Design Matters is a thought-provoking lecture series presented by the School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape. Each year we bring to Calgary a range of designers, innovators, and thought leaders exploring the edge of design and city building.
2019/20 Design Matters Lecture Series
Where: City Building Design Lab, 616 Macleod Trail SE.
Dates: Individual event dates and details below
Time: 5pm reception | 6pm lecture
Tickets: $10 for the public | free to students
Lectures take place during the school year, and feature provocative speakers examining issues in architecture, planning, and landscape architecture. The series challenges students, practicing professionals, and the public to broaden their thinking on a myriad of issues related to design and city building. The pre-lecture reception is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with engage with other Calgarians who have a passion for design and the promise of building a great city.
SAPL gratefully acknowledges support for the Design Matters lecture series from Calgary Downtown Association, Canadian Wood Council, Carson McCulloch, exp., SSRHC, University of Calgary Alumni, and Wood WORKS!.
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Chip Sullivan and Elizabeth Boults
Thursday September 12, 2019
Chip Sullivan, UC Berkeley
Elizabeth Boults, UC Davis
Landscape architecture Professors Chip Sullivan (UC Berkeley) and Elizabeth Boults (UC Davis) lecture on (a history of) re-imagining landscapes as places including urban streets and leftover spaces.
Wednesday October 2, 2019 | 5pm reception, 6pm lecture
Kate Thompson, Vice-President, Development, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation
Innovation and Revitalization of Calgary’s Rivers District: Find out about the work CMLC has done, their approach, and how that will transfer into all of their upcoming projects.
Wednesday October 23, 2019 | 5pm reception, 6pm lecture
Jean Verville, Jean Verville Architecte, Montreal
Under the light of an open-minded approach, Jean Verville design process uses playful interactions to awaken the curiosity and inventiveness of everyone involved in a project. His creative game mediation aims to achieve a unique result driven by the singularity of the program, the particularities of the context and the diversity of skills and the personality of the team members.
Housing Design Excellence - European Narratives
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 | 5pm reception, 6pm panel
Meet the architects: The panel features presentations of award-winning social housing projects in Amsterdam, London and Paris. This event is part of The Future of Affordable Housing Conference.
Moderator: Dr. Sasha Tsenkova
Christelle Avenier, Avenier Cornejo Architects, Paris
Jeroen Atteveld, Heren 5 Architecten, Amsterdam
Paul Karakusevic, Karakusevic Carson Architect, London
Wednesday November 6, 2019 | 5pm reception, 6pm lecture
Walker McKinley, mckinley burkart, Calgary/Vancouver
Towards a New Creative Practice: The traditional practice of architecture has increasingly bifurcated into opposing models: the rarified world of the Starchitect, and at the other end the increasing commodification and specialization of the more common practitioner. For most of the industry this has led to a loss of influence and an inability to bring true value to projects. We are losing our seat at the table. In reaction to this McKinley Burkart has been seeking to develop a new model of practice, based less in hourly effort and a narrow understanding of the appropriate scope of the architect’s role, and more in the collaborative, multi-disciplinary mode of an intelligence agency. This ongoing process has led to the establishment of numerous entities within the firm - Black Chamber Think Tank, Little Sister Branding, Tableau Procurement, and Mosquito Agency Art Consultancy. Walker will discuss the real time evolution of this evolving creative practice.
This lecture sponsored by UCalgary Alumni.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 | 5pm reception, 6pm lecture
Russell Acton, Acton Ostry Architects, Vancouver
Over the last decade, tall wood has been lauded as the latest movement that is to soon transform our city skylines with wooden high-rises that will be the building blocks by which entire neighbourhoods are to be reimagined, reformed and reshaped. Russell Acton will share how Acton Ostry Architects positioned the firm to enter the world of tall wood and what he sees as the key challenges that require exploration to further advance the tall wood movement, both at home and around the globe.
Wednesday January 15, 2020 | 5pm reception, 6pm panel
The Just City Panel explores topics such as: sharing the city and public space; transparency and awareness around injustice; social responsibility; surveillance and monitoring; the city of diversity and inclusiveness; and self organization among citizens. The title can also have a double-meaning to say “just the city” or “only the city.” It is a topic that is open-ended with respect to the city: the city as a process, as built form, as an embodiment of collective ideas/values/meaning.
This panel is part of a series of 15 conversations being held across the country in conjunction with the release of Canadian Modern Architecture, 1967 to the Present – co-edited by Dr. Livesey with Canadian Architect editor Elsa Lam for Princeton Architectural Press. Books will be available for signing.
Moderator: Dr. Graham Livesey
Dustin Couzens, MoDA
Jessie Andjelic, SPECTACLE Bureau
Matt Knapik, O2 Planning + Design
Hernan Diaz Alonso
Wednesday February 5, 2020 | 5pm reception, 6pm lecture
Hernan Diaz Alonso, Sci-Arc, Los Angeles
Hernan Diaz Alonso assumed the role of Director at SCI-Arc beginning in the 2015 academic year. He has been a distinguished faculty member since 2001, serving in several leadership roles, including coordinator of the graduate thesis program from 2007–10, and graduate programs chair from 2010–15. He is widely credited with spearheading SCI-Arc’s transition to digital technologies, and he played a key role in shaping the school’s graduate curriculum over the last decade. In 2018, Diaz Alonso ranked amongst the top 25 Most Admired Educators by DesignIntelligence Rankings.
Tuesday March 10, 2020 | 5pm reception, 6pm lecture
Gillmor Lecturer: Olon Dotson, Ball State University, Indiana
Olon Dotson is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the Ball State University, College of Architecture and Planning, Department of Architecture, in Muncie, Indiana. He attended Tuskegee Institute (University) in Alabama where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Science and Ball State University, where he acquired a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design. Dotson later attended Columbia University in New York where he completed the Master of Science in Real Estate Development. Most recently, he earned a Ph.D. in American Studies at the Purdue University, College of Liberal Arts. Dr. Dotson currently serves on the Board of Directors of Indiana Landmarks. He has dedicated his life and career to improving the conditions of inner-cities by effectively developing, exploring, and communicating Fourth World Theory to a wider audience through lectures and publications.
Wednesday March 11, 2020 | 5pm reception, 6pm lecture
Taylor Lecturer: Felecia Davis, Penn State Stukeman School and SOFTLAB@PSU, Pennsylvania
SOFTBUILT: COMPUTATIONAL TEXTILES AND AUGMENTED SPACE
There is a quiet revolution happening in the very textiles that can make up soft structures. Sensing textiles or computational textiles are textiles that can sense and respond to the environment with embedded electronics and sensors or use the. The term computational textile is not my term but one that has been in use for textiles others call e-textiles, electronic textiles, or smart textiles. These textile systems sense their environment via digital electronic programing through microcontrollers and sensors or are programmed using the quality of the material itself in connection with environmental cues such as humidity, temperature and light or by working with the natural transformation of material itself.
Thursday March 12, 2020 | 5pm reception, 6pm lecture
Somerville Lecturer: Chris Cornelius, studio:indigenous, Oneida Nation of Wisconsin
Associate Professor in the School of Architecture & Urban Planning, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Chris Cornelius is a citizen of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, focuses his research and practice on the architectural translation of culture; in particular, American Indian culture. He is the founding principal of studio:indigenous, a design and consulting practice serving American Indian clients.
Wednesday April 1, 2020 | 5pm reception, 6pm lecture
John Patkau, Patkau Architects, Vancouver
Work & Play
In over 40 years of practice, relentlessly engaging the cultural and physical environment with design, Patkau Architects’ studio has developed two somewhat divergent modus operandi. The first includes planning and building projects, commissioned by clients. The second consists in research projects that are largely self-initiated. Work & Play reflects on the dual nature of these streams of engagement in terms intention and circumstance, but also to reflect the ambiguous distinction between Work and Play when both are driven by curiosity, discipline and passion.
A Dynamic Speaker Series
We seek out speakers from across North America and around the globe. We spark conversations about a variety of societal issues by engaging with innovative thinkers. We encourage people to recognize the important role that design plays in our daily lives.
Here are some featured Design Matters lecturers from past seasons:
Sir David Adjaye
Sir Adjaye shared his creative process, as well as his professional and personal commitment to the social purpose of architecture and design of civic buildings that connect communities. Renowned for an eclectic material and colour palette, and a capacity to offer a rich civic experience, his buildings differ in form and style, yet are unified by their ability to generate new typologies and to reference a wide cultural discourse. http://www.adjaye.com
Thank you to all of those who attended the lecture on November 29. As promised, here are links to her top three resource pages:
Sierra Bainbridge, principal of MASS Design Group based in Boston, provided a lecture on "Architecture is never neutral; it either hurts or heals. How can we intentionally use architecture as a tool for healing?". Read about Sierra's lecture: Feb 5, 2019.
Architecture in the Means of Production: Over the last 20-30 years, the practice of architecture has changed more fundamentally and more rapidly than at any time in the history of the world, with advances in technology revolutionizing the way we design buildings. What comes next, in the evolution of the architect? andersonanderson.com
How can high-density development keep people connected to nature and social life? Ma Yansong, founder and principal of Beijing’s MAD Architects, is bringing nature and architecture together at an unprecedented scale. Read about Ma Yansong's lecture on April 30, 2015.
Design Matters is made possible through the partnership with generous sponsors who have shared aspirations. Sponsorship presents a wonderful opportunity for companies to not only heighten community profile, but also to engage with talented students who will be leaders and practitioners.
Looking forward to learning with you!