2017-18 Hearst Lecture Series

October 6, 2017 - March 9, 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO - Cal Poly's College of Architecture and Environmental Design presents the 2017-18 Hearst Lecture Series. The lectures bring visionary thinkers and leaders to campus to engage students and the public in interdisciplinary topics on Fridays at 5:00 p.m. in the Business Building Rotunda (Building 3 Room 213). The lecture series is co-coordinated by faculty members César Torres-Bustamente (LA), Brian Osborn (ARCH), and Emily White (ARCH), and is funded by a generous endowment from the Hearst Foundation. For more information contact the coordinators at ctorresb@calpoly.edu, bosbor01@calpoly.edu, and ewhite14@calpoly.edu


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Jennifer Bonner


Jennifer Bonner

5 PM Friday, June 1, 2018

Marsha Maytum

Marsha Maytum /
Ryan Jang

5 PM Friday, May 4, 2018

Iñaki Alday

Iñaki Alday

5 PM Friday, April 20, 2018

Carrie Norman

Carrie Norman

5 PM Friday, April 13, 2018

Alexander Robinson

Alexander Robinson

5 PM Friday, February 16, 2018


Michael Young, Kutan Ayata

Michael Young

5 PM Friday, February 9, 2018

Doug Jackson

Doug Jackson

5 PM Friday, February 2, 2018

Matthew Melnyk

Matthew Melnyk

5 PM Friday, January 26, 2018

Stephen Phillips

Stephen Phillips

5 PM Friday, December 1, 2017

Scout Regalia

Scout Regalia

4 PM Friday, November 3, 2017
Room 06-124

Matthijs Bouw

Matthijs Bouw

5 PM Friday, October 20, 2017

Eric J Cesal

Eric J Cesal

5 PM Friday, October 13, 2017

Pascale Sablan

Pascale Sablan

5 PM Friday, October 6, 2017

Rosalea Monacella, Craig Douglas

Rosalea Monacella, Craig Douglas

Postponed: Fall 2018

2016-2017 Hearst Lectures

Andrea Johnson

Andrea Johnson

June 5, 2017

Andrea Johnson is the Research Director at Terreform, a NYC-based urban research center founded in 2005 by Michael Sorkin that makes strategic interventions in vexed and revelatory urban situations to present alternatives and stretch the parameters of debate. At Terreform, Andrea has coordinated numerous speculative design projects, including an alternative proposal for Columbia University’s expansion into Upper Manhattan; a study of Yachay, a technopole currently being planned in northern Ecuador; and the first volume of Terreform’s long-term research and design initiative, New York City [Steady] State.

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Jimenez Lai

Jimenez Lai

May 19, 2017

Jimenez Lai works in the world of art, architecture and education. Previously, Jimenez Lai lived and worked in a desert shelter at Taliesin and resided in a shipping container at Atelier Van Lieshout on the piers of Rotterdam. Before founding Bureau Spectacular, Lai worked for various international offices, including MOS and OMA. Lai is widely exhibited and published around the world, including the MoMA-collected White Elephant. His first book, Citizens of No Place, was published by Princeton Architectural Press with a grant from the Graham Foundation. Draft II of this book has been archived at the New Museum as a part of the show Younger Than Jesus.

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Tom Leader

Tom Leader

May 5, 20176

Tom Leader is founder and principal of TLS Landscape Architecture in Berkeley, CA. For nearly 35 years, Tom has grounded his practice in an authentic understanding and appreciation of culture, ecology, craftsmanship and design. Sincere in his exploration of the creative process, Tom has remained on the cutting edge of design innovation, his work widely recognized for excellence.

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Paul Lewis

Paul Lewis

April 7, 2017

Paul Lewis is a Principal at Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis (LTL) Architects based in New York City. He is currently an Associate Professor and Associate Dean at Princeton University School of Architecture, where he has taught since 2000. He received a BA from Wesleyan University and a M.Arch from Princeton University. His New York based firm has completed academic, institutional, residential and hospitality projects throughout the United States. LTL received a 2007 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award, and has received multiple AIA awards.

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Piñon and Andes

Piñon and Andes

March 10, 2017

Joseph Piñon is a Principal at RDH. He holds an M.S. in Architectural Engineering from Penn State, an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from the Mississippi Teacher Corps, University of Mississippi and a B.A. in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania. Erin Andes is a Project Manager at RDH. She holds an M.S. in Structural Mechanics and Materials from Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Architectural Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

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Thomas F. Robinson

Thomas F. Robinson

February 24, 2017

Thomas Robinson founded LEVER Architecture, a progressive Portland, Oregon based practice, in 2009. His work explores the link between architectural experience and material innovation. Thinking at the level of construction from the outset allows Robinson to align concept with reality and bring greater quality to everyday building types. His practice is pioneering the use of Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) in North America with Framework, winner of the US Tall Wood Building Competition Prize and slated to be the first mass timber high-rise in the US.

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Clark Thenhaus

Clark Thenhaus

February 17, 2017

Clark Thenhaus is founding director of Oakland, California based design office, Endemic. Thenhaus is a recipient of the 2015 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects & Designers, a 2014 MacDowell Art Colony Fellow, and was previously the 2013-2014 Willard A. Oberdick Fellow at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning. Thenhaus is a frequent lecturer and guest critic at architectural institutions. His work has been widely exhibited, including recently at the A+D Museum, Jai & Jai Gallery, University of Calgary, AIA San Francisco.

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Geoff Manaugh

Geoff Manaugh

Feb 10, 2017

Geoff Manaugh launched the site BLDGBLOG (“building blog”) in 2004. He is the author of two books—the New York Times-bestselling A Burglar’s Guide to the City and The BLDGBLOG Book—as well as editor of a third, Landscape Futures: Instruments, Devices and Architectural Inventions. A Burglar’s Guide to the City is currently being adapted for television by CBS Studios.


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Roel Schierbeek

Roel Schierbeek

February 3, 2017

Roel Schierbeek will discuss the design for several architectural structures from an engineer's point of view. He has a broad experience in structural design, mostly on complex, prestigious architectural projects. Throughout his career in the Netherlands, France and the United States he has worked on long span facades and roofs, foot bridges, high rise buildings, artwork, cultural and office buildings.

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Ambroziak and McLellan


November 18, 2016

Brian Ambroziak is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He received his Masters of Architecture degree from Princeton University and his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia. His research engages the creative process, the development of the artistic conscience, and focuses on the complex relationship between design and methods of representation and visualization.

Andrew E. McLellan attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he earned both a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in Architecture while also majoring in English Literature. He obtained his Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing with a concentration in poetry from Queens University of Charlotte. Andrew’s thesis, a narrative memorializing his late grandfather, employed ekphrastic writing on old photographs and wartime relics.

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Pedro y Juana

Pedro y Juana

November 4, 2016

Pedro y Juana (Pedro and Juana) is a studio from Mexico City founded by Ana Paula Ruiz Galindo and Mecky Reuss that works on a variety of projects across creative professions.

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Susan Van Atta

Susan Van Atta

October 28, 2016

Susan Van Atta approaches design with a deep understanding of environmental processes gained from a degree in Environmental Studies, an early career in California coastal planning and environmental impact assessment, and over twenty-five years as a practicing landscape architect.

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Kevin Daly

Kevin Daly

October 21, 2016

Kevin Daly, FAIA, is the founder of Kevin Daly Architects. For over twenty years he has pursued an architecture that delves into the paradoxes of the urban condition and the consequences of intervention. Projects by Kevin Daly express his belief in an architecture that is performative on every level: environmentally, structurally, economically, and aesthetically.

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David Freeland

David Freeland

September 30, 2016

David Freeland is a licensed architect in the State of California and has been principal at FreelandBuck Architecture in Los Angeles. since 2010. With over 15 years of experience practicing architecture, he has worked on award winning residential, commerical, urban and institutional projects with FreelandBuck as well as Michael Maltzan Architecture, Roger Sherman Architecture and Urban Design, RES4, and AGPS. He is a frequent collaborator with developers and planners with a focus on projects in Los Angeles including his public prize winning entry for the 2006 Prop-X competition.

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2015-2016 Hearst Lectures

Christopher Benninger

Ted Flato

May 13, 2016

 Ted was born in Corpus Christi, Texas and received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Stanford University. Ted has received wide acclaim both nationally and internationally for his simple, regional designs, which incorporate indigenous building forms and materials and respond to the context of their landscape. By employing sustainable strategies to a wide variety of building types and scales, Ted seeks to conserve energy and natural resources while creating healthy built environments.

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Christopher Benninger

Christopher Benninger

May 13, 2016

Christopher Benninger is one of India's most highly decorated architects. Benninger's projects reveal an understanding of "place making" and his narrative presents a language between American ideals embedded in its wooded Arcadian landscapes and sacred notions enshrined within Indian courtyards, generating a unique approach to architecture and place making.  

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John Tully

John Tully

April 29, 2016

John Tully is an architect and urban designer. He is a founder and a principal at KTGY, a full-service architectural and planning firm established in 1991. KTGY has delivered a depth and breadth of successful design solutions for: planning, urban design, and architecture including residential, mixed-use and retail projects. 

