University of Oregon

Department of Architecture

Programs in Architecture and Interior Architecture

Lecture Videos

Margarita Jover
Monday, February 29, 2016

University of Virgina
Hybrid Infrastructures, Architecture, and Landscape
Biography

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Ultramoderne
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Providence, Rhode Island
Four Structures
Biography

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Denny Zane
Monday, February 15, 2016

Move LA - Los Angeles, California
Framing Livability: Communicating Effective Strategies
Biography

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Andan Morshed
Monday, February 15, 2016

The Catholic University of America
Muzharul Islam's Architectural Modernism and Bangali Nationalism
Biography

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Tessa Smith & Roussa Cassel
Saturday, February 13, 2016

University of Oregon - Alumni
Aesthetics & Tectonics
Biography

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Missa Aloisi
Monday, February 8, 2016

Hinge - Burlington, Vermont
Architecture Without Ego - STAnDD
Biography

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John Quale
Monday, January 25, 2016

EcoMod -  University of New Mexico
Design> Build> Evaluate
Biography

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Hallgeir Homstvedt
​Wednesday, January 20

Hallgeir Homstvedt Design. Oslo, Norway
Eclectic Design
Biography
  
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Shanghai Xian Dai Architectural Design Group
Monday, January 11
Shanghai, China
Biography

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Brian Cavanaugh
Monday, November 9

Architecture Buidling Culture - Portland, Oregon
Selected Works of Architecture Building Culture
Biography

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Carrie Strickland & William Neburka
October 26, 2015
Works Partnership Architecture - Portland, Oregon
The Bowstring Truss House
Biography

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Luis Hoyos
October 19, 2015
California State Polytechnic University - Pomona, California
Preservation of Historic Buildings  
Biography

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Bill Leddy & Marsha Maytum
October 12, 2015

Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects - San Francisco
Architecture as a Catalyst for Change
Biography

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Thomas F. Robinson
October 5, 2015

Lever Architecture - Portland, Oregon
Pacific Northwest College of Art Student Housing & Union Way
Biography 

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Judy Yung
April 8, 2015
Emeritus Professor of American Studies - University of California-Santa Cruz
Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America
Biography

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Prem Chandavarkar
April 20, 2015
CnT Architects, Bangalore, India
A Quest for a Propositional Practice
Biography

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Tine Hegli 
May 4, 2015
Belluschi Distinguished Visiting Professor Lecture
Biography

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John Reynolds 
May 16-17, 2015
Sustainability Symposium
Inspiring excellence in sustainability and design
Biography

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Architecture Conversation: "The Architecture and Legacy of Pietro Belluschi"
February 18, 2015
UO museum exhibit highlights architect Pietro Belluschi’s career, legacy
A conversation with Anthony Belluschi and Judith Sheine.
Biography

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Nico Larco
February 16, 2015 
Presented by the Department of Architecture
Sustainable Urban Design: A Framework
Biography

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James Tice
February 6, 2015

University of Oregon Presidential Research Lecture
Mapping Rome: Portraits of a City
Biography

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Xian Dai Architectural Group
February 2, 2015

Xian Dai Architects - Shanghai & Beijing, China
Pecha-Kucha: Shanghai Style
Biography

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Isabelle Biro
January 26, 2015

Atelier Isabelle Biro - Paris, France, and Los Angeles, California 
Housing and Education: Designing for Social Programs
Biography

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Gabriel Tan
January 21, 2015

Sponsored by the Interior Architecture Program, Department of Architecture
Design Junction
Biography

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Frank Escher and Ravi GuneWardena
January 12, 2015

EscherGuneWardena Architecture - Los Angeles, California 
Biography

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Nancy Cheng RA, LEED AP
November 10, 2014

Associate Professor, University of Oregon
Shaping Light with Folded Surfaces
Biography

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Kevin Nute
November 5, 2014

Professor, University of Oregon
Vital ~ Using the Weather to Bring Buildings and Sustainability to Life
Biography

