Architecture Lecture Series 

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. 

Fall 2021

*Fall 2021 lectures will be in-person in the Forum at Marvin Hall and live-streamed online.

*All lectures will begin at 11:30am.

Oct. 15 | Fabian Jabro (Standard Architects, New York)

Fabian Jabro is a founding principal of Standard Architects, and he brings to that role a decade’s experience as a builder.  For 25 years he’s helped keep the firm focused on collaboration and working a diversity of project types, including Little Island in New York City, Nutrabolt’s headquarters in Texas, and Beam Center’s summer camp in New Hampshire.  He is a hands-on principal involved in all of the firm’s projects.  

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Nov. 5 | Symposium on Challenges and Opportunities for Rural Healthcare

Keynote address by Brian Alexander, author of The Hospital: Life, Death, and Dollars in a Small American Town. 

Panel discussion led by Tom Trenolone, FAIA, the Director of Design at HDR Architecture.

Panelists: Chris Emond, CFO of Mat-Su Health Foundation; Charisse Oland, CEO of Cuyuna Medical Center; Brock Slabach, COO of the National Rural Health Association.

Following the symposium, a reception will be held at 1:30 PM to dedicate the new Pulse Design Group Simulation Lab and Health & Wellness Studios in 400 Marvin Hall.

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Nov. 19 | BORDERLESS Studio

Founded in 2016, BORDERLESS is an urban design and research studio focused on cultivating collaborative design agency through interdisciplinary projects. With emphasis on exchange and communication across disciplines, BORDERLESS explores creative and collaborative city design interventions that address the complexity of urban systems and social equity by looking at intersections between architecture, urban design, infrastructure, landscape, planning and civic participatory processes. 

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Spring 2021

Feb. 19 | Tyler Cukar (FXCollaborative Architects, LLP, New York)

Tyler Cukar, AICP, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP ND, is an Associate at FXCollaborative where he practices at the intersection of urban design, planning, and architecture. He approaches each project with an eye towards community and inter-connectivity by questioning ‘who’ in addition to ‘what’. He has worked on some of New York City’s largest planning projects, including regional growth strategies, district revitalization, scenario planning, and transit networks and stations. By understanding the social, economic, and physical, he shapes the organizational and programmatic concepts that define cities.  

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March 5 | KU Faculty Spotlight: Chad Kraus, Dirt Works Studio

Chad Kraus is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Kansas and a licensed architect. He teaches architectural theory, architectural design studio, and the award-winning designbuild Dirt Works Studio. His scholarship concentrates on designbuild pedagogy and material research. He is the editor of the book Designbuild Education (Routledge 2017) and an editor of the journal Technology | Architecture + Design (TAD). Prior to teaching, Professor Kraus worked for Pritzker-prize laureate Shigeru Ban and studied architectural history and theory under Alberto Perez-Gomez at McGill University. 

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March 19 | Andrew Moddrell + Christopher Marcinkoski (PORT, Chicago)

Christopher Marcinkoski and Andrew Moddrell are founding partners of PORT, a public realm design practice comprising architects, landscape architects and urban designers. PORT's practice model is based on a belief that the public realm represents the most essential spaces of the contemporary city. By helping communities to reimagine and shape these spaces, the firm is actively creating the venues in which society and culture evolve and progress. For PORT, the public realm is the closest thing we have to equitable and democratic space in the contemporary city.

PORT’s projects have principally resided within two broad project types. The first is designing strategies for the management and occupation of large and complicated urban territories. The second is executing transformational projects for the underinvested spaces of existing cities. PORT's portfolio includes interventions that transform neglected urban spaces into places of social collection; development of bespoke urban furniture systems as frameworks for larger corridor transformations; planning and design of large urban parks; and conceptualizing regional development and conservation strategies.

PORT was recognized with the 2020 Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League of New York, given to a North American design practice with a significant body of realized work and the potential to meaningfully influence their field.

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April 16 | Mae-ling Lokko (Director, Building Sciences Program, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY)

*80+40 lecture

Mae-ling Lokko is an architectural scientist and building technology researcher from Ghana and the Philippines whose work 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. Lokko holds a Ph.D. and Masters of Science in Architectural Science from the Center from Architecture, Science and Ecology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and B.A from Tufts University. Lokko teaches on seminars on energy and ecology in relation to the built environment, upcycling and ecoeffective material life cycle design both at the SoA and at the Center for Architecture, Science and Ecology in Industry City, Brooklyn. 

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Fall 2020 

The Architecture Lecture Series curators have teamed up with the School's Institute of Health + Wellness Design to create a series of Grand Rounds lectures that will address healthcare design during and after the public health crisis due to COVID-19. Some of the country’s leading healthcare design experts will discuss strategies and solutions to combat current and future crises through design and research 


September 10 | COVID / Care / Community

How can architecture support responses to the current COVID-19 pandemic and other crises caused by natural and manmade disasters? This panel discussion will address the public health characteristics of the current COVID event, how the architecture community is responding to support community -wide initiatives, specific healthcare building strategies, and post-event disaster recovery efforts. 



  • Rachel Minnery, FAIA, Senior Director of Resilience, Adaptation & Disaster Assistance at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 
  • Molly Scanlon, Ph.D., FAIA, FACHA, Director of Standards, Compliance Research at Phigenicenics AIA COVID-19 Task Force member  
  • David Vincent, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP, Principal and Director of Health at HKS Architects


October 8 | Understanding VR in Architectural Design and Research

Virtual reality (VR) software is emerging as an important tool in creative design and for communications with users and clients. This session will explore the current state of the technology and how it can fit into the overall design process. Research into the effectiveness of this tool compared to other methods for client input will be presented along with insights into the future of VR. 



  • Callum Vierthaler, AIA, EDAC, LEED, architect at Pulse Design Group 
  • Deborah Wingler, PhD, EDAC, Health Research Lead, Vice President at HKS Architects


November 12 | The Future of Architecture  

Current restrictions on travel, group meetings, and office work environments have resulted in radical shifts in the practice of architecture. Are these permanent changes in the way we work, are they temporary “blips” in the design process, or will there be some blend in virtual and traditional practice?  This panel will explore the short and long-term implications from an industry-wide perspective and from practitioners leading large and medium size firms.   


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  • Phillip G Bernstein, FAIA, NOMA, LEED AP, Associate Dean and Professor Adjunct at the Yale School of Architecture  
  • Heather Chung, MDA, Vice President and Healthcare Studio Leader at SmithGroup 
  • Richard Embers, AIA, ACHA, Principal at Pulse Design Group 


Spring 2020

Dan Wheeler
Wheeler Kearns Architects, Chicago

Andy Brayman
Matter Factory & Boston Valley Terracotta

Health & Wellness Symposium: Sustainable Health & Wellness Designmore info

Fall 2019

Jason Smith
Partner, Kierantimberlake Architects

Peter Landon
Founder & Principal, Landon Bone Architects

Bob Coffeen
Founder and Principal Consultant, Avant Acoustics


Spring 2019

Julia Manglitz
Associate Principal and Historic Preservationist, TreanorHL    

Health & Welness Symposium Lecture
HDR Architecture    

Rick Sommerfeld
Director, Colorado Building Workshop             

Alex Ilten
Design Director, Obscura Digital


Fall 2018

Jane Huesemann and Steve Clark
Founding Partners of Clark Huesemann       

Dennis Heath and Tim Cahill         
Founding Principal of MBH Architects and Director of Architecture Design at HNTB

Bill Zahner 
CEO of A. Zahner Co     


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1465 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045