LAWRENCE — The School of Architecture & Design at the University of Kansas has announced the Spring 2020 Architecture Lecture Series lineup.
The Architecture Lecture Series welcomes architecture and experiential design leaders from around the country to the School of Architecture & Design. Lecturers bring a wide range of expertise in areas such as sustainable building, digital environments, public interest design, historic preservation, health and wellness design, and more.
All lectures, which are free and open to the public, begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Forum at Marvin Hall.
FEB. 7 – Wheeler Kearns, Chicago
Wheeler Kearns is a collective practice of architects. They work with people who seek to enrich their lives in spaces that embody their purpose, energy and vision. Established in 1987, Wheeler Kearns Architects is committed to retaining an environment that fosters life-long learning. Each employee equally shares the roles of designer, technician and manager. Every individual is fully immersed in a project from inception to post-occupancy evaluations, cross-training over different market sectors to exercise their firm’s comprehensive model.
FEB. 28 – Andy Brayman
Andy Brayman holds a bachelor's degree in sociology and a BFA in ceramics from KU (1996) and an MFA in ceramics from Alfred University (1998). His work is a combination of traditional craft, industrial processes, physical computing and contemporary art strategies. At their best, his pots demonstrate an object’s potential to be both beautiful and cerebral. In 2005, Brayman founded The Matter Factory in Kansas City. It is part artist studio, part laboratory and part factory. In addition to producing objects of his design, Brayman researches and builds computationally controlled machines for use in art making. HIs work can be viewed at bostonvalley.com and matterfactory.com.
MARCH 5 – Health & Wellness Symposium *will begin at 12:30 p.m.
Sustainable design is crucial for mankind. Buildings are responsible for approximately 40% of global CO2 emissions. Water and other natural resources must be utilized effectively to manage limited resources. Hospitals and other health care facilities generate major energy and natural resource demands. Three leading health care design professionals will present their work and discuss the future of sustainability in health care facilities: Steve McDowell, FAIA, director of design, BNIM; Rick Maniktala, president, BranchPattern; and Willa Kuh, director of planning for Building Performance, AEI, Inc.
MARCH 27 – Mae-Ling Lokko
Mae-ling Lokko is an architectural technologist, designer and researcher whose work lies at the intersection of agriculture, food and architecture. Her interdisciplinary work across academia and industry centers on the upcycling of agrowaste and biopolymer materials into "high" performance clean building material systems for humidity control, indoor air quality remediation and water quality control applications. Lock holds a doctorate and Master of Science in Architectural Science from the Center from Architecture, Science and Ecology, Rensslelaer Polytechnic Institute and a B.A. from Tufts University. See Mae-ling Lokko's work at maelinglokko.com and arch.rpi.edu.
APRIL 6 – Jonas Lundberg
Jonas Lundberg is a visionary architect and academic based in London and in Gothenburg, Sweden. Lundberg is the creative force behind many urban and architectural propositions driving the development of "green" innovation and aesthetic augmented by a novel deployment of emergent materials, digital design and fabrication technologies. Lundberg studied at KU and Stuttgart Technical University, graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1995. Subsequently, he studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, where he was awarded the AA Graduate Design Diploma in 1997.
APRIL 24 – Tylar Cukar
An architect and urban designer at FXCollaborative, Tyler Cukar approaches projects with an eye toward community and interconnectivity, emphasizing the fundamental aspects that shape a place by questioning "who" in addition to "what." He works on some of the firm's largest-scale projects, including regional growth strategies, district revitalizations, high-level reuse strategies, and transit networks and stations. Through creating connections that holistically consider social, economic and physical particularities, Cukar is responsible for shaping the organization and programmatic concepts that come to define space and cities.