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Keller Easterling

Keller Easterling

april 22, 2016

Keller Easterling is an architect, writer and professor at Yale. Her most recent book, Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space (Verso, 2014), examines global infrastructure as a medium of polity. Another recent book, Subtraction (Sternberg, 2014), considers building removal or how to put the development machine into reverse. Other books include: Enduring Innocence: Global Architecture and its Political Masquerades (MIT, 2005) and Organization Space: Landscapes, Highways and Houses in America (MIT, 1999). 

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Gary Hack

april 8, 2016

Gary Hack is professor emeritus of urban design in the School of Design, University of Pennsylvania.  From 1996-2008 he served as dean of the School and is a former chairman of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. Before joining Penn, Gary Hack was professor of urban design at MIT and served as chair of the department of urban studies and planning. 

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Sunil Bald

Studio SUMO

mar 4, 2016

Sunil Bald is a founding member, with Yolande Daniels, of Studio SUMO, one of the most innovative young architecture and design firms in New York. Founded in 1997, SUMO “responds to contextual forces that include the physical, social, cultural, and historical conditions of site, program, and type, [while striving] for solutions that are inventive and unexpected.” 

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Brett Milligan, Professor

University of California, Davis

Feb 19, 2016

Brett Milligan is assistant professor of landscape architecture at the University of California, Davis, where he teaches design studios and courses on regenerative technologies, infrastructural studies and industrial ecology. Brett is the author of Free Association Design and director of Metamorphic Landscapes. 

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Bradley Cantrell, Professor

Harvard Graduate School of Design

Feb 12, 2016

Bradley Cantrell is a landscape architect and scholar whose work focuses on the role of computation and media in environmental and ecological design. He currently serves as an Associate Professor of Landscape Architectural Technology and the Director of MLA Degree Program at Harvard GSD and is a TED Fellow.


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Carol Mayer-Reed, FSLA

Mayer/Reed, Inc.

Feb 5, 2016

Carol Mayer-Reed, FASLA, is partner-in-charge of landscape architecture and urban design at Mayer/Reed, Inc. Mayer/Reed is a 22-person Portland-based design firm providing landscape architecture, urban design and visual communications services. The firm’s work in creating places for human activity explores the social, cultural, ecological and historic contexts that shape these environments. Mayer/Reed is recognized regionally and nationally for design excellence.

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Matthew Coolidge, Founder & Director

Center for Land Use Interpretation

Jan 15, 2016

Matthew Coolidge is the founder and director of the Center for Land Use Interpretation, an education and research organization based in Los Angeles, California. Dedicated to the increase and diffusion of knowledge about how the nation’s lands are apportioned, utilized, and perceived, the Center has produced exhibitions, presentations, tours, publications, online resources, and other public programs that examine, describe, and explain the built landscape of the nation.

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Karen Colonias, Simpson Strong-Tie

Nov 6, 2015

Karen Colonias joined  Simpson Strong-Tie in 1984 as an engineer in the research and development department where she was responsible for the design and testing of new products and code development. Ms. Colonias has been the Chief Executive Officer and President at Simpson Strong-Tie Manufacturing Company since January 2012. She as a BS in Engineering, an MBA, and is a licensed professional engineer.

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Jeffrey Morosky, RLA, ASLA, CLARB

OCT 30, 2015

Jeffrey Morosky is Managing Executive for The Landscape Architecture Studio at Walt Disney Imagineering. For more than 18 years, he has been leading the Landscape Architectural Studio responsible for Disney theme parks and resorts worldwide. He is currently directing the landscape architectural design and development for Disney projects in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the Disneyland Resort.

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Tryggvi Thorsteinsson and Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir, Principals, Minarc Design Studio

OCT 29, 2015

Iceland natives Tryggvi Thorsteinsson and Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir came to America years ago with a simple yet lofty goal: Change the world for the better. Minarc is an award-winning design studio recognized internationally for its modern, innovative, and sustainable design solutions. Inspired by the pure, austere beauty of their native Iceland. 

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Jeff Ferber and Erik Justesen, RRM Design Group

OCT 16, 2015

Jeff Ferber is a licensed landscape architect andprincipal at RRM Design Group. Erik Justesen is president and CEO of RRM Design Group, a multi-disciplinary design firm of 110 professionals in four offices throughout California. The firm practices landscape architecture, planning architecture, and engineering throughout California. 


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Dr. Chris Luebkeman, Arup Fellow & Global Director

OCT 16, 2015

Dr. Chris Luebkeman will kick-off the Hearst Lecture Series on Friday, October 16 in the Business Building Rotunda (Building 3, Room 213). Dr. Leubkeman's interest in the built environment blossomed early, propelling him to pursue a multi-faceted education, beginning with engineering and culminating in a docortorat in Architecture from ETH in Zurich, a city to which he remains deeply connected. 

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2013-2014 Hearst Lectures


The Hearst Lecture Series is hosted by Cal Poly's College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) through a generous grant from the Hearst Foundation. The lecture series brings local, national, and international speakers to present on Architecture and the built environment. The lectures are held on Fridays and are free and open to the public. Students and faculty from all five departments in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) are encouraged to attend.

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 2013-14 lecture series was co-director by Assistant Professor Carmen Trudell and Professor Robert Arens. 

Fall 2013:

Ted Hyman | ZGF

Friday October 11, 2013 | 5:00 pm
Business Rotunda (03-213), Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Ted Hyman is a managing partner of ZGF’s Los Angeles office. For over two decades, he has led teams for many of the firm’s most challenging and technologically complex projects, taking responsibility for the programming, management, coordination, production, and construction administration. Ted has directed the design and implementation of a broad range of research facilities, hospitals, courthouses, and other civic buildings nationally.  

As a LEED Accredited Professional, Ted has a particular passion for developing strategies for the integration of sustainable systems, materials, and technology, including the design of one of the greenest net-zero energy buildings in the United States, the J. Craig Venter Institute in La Jolla, CA. He has played a key role in guiding the development of ZGF, while also successfully directing and mentoring project teams for a number of clients including the University of Southern California, the University of California, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the J. Craig Venter Institute, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Bolsa Chica Conservancy, Cornell University, and the University of Chicago. The Architecture Department at Cal Poly is proud to have Ted an alumnus.

Dwayne Oyler & Jenny Wu | Oyler Wu Collaborative

Friday October 18, 2013 | 5:00 pm
Business Rotunda (03-213), Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Oyler and Wu

Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu are the founding principles of Oyler Wu Collaborative, an award winning architecture practice based in Los Angeles, CA. The experimental work of Oyler Wu places a focus on the expression of structural complexity, aggregation, and material research through an intensive design and fabrication process. Recent commissions include the Stormcloud, Netscape, and Centerstage pavilions for Sci-Arc, as well as installations for Dwell on Design and the LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design. In 2012, Oyler Wu Collaborative received the AIA LA Presidential Award for Emerging Practice and the Architectural League of NY Emerging Voices Award. 

Dwayne Oyler holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He was the recipient of the prestigious SOM Traveling Fellowship in 1996 and collaborated with architect Lebbeus Woods on numerous projects. He has previously taught studios at Cooper Union, as well as at the Research Institute for Experimental Architecture in Vico Morcote, Switzerland. Dwayne Oyler currently teaches at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. 

Jenny Wu received a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She was awarded the Clifford Wong Prize in Housing Design at Harvard and was a finalist for the SOM Traveling Scholarship in 2001. She has previously taught at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and currently teaches first year design at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. 

Mathew Chaney & Patti Rhee | Ehrlich Architects

Friday October 25, 2013 | 4:00 pm
Business Rotunda (03-213), Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Erlich Architects

Mathew Chaney joined Ehrlich Architects in 2001 and was named a Principal in 2013. He has served as Project Architect and Project Manager for some of the firm's largest and most complex projects, including the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication, the ASU School of Earth & Space Exploration, and the Los Angeles Valley College Media & Performing Arts Complex. A recognized leader in Design-Build, Integrated Project Delivery and Building Information Modeling, Mathew lectures extensively for the Design-Build Institute of America on "Design-Build Done Right" and helped secure the DBIA Project of the Year Award in 2009. 

Prior to joining Ehrlich Architects, Mathew spent 3 years with Walt Disney Imagineering as Production Designer responsible for the design and integration of bleeding edge show/ride technologies, most notably on the acclaimed Soarin' Over California attraction. Mathew received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly, Pomona and is an active member of the AIA, the Design-Build Institute of America, the Urban Land Institute, and the US Green Building Council. 

Patricia Rhee has played a central role on the design of several of Ehrlich Architect’s most challenging and award-winning projects. As Lead Design Architect and Project Manager she has also helped secure some of the firm's most notable projects including the winning schemes for the United Arab Emirates' Federal National Council Parliament Complex; the GSA John M. Roll Federal Courthouse; the Abuja Gateway; and the University of California, Irvine's New Contemporary Art Center. 

Patricia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Design of the Environment from the University of Pennsylvania, and a graduate degree from Harvard's Graduate School of Design. At Harvard, she was awarded the John E. Thayer Scholarship and nominated for the James Templeton Kelly Prize for best thesis project. Patricia is a member of the AIA, the Urban Land Institute, SCUP, the Design-Build Institute of America and the US Green Building Council. Internally, she leads the firm's international internship program. 

