Architecture Lecture Series

architecture lecture series

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. 

Spring 2023 Schedule

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

Feb. 3 | 5:00pm

Faculty Spotlight: Steve Grabow

Stephen Grabow is Emeritus Professor of Architecture at the University of Kansas. As chair of the University Committee on Art in Public Spaces, he assisted in the design of the KU Vietnam Memorial with Doran Abel, an architecture student. He is the author of several books and numerous journal articles on architectural and urban design and is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Fulbright Commission. At KU he taught the principles of modern architecture, history of urban design, and architectural design studios for forty-four years and was a recipient of the Bradley Award for Excellence in Teaching. 

  • Livestream: LINK / passcode: 072279

Feb. 20 | 2:00 pm

Health + Wellness Symposium: Health, Equity & Architecture

The University of Kansas Institute of Health and Wellness Design 6th Annual Symposium presents Health, Equity & Architecture: A discussion of how architecture can bridge the gap between social equity and human well-being. Panelists will include Curtis Moody of Moody Nolan, Bonny Slater of Gensler, and Diamond Bronson of Hoefer Welker.

  • Livestream: LINK / Password: 003253

March 24 | 5:00 pm

Jonathan Heppner: "Timber Futures"

*80+40 Lecture, sponsored by Class of 1980 Architecture alumni

Jonathan Heppner has over 18 years of design and management experience working with significant civic and creative organizations. As a native Oregonian, his interest in timber detailing and construction led to his management role on Framework, the first mass timber high-rise project in the US to receive permitted approval. Heppner holds a BArch from the University of Oregon.

80+40 lecture: Sponsored by the Department of Architecture Class of 1980 alumni

  • Livestream: LINK / passcode: 072279

*The 80+40 Lecture, sponsored by Class of 1980 Department of Architecture alumni, brings leading voices to campus each year to introduce students to vital issues in architectural design, research, and practice. Established 40 years after the 1980 class walked down the Hill at commencement, the 80+40 Lecture was developed by Becky Cotton, Mark Hugeback, and Bill Quatman. Read more about the 80+40 Lecture fund.