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Jun Sato
October 27, 2014

Jun Sato Structural Engineering (Tokyo, Japan)
Guidelines for Including Structural Factors in Developing Morphogenesis Operations in Architecture
Biography

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Neil Denari
October 20th, 2014

Neil M. Denari Architecture Los Angeles, USA
Biography

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Philippe Block
October 13, 2014

Block Research Group, ETH - Zurich, Switzerland
Biography

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BD Wortham-Galvin

BD Wortham-Galvin
April 21, 2014

Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture at Portland State University and a Faculty Fellow with the Center for Public Interest Design
"Contingent Urbanism: When Tactics Become the Strategy"
Biography

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Hajo NeisDr. Hajo Neis
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A lecture by Hajo Neis, Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Oregon

Dr. Hajo Neis is an architect and urban designer with more than 35 years of professional experience and projects internationally. From his early days in the Frankfurt School of Philosophy and, at the same time, working in his father's modernist architecture office, Neis was intrigued by the critical relationship between theory and practice. This focus sharpened considerably in his still ongoing cooperation with Chris Alexander, in theoretical practical projects, and educational work from 1990-2000 at the University of California, the Center for Environmental Structure (CES) in Berkeley, and his own office HNA. In 2006, Neis founded the Portland Architecture Research Laboratory (PUARL), at the UO, where he continues to explore and expand this work though urban research as well as practical and experimental projects.

In this lecture Neis will report about the recently published book 'Battle for the Life and Beauty of the Earth' by Christopher Alexander, Hans Joachim Neis and Maggie Alexander, in which the authors present "a revolutionary vision for the human environment: in coming eras, the environment will be conceived, designed, made, and widely understood as a necessary part of our emotional and social life." But the book also addresses a major problem in the production of today's human environment, or the kind of problems you can encounter when you try to implement essential principles for a human and beautiful architecture in large-scale projects. The book can best be understood as an excellent example of the fascinating interplay between theory and practice, between thinking and making, with a deep concern for human life and the environment, and a battle worth fighting. Neis will show several more projects closely related to the book and its main topic and theme and the University of Oregon.


Alexander Schmidt"New Mobility for a Sustainable Urban Future" lecture by Alexander Schmidt
April 7, 2014

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For a sustainable development of cities urban mobility needs to be re-invented. On the one hand urban mobility is a principal generator of GHG emissions. On the other hand all over the world mobility infrastructure has been changing the form and image of cities to the worse. Many cities have lost their quality of urban life. Mobility forms the city and the city forms mobility: This is the starting point for an interdisciplinary approach to urban mobility, taking into account urban space, traffic modeling and user preferences. The lecture is based on a research project dealing with new perspectives and concepts for sustainable urban mobility to reduce GHG emissions and to stabilize and improve the quality of life.

 


Noah FriedmanHOPES[20]: Noah Friedman
April 4, 2014

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UO and HOPES[5] alumnus Noah Friedman is a senior urban designer working at Perkins+Will in San Francisco, CA. As an emerging leader in the field of urban design, Friedman’s experience includes regional and large scale master plans, regulating plans and design guidelines, and concept and vision plans. Friedman has worked on notable projects such as the Treasure Island Master plan and the Baietan Urban Design Master Plan in China.


Stephan ZirwesHOPES[20]: Stephan Zirwes
April 4, 2014

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Hanging out of a helicopter, renown photographer Stephan Zirwes captures a rarely seen perspective and illustrates the phenomenon of textures and patterns that can only be seen from above. From his bird's-eye view, Zirwes renders settings, both natural and manmade, into abstract compositions that have the power to show the expansiveness of an environment but at a scale that is still discernible to viewers. His photographs include settings such as airfields, crowded beaches, oceans, construction and industrial sites, to cultivated landscapes.


Jeff Stein HOPES[20]: Architecture and Ecology as a Whole System
April 4, 2014

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As president of the Cosanti Foundation, responsible for the ongoing design and construction and construction of the urban laboratory Arcosanti, Jeff Stein believes, "The city is the greatest tool yet invented for humans to meet, learn, experience each other and exchange ideas, goods and services." For his lecture at HOPES[20], Stein will describe the work of integrating architecture and ecology at Arcosanti, to demonstrate the kind of alternative human habitat— frugal, car-free, producing food and energy and close, connected human relationships— we might hope to populate as we come to the end of the age of cheap fossil rules and unprecedented prosperity. The work is not just about building form, but how form modulates building performance. And neither form nor performance is only about energy, but rather they are about creating lovable spaces that connect people to each other and to their surroundings. 


Brent BucknumHOPES[20]: A lecture by Brent Bucknum, Hyphae Design Laboratory
April 4, 2014

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As the founder and principal of Hyphae Design Laboratory, an ecological engineering, research, and design firm based in Oakland, CA, Brent Bucknum is known for innovative ecological engineering and green infrastructure. His work includes the design of institutional, municipal, commercial, and residential-scale green infrastructure projects, from ranging from rainwater and greywater systems, to urban parks, creeks, greenbelts, brownfield remediation, green streets, low impact development, and green roofs. Bucknum has designed and overseen over 30 green roofs in California alone, including residences, a Los Angeles City Hall, and the California Academy of Sciences. Bucknum has developed innovative green infrastructure and sustainable stormwater and water reuse master plans.


Nataly GattegnoHOPES[20]: A lecture by Nataly Gattegno, Future Cities Lab & California College of the Arts
April 5, 2014

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Nataly Gattegno is a founding design partner of Future Cities Lab, an experimental design and research office based in San Francisco, California. Working in collaboration with her partner Jason Kelly Johnson, they have produced a range of award-winning projects exploring the intersections of design with advanced fabrication technologies, robotics, responsive building systems and public space. Future Cities Lab is at the forefront of exploring how advanced technologies, social media and the internet of things will profoundly affect how we live, work, communicate and play in the future. Currently, Gattegno is an Associate Professor of Architecture and the Chair of the Graduate program in Architecture at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.


Juan DuHOPES[20]: Urban Ecologies- Responsible Design for the Contemporary City
April 5, 2014

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Juan Du is the founding director of Hong Kong based IDU_architecture, a research and design office with projects ranging from the extent of built forms to the social and ecological processes of the city. The projects seek to generate a socially and environmentally responsible knowledge and solutions through innovative architectural thinking and design. Du also works as Associate Professor and Director of the Master of Architecture program at the University of Hong Kong, and has previously taught in the Department of Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Graduate Center of Architecture at Peking University.


Stellan Fryxell“Rethinking Cities A Holistic Approach to Sustainability" lecture by Stellan Fryxell, Tengbom Architects
February 24, 2014

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Acknowledging that cities have a vital effect on the global environment, Stellan Fryxell will be discussing the need for a holistic approach to sustainable urbanism. Cities cover roughly 2% if the Earth’s land but use 75% of all energy an emit 80% of all carbon dioxide. Society has to “rethink cities” through evolving resource efficiency in cities with increased focus on planning and designing attractive areas. Stellan Fryxell believes urban challenges can be turned into opportunities and he will demonstrate this through Stockholm’s largest urban development project: Hammarby Sjöstad. This district has its own eco-cycle, the Hammarby Model, which outlines environmental solutions for buildings, traffic, waste, energy, water and sewage. The model is predicated on a strong Swedish tradition of public-private co-operation between planning authorities, developers, architects, engineering and environmental specialist. The benefits that can be gained when considering a systemic approach to cities will be further addressed by Mr. Fryxell through findings that were published in a paper by the International Federation of Consulting Engineers.