Allan & Ellen Wexler

Friday November 1, 2013 | 5:00 pm
Business Rotunda (03-213), Cal Poly San Luis Obispo


Allan Wexler and Ellen Wexler are a collaborative team involved in interdisciplinary projects that aim to dissolve the boundaries between the fine arts and the applied arts, between furniture design, architecture and theatrical performance, between sculpture and interactive exhibition design and between the practice and the research of architecture. 

The Wexler’s works include architecture, public and private art commissions and museum education environments. They explore human activity and the built environment as they isolate, elevate, and monumentalize daily rituals such as dining, sleeping, and bathing. The works, in turn, become mechanisms that activate ritual, ceremony and movement, turning these ordinary activities into theater. 

In 2013 Allan Wexler was awarded the Henry J. Leir Prize for his work, Gardening Sukkah, in recognition of work that expresses the dynamic, ever-evolving practice of religion today. Allan Wexler is represented by the Ronald Feldman Gallery in New York City and teaches in the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons the New School for Design in New York City. 

This lecture is co-sponsored with the Vellum Furniture Design Competition & Exhibition. More at 

Paul Hamalian | Habitat for Humanity

Friday November 15, 2013 | 3:00 pm
Business Rotunda (03-213), Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Habitat for Humanity

Paul Hamalian is the Senior Director of Strategic Planning & CEO Support at Habitat for Humanity International. From 1995 to 1997 Paul worked in Nicaragua where he advised local housing programs in the areas of construction and planning. Paul was the founding National Director for Habitat for Humanity in Ecuador from 1997 to 1999. He trained and managed the formation of a multi ethnic team of employees and volunteers, facilitating the establishment of several community-led housing programs. 

In 1999, Paul moved to Costa Rica to serve as Director of Administration and Finance for the Latin America and Caribbean area. In this role he led a diverse 14-member team to establish and manage the regional administrative, finance, human resource, credit portfolio management and information systems functions. He also developed the funding process of 22+ national Habitat programs, actively participated in multiple global initiatives, and facilitated conflict mediation in local programs.  

Paul Hamalian received a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 1988; a Master of Divinity from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary; and an Executive MBA from the University of Michigan in 2006. 

This fall, Paul Hamalian is being recognized as a Cal Poly Distinguished Alumni through generous support of fellow alumni.

Winter 2014:

John Ochsendorf | Ochsendorf DeJong & Block + MIT

Friday January 24, 2014 | 5:00 pm
Business Rotunda (03-213)

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John Ochsendorf is the Class of 1942 Professor of architecture and civil engineering at MIT and a partner in the firm Ochsendorf DeJong and Block. Ochsendorf is the author of Guastavino Vaulting: The Art of Structural Tile (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010), and is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including a Fulbright Scholarship to Spain (2000), a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome (2007), and a MacArthur Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (2008). Ochsendorf was trained in structural engineering at Cornell, Princeton University, and the University of Cambridge. He is known internationally for the engineering analysis of historical monuments, for equilibrium methods for early stage structural design tools, and for innovative contemporary buildings with traditional materials.

Craig Steely | Craig Steely Architecture

Friday February 21, 2014 | 4:00 pm
Business Rotunda (03-213)

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Craig Steely Architecture has studios in Hawaii and San Francisco. The firm’s buildings have been described as true and unique hybrids of these two environments. His work explores the boundaries of integration as well as emancipation from nature. They embrace the realities of the environment and our connection/separation to it over the subjugation of it, all the while focusing on developing a singular architecture rooted in its context. Active projects include work on the Big Island of Hawaii and Maui, as well as several along the central coast of California – from San Francisco to Big Sur. Craig received his architecture degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. His work has been awarded recognition by the American Institute of Architects and published widely in books and periodicals. In 2009, Craig was selected as an "Emerging Talent" by the AIA California Council. His office was chosen top firm in the 2013 Residential Architect Magazine leadership awards.

Mark P. Sarkisian | SOM

Friday March 7, 2014 | 4:00 pm
Business Rotunda (03-213)

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Mark P. Sarkisian, PE, SE, LEED is the Partner of Seismic and Structural Engineering in the San Francisco office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP.  His career has focused on developing innovative structural engineering solutions for over 100 major building projects—several among the world’s tallest—including the 421 meter-tall Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai, China; the 337 meter-tall Tianjin World Financial Center, Tianjin, China; the 412 meter-tall Al Hamra Fidrous Tower, Kuwait City, Kuwait; the US Embassy in Beijing, China; and the Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, California. Mark holds eight U.S. Patents for high-performance seismic structural mechanisms designed to protect buildings in areas of high seismicity and for seismic and environmentally responsible structural systems.  He has recently written and published a book titled “Designing Tall Buildings – Structure as Architecture,” and he teaches Integrated Studio Design courses focused on collaborative design opportunities that include students from the University of California, Berkeley, California College of the Arts, Stanford University, California Polytechnic State University, and Northeastern University.  He received his BS Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut where he is a Fellow of the Academy of Distinguished Engineers, and his MS Degree in Structural Engineering from Lehigh University.  He has also received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Clarkson University. 

Spring 2014:

Kevin Rice & Ryan Wilkerson | Diller Scofidio + Renfro & Nabih Youssef Associates

Friday April 4, 2014 | 4:00 pm
Business Rotunda (03-213)

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Kevin Rice and Ryan Wilkerson will discuss the design and engineering process for the new Broad museum in downtown Los Angeles. The Broad is a new contemporary art museum being built by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. The museum, which is designed by architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro and engineered by Nabih Youssef Associates, will open to the public in 2015. The museum will be home to the nearly 2,000 works of art in The Broad Art Foundation and the Broads’ personal collections, which are among the most prominent holdings of postwar and contemporary art worldwide. With its innovative “veil-and-vault” concept, the 120,000-square-foot, $140 million building will feature two floors of gallery space to showcase The Broad’s comprehensive collections and will be the headquarters of The Broad Art Foundation’s worldwide lending library. The Broad is also building a 24,000-square-foot public plaza adjacent to the museum to add another parcel of critical green space to Grand Avenue.

Hitoshi Abe | Atelier Hitoshi Abe + UCLA

Friday April 11, 2014 | 5:00 pm
Business Rotunda (03-213)

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Hitoshi Abe is the Chair of the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design.  He is also Director of the Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, UCLA. Since 1992, when Dr. Hitoshi Abe won first prize in the Miyagi Stadium Competition, he has maintained an active international design practice as well as a schedule of lecturing and publishing. Known for architecture that is spatially complex and structurally innovative, the work of Atelier Hitoshi Abe has been published internationally and received numerous awards in Japan and internationally, including the 2011 Japan Society for Finishing Technology Award for the F-town building, the Architectural Institute of Japan Award for SSM/Kanno Museum, the 2009 Architectural Institute of Japan Award for Outstanding Practice for the International Architecture Workshop, the 2009 Contract World Award for Aoba-tei, the 2008 SIA-Getz Prize for Emergent Architecture in Asia, the 2007 World Architecture Award for SSM/Kanno Museum and the 2005 Good Design Award for Sasaki Office Factory for Prosthetics. He is the subject of Phaidon Press’s monograph “Hitoshi Abe” which was released in the winter of 2009. 

Teresa Gali-Izard | Arquitectura Agronomia & University of Virginia

Friday April 18, 2014 | 5:00 pm
Business Rotunda (03-213)

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Teresa Galí-Izard is principal of ARQUITECTURA AGRONOMIA, a landscape architecture firm located in Barcelona. She has been involved in some of the most important contemporary landscape architecture projects in Europe including TMB Park, Coastal Park, the new urbanization of Passeig de Sant Joan in Barcelona and the Sant Joan Landfill restoration, which won the European Urban Public Space award in 2004. Through her work, Gali-Izard explores new languages and forms while working with living materials such as earth, water and vegetation and using a contemporary approach involving dynamics and management. With her partner Jordi Nebot, she has built the San Telmo Palace garden in Sevilla, Arriaga Lake in Vitoria, Odesa Park in Sabadell, Logroño Train Station park, Casabermeja Park in Malaga, Desierto square in Bilbao, and Giner de los rios Garden in Madrid.  Galí-Izard is the author of The Same Landscapes. Ideas and interpretations published by Gustavo Gili in 2005 and co-editor with Daniella Collafranceschi of Jacques Simon. Los otros paisajes. Ideas y reflexiones sobre el territorio, published by Gustavo Gili in 2012.

Anne Fougeron | Fougeron Architecture

Friday April 25, 2014 | 5:00 pm
Business Rotunda (03-213)

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Fougeron Architecture is a nationally recognized design firm whose work exhibits a strong commitment to clarity of thought, design integrity, and quality of architectural detail. The firm's decidedly modernist attitude is the result of founder Anne Fougeron's vision to create a practice dedicated to finding the perfect alignment between architectural idea and built form. Ms. Fougeron's keen interest in crossing disciplinary boundaries has led the firm to develop a collaborative creative process that capitalizes on her relationships with craftsmen and artists who are experts in their fields. Contrary to most traditional practices, the firm does not separate between the design and production parts of the work process, preferring to believe that the process of design and innovation must continue through all phases of design and construction.

Emilie Hagen | Atelier 10

Friday May 2, 2014 | 5:00 pm
Business Rotunda (03-213)

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Emilie Hagen is the Associate Director of the San Francisco office and leader of the daylight and carbon practices. She has consulted on over 50 LEED certified and LEED targeted projects ranging from one of the largest and most complex Net Zero Energy buildings in the United States to the first LEED Gold certified commercial gallery. Emilie’s experience with daylighting, resiliency, Passivhaus, Net Zero buildings, and carbon reduction have been instrumental in the advancement and expansion of the firm’s technical expertise and research acumen. Emilie has studied at the Institute of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Stuttgart in Germany, and holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the School of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Kansas. She has taught environmental technology to architecture students at Parsons the New School for Design.

Kai-Uwe Bergmann | Bjarke Ingels Group [BIG]

Friday May 16, 2014 | 5:00 pm
Business Rotunda (03-213)

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Kai-Uwe Bergmann is a Partner at BIG who brings his expertise to proposals around the globe, including work in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the United States. Kai-Uwe heads up BIG’s business development which currently has the office working in over 15 different countries. In addition to these duties, Kai-Uwe is also Head of Communications. Registered as an architect in the USA, UK and Denmark, Kai-Uwe was Project Manager upon Central Asia’s first Carbon Neutral Master Plan - Zira Island in Baku, Azerbaijan. He also compliments his professional work through teaching assignments at IE University in Madrid and at the New School of Architecture in San Diego. Kai-Uwe also sits on numerous international juries and lectures on the works of BIG worldwide.

BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group is a New York and Copenhagen based group of architects, designers and thinkers operating within the fields of architecture, urbanism, research and development. BIG has created a reputation for completing buildings that are as programmatically and technically innovative as they are cost and resource conscious. BIG’s recently completed projects include the Danish Maritime Museum (2013), the Danish Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo (2010) and The 8 House (2010) being recently distinguished with a National AIA Honor Award. Projects being designed in North America, include the New York City based 600 unit West 57th Tower designed for Durst Fetner Residential which will break ground in the Spring of 2012 and the forthcoming Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah.

2012-2013 Hearst Lectures

The 2012-2013 Hearst Lecture Series was hosted by Cal Poly's College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) through a generous grant from the Hearst Foundation. The 2012-2013 lecture series brought local, national, and international speakers to present on Architecture and the built environment. The series was co-directed by Assistant Professor Carmen Trudell and Professor Robert Arens.

Heather Roberge, "How Things Take Shape"

Friday, October 12, 4pm-5pm
Business Rotunda, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (03-213)

Heather Roberge is the Director of UCLA's undergraduate program in Architectural Studies and teaches graduate courses in design and digital fabrication. She is the founder and principal of murmur, a practice that focuses on the effective implications of contemporary surfaces with particular interest in formal and material experimentation that engages the senses.

Vincent Martinez

Friday, October 26, 4pm-5pm
Business Rotunda, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (03-213)

Vincent Martinez is the Director of Research for Architecture 2030, whose mission is to rapidly transform the U.S. Building Sector from the major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions to a central part of the solution to the climate change, energy consumption, and economic crises. Co-sponsored with the Central Coast Chapter of the AIA.

Allan Wexler and Ellen Wexler

Friday, November 2, 4pm-5pm
Business Rotunda, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (03-213)

Principals of Wexler Studio, Ellen and Allan's research has resulted in objects, buildings and environments that blur the borders between sculpture, landscape, furniture and architecture. Allan is currently an adjunct faculty member at Parsons the New School of Design. Co-sponsored with Vellum.

Victoria Kastner, historian, curator for Hearst Castle

Friday, November 9, 4pm-5pm
Business Rotunda, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (03-213)

As Hearst Castle historian, Victoria Kastner has written and lectured extensively about William Randolph Hearst, his art collection, and the architecture of the Castle. Kastner is the author of Hearst Castle: The Biography of the Country House and most recently Hearst's San Simeon: The Gardens and the Land, both published by Harry N. Abrams. In Collaboration with Cal Poly's Robert E. Kennedy Library.

The CAED, as part of its Hearst Lecture Series, will host Victoria Kastner, historian, curator for Hearst Castle and author of two books: "Hearst Castle: The Biography of a Country House" and
"Hearst's San Simeon: The Gardens and the Land."

A reception will take place on November 9, 2012 at 3pm in the Gallery at the Commons, 2nd Floor
Kennedy Library, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. This reception, hosted by Kennedy Library for Cal Poly architecture students, will help to kick off the Morgan Exhibit.

A Julia Morgan exhibit will take place between November 9, 2012 - January 11, 2013 in Gallery at the Commons, 2nd Floor, Kennedy Library, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. In addition to Morgan materials, this exhibit will include a special section of drawings by Cal Poly second-year students.

Shawn Gehle and Li Wen

Friday, November 16, 4pm-5pm
Business Rotunda, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (03-213)

As Design Directors at Gensler Los Angeles, Shawn Gehle and Li Wen have emerged as catalysts for a new generation of discourse and speculation on the future of downtown Los Angeles including projects focused on transportation and building reuse. Directors of numerous Gensler / Cal Poly collaborations, Shawn and Li have led research driven studios with Cal Poly's Department of Architecture including the Winter 2011 Carless LA Professional Studio, Winter 2012 The Evolution of the Office Building Professional Studio and the Fall 2011 Material Research Studio that resulted in the SLO_Gen Communal Table. In addition, they are active practitioners at Gensler establishing the design direction of many of the office and region's most provocative projects, competitions and research initiatives. 

Qingyun Ma | Dean at USC, MADA s.p.a.m.

Friday, January 25, 4pm-5pm
Business Rotunda, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (03-213)

Quinyun Ma is the dean of the USC School of Architecture and founder of MADA s.p.a.m., an award-winning architecture firm based in Shanghai.

MADA’s work has received many honors and has been included in exhibitions at the Venice Biennale and the Pompidou Center. In addition to award-winning projects such as the Longyang Residential Complex (Shanghai) and the Silk Tower (Xian), MADA’s projects include the Quingpu Community Island (Shanghai), the Centennial TV and Radio Center (Xian), and Tianyi City Plaza (Ningpo). Quinyan Ma's honors include a Design Vanguard award from Architectural Record, Phaidon’s Emerging Design Talents designation and a New Trends of Architecture designation by the Euro-Asia Foundation.
Ma earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in architecture from Tsinghua University and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts. Ma has served as a visiting professor and critic at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University as well as at ETH in Zurich, the Berlage Institute, the Universität Karlsruhe, Berlin Technical University and the École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris. In China he has taught at Shenzhen University, Tongji University and Nanjing University.

Marcelo Spina | PATTERNS

Friday, February 1, 4pm-5pm
Business Rotunda, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (03-213)

Marcelo Spina is a Design Professor at SCI-Arc and the Coordinator of the newly launched Emerging Systems and Technologies post-graduate program. Along with Georgina Huljich, Spina is the Principal of PATTERNS, a design research architectural practice based in Los Angeles that has gained worldwide recognition for its inventive approach to design and architecture, fusing advanced computation with an extended understanding of form, tectonics and materials. Recent commissions include pavilions for SCI-ARC and MOCA.

The work of PATTERNS has received numerous prizes and awards including the third prize in the Young Architect of the year Award in 2003 and first prizes in the competitions for the new SCI-Arc Cafe and the Vertical Garden at the Schindler House in West Hollywood. In 2011, the firm participated in the Emerging Voices Series of the Architectural League of New York, and was the recipient of the Arch Is__ Award by the AIA Los Angeles Chapter. PATTERN’s work has been exhibited and published worldwide and is part of the permanent collections of SF Moma, the Chicago Art Institute and MAK Museum in Vienna. The firm's first comprehensive book-monograph entitled "Embedded" is forthcoming by AADCU Beijing.

Marcelo Spina holds a professional degree from the National University of Rosario and a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard University, Tulane University, the University of California Berkeley and the Technical University of Innsbruck, Austria. He has previously taught at the National University of Rosario and the Di Tella University in Buenos Aires in Argentina.

Lewis Knight | Senior Urban Designer at Gensler SF

Friday, February 8, 4pm-5pm
Business Rotunda, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (03-213)

Lewis Knight, AILA, leads the planning and urban design practice area at Gensler, a global architecture, design and planning firm.

With his expertise in urban design and the planning of recreational, educational and transportation facilities, Lewis has directed award-winning projects spanning five continents. Prior to joining Gensler in 2008, he was the Director of Operations for EDAW (now AECOM) in San Francisco where he led multi-disciplinary planning, urban design and landscape architecture projects both locally and internationally.
At Gensler Lewis has manages diverse project teams that included scientists, planners, economists and public artists with the common goal of melding academic rigor with the design process. He maintains an active teaching agenda, and has taught urban design, landscape architecture design and theory, and technology at Universities in Australia and the USA.

Claire Fellman | Snohetta

Friday, February 22, 4pm-5pm
Business Rotunda, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (03-213)

Claire Fellman, LEED AP, is an architect and landscape architect with Snøhetta AS, the award-winning design firm.

Formed in 1989, Snøhetta is an integrated architecture, landscape, and interior design practice based in Oslo and New York. The firm, which is named after one of Norway's highest mountain peaks, pursues a collaborative, transdisciplinary approach, with approximately 100 staff members from multiple professions working together to explore diverse perspectives on each project. Snøhetta has completed a number of critically acclaimed cultural projects, including the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt and the National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, Norway (both received the World Architecture Award for best cultural building). In 2004 the firm was awarded the commission for the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion at the World Trade Center site in New York and is currently designing the expansion of SF MOMA, scheduled to break ground in summer 2013.

As an architect and landscape architect, Claire Fellman personifies Snøhetta’s philosophy of maintaining a strong relationship between landscape and architecture in all of its projects. Joining the New York office in 2008, Claire has been involved in many Snøhetta projects in the US, notably the Times Square Reconstruction in New York, the Wolf Center for the Arts at Bowling Green State University. Claire earned a bachelor’s degree in geology from Carleton University and master’s degrees in architecture and landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.  

Benedetta Tagliabue | EMBT

Thursday, March 14, 4pm-5pm
Business Rotunda, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (03-213)

Benedetta Tagliabue was born in Milan and graduated from the University of Venice in 1989. In 1991 she joined Enric Miralles' studio where she eventually became a partner.

Her work with EMBT includes a number of high profile buildings and projects in Barcelona such as Parque Diagonal Mar, the Head Office of Gas Natural, and the Santa Caterina Market and Quarter. Projects in Europe include the School of Music in Hamburg and the City Hall in Utrecht. In 1998, EMBT won the competition to design the new Scottish Parliament building and despite Miralles' premature death in 2000, Tagliabue took leadership of the team as joint director and successfully completed the award-winning project in 2004. Recently completed projects include the Hafencity Public Space and the Youth Music School in Hamburg, Germany and the Italian Pavilion for the Venice Biennale.

Today under the direction of Benedetta Tagliabue the Miralles-Tagliabue-EMBT studio engages architectural projects, open spaces, urbanism, rehabilitation and exhibitions, trying to conserve the spirit of the Spanish and Italian artisan architectural studio tradition that espouses collaboration rather than specialization.

Benedetta received the Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Napier University (2004), the RIBA Stirling Prize (2005), the Centenary Medal from Edinburgh Architectural Association and the 2005 Spanish National Architecture Prize 'Manuel de la Dehesa' for the Scottish Parliament building. She recently won the World Architectural Festival Award for Spanish Pavilion at the 2009 Shanghai World Expo. She has held visiting professorships at Harvard University, Columbia University, the Architectural Association, the Bartlett School of Architecture, the Berlage Institute, as well as at a number of other institutions. 

Julie Bargmann | D.I.R.T. Studio

Friday, April 5, 4pm-5pm
Business Rotunda, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (03-213)

Julie Bargmann is internationally recognized as an innovative designer in building regenerative landscapes. She founded D.I.R.T. studio in 1992 to research, design and build projects with passion and rigor. Born and bred in New Jersey, Julie is a straight-talker, not afraid to provoke, but doing so to tease out what matters most about places, especially when they are as post-industrial as her garden state. Her background in sculpture influences the use of simple form that emerges from sites’ existing, unearthed and unlikely fodder for design. Julie’s adventurous design approach informs her role as Associate Professor at the University of Virginia, where she leads venturesome investigations with students into derelict terrain, imagining renewed sites of cultural and ecological production.

Along with a degree in fine arts from Carnegie-Mellon University, Julie earned a Masters in landscape architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design. She has received the American Academy in Rome Fellowship and her work was awarded the National Design Award by Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Julie’s DIRT projects have been featured in art and design exhibitions including Documenta and the National Design Centennial. She lectures regularly at universities, conferences and cultural institutions, which have ranged from the Museum of Modern Art to National Brownfields Meetings. TIME, CNN and Newsweek, along with national and international design publications have recognized Julie as leading the next generation in making a difference for design and the environment.

Mark Burry | Director of the Spatial Information Architecture Lab at RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

Friday, April 12, 4pm-5pm
Business Rotunda, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (03-213)
Workshop, Saturday, April 13th, Berg Gallery

Professor Mark Burry has published internationally on two main themes: the life and work of the architect Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona, and putting theory into practice. As architect to the Temple Sagrada Família since 1979, Mark Burry has been pivotal in untangling the mysteries of Gaudí’s compositional strategies for his greatest work. Professor Burry is Director of RMIT University’s state-of-the-art Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL), which has been established as a holistic transdisciplinary research environment dedicated to almost all aspects of contemporary spatial design activity. The laboratory has a design-practice emphasis and acts as a creative think-tank accessible to both local and international practices, including ARUP in Melbourne, Sydney and London, dECOi in MIT, and Gehry Partners in Los Angeles.  Professor Burry is also the Founding Director of RMIT University’s Design Research Institute (DRI). The DRI fosters new knowledge and innovative practice, products and environments through trans-disciplinary design research. There are over 100 researchers from disciplines as diverse as aeronautical and chemical engineering, architecture, fashion, business and applied communications collaborating on DRI team projects.

In 2006 Professor Burry was awarded an Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship, one of Australia’s most prestigious Fellowships. Mark is also the recipient of the ACADIA Award for Innovative Research. In 2004, in Professor Burry was given the prestigious award, ‘Diploma i la insignia a l’acadèmic corresponent’ by the Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi.  Professor Burry has published four major books: Gaudí UnseenSagrada Família XXI. Gaudí ara/ahora/nowThe New Mathematics of Architecture co-authored with Jane Burry, and Scripting Cultures.

Jeanne Gang | Studio Gang Architects

Friday, April 19, 4pm-5pm
Business Rotunda, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (03-213)

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Jeanne Gang, FAIA, LEED AP, is the founder and principal of Studio Gang Architects, a rising international practice based in Chicago whose work confronts pressing contemporary issues.  Studio Gang Architects, a collective of architects, designers, and thinkers, responds to and reframes questions that lie locally and resound globally.  Rooting her designs in compelling ideas rather than repetitive formal principles, Gang often arrives at design solutions through cross-discipline investigations in materials, technology, and the natural and social sciences.  Her approach is exemplified by such recent Studio Gang projects as the Aqua Tower, Northerly Island, Hyderabad Tellapur 02, and the Vancouver Pair.

In 2011, Jeanne Gang received a MacArthur Fellowship in recognition of her achievements as “an architect challenging the aesthetic and technical possibilities of the art form in a wide range of structures.”  She also earned an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and an Emerging Voices Award from the Architecture League of New York.  Studio Gang’s work has been exhibited at the International Venice Biennale, MoMA, the National Building Museum in Washington DC, and the Art Institute of Chicago.  Jeanne Gang is a graduate of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and since 1999 she has been an adjunct faculty member at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

2011-2012 Hearst Lectures


The Hearst Lecture Series is hosted by Cal Poly's College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) through a generous grant from the Hearst Foundation. The lecture series brings local, national, and international speakers to present on Architecture and the built environment. The lectures are held on Fridays from 4-6pm and are free and open to the public. Students and faculty from all five departments in the CAED are encouraged to attend.

The free public lectures are made possible through a grant from the Hearst Foundation. For more information about the series, contact the Architecture Department in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at 805.756.1316.

Fall 2011:

Gerdo P. Aquino, President, SWA Group, and Ying-Yu Hung, Managing Principal, SWA Group Los Angeles office

Friday, October 7, 2011, at 4:00pm
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In 2007, Aquino and Hung redefined the LA studio as the Infrastructure Research Initiative at SWA (IRIS) to explore and research the practical application of infrastructure as landscape. To date, more than 80% of IRIS projects have integrated multi-purpose infrastructure in some way. The two are interested in presenting their infrastructure findings in a lecture and would also make themselves available to participate in a critique of students’ current projects. The proposed session would consist of the following:

Through examples of Landscape Infrastructure from SWA’s body of work and other notable infrastructure projects from around the world, Aquino and Hung will outline the concepts of the movement and examine how an infrastructure overlay reveals opportunities for greater connectivity, alternative transportation, recreation and open space by enhancing the existing single purpose/underused infrastructure corridors.

Aquino and Hung have authored the recently-released book, Landscape Infrastructure; Case Studies by SWA (Birkhauser). Both are USC Associate Adjunct Professors, MLA Program

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Jason McLennan, Architect and CEO of Cascadia Green Building Council

Friday, October 14, 2011, at 4:00pm
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In this groundbreaking lecture, Jason F. McLennan, author and founder of the Living Building Challenge will discuss important new trends in the field of architecture, city planning and design. Powerful visuals, interesting stories and transformative case studies will illustrate why restoration is possible and how it is beginning to happen around the world to reshape human habitat and civilization.

Considered one of the most influential individuals in the green building movement today, McLennan’s work has made a strong impact on the shape and direction of green building in the United States and Canada and he is a much sought after presenter and consultant on a wide-variety of green building and sustainability topics.

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Important Note: This evening's guest speaker is participating in the 2011 Central Coast Bioneers Conference in San Luis Obispo between October 14, 15, & 16, 2011.

Vellum Competition

Friday, October 28, 2011, at 4:00pm
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Vellum Design Build and the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) are pleased to announce the 8th Annual Vellum/CAED Furniture Exhibition. The exhibition of furniture designed and constructed by CAED students will be on display the 28 to 30 of October, 2011. Location TBD.

Following the Vellum Competition, a guest speaker of the Hearst Lecture Series will serve as a juror member for the Vellum Competition. More to be announced shortly.

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To view last year's Vellum Competition, please visit Vellum 2010.

Sandy Isenstadt, Architect and Professor of History of Modern Architecture, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Delaware

Friday, November 4, 2011, at 4:00pm
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"LA After Dark. The Incandescent City" looks at the history of electric urbanism in Los Angeles--from blazing movie premieres, sparkling holiday displays, flashing neon signs, rivers of automobile headlights, and sweeping searchlights--that formed a city unique to the night, a luminous geography that coincides only partly with its daytime layout.

Sandy Isenstadt teaches the history of modern architecture in the Art History department. His writings center on postwar reformulations of modernism, contemporary architecture, and the spatial implications of material culture. Currently, he is writing about the novel luminous spaces introduced by electric lighting in the early-twentieth century.

Isenstadt will also be presenting this lecture as part of the Architecture Alumni Social at BAR Architects in San Francisco on Thursday evening, November 3, 2011, at 5:00pm.

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Joel Sanders, Architect and Associate Professor at Yale School of Architecture (YSOA)

Friday, November 18, 2011, at 4:00pm
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Sanders' presentation will focus on the themes and issues explored in the release of his new book, Groundwork: Between Landscape and Architecture, co-edited with Diana Balmori. Groundwork maps an interdisciplinary trend over the past ten years of architects and landscape architects undertaking groundbreaking projects that propose an integration of landscape and architecture.
Prof. Sanders will also be presenting this lecture as part of the Architecture Alumni Social at LPA in Irvine on Thursday evening, November 17, 2011, at 5:00pm.

Joel Sanders teaches at Yale School of Architecture (YSOA).

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Winter 2011:

Annie Chu, Architect and founding principal of Chu+GoodingArchitects

Friday, January 6, 2012, at 4:00pm
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Annie Chu is a founding principal of Chu+Gooding Architects in Los Angeles, focusing on projects for arts-related and higher education clients. She is a licensed architect in California, with NCARB certification. She has also held licenses in Kentucky and New York. Ms. Chu received a Master of Science in Architecture & Building Design degree from Columbia University in 1989 and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Southern California Institute of Architecture in 1984. In 1989, she received the Skidmore Owings Merrill Traveling Fellowship to conduct research on Mayan and Incan architecture in Central and South America. In 2004, she received the First Place Award representing the US in RIBA's Diverse City Competition, and joined the RIBA delegation to China.

Prior to establishing the firm Chu+Gooding Architects, Chu worked among other firms with Franklin D. Israel (Senior Associate: Project Designer/Project Architect), Tod Williams and Billie Tsien & Associates (Senior Associate/Project Architect), and Frank O. Gehry Associates (Production Team Member),

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Perry Kulper, Architect, Artist, and Associate Professor of Architecture at the Taubmann College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan, (Cal Poly BS Arch)

Friday, January 27, 2012 at 4:00pm
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Perry Kulper is an architect and associate professor of architecture at the University of Michigan. Prior to his arrival at the University of Michigan he was a SCI-Arc faculty member for 16 years as well as in visiting positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Arizona State University. Subsequent to his studies at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (BS Arch) and Columbia University (M Arch) he worked in the offices of Eisenman/ Robertson, Robert A.M. Stern and Venturi, Rauch and Scott Brown before moving to Los Angeles. His interests include the roles of representation and methodologies in the production of architecture and in broadening the conceptual range by which architecture contributes to our cultural imagination.

The Department will host an exhition of Kulper's artwork in the CAED lobby as well co-host a workshop on Saturday, January 28, 2012. Details to follow.

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Peter Walker, Landscape Architect, FASLA

Friday, February 3rd, 2012, at 4:00pm
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"Peter Walker has exerted a significant influence on the field of landscape architecture over a five-decade career

Educated at the University of California, Berkeley, and at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Walker has designed hundreds of projects, taught, lectured, written, and served as an advisor to numerous public agencies. The scope of his concerns is expansive—from the design of small gardens to the planning of cities—with a particular emphasis on corporate headquarters, plazas, cultural gardens, academic campuses, and urban-regeneration projects.

Co-founder of the firm Sasaki, Walker and Associates (established in 1957), Walker opened its West Coast office, which became The SWA Group in 1976. As principal, consulting principal, and chairman of the board, he helped to shape The SWA Group as a multidisciplinary office with an international reputation for excellence in environmental design. In 1983, he formed Peter Walker and Partners, now known as PWP Landscape Architecture."

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Ryan Murphy Project Manager at SCIAME Construction

Friday, March 10, 2012, at 4:00pm
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"Where Building is an Art” has become a trademark of Sciame. Sciame prides itself on constructing projects of the highest quality. As Construction Managers we set high standards of quality to satisfy all project requirements. Above all, our approach relies on our talented and experienced staff. Sciame’s staff will bring to bear our tenacity, creativity and meticulous attention to detail in every aspect of our work to meet project challenges and ensure timely and successful project completion.

Ryan Murphy, Project Manager at Sciame Construction, will present a number of award winning projects which include the recently completed academic building of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Arts designed by Tom Mayne (Morphosis); Pratt Institute School of Architecture - Higgins Hall Center Section and the New York University - School of Philosophy, both designed by Stephen Holl; The Pierpont Morgan Library & Museum by Renzo Piano; and the New Museum of Contemporary Art designed by Sejima + Nishizawa / SANAA.

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Martin Finio Architect and Critic at Yale University, and Taryn Christoff, Architect, Principals of Christoff:Finio Architecture

Friday, February 24, 2012, at 4:00pm
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The work of Christoff:Finio Architecture is noted for its range, clarity, and inventiveness. It is work that explores the intersections of theory and practice, site and program, material and detail. Finio's ten years as an associate in the office of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien & Associates , and Christoff's equal time in firms of varying scale have laid the foundation for their partnership, begun in 1999.

Martin Finio is a graduate of The Cooper Union, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture and with his partner and wife Christoff, they have developed a refined sensitivity that is evident in the simple yet complex spatial propositions that are complimented with a wonderful sense of craftsmanship and detailing. Finio is currently teaching at Yale School of Architecture (YSOA).

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William F. Baker, PE, SE, FASCEFIStructE Structural and Civil Engineering Partner of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP (SOM)

Friday, March 2, 2012, at 4:00pm
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"William F. Baker is the Structural Engineering Partner for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP. Throughout his distinguished career, Bill has dedicated himself to structural innovation. His best known contribution has been to develop the “buttressed core” structural system for the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest manmade structure. While widely regarded for his work on supertall buildings, his expertise also extends to a wide variety of structures like the GM Entry Pavilion and Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion and BP Pedestrian Bridge. Bill is also known for his work on long-span roof structures, such as the Korean Air Lines Operations Hangar and the Virginia Beach Convention Center, as well as for his collaboration with artists like Jamie Carpenter (Raspberry Island-Schubert Club Band Shell), Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle (Gravity is a Force to be Reckoned With), and James Turrell (Roden Crater)."

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Spring 2012:

Jean-Pierre Chupin, Ph.D., Research Chair on Competitions and Contemporary Practices in Architecture École d’architectureUniversité de Montréal

Friday, April 6, 2012, at 4:00pm
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On the analogical core of architectural thinking

"Certain analogies are persistent in architecture; others do not withstand scrutiny. Some follow the development of a project; others impose themselves after the building has appeared, and at times, stand contrary to the initial ideas of the project. There exist analogies that are too literal and toovisible,while there are others that only emerge after explanation and in-depth analysis. In architecture, the spectrum of action is not incidental. It constitutes a field of research in itself. This investigation undertakes an historical and critical examination of the operations of analogy, by probing, from among a range of manifestations, three characteristic registers of modern uses and contemporary theories:  the knowledge of life (and of biology); the architecture of the city; and the modeling of design itself."

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Tridib Benerjee, James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning Director, Graduate Programs in Urban Planning, USC, and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Urban Planning; Associate Dean of the School of Public Affairs Urban Planning, UCLA.

Friday, April 20, 2012, at 4:00pm
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Guest speakers are leading practitioners/academics who will reflect on how the field of Urban Design has evolved and the issues that their discipline must currently address in the North American context.

Dr. Tridib Banerjee, Ph.D., James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning Director, Graduate Programs in Urban Planning, USC, has focused his research, teaching, and writing on the design and planning of the built environment and the related human and social consequences. In particular, he is interested in the political economy of urban development, and the effects of globalization in the transformation of urban form and urbanism from a comparative international perspective. His current research includes implementation of smart growth policies, converting brown fields to affordable housing, designing for residential density and walkable communities, and transit oriented development.

