Architecture Lecture Series

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The Architecture Lecture Series welcomes architectural and experiential design leaders from around the country to the University of Kansas to illuminate new ideas and inspire purpose-driven design practice. 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 2023 Schedule

Fall 2023 lectures will be offered in-person in the Forum at Marvin Hall and online.

September 15 | Stephen J. Cavanaugh

"DLR Group: Mass Timber Work"
5 PM, Marvin Forum 

Steve is a licensed architect who leads the timber research and design studio at DLR Group, a 1200-person multi-disciplinary design firm. His Chicago studio has completed four mass timber office buildings with developer Hines and currently has over 1,500,000 sf of mass timber projects in progress. Steve has built his 35-year career designing complex, technically-challenging projects including offices, hotels, mixed-use, and transportation facilities. A graduate of the University of Illinois School of Architecture, Steve’s large-scale project design experience was developed during his 10-year tenure at the international design firm Jahn, and subsequently at Goettsch Partners, where he served as Project Designer for numerous award-winning tower projects. Steve currently holds the position of North Central Region Design Leader and Principal at DLR Group, where his projects have received numerous design and sustainability awards including three AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Awards.

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October 20 | John C. Guenther

"The Gateway Arch: An Illustrated Timeline"
5 PM, Marvin Forum 

John C. Guenther, FAIA, LEED AP has produced a distinguished body of architecture that contributes significantly to the built environment, with projects ranging from the adaptive reuse of historic landmarks to new projects that fit comfortably into their physical, environmental, social and historic context. His work has received over 50 national, regional, and local awards from the AIA and a diverse array of professional organizations, civic groups, and publications. John was a lecturer in the College of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis (2009-2013), publishing various books. His new book, The Gateway Arch: An Illustrated Timeline, takes a chronological look at the historical foundations of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, beginning in 1699 with the Louisiana Territory, with 90 historical events which led to the realization of the Gateway Arch and the latest refinements to the memorial grounds and new museum. As an architect, John seeks to contribute, through his designs, an architecture which serves and ennobles our lives, works with the environment and enhances our world. As a historian, he recognizes that we stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us.


November 3 | Mack Scogin & Merrill Elam

"MSME Portfolio"
5 PM, Marvin Forum 

Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam are the principals in Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects. Together they have, and continue to pursue, a self-referential architecture distinguished by situational differences. Each of their projects—diverse in type, size, and location—embodies a personal search for an architecture of expansive specificity. In addition to their practice, both principals lecture and teach frequently. Mack Scogin is past Chairman of the Department of Architecture and Professor Emeritus in Practice of Architecture, at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Recent projects include a Boathouse and Lodge at Gathering Place, Tulsa, Oklahoma for the George Kaiser Family Foundation; Jackson Park, Queens, New York for Tishman Speyer, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia, and the new United States Courthouse, Des Moines, Iowa.