 | Healthcare Design Colloquium

Interdisciplinary health care design colloquium featuring research, practice and design professionals.

October 31, 2017 | Gilles Retsin

Gilles Retsin is a London based architect and designer investigating new architectural models that engage with the potential of increased computational power and fabrication to generate buildings and objects with a previously unseen structure, detail and materiality.

October 17, 2017 | Lecture Series: Ciro Najle

An architect practicing in Buenos Aires, Ciro Najle is the former Director of the Landscape Urbanism Graduate Design Program and Diploma Unit Master at the Architectural Association in London, and has taught at different architectural schools and institutions worldwide, including Cornell University, Columbia University, the Berlage Institute, and the University of Buenos Aires. Director of GDB (General Design Bureau) and previously of MID, Young Architect of the Year Second Prize in London in 2001, he has practiced in Buenos Aires, New York and London since 1991.

September 19, 2017 | Lecture Series: Philip Yuan

March 31, 2017 | Lecture Series: Evan Douglis

Evan Douglis is the principal of Evan Douglis Studio LLC; an internationally renowned interdisciplinary design firm. The firm’s unique cutting edge research into computer-aided digital design and fabrication technology as applied to a range of diverse gallery installations, product designs, commercial and residential projects, urban redevelopment schemes and prefabricated modular building components has elicited international acclaim.

March 11, 2017 | Lecture Series: Roland Snooks

Studio Roland Snooks is a progressive architecture practice with a passion for experimentation, questioning the norm and developing unconventional solutions. We are a small, agile practice based in Melbourne that operates globally. We have an international network of expert collaborators to enable us to tackle complex and large-scale projects.

March 7, 2017 | Lecture Series: Abel Perles (Productora)

PRODUCTORA is a Mexico City based architectural studio, integrated by four architects of different nationalities: Abel Perles (1972, Argentina), Carlos Bedoya (1973, Mexico), Victor Jaime (1978, Mexico) and Wonne Ickx (1974, Belgium). PRODUCTORA´s work is distinguished by an interest in precise geometries, the production of clearly legible projects with limited gestures and the search for timeless buildings in their material and programmatic resolutions.

February 28, 2017 | Lecture Series: Karen M’Closkey and Keith VanDerSys

Karen M’Closkey, a founding partner of PEG office of landscape + architecture, is a licensed landscape architect in the States of Pennsylvania, California and Michigan. She has over ten years of experience working on a variety of award-winning landscapes.

Keith VanDerSys is a founding partner of PEG office of landscape + architecture. Prior to founding PEG, Keith worked for other award-winning architecture offices as a project designer and project architect.

February 23, 2017 | Lecture Series: Benjamin Aranda

Benjamin Aranda is principal at ArandaLasch, an architecture and design studio located in New York and Tucson. ArandaLasch designs buildings, installations and furniture through a deep investigation of structure and materials. Recognition includes the United States Artists Award, Young Architects Award, Design Vanguard Award, AD Innovators, and the Architectural League Emerging Voices Award. Their early projects are the subject of the book Tooling. ArandaLasch has exhibited internationally in galleries, museums, design fairs and biennials. Building projects include stores in Miami, an outdoor theater in Gabon, and an Art Park and museum in Bali.

January 26, 2017 | Lecture Series: Galen Cranz

Galen Cranz is Professor of Architecture at the University of California at Berkeley, a Ph.D. sociologist from the University of Chicago, and a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. She teaches social and cultural approaches to architecture and urban design.  Emphasizing ethnography as a research method, she brings users’ as well as creators’ perspectives to our understanding of built environments.  Currently, she is publishing a new text on the use of ethnography for designers, Ethnography and Space.  Her teaching includes the point of view of different American cultures, as part of Berkeley’s American Cultures requirement. In 2011 she received the Career Award, the highest award of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA).

January 24, 2017 | Lecture Series: Jake and Melissa Brillhart

Brillhart Architecture is borne out of a love for and facility with “making” things. In the natural course of development, tectonics, materiality and the logic of construction have become a primary focus of interest. Relying on a back-to-basics approach, we often study old models for future buildings, marrying archetypes and prototypes with new materials, fabrication and construction assemblies – all the while placing heavy emphasis on process as a means of furthering creativity and invention. The goal is to create a contemporary and dynamic building vocabulary that resuscitates the Ancient, celebrates the Modern, and foresees an architecture without big style.


November 15, 2016 | Lecture Series: Stereotank

Stereotank is a design studio founded by Marcelo Ertorteguy and Sara Valente. The practice is dedicated to the exploration of the common grounds between architecture, art and sound. The studio works as a laboratory for the experimentation and creation of architectural artifacts, immersive installations, hybrid objects and instruments often using repurposed materials and pre-fab systems, conceiving the end result with the potential of being further transformed and utilized as raw material for new projects, minimizing waste and energy consumption.

October 27, 2016 | Lecture Series: Viktoria Modesta

Viktoria Modesta is a bionic artist, multimedia performance artist, creative director, DJ and a supporter of future innovations. Her work explores modern identity through performance, fashion, avant garde visuals, technology and science.

October 20, 2016 | Lecture Series: Michael Cadwell

October 4, 2016 | Lecture Series: Colin Foord