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This academic year's Lecture Series, titled Calibrations: The Space of Practice, has been formed to address and promote the expanded spaces of architectural practice regarding critical issues of diversity and inclusivity.

The series will focus on three practices: architecture, community building, and context: the way practices are multiple and evolving, community building through inclusion and representation of minority voices, and creation of context via reframing of architectural narratives to create inclusive contexts for design.

Individuals from the university, college faculty, and student body will act as moderators for each lecture. Lectures will be synchronous and will partner both the Lubbock and El Paso campuses.

V. Mitch McEwen

The Systems

Monday, February 1, 2021

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V. Mitch McEwen is a principal of Atelier Office in New York City, an Assistant Professor at Princeton School of Architecture, co-founder of the Johnson Study Group and a founding member of the Black Reconstruction Collective.

Moderator: Ersela Kripa

Molly Wright Steenson, Ph.D.

Architecture and the Future

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

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Dr. Molly Wright Steenson is a historian and author who studies the intersection of design, architecture, artificial intelligence, and ethics. She is the author of Architectural Intelligence: How Designers and Architects Created the Digital Landscape (MIT Press, 2017) and Bauhaus Futures (MIT Press, 2019). She is Senior Associate Dean for Research in the College of Fine Arts, the K&L Gates Associate Professor of Ethics & Computational Technologies and Associate Professor in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University and holds a PhD in Architecture from Princeton.

Moderator: Stephanie Sang Delgado

Esra Akcan

Migrations, Justice and Architecture

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

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Esra Akcan is Michael McCarthy Professor in the Department of Architecture and the Director of IES at the Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University. Her research on modern and contemporary architecture and urbanism foregrounds the intertwined histories of Europe and West Asia, and offers new ways to understand architecture's role in global, social and environmental justice. Akcan received awards and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University, Graham Foundation (3 times grantee), American Academy in Berlin, UIC, Institute for Advanced Studies in Berlin, Clark Institute, Getty Research Institute, Canadian Center for Architecture (2 times scholar), CAA, Mellon Foundation, DAAD and KRESS/ARIT. She is the author of Landfill Istanbul; Architecture in Translation: Germany, Turkey and the Modern House; Turkey: Modern Architectures in History (with S.Bozdoğan); Open Architecture: Migration, Citizenship and Urban Renewal of Berlin-Kreuzberg. Her upcoming books are Building in Exile, Abolish Human Bans and Right to Heal.

Moderator: Peter Christensen, University of Rochester

Hsinming Fung


Wednesday, March 24, 2021

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As principal and founder of HplusF Design Lab, Ms Fung's career has been marked by innovative projects with a wide breadth of typologies. From the beginning of her practice, with partner Craig Hodgetts, her award winning projects for television, museum installations, and cultural institutions have established a reputation for clarity, intellectual purity, and formal ingenuity unique among her contemporaries. Much of her work has been at the intersection of a celebrated architectural icon and innovative technology, such as the design and construction of a precedent-setting replacement shell for the Hollywood Bowl, or the transformation of the historic Egyptian Theater, but just as importantly, she has brought a poetic sensibility to the design of important new civic structures, such as the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, Tennessee. Throughout, her emphasis on rigorous formal logic and precise delineation of materials has translated into exceptional designs which advance both the art and the cultural role played by architecture.

Moderator: Dr. Dora Epstein Jones

Billie Tsien

Walk to the Light

Monday, April 12, 2021

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Billie Tsien along with her partner, Tod Williams, founded their New York based studio Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners in 1986. Their practice is committed to reflecting the values of non-profit, cultural and academic institutions toward an architecture of permanence and enduring vision. Some of their notable projects include the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, the Lefrak Center in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, and the Asia Society Hong Kong Center. Their current work includes the new U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, The Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park, Chicago, and the renovation of David Geffen Hall's public spaces at Lincoln Center. Their dedication to this work has been recognized by numerous national and international citations including the National Medal of the Arts from President Obama, the 2013 AIA Architecture Firm Award, and the 2019 Praemium Imperiale in Architecture presented by the Japan Art Association. In parallel with her practice, Billie currently teaches at Yale University and serves as the President of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. As both an educator and practitioner, she is deeply committed to making a better world through architecture.

Moderator: Karina Garcia and Daisy Porras

Germane Barnes

Germane Barnes + Shawhin Roudbari, Ph.D.

The Cape and the Cowl: Architectures of Vigilantism

Monday, September 14, 2020

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Germane Barnes is an Assistant Professor and the Director of The Community, Housing & Identity Lab (CHIL) at the University of Miami. He is also the Director of Studio Barnes, a research and design practice that investigates the connection between architecture and identity. Mining architecture's social and political agency, he examines how the built environment influences black domesticity. His design and research contributions have been published and exhibited in several international institutions. Most notably, The Museum of Modern Art, The Graham Foundation, The New York Times, Architect Magazine, DesignMIAMI/ Art Basel, The Swiss Institute, Metropolis Magazine, Curbed, and The National Museum of African American History where he was identified as one of the future designers on the rise.

Shawhin Roudbari

Shawhin Roudbari is an assistant professor in Environmental Design at the University of Colorado Boulder. In his research, Shawhin studies ways designers organize to address social problems. He bridges sociological studies of social movements and race with architectural theory. Shawhin is a founding member of the Spatial Justice Design Collective, which uses design and theory building to investigate how dissent and counter-hegemonic tactics play out in urban landscapes. His work contributes to theories of contentious politics in the spatial professions and employs ethnographic methods.

Moderator: Stephanie Sang Delgado

Anjulie Rao

Panelists: Anjulie Rao + Galo Canizares

Anjulie Rao is a Chicago-based writer focusing on livable built environments, equitable design, architecture criticism, and radical urbanism. With an academic background in art history, she works in intersections between art, infrastructure, and political narratives. She is also a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in the New Arts Journalism and Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects departments. Her bylines can be found in Curbed, The Funambulist, Metropolis, American Craft Magazine, Chicago Magazine, Artsy, and Curbed Chicago, among others.

Galo Canizares

Galo Canizares is a designer, writer, and educator. His work blends absurdity, genre fiction, world-making, simulation, and parafiction to address issues in technology and the built environment. Galo is the recipient of the 2016-17 Howard E. LeFevre '29 Emerging Practitioner Fellowship, and in 2018 was awarded the 2018-19 Christos Yessios Visiting Professorship at the Ohio State University. He is the author of Digital Fabrications: Designer Stories for a Software-Based Planet (Applied Research & Design, 2019).

Sekou Cooke

Sekou Cooke

Life and Times

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

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Sekou Cooke is an architectural practitioner and educator based in Syracuse, NY. He is currently Assistant Professor at Syracuse University's School of Architecture where he teaches design studios and seminars that value breadth of exploration over formulaic production. Through his professional practice, sekou cooke STUDIO, he brings thoughtful processes and rigorous experimentation to a vast array of project types from commercial and residential works in New York, New Jersey, and North Carolina, to mixed-use projects and tenant improvements in California, to speculative developments in Liberia and his native Jamaica.

Sekou's current research centers on the emergent field of Hip-Hop Architecture, a theoretical movement reflecting the core tenets of hip-hop culture with the power to create meaningful impact on the built environment and give voice to the marginalized and underrepresented within design practice. This work has been widely disseminated through his writings, lectures, and symposia, and was the central focus of a major exhibition entitled, Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip-Hop Architecture, at the AIANY Center for Architecture, and at the SpringBOX in St. Paul, MN. He will also be featured in the upcoming exhibition, Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America, at the Museum of Modern Art.

Through his research, practice, and other academic endeavors, Sekou hopes to leave an equally lasting impact on ivory towers and underserved communities.  His ultimate goal is mastery of craft and world domination.

Sekou holds a B.Arch from Cornell University, an M.Arch from Harvard University, and is licensed to practice architecture in New York and California.

Moderators: Elisandra Garcia, Panashe Siachitema, Narsis Holmes & Chioma Nwachukwu

Alice Y. Tseng BU Faculty Profