University of Oregon

Department of Architecture

Programs in Architecture and Interior Architecture

Transforming Architecture: A Festschrift Event in honor of G.Z. Brown


A Festschrift Event in honor of Professor G.Z. “Charlie” Brown, FAIAportland community college light cone

Saturday, May 14, 2016
8:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Lillis Business Center
UO campus
Eugene, Oregon

You are invited to Transforming Architecture—an event celebrating the work of G.Z. "Charlie" Brown. The event comprises presentations in a single-track conference format with ample time for discussion and reflection. Presentation themes span aspects of health, comfort, and energy efficiency in the built environment and are delivered by national and international experts who have collaborated with Professor Brown over the past four decades at the University of Oregon. Sessions are loosely organized around Professor Brown’s intersections with educators, architects, interdisciplinary collaborators and students. 

Light refreshments provided, lunch and reception included.

What is a Festschrift?

A Festschrift is a volume of writings by different authors presented as a tribute to a scholar, that comes from the German usage, Fest (celebration) and Schrift (writing) and was first used in 1898. Read about the call for papers from our team of editors.   Publication is scheduled for release in December 2016.

Tickets and Registration

Guests are encouraged to puchase tickets by Sunday, May 8.

Purchase tickets online

Students - $25

Others - $50

Please note: There is a $2.75 processing fee for online ticket orders.

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Hotel Information

Schedule of Events

8:00-8:30 a.m. – Doors open and registration (coffee and danishes in Atrium)

8:30-9:00 a.m. – Introductions and Opening remarks with Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, Judith Sheine, and G.Z. Brown in 282 Lillis

9:00-10:15 a.m. – Session 1: Educators Panel in 282 Lillis, moderated by Ron Kellett

10:15-10:45 a.m.– Morning Break in Atrium

10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.– Session 2: Architects Panel in 282 Lillis, moderated by Kent Duffy 

12:00-1:30 p.m. – Lunch (bistro sandwich buffet in Atrium, tickets required)  

1:30-2:45 p.m.  – Session 3: Interdisciplinary Collaborators Panel in 282 Lillis, moderated by Mike Hatten

2:45-3:15 p.m.– Afternoon Break in Atrium

3:15-4:30 p.m. – Session 4: Students panel in 282 Lillis, moderated by Gwynne Mhuireach

4:30-5:00 p.m.–  Closing Remarks by Chris Luebkeman and John Reynolds

5:00-6:30 p.m. Closing Reception in Atrium (1 drink ticket then no-host bar with light hors d'ouvres)


Ron Kellett Ron Kellett, panel moderator, is a Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia. He holds degrees in environmental studies and architecture. He has practiced architecture in British Columbia and taught architecture at the University of Oregon until 2004, when he joined the Landscape Architecture program at the University of British Columbia. In SALA (School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture), he teaches design studios and a lecture course in Environment and Urban Form and supervises graduate students in related topics. From 2010-2012, he was a University Sustainability Initiative Teaching and Learning Fellow and received a Killam Teaching Prize in 2011. His work focuses on issues of environmental quality and urban form and the development of form-based tools for urban design. 

Mike HattenMike Hatten, panel moderator, is an internationally known engineer, recognized for his expertise in building energy efficiency and is a principal of SOLARC Architecture and Engineering, Inc. He combines a design, analysis, and training background in his roles as project manager, educator and project engineer. He has conducted analysis efforts on more than 20 million square feet of residential, commercial and industrial space.

Kent DuffyKent Duffy, panel moderator, is an award-winning design principal highly regarded for his innovations in sustainable design. In 2007, he was honored as a fellow with the American Institute of Architects for his achievements in working on high-performance green buildings. With more than 35 years of experience, Kent has an extensive background in learning environments, science buildings and campus master planning, driven by a passion to create distinctive projects that educate by example and promote public awareness. Kent holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon. His active community involvement includes frequent presentations at Project Kaleidoscope and The Council of Independent Colleges events and a close collaboration with the University of Oregon’s Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory. 

Gwynne MhuireachGwynne Mhuireach, panel moderator, is a Graduate Research Fellow in the Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory. She has a background in biology from the University of Washington and has a passion for blending ecological and creative pursuits. She received her Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon in 2012 and is currently a candidate for a PhD in Landscape Architecture.





Please view the event poster with complete list of contributors to the Festschrift publication. Download PDF.


Lillis Business Center, UO campus, Eugene
Lillis Business Center, University of Oregon campus, is the venue for the Transforming Architecture event. Credit: SRG Partnership.