Dr. Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Urban Planning Professor at the UCLA School of Public Affairs. Professor Loukaitou-Sideris' research focuses on the public environment of the city, its physical representation, aesthetics, social meaning and impact on the urban resident. Her work seeks to integrate social and physical issues in urban planning and architecture. An underlying theme of her work is its "user focus"; that is, she seeks to analyze and understand the built environment from the perspective of those who live and work there.

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2010-2011 Hearst Lectures

A matter of Scale

The Hearst Lecture Series is hosted by Cal Poly's College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) through a generous grant from the Hearst Foundation. The lecture series brings local, national, and international speakers to present on Architecture and the built environment. The lectures are held on Fridays from 4-6pm and are free and open to the public. Students from all five departments in the CAED are encouraged to attend.

Acknowledging each departments contribution to the built environment, this year’s lecture series focuses on scale and the disciplinary perspectives that develop from working across scales. Scale then is not simply a means of measurement, but a disciplinary perspective focusing a breadth of interests from intricate details to urban development. The lecture series will bring a range of national recognized professionals which range from fabricators and design-builders working at full scale to landscape architects and urban planners working at urban scales. At their best, architects, landscape architects, engineers, urban planners, and construction managers work across scales on numerous issues demonstrating the multiple perspectives designers must take in constructing the built environment. The focus on scale in this year’s Hearst Lecture series is intended to draw out these multiple perspectives and the interdisciplinary discourse that working across scales requires.

The 2010-2011 Hearst Lecture Series Director was Professor Mark Cabrinha. The free public lectures are made possible through a grant from the Hearst Foundation. For more information about the series, contact the Architecture Department in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design by phone at 805.756.1316.


Wes Rozen: SituStudio

Friday, October 15, 2010, at 4:00pm
Business Rotunda, Room 03-213

Wes Rozen is one of the five founding partners of Situ Studio founded in 2005, the same year they graduated from the Cooper Union School of Architecture.

Situ Studio is a creative practice that engages in a experimental work in a variety of media. A commitment to both material investigation as well as research and writing allows for the studio to develop flexible and multifaceted strategies to approach spatial problems. This dual emphasis is reflected in its workspace which combines both a design studio an a digitally equipped workshop. In addition to its design practice, Situ Studio maintains a parallel operations a a digital fabrication and consulting firm.

Tim Kobe, Eight Inc.

Friday, October 29, 2010, at 4:00pm
Business Rotunda, Room 03-213

In conjunction with Vellum Competition

Tim Kobe is founder and principal of Eight Inc. Eight Inc. designs for some of the most successful and best loved brands in the world.

Eight Inc makes extraordinary things that change the way people think, feel and do. Eight Inc. designs for some of the most successful and best loved brands in the world. The company works with global brand giants defining strategies, innovating and designing branded experiences that engage the consumer in relevant, dynamic and meaningful ways. Eight Inc. work crosses traditional disciplines and includes environments, products and communications. This work consistently results in award-winning projects and long-term client relationships such as Apple, Nokia, Citibank and Virgin Atlantic Airways. 8 has offices in New York, San Francisco, London, Honolulu, Tokyo, Beijing and Singapore.

Jason K. Johnson and Nataly Gattegno, Future-Cities-Lab

Friday, November 5, 2010, at 4:00pm
Business Rotunda, Room 03-213

Future Cities Lab is an experimental design and research office based in San Francisco, CA. Design principals Jason Kelly Johnson and Nataly Gattegno have collaborated on a range of award-winning projects exploring the intersections of architecture with advanced fabrication technologies, responsive building systems and urban space. Their work has been published and exhibited worldwide. Most recently they were the 2008-09 Muschenheim and Oberdick Fellows at the University of Michigan TCAUP, the 2009 New York Prize Fellows at the Van Alen Institute in New York City, and exhibited work at the 2009-10 Hong Kong / Shenzhen Biennale. Both Johnson and Gattegno studied at Princeton University. They currently teach at CCA and UC Berkeley, as well as workshops including the Architectural Association Global Summer Program Biodynamic Structures and Hydra-Cities Lab in Athens, Greece. Jason has also recently collaborated with Andy Payne on the FIREFLY for Grasshopper toolbar and Primer.

Grasshopper Workshop with Future-Cities-Lab

Saturday, November 6, 2010, 10:00am - 4pm
Berg Gallery, Room 05-105

Andrew van Leeuwen and Kevin Eckert, Build LLC

**Postponed Until April 8, 2011 **

Kevin Eckert is the founding partner of Build LLC and emphasizes the implementation of innovative and cost-effective building solutions. He has degrees in Structural Engineering and a Masters of Architecture. Andrew van Leeuwen develops effective design strategies and generates architectural packages, and is director of marketing and is responsible for the successful Buildblog. Andrew has an undergraduate degree in Architecture from Washington State along with a Masters of Architecture from Columbia University.

Build relies on their diverse professional and construction backgrounds to provide a balanced and thoughtful approach to each client’s projects. Together with their trusted network of professional, trade and supplier resources, they bring the expertise and hands-on experience in architecture, design, structural engineering, construction trades, site superintending, and project management necessary to make every project they take on a success.

Caroline Bos, UNStudio

Friday, November 19, at 4:00pm
Business Rotunda, Room 03-213

UNStudio is an international architectural practice, situated in Amsterdam since 1988, with extensive experience in the fields of urbanism, infrastructure, public, private and utility buildings on different scale levels. At the basis of UNStudio are a number of long-term goals, which are intended to define and guide the quality of their performance in the architectural field. They strive to make a significant contribution to the discipline of architecture, to continue to develop their qualities with respect to design, technology, knowledge and management and to be a specialist in public network projects. They see as mutually sustaining the environment, market demands and client wishes that enable their work, and aim for results in which their goals and their client’s goals overlap. In 2009 UNStudio Asia was established, with its first office located in Shanghai, China."



Wolf Mangelsdorf: Buro Happold

Friday, January 14, 2011 at 4:00pm
Business Rotunda (03-213)

Wolf Mangelsdorf was born and grew up near Würzburg in Germany. He studied Architecture and Civil Engineering at Karlsruhe University, where he also worked for an architectural practice after graduation. After a research stay at Kyoto University, he moved to Britain in 1997 and became a design engineer at Anthony Hunt Associates in their Cirencester and London offices.

Since 2002 he has been with Buro Happold in London where he joined an Associate and project leader for a number of projects, including the Battersea Power Station and the Glasgow Museum of Transport. He is now a Director and Partner and leads the dynamic structures team in London, whose diverse portfolio of includes significant landmark projects with signature architects, educational buildings, specialist focus on refurbishment and conservation, and a full range from small bespoke projects to large urban regeneration schemes.

Creative thought and design is central to Wolf’s approach and this has enabled him to engineer spectacular projects including the Museum of Transport in Glasgow in Scotland and the roof to the Médiacité retail centre in Liege, Belgium. With his design led approach he plays a major role in the development of fully integrated multidisciplinary solutions both at project level and in urban design and masterplanning.

Wolf has been teaching technical studies at the AA in Diploma School since 2000 and has been a guest lecturer and tutor at a number of Universities internationally. He speaks English, Italian, French and his native German and is actively involved in many international projects.

Mia Lehrer: Mia Lehrer + Associates

Friday, February 4, 2011 at 4:00pm (please note revised date)
Business Rotunda (03-213)

Mia Lehrer is the founding principal of the Los Angeles firm, Mia Lehrer + Associates. Born in San Salvador, El Salvador, Mia received her Masters of Landscape Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Following her education, Mia gained valuable experience by working on large-scale public projects such as the World Bank Coastal Zone Project in El Salvador, as well as intimate gardens for residential clients. Today she is internationally recognized for her progressive landscape designs – unique amalgamations of graphic configurations, found objects, architectural pottery, and rich textures – and her advocacy for environmentally sensitive and people-friendly public space.

Mia leads the ML+A office through the design and development of a diverse range of ambitious public and private projects that include urban revitalization developments such as San Pedro Waterfront, large urban parks such as Vista Hermosa Park, and complex commercial projects like the biotech campus in Thousand Oaks. In recent years, several interesting historic renovation projects have been added to her repertoire; these include Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, the glamorous Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, and Santee Court, an urban housing development that pays tribute to its historical context in L.A.’s fashion district.

Committed to her profession and education, Mia is actively involved in several organizations. She is on the Board of Directors at TreePeople and the Collage Dance Theater. She is a member of the International Federation of Landscape Architects, American Society of Landscape Architects, Hollywood Design Review Committee, and has served on the Harvard Graduate School of Design Alumni Council.

In addition to being published in international journals, popular magazines, and newspapers, the work of Mia Lehrer + Associates has been included in several important museum and gallery exhibitions. Mia often lectures, traveling as far as Brazil and China to share her insights and philosophy on public landscape design.

Steven Rainville: Olsen Kundig Architects

Friday, February 11, 2011 at 4:00pm
Business Rotunda (03-213)

Steven Rainville has been a member of Olson Kundig Architects since 1996, becoming a principal in 2010. He takes pride in being a generalist architect, with a strong interest in building construction and architectural technologies.