Walker Templeton“Creating a New Center of Campus" lecture by Walker Templeton, SERA Architects
January 27, 2014

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Walker brings more than 10 years of design experience with both national and international projects, including government, higher education, institutional, medical buildings and multi-family housing. He believes that every project presents a unique design opportunity for innovation and a fresh approach. Walker brings a passion for design to every project from the very beginning, and works collaboratively to establish the initial concept with the client, user groups, and entire design team. He uses an integrated design process that considers the interior and exterior of a building, as well as the surrounding landscape, to arrive at a timeless design that is responsive and contextual.

Walker received a Masters of Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Design and Business degree from the University of Oregon. He is currently the designer on the renovation and addition of the Erb Memorial Union.


Tine Hegli“Powerhouse" lecture by Tine Hegli, Snøhetta
January 13, 2014

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Tine Hegli is a Senior Architect at the internationally renowned architectural practice Snøhetta (http://snohetta.com/). Amongst prestigious projects she has been involved in are the Oslo Opera House, The National September 11 Memorial and Museum (Ground Zero) in New York and The King Abdulaziz Center for Knowledge and Culture in Saudi Arabia.

Since 2011 Snøhetta has been a partner in the development of Powerhouse; internationally renowned pioneering work creating and constructing energy positive commercial buildings in collaboration with ZEB - Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings run by NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology. In this work Tine has been assigned as process leader coordinating multidisciplinary work in the early stage of the design development. She is also leading other ZEB pilot projects looking into how the increased focus on the energy and emission parameters will influence the planning and design of domestic architecture.

Tine is on the board of ZEB and the NTNU Faculty of Architecture and Design, where she graduated in 1997. She is involved in teaching, lecturing and jury work/critics at both NTNU and the Oslo School of Architecture. As a lecturer Tine has been active in the private sector participating in national and international conferences on the topic of architecture and sustainability.


Stefan Behnisch“Green City – Smart City: German Innovation Seminars on Green Building" lecture by Stefan Behnisch
November 22, 2013

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Stefan Behnisch is the founding partner of Behnisch Architekten. He is a world-renowned advocate and educator of sustainable building design. Behnisch Architekten is an internationally renowned architectural practice offering a comprehensive range of architectural design and planning services, as well as industrial design and graphic design services.

Working globally, in both the public and private sectors, and in all fields – educational, institutional, commercial and leisure – the practice has completed award-winning projects at all scales. In 1989, the “Buero Innenstadt” office in Stuttgart was opened under the leadership of Stefan Behnisch (originally as an off-shoot of Behnisch & Partner, founded in 1954 by renowned architect and professor, Günter Behnisch). Behnisch Architekten subsequently developed into a fully independent, international practice based in Stuttgart, Germany with additional offices in Munich, Germany, and Boston, Massachusetts.


Betty Merken“Color and Light in Italian Hill Towns" lecture by Betty Merken
October 25, 2013

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Artist and architectural colorist Betty Merken will present color principles and harmonies based on her recent NIAUSI Fellowship to Italy, where she researched and documented the colors of the art and the architecture of over a dozen central Italian hill towns and coastal villages of the Italian Riviera.

Merken has developed an on-site techniques for notating local light, color, and texture to anchor design work to its immediate surroundings. She will explain how to develop color harmonies that lend beauty and meaning to the built environment. She will discuss approaches for successful on-site color studies and methods for keeping a color journal filled with on-site color swatches and notations. She coaches  students and design professionals  nationally on the use of color for the built environment and on the use of  site studies to create effective palettes for architecture and interior architecture.


Maurice Cox“MAKING GREAT CITIES: Democracy + Design" lecture by Maurice Cox
October 18, 2013

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AIA/SWO Design Excellence Program presents the inaugural speaker’s series focused on how civic engagement, economic opportunity, environmental stewardship, and design excellence can come together to support an opportunity rich, sustainable future in our community. Keynote presentation by Maurice Cox, Director of Tulane University City Center Initiative and former Mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia.


Barbara Tversky“Tools of Thought" lecture by Barbara Tversky
May 10, 2013

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When thought overwhelms the mind, the mind puts thought into the world. Thinking uses words, gesture, diagrams, and artifacts to expand the mind. Gesture, diagrams, and artifacts have an advantage over language in that they use space and elements and actions in it to represent thoughts that are spatial or metaphorically spatial. This allows our proficiency in spatial reasoning to reason abstractly. Space, elements in space, and actions have meanings both concrete and abstract.


Judith Sheine“R.M. Schindler’s Kings Road House: Pre-Everybody" lecture by Judith Sheine
May 6, 2013

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Schindler published an article in 1944 on the role of the architect in the building industry: “Architect—Postwar—Post Everybody.” In it Schindler lamented that the architect had little control over the building process and, in fact, got paid after all the other participants in the design process, i.e., post-everybody.

For the Kings Road house, Schindler was the architect, landscape architect, engineer, interior designer, and contractor. Here, payment would not have been much of an issue.

The house served as a precedent for so much of the Modern architecture that followed that, at least in this case, the architect could be said to be pre-everybody.

This talk will be based on Sheine’s new book, co-authored with Robert Sweeney, “Schindler, Kings Road, and Southern California Modernism” (University of California Press, 2012).


Kerstin Schultz“Color | Perception | Space" lecture by Kerstin Schultz
May 1, 2013

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This lecture focuses on the interdependence of spatial structure and color in interior architecture. Color between autonomy and purpose-limitation is an untapped design and communication element in architecture. The interaction of color, texture, light, and geometry largely determines the color effects and the readability of spatial relationships within interior spaces. Interpretations and translation processes of color in a spatial context allow the evolution of divergent interpretations of spaces.


Sir Peter Cook“Architecture as a Cheerful Response" lecture by Sir Peter Cook
April 22, 2013

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Having a background in experimental architecture, including the work of the Archigram Group and subsequent ‘visionary’ projects, Peter Cook has consolidated a position where ideas are created visually, exploring such issues as the role of the tower, of vegetation, of color and the potential of metamorphosis, culminating in 2003 with the building of the ‘friendly alien’ – the Kunsthaus in Graz, Austria (with Colin Fournier) that suggests that much of the Archigram work was constructable.

Cook now works in London with Gavin Robotham at CRAB studio, producing unusually formed university projects that are now nearly complete in Austria, Australia and soon, in England, inspired by experience from vignettes of daily life and collecting observations of culture through ‘fringe’ architecture such as kiosks and street corners.


Mark Mack“Architecture Plus" lecture by Mark Mack
April 17, 2013

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The lecture will cover the work of Mack Architect’s over the last 25 years emphasizing international multifamily housing projects as well as the interrelation ship of teaching and practice.

With 30 years experience as an architect in California, Mark Mack’s design sensibility, clarity of form, and simplicity of construction have earned him a highly notable reputation.

 


Ron Rael“Unnatural" lecture by Ron Rael
April 10, 2013

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While mud, mold, straw, salt, sawdust, sand, garbage, overgrowth and paper may seem like materials outside of the realm of architecture, when these materials are organized in particular ways or contexts, they can reveal issues related to poverty, politics, technology and the relationships between people and the environment. Ron Rael will discuss how material provenance in his and his students’ work can have meaningful implications in the production of architecture. Rael is an assistant professor at Berkeley and an architect at the Oakland-based studio Rael San Fratello.


Lola SheppardLola Sheppard - HOPES19: Collaborative Futures
April 6, 2013

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Lateral Office was founded in 2003 by Lola Sheppard and Mason White. The firm’s work and research privileges architecture as a mutable territory that is formed out of, and responsive to, its environment and history. The work invites readings of Architecture as a by-product of complex networks within ecology and culture. Lateral’s design research exists at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism, and is often situated in marginal or overlooked contexts. The work posits that the role of the architect is not simply problem solver or designer, but cultural, environmental and spatial detective, bringing to light the forces at work within a site-specific climate and geography, and able to look for synergies between issues and opportunities.


David CookDavid Cook - HOPES19: Collaborative Futures
April 5, 2013

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According to Stuttgart based architect David Cook: given the complexity of any “sustainable” design approach it often becomes difficult to comprehend the broad range of issues and identify a balanced way forward. In management terms there is often insufficient time to consider all the issues and from that make informed decisions for investment and project priorities. Such is the range of issues which require addressing that there are few, if any people who have both the depth and width of specialist knowledge to advise on how such a balance may be achieved and maintained. Sustainability in architecture is really then about acknowledging the diversity of patterns of use and promoting the wide range of quite subtle, often conflicting, qualities in our built environment.


Wilson SmithWilson Smith - HOPES19: Collaborative Futures
April 4, 2013

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Nike designer Wilson Smith has created products for Cross Training and Basketball, Andre Agassi’s signature line, and in 1997, as the dedicated designer for Brand Jordan he created the industry leading AJ 16 & AJ 17. Later he designed for Serena Williams, and Roger Federer. Today, as Creative Catalyst in the ZOO – Nike’s Special Other Operations, he focuses on Nike Better World projects, including the design direction for N7, which brings Sport and all of its benefits to USA and Canadian Native American and Aboriginal communities. Smith’s passion is in Access to Sport, aiding earthquake recovery efforts in Haiti, and adaptive design for Paralympics and other athletes with disabilities.


William LeddyMarsha Maytum“Designing For All: Building Toward a Just, Resilient Future" lecture by William Leddy and Marsha Maytum
February 20, 2013

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Good design is fundamentally a social justice issue. Everyone has a right to inspiring, supportive places in which to live and work.

LEDDY MAYTUM STACY Architects is a small, San Francisco-based design firm focused on projects for non-profit educational, environmental and social justice organizations. They are committed to applying the transformative power of design to the creation of innovative environments that enhance the lives of underserved populations and support positive social change. Their work has received more than 100 design awards, including 38 national and international awards from organizations such as the American Institute of Architects, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Urban Land Institute and the National Park Service. In 1994, the Architectural League of New York included the firm in their “Emerging Voices” program. In 2011 and 2012, Architect Magazine named LMSA to “The Architect 50.”

William Leddy, FAIA, and Marsha Maytum, FAIA, will present recent projects that integrate strategies of Universal and Sustainable Design to serve diverse populations. These include the Ed Roberts Campus, a ground-breaking center for the Disabled Rights/Independent Living Movement in Berkeley, California; and Sweetwater Spectrum, a new, net-zero-energy residential model for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder located in Sonoma, California.


Herman D'Hooge“Smart and Connected: The Next Big Idea in Cities" lecture by Herman D'Hooge
January 29, 2013

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D’Hooge will show how city systems function as a single integrated “system of systems,” and why it is important to consider the city as the unit of study. He will provide a sampling of existing and future design innovations enabled by the use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) in the urban environment. He will also address some of the common arguments made against making cities smart.

D’Hooge has been at Intel for thirty-one years. During his career he has been involved in numerous computer hardware and software technology research and development projects. Over the past decade, his interests have shifted from technology development to human-centered methods to product definition involving ethnographic methods, and industrial and interaction design, and ultimately, to identify opportunities where information technology can be used to address real-world social and environmental challenges. He holds MS degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Ghent, Belgium.


Kijeong Jeon“Design and Social Responsibility: Design for Autism" lecture by Kijeong Jeon
January 16, 2013

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In 2008, Kijeong Jeon designed the COVE located in Paradise, CA. The COVE is a nonprofit organization that provides services for people with autism and other developmental disorders. Jeon began research on autism, its symptoms and the possibility of using environmental factors in treating the condition.

Jeon developed the COVE as full-fledged multi-sensory environment design project: a space specifically created to relieve the stress and anxiety often apparent in individuals with developmental disorders. Jeon’s design was comprehensively based on behavioral studies and analysis of how therapeutic equipment can be used for individuals with autism. Designing the COVE for individuals with autism changed Jeon’s life.


