Hearst Lecture Series

Hearst Lecture Series Winter 2015

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s College of Architecture & Environmental Design will host five presentations as part of the Hearst Lecture Series Winter schedule. The lectures bring progressive thinkers and leaders to campus to engage students and the public in interdisciplinary topics on Fridays at 5 p.m. in the Business Building Rotunda (Building 3, Room 213).

For more information about the series, contact the Architecture Department in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, by email architecture@calpoly.edu or phone 805.756.1316.

The 2014-15 lecture series is co-coordinated by Professor Robert Arens, Professor Vicente del Rio and Assistant Professor Cesar Torres-Bustamente, and funded by a generous endowment from the Hearst Foundation

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Chris Reed: Stoss Landscape Urbanism

Fri, jan 23, 5pm | Business rotunda 

Chris Reed is Principal of Stoss Landscape Urbanism and Associate Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. 

Mr. Reed’s work at Stoss has included major re-visioning strategies for downtown Dallas and its riverfront; for derelict refinery and port sites along the lakefront in Mississauga, Canada; for the city of Detroit; for major new waterfront developments in Shanghai and Green Bay; and for a vibrant new plaza at the heart of Harvard University’s campus. His work with Stoss has been recognized with the 2012 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Landscape Architecture; the 2010 Topos International Landscape Award; and various other practice- and project-based awards from Progressive Architecture, the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Architectural League of New York, the Waterfront Center, EDRA / Places, and the Boston Society of Architects.

Mr. Reed's research interests include the impact of ecological sciences on design thinking, and city-making strategies informed by landscape systems and dynamics; he is co-editor of a recently published volume of research and drawing titled Projective Ecologies. Reed received a Master in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and an AB in Urban Studies from Harvard College.

www.stoss.net ›


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Keil Moe: Harvard Graduate School of Design

Fri, jan 30, 5pm | Buisness rotunda

Kiel Moe is a registered practicing architect and Associate Professor of Architecture & Energy in the Department of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. At the GSD, Moe teaches and coordinates core design studios, seminars on Forms of Energy, and lectures on architecture and energy.

His research and pedagogy focuses on an agenda for design and energy that is at once more ecologically and architecturally ambitious. As such, he focuses on both buildings as manifestations of large scale energy systems as well as overlooked and discrete thermal parameters in buildings that yet have great impact on the power and thermodynamic depth of architecture. This research is the basis for his design research and his design practice.

In recognition of his design and research, he was the 2009-10 Gorham P. Stevens Rome Prize Fellow in Architecture as well as the 2012 Barbara and Andrew Senchak Fellow MacDowell Colony. In 2015, he will be a member of the Arctic Circle expedition residency in Svalbard. He received the 2013 Boston Design Biennial award, the 2011 Architecture League of New York Prize, the 2011 AIA National Young Architect award, and numerous design awards for individual projects from the AIA, North American Wood Design Awards, and Boston Society of Architects, amongst others. He is recipient of Junior Faculty research grants at the GSD, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, the AIA Upjohn grant program, the Boston Society of Architects Architectural Research program, the AIA RFP grant program, the Northeastern University Provost Faculty Development program. In recognition of his pedagogy and teaching, Moe was awarded the 2010 ACSA/AIAS New Faculty Teaching Award.

He is author of multiple books. He recently published a fifth book entitled Insulating Modernism: Isolated and Non-Isolated Thermodynamics in Architecture, Birkhauser, 2014. He is completing a sixth book, a technical manual on The Hierarchy of Energy in Architecture: Emergy Analysis with Ravi S. Srinivasan (2015) and, a seventh, PLOT: The Matter of Urbanization | Central Park and the Empire State Building, with Jane Hutton (2015). He is also author of Convergence: An Architectural Agenda for Energy(2013), Thermally Active Surfaces in Architecture (2010) andIntegrated Design in Contemporary Architecture (2008). He was co-editor of Building Systems: Design Technology & Society (2012).

www.gsd.harvard.edu/#/people/kiel-moe.html ›

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Kevin Conger: CMG Landscape Architecture

Fri, Feb 06, 5pm | Business Rotunda

Kevin Conger is a California licensed Landscape Architect with experience on domestic and international projects of all scales. Mr. Conger is a founding partner of CMG, and serves as President and CEO, directing many of the firm's projects and developing a role in the Bay Area design community.

Mr. Conger's passion and commitment for vibrant civic public space and sustainable environmental design has benefited projects such as Better Market Street, the YerbaBuena Street Life Plan, Crissy Field and redevelopment plans for Treasure Island, Hunters Point, and Concord Naval Weapons Station. Mr. Conger has taught at Rhode Island School of Design, UC Berkeley, and the Boston Architectural College.

Kevin Conger was recently inducted to the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). 

www.cmgsite.com ›

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David Ross Scheer: Architecture in the Age of Simulation

Fri, Feb 27, 5pm | Buisness ROtunda

David Ross Scheer is an architect with 30 years' experience who has completed hundreds of projects of many kinds: residential, mixed-use and public buildings as well as urban design and planning. He authored many articles and the book "The Death of Drawing: Architecture in the Age of Simulation", published by Routledge in 2014 .

Drawing on his experience in practice and expertise in the uses of computer technology in architecture, he advocates combining a variety of innovative and traditional tools to preserve the architect's ability to creatively address cultural and social issues while participating in technology-enabled project delivery processes. He explores these ideas in design projects, writing and lectures.

Mr. Scheer holds an M.S. in Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M. Arch. from Yale University. He has taught architectural design, history and theory at the University of Cincinnati, Arizona State University, Miami University (Ohio) and the University of Utah.

www.deathofdrawing.com ›

www.scheerarchitecture.com ›

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Andrea Cochran, FASLA: Andrea Cochran Landscape


Andrea Cochran has been practicing landscape architecture in the San Francisco Bay area for over twenty-five years. She graduated from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and worked on the East Coast and in Europe before moving to California. After working in collaborative partnerships for over ten years, she established Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture in 1998, now a twelve person firm. 

Andrea Cochran’s early professional experience in the office of Jose Luis Sert was pivotal in informing her approach to landscape design. Across a diverse range of project types and scales, Cochran’s work is distinguished by its careful response to site, climate and the existing environment. Her designs use a controlled palette of materials to heighten the experience of texture, light, movement and space.  She instills an intimacy and attention to detail in all of her work, from small-scale residential gardens to large-scale institutional projects.

In 2007, Ms. Cochran was inducted as a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects. She has been a finalist in Landscape Architecture for the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards in 2006, 2009 and 2010 before winning the award in 2014. Her work has earned numerous awards, most recently an ASLA Honor Award in General Design for the Nueva School. A monograph of her work was published by Princeton Architectural Press in May of 2009.

www.acochran.com ›

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