Steven has been involved with the design and management of a series of well-recognized projects, including Chicken Point Cabin, Outpost – both of which have received National AIA Honor Awards – and the Olson Kundig Architects’ Offices. Among other projects, Steven is currently working on the T BAILEY Offices, a project in a delicate marine environment which utilizes the company’s product — pipes used in wind turbine towers — for sustainable strategies and as building components. He is also working with Les Eerkes on two Passive House projects – residences built to super energy efficient standards.

Projects on which Steven has worked have been published in dozens of national and international publications including the New York Times, Architectural Record, and the Wall Street Journal. They have also appeared in books including Tom Kundig: Houses (Princeton Architectural Press, 2006) and The Good Office: Green Design on the Cutting Edge (Collins Design, 2008). Several of those projects have received national, regional and local awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), as well as an American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum.

Steven maintains an active role in the firm’s staff development as manager of the mentorship and intern programs. Among Steven’s professional contributions is his recurring design studio jury participation at Washington State University (WSU). In Spring 2010, Steven and Les Eerkes co-taught a studio on Techtonics at WSU. He also serves as a member of the WSU School of Architecture + Construction Management Advisory Board. Steven has lectured around the country on the work of the firm and on the role of project managers in the realization of design concepts. A licensed architect, he has a Bachelor of Architecture from Washington State University.

Philip Beesley: Philip Beesley Architect Inc.

Friday, February 25, 2011 at 4:00pm
Business Rotunda (03-213)

Philip Beesley: Philip Beesley Architect Inc.
Philip Beesley is an associate professor in the School of Architecture, University of Waterloo who practices digital media art, experimental and applied architecture. His work in the last two decades has focused on field-oriented sculpture and landscape installations, with extensions in stage design and buildings. His projects in the past several years have increasingly worked with immersive digitally fabricated lightweight 'textile' structures, and the most recent generations of his work feature interactive kinetic systems that use dense arrays of microprocessor, sensors and actuator systems.

He is director of the Integrated Centre for Visualization, Design and Manufacturing at Waterloo and co-directs Riverside Architectural Press, a publisher focused on contemporary design. He was educated in visual art at Queen's University, in technology at Humber College, and in architecture at the University of Toronto. He was a member of art and performance collaboratives Open Series and Studio Six/Kataraque in Kingston and the George Meteskey Ensemble in New York. Periods of study were undertaken in Rome at the Vatican and the American Academy and in New York with the Wooster Group. Prior to beginning his practice he apprenticed in instrument making and in lighting design.
He has authored numerous publications including Responsive Environments (Situated Technologies, 2009), Hylozoic Soil (Riverside, 2007), and Ourtopias: Cities and the Role of Design(Riverside, 2007), as well as co-chairing a wide array of conferences and symposia. He was the 2009 recipient of Fundacion Telefonica’s VIDA Award and the 2008 FEIDAD Award. Distinctions include the Prix de Rome in Architecture (Canada), Governor-General’s and Dora Mavor Moore Awards.


Andrew van Leeuwen and Kevin Eckert: Build LLC

Friday, April 8, 2011, at 4:00pm.
Business Rotunda (03-213)

Kevin Eckert is the founding partner of Build LLC and emphasizes the implementation of innovative and cost-effective building solutions. He has degrees in Structural Engineering and a Masters of Architecture. Andrew van Leeuwen develops effective design strategies and generates architectural packages, and is director of marketing and is responsible for the successful Buildblog. Andrew has an undergraduate degree in Architecture from Washington State along with a Masters of Architecture from Columbia University.
Build relies on their diverse professional and construction backgrounds to provide a balanced and thoughtful approach to each client’s projects. Together with their trusted network of professional, trade and supplier resources, they bring the expertise and hands-on experience in architecture, design, structural engineering, construction trades, site superintending, and project management necessary to make every project they take on a success.

Anne FougeronFougeron Architecture

Friday, April 15, 2011, at 4:00pm.
Business Rotunda (03-213)

Fougeron Architecture is a nationally recognized design firm whose work exhibits a strong commitment to clarity of thought, design integrity, and quality of architectural detail. Anne Fougeron is principal of Fougeron Architecture in San Francisco. Born of French parents and raised in Paris and New York, she credits her bicultural upbringing as the source of her aesthetic values: a European respect for historic precedent and a comfort level with melding old and new. After earning a B.A. in architectural history at Wellesly College and a Master of Architecture degree at the University of California, Berkeley, she worked for San Francisco architect and urban designer Daniel Solomon for three years, an experience that informed her awareness of the interplay between buildings and the urban environment. In 1986, she founded Fougeron Architecture, designing award-winning private and public sector projects that have made an original statement - in a decidedly modernist vocabulary. Fougeron has taught architectural design to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of California, Berkeley.

W. Mike Martin: Professor Emeritus of Architecture, UC Berkeley

Friday, April 29, 2011, at 4:00pm
Business Rotunda (03-213)

Professor Emeritus W. Mike Martin has been at UC Berkeley for the past 18 years in the Architecture Department of the College of Environmental Design. His teaching and research has focused on the study of practice, collaborative design, work-studies of practice, and storytelling as a means of knowledge transfer. Digital media is central to his process of representation of knowledge transfer from practice.

Martin currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Danish Royal Academy of Architecture in Copenhagen, Denmark, and a Visiting Professor at DIS. He served as the undergraduate dean of CED for 11 years, and in 2006 he completed a three-year term as chair of the Architecture Department. For the past two years he has served as the University of California Systems Education Abroad Director for Scandinavia.

He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a recipient of the 2005 AIA College of Fellows Latrobe Fellowship for Research. He was the recipient of the 2009 AIACC Excellence in Education Honor Award. He served as President Elect of the San Francisco Chapter of the AIA, served as editor of Architecture California (AIACC), and received an Honorable Mention in the 2002 NCARB Prize for his Building Stories: A Case Study Analysis of Practice.

John Enright: Griffin Enright Architects

Friday, May 6, 2011, at 4:00pm
Business Rotunda (03-213)

The Los Angeles-based Griffin Enright Architects was co-founded by Margaret Griffin, AIA and John Enright, AIA in 2000. Their versatile practice encompasses three areas: institutional design including master-planning, high-end residential, and conceptual design. Projects include large-scale institutional and residential commissions to landscape design and gallery installations. The firm fuses interests in innovation, research, and experimentation with the exploration of cultural complexities relative to the built environment. Their work transcends the traditional scope of architectural practice, underscoring connections to the surrounding urban fabric and landscape by reinforcing existing conditions or creating new ones, allowing urban context, architecture, and landscape to be experienced in new, unanticipated ways.

John Enright, AIA is a co-founder and Principal of the Los Angeles-based, Griffin Enright Architects. John has taught design studios and technology seminars at SCI-Arc (Southern California Institute of Architecture), Syracuse University, The University of Houston, and until recently as an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California. He is currently the Undergraduate Program Chair at SCI-Arc. John’s academic research focuses on design and building technology including Building Information Modeling and new digital paradigms as applied to fabrication and construction. An exhibition of his research into the work of Konrad Wachsmann was recently exhibited at the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design. John has received numerous grants including USC’s Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences Initiative, and an NCARB Grant for the Integration of Practice and the Academy in 2009.

Doug Jackson: Assistant Professor Architecture Department, Cal Poly, SLO

Friday, May 13, 2011, at 4:00pm
Business Rotunda (03-213)

Doug Jackson is an architect whose work focuses on the production and theorization of architecture that employs user-transformation of space. Doug served as a design principal along with Wes Jones in the award-winning and internationally-acclaimed office of Jones, Partners: Architecture, whose innovative work was widely exhibited and was featured in numerous national and international publications.

In addition, Doug has maintained an independent design practice whose work has been published and exhibited both nationally and internationally. Most recently his work has been exhibited as part of the SOUPERgreen exhibition, which debuted at the Architecture + Design Museum in Los Angeles.

"Innovative Schools for the New Millennium"

Friday, May 20, 2011 9:00am-7:00pm (schedule TBD)
Simpson Strong-Tie Materials Demonstration Lab

Trung Le (Canon Design)

Friday, May 20, 2011 at 5:00pm (Education Symposium Keynote)
Simpson Strong-Tie Materials Demonstration Lab

is a pioneer of Cannon Design’s education practice and has an incessant energy and passion for learning. Le is widely recognized as an advocate for incorporating multiple intelligences and learning styles in the design of education environments. As the lead designer for Cannon Design’s education group, he creates spaces that encourage student inquiry and imagination and offer students a sense of what it means to be a part of a global community. Le also leads The Third Teacher + , an education design consultancy within the ideas-based practice of Cannon Design that helps learning communities better serve 21st century learners. With an eye on the future of learning, the multidisciplinary team collaborates with these communities to formulate systemic strategies for pedagogical, curricular, and environmental change.

Le's work has yielded awards from the Chicago, Illinois and national chapters of the American Institute of Architects during his 20 years at Cannon Design. Le’s projects have been published in such periodicals as Architectural Record, Contract Design and Edutopia. Le is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences such as Big Ideas Fest, TEDx, CEFPI and the AIA National Convention. His recent collaboration with Bruce Mau resulted in the publication The Third Teacher, a cabinet of wonders on how design can transform teaching and learning.

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