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.
Spring 2022 Speakers
*Spring 2022 lectures will be in-person in the Forum at Marvin Hall and live-streamed online.
*All lectures will begin at 11:30am.
Mar. 25 | Mark West
Mark West is an artist, builder, researcher, and educator. He is the inventor of many fabric-formed concrete techniques and founded the first academic laboratory and studio dedicated to fabric formwork technology – the Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology (CAST) at the University of Manitoba. After teaching architecture and civil engineering for over thirty years at universities around the world, West now works independently at his Atelier Surviving Logic in Montreal.
West will also host a concrete casting workshop, Mar. 23-24, at the East Hills Design-Build Center.
This lecture and workshop were made possible by the 80 + 40 Lecture Fund.
Apr. 8 | David Brown
David Brown is a designer, researcher, and educator based at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Architecture. As a practitioner and scholar, he investigates non-hierarchical, flexible, and variable approaches to urban design. Brown’s work has been exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Chicago Cultural Center’s Expo 72, and the Chicago Architecture Biennial. In 2006, Brown curated the exhibition Learning from North Lawndale: Past, Present + Future at the Chicago Architecture Foundation (now the Chicago Architecture Center). Brown’s writing includes the book Noise Orders: Jazz, Improvisation, and Architecture and numerous essays.
Apr. 29 | Trent Preszler
Trent Preszler is a designer, builder, winemaker, and author. He is the founder of Preszler Woodshop in New York where he makes bespoke wooden canoes molded from hundreds of hand-cut wood strips, then finished with cast bronze trim and hand stitched leather seats. His bestselling memoir, Little and Often, was a USA Today Best Book of 2021. A documentary about Preszler’s life, Winemaker and Boatbuilder, won a 2018 New York Emmy Award. His work has been featured in Esquire, Robb Report, Financial Times of London, and The Wall Street Journal Magazine.
This lecture was made possible by the Sallie Casey Thayer Lecture Fund.