Session 1 - The Transformation of Cities

Throughout history, urban design has evolved based on the influences of the times. Join us as we explore some of the challenges facing urban design. From 'smart cities' to self-driving cars - what influence do these advancements have on an urban scale? How do today's humans want and need to interact with their cities? Furthermore how do future technological advances impact existing infrastructure of established urban developments?

     Andrew Moddrell, PORT

Andrew Moddrell is a founding partner of PORT, a leading-edge urban design consultancy whose work focuses on the analysis, visioning, design and implementation of new formats of urban space and public realm, ranging in scale from streets, plazas, parks and public waterfronts, to long-term framework plans and regional development strategies. In addition to his work at PORT, Mr. Moddrell teaches seminars and design studios related to contemporary issues of urbanism as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago School of Architecture. Mr. Moddrell holds a B.Arch with distinction from The University of Kansas, where he was awarded the Thayer Medal for Architectural Design, and an M.Arch from Yale University, where he was awarded the H.I. Feldman Prize for Design Excellence.

     Marcus Carter, Object Territories

Marcus Carter leads the work of Object Territories, an architecture and urban design practice based in New York and Hong Kong, together with Michael Kokora and Miranda Lee. Recent projects include a public park and market in Da Nang, Vietnam, a masterplan for revitalizing the Erie Canal in New York, a landscape masterplan for downtown Oakland, a museum and masterplan in Seoul, a museum in Lithuania, and a winery in northern China. As senior associate at Steven Holl Architects, he led projects for mixed-use developments, facilities for the arts, university buildings, master plans, and private residences. Prior to SHA, Marcus worked at KPF and Robert A. M. Stern Architects.  Marcus holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas, studying abroad in Rome, and a Master of Architecture from Yale University where he was editor of Perspecta, the Yale Architectural Journal. His writings focus on urbanism, postmodern design culture and the sublime in architecture.

     Brian McClendon, The University of Kansas

Brian McClendon is a Research Professor at the University of Kansas after spending 2 years at Uber leading their Maps and Business Platform efforts.  For 10 years prior, Brian was a Vice President with Google and led the entire Geo group including Google Maps, Street View and Google Earth. He was a co-founder and angel investor in Keyhole, Inc., a geospatial data visualization company that was purchased by Google in 2004 which led to Google Earth. In the 1990s, He spent 8 years at Silicon Graphics, designing 3D graphics workstations.   He was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2015 and holds a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas.

     Christina Hoxie, BNIM

Christina Hoxie is the Director of BNIM’s nationally recognized planning studio. With a diverse background of academic and professional work in interiors, architecture, and planning, Christina develops richly interdisciplinary teams and works closely with the people of each unique community to build upon their assets, to strategize transformational solutions, and to take action on fulfilling their shared vision. She sees the practice of planning as a means to find solutions resulting in greater environmental justice, economic opportunity, and social equity founded in technical expertise and facilitation of an adaptive and community-centered process.

During her time at BNIM she has led projects of many scales and types including Green Infrastructure planning for the Greater Kansas City region; strategic planning for the Kansas City Native Plant Initiative; master planning for the Kansas City Art Institute; the Flint Hills Frontiers, an ecoregional plan for 19 counties in Kansas; and the Master Plan of the Thunder Valley Regenerative Community Development on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The Thunder Valley master plan was recently featured in the exhibit By the People: Designing a Better America Exhibition at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.


Session 2 - The Transformation of Making

From wire framing on whiteboards to painting in virtual space, our creative canvas is no longer... canvas. Our abilities, services, and stories are being created in a wide technological spectrum that enables us to bring clarity to our intent by bringing the sketch to life. How was this spectrum influenced the quality, speed, and impact of our work? Has more technology lead to more efficiencies or a paradox of now having more challenges in more mediums? This session aims to reveal how today's processes, materials, and expectations of practice have broadened and what these changes mean for the next wave of professionals.

     Lauren Janney, LENS

Working at the intersection of design and healthcare, Lauren leads a creative consulting studio, Lens, that excels at driving innovation, consensus and engagement at the front lines of healthcare delivery.  She works with organizations to develop human-centered solutions that improve their triple bottom line: people, profit, planet. As Principal Strategist of Lens, Lauren has helped clients build creative and high-functioning teams, create innovative new services, and unleash the full potential and capabilities of their people. Lauren sits on the Advisory Board for Emergency Medicine at Brigham Women’s Hospital.


Session 3 - The Transformation of Campus

The University of Kansas has seen significant investment and new construction in recent years. From the restoration of Jayhawk Boulevard, to innovative new buildings, to the landscape changing Central District Masterplan, the KU Campus has transformed into a state of the art community of learning. Where have we been, where are we going, and what is the future of Campus?

     Dave Broz, Gensler

David Broz, AIA and LEED AP, is a Principal and studio director in Gensler’s Chicago office.  A seventeen-year veteran at Gensler, David has personally worked on over 12 million square feet of educational space across the country.  Under Dave’s leadership as Gensler’s Education Practice Area leader, Gensler has developed a Global Education Practice that was recently ranked #1 University Architect by Building Design & Construction. His team has published several research documents on how space can better support learning and transform the overall campus experience.  Broz is an active blogger and speaker who leads discovery sessions about the future of academia and how the built environment can positively impact today’s digital native students. David is a 1997 Graduate of the KU School of Architecture and has remained active with the university since his graduation.

     Jim Modig, The University of Kansas

Jim Modig, University Architect at the University of Kansas, Office of Facilities Planning and Development and a licensed architect in Kansas. Thirty eight of his forty plus year career have been at the University of Kansas working with facilities planning, site development, project design and construction management. He was the Director of Design and Construction Management for 30 years and in 2011 became University Architect. He manages the main campus in Lawrence, the Edwards Campus in Overland Park and the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Yoder consisting of over 1,000 acres and 9.4 million square feet of facilities. The University has experienced over 3.8 million square feet of growth and over $1.6 billion in major construction projects in the last 26 years. He is one of the KU Team that helped lead role in the implementation of the Central District transformational project, a $350 million development utilizing the Public, Private Partnership. 

     Heiddi Davis, University of Missouri

Heiddi Davis, AIA, has served the University of Missouri as the director of Campus Facilities-Planning Design and Construction, director of CF-Space Planning & Management, and project manager for major capital projects over her 17 year tenure.  She connects creativity and strategic thinking with a technical background in facility design and management. Her leadership and problem-solving skills stem from an education in Architecture at the University of Kansas (B.Arch ‘96)  and experience as a registered architect responsible for a wide variety of project types. Her roles in Campus Facilities span from programming and planning of new & renovated facilities, supporting the Campus Planning Committee of faculty, staff and students, and integration of the MU master planning process into facility design and construction.  The MU facility portfolio consists of 19 million square feet primarily on the 1,262 acre main campus in Columbia, Mo, but stretching statewide to 19,000 acres including the Agricultural Experiment Stations.  The wide variety of facilities include spaces for active learning, unique facilities for top-tier research, and a Level 1 trauma center and teaching hospital knit together within the framework of open space containing the Mizzou Botanic Garden.  In fiscal year 2016, CF-PDC was responsible for $139 million in construction related expenditures equating to over 2,100 jobs generated and nearly $300M in economic impact.

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