Brett Steele, Director of Architectural Association School of Architecture in London“The ADA: A Catalyst for Inclusive Design" lecture by Eugene Organ

January 9, 2013

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is both a civil rights law and a code of structural accessibility standards. The cohort of persons with disabilities is large and diverse. Addressing their needs in structural design, as mandated by the ADA also promotes the concept of inclusive design. In 2010, the ADA Accessibility Standards were reissued with significant changes. Design and construction in the future can achieve much of the demand for inclusive design by meeting or exceeding these 2010 standards.

Eugene Organ is the coordinator of the Northwest ADA Center–Oregon, a program of Lane Independent Living Alliance (LILA) in Eugene. For thirteen years he served as the executive director of the Oregon Disabilities Commission. In that capacity he was the first ADA Coordinator for the State of Oregon. Organ has served on many state committees, including the accessibility advisory committee of the Oregon State Building Codes Agency. In his present position, Organ offers training on the ADA and supervises surveys of facilities for ADA compliance.


Brett Steele, Director of Architectural Association School of Architecture in London“Lady Lawrence” video premier by Michael Ober and

“Re-Making Architecture” lecture by Brett Steele
November 16, 2012

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The evening starts with the world premier of the newest video by our own Michael Ober, March ‘10, “Lady Lawrence”, a tribute to Lawrence Hall. Leading up to this premier showing, we are also treated to Ober’s previous tribute videos, “MEEB Like This” and “Temperate Acres”.

The second part of the evening is a lecture by Brett Steele, director of the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. His talk presents the contemporary culture of making in architecture–critical contemporary works, as well as their (often concealed) modern genealogy of architectural invention that has been dependent — at times, even insistent — upon direct 1:1 experimentation with structure, materials, technologies and collaborative work experience.


Jody Mohney Pene 2012 Margo Grant Walsh Professor in Interior ArchitectureForty Years: Looking Back and Looking Forward by Jody Mohney Pene

November 7, 2012

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Jody Mohney Pene has enjoyed a diversity of careers in graphic arts, interior design, and teaching. Her projects include such notable clients as the Atlanta Hawks basketball Team, the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, and sports clothing giants, NIKE and Columbia Sportswear. In this lecture, she reflects upon her long-ranging career and her personal philosophy as a designer. Mohney Pene is the 2012 Margo Grant Walsh Professor in Interior Architecture and the Gunilla K. Finrow Lecturer.


Ralf Weber visiting Architecture professorTectonics – An Investigation into the Concept of Visual Balance in Architecture by Ralf Weber
November 5, 2012

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Concepts of visual balance and stability play a major role in many theories of the visual arts and architecture. It is still one of the cornerstones of architectural aesthetics that buildings are judged intuitively according to visual harmony and stability. For architects, designing the visible form of buildings is usually an intuitive, but sometimes rationally based exercise in arranging shapes and masses into a balanced, yet dynamic whole. These formal design aspects are often identified as architectural tectonics. While the term has been widely used in different ways since classical antiquity, it has remained a somewhat nebulous notion.

This lecture is a systematic attempt towards an understanding of this concept from the viewpoint of perceptual psychology and the study of eye-movements while looking at facades. Using examples from historical and contemporary architecture, the lecture will suggest principles of architectural composition that can be validated through this kind of design research.


Greg CainPutting Design in Motion: The Kinetic Architecture Systems of Turner Exhibits by Greg Cain

November 2, 2012

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Turner Exhibits has been designing and producing custom kinetic architecture systems for more than a decade, and has contributed to multiple AIA award-winning projects. Employing new and old technologies to create contemporary solutions, the firm has helped architects create dramatic transformation of building envelopes and interiors throughout the United States and Canada. Turner Exhibits’ co-owner Greg Cain will present an overview of the firm’s work in residential and commercial architectural applications and also focus on several recent projects in detail. The lecture will explore how to establish criteria that create the basis of system selection and design, discuss typical project development paths, and demonstrate how kinetic architecture systems are compatible with low-energy and off-grid architectural designs.


Achim Menges architecture guest lecturerMaterial Computation by Achim Menges

October 17, 2012

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A pioneer in construction innovation, Achim Menges will discuss how material characteristics can drive architectural form.

Rather than enhancing standard building systems, he is developing computational techniques to unfold innate material capacity and specific material gestalt. Menges’ research promotes an understanding of form, material and structure not as separate elements, but rather as complex interrelations. His digital workflow considers material behavior, geometric characteristics, manufacturing constraints and assembly logic.

Through his approach, structures can be created in response to varied environmental influences, using the logics and constraints of advanced manufacturing processes. This enables the design and production of materialspecific high performance architecture. His University of Stuttgart pavilion is entirely based on the elastic bending behavior of birch plywood strips and his 2012 Hydroscope project for the Centre Pompidou uses the dynamic response of wood to moisture to generate a compelling, elegant result.


Living Over the Store
Howard Davis
October 15, 2012

Reconstructing a Polish Wooden Synagogue - Builsing History and Making History
Thomas Hubka
May 11, 2012

Form Follows Process
Mick Pierce
May 4, 2012

No Precedent—Current Works or ORE Design & Technology
Mick Kosbau
April 24, 2012

Zen Aesthetics
Paul Discoe
April 16, 2012

The Language of Wood—A Fulbright Year in Finland
Rebecca Littleman-Smith
January 27, 2012

Modular Making in the Age of Digital Craft
Anderson & Anderson Architecture
November 9, 2011

The Frog Does Not Drink Up the Pond in Which It Lives
Johnpaul Jones- Pietro Belluschi Distinguished Visiting Professor lecture
October 14, 2011

Modern Schools—A Century of Design for Education
Tom Hille
October 5, 2011

About an Axiological System—20th Century Urban Design Reconsidered
Antonio Latini
May 23, 2011

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May 10, 2011

It's Not All About Architecture—Designing Great Spaces That Endure Time
Paula Stafford
May 7, 2011

Digital Kraftwerk
Frank Barkow
March 29, 2011

Emerging Technology and Ecological Design
Virginia San Fratello
February 16, 2011

Explorations of Light
Jill Mulholland
January 19, 2011

Transsolar Climate Engineering
Thomas Auer
April 24, 2010

Reconstructing the World from Photos on the Internet
Steve Seitz
April 8, 2010

Public Architecture
John Petersen
February 19, 2010

Cohousing: A Community Approach to Housing Ourselves
Charles Durrett 
October 28, 2009

Cool Buildings for a Cool Planet
Gunnar Hubbard
October 19, 2009

Remembering the Japanese-American Internment in the Pacific Northwest
Joel Yamauchi
June 3, 2009

Housing Justice—The Rule of Design
Michael Pyatok
May 14, 2009

Experiences of Japanese-American Internees from Oregon
Joel Yamauchi
May 6, 2009

Economy of Means—Doing More with Less in These Trying Times
James Wines
April 17, 2009

The Social Context of the Japanese-American Incarcerations
Tetsuden Kashima
April 8, 2009

Mortensrud Church
Will Bruder
February 27, 2009

Chronicles from the Edge - Micro-Urbanism, Relational Architectures
Teddy Cruz
February 10, 2006

Cozy Communities
Michael Pyatok 
January 26, 2011

Confessional of a Failed English Major—Building and Texts 1999-2010
Ed Ford - Pietro Belluschi Distinguished Visiting Professor lecture
October 5, 2010

Which Way Forward?
David Cook 
May 21, 2010

A Wee Nation, and an Architecture of Belonging
Malcolm Fraser
October 21, 2005

Architecture in Transition: Recent Work by Jo Noero in South Africa
Jo Noero
March 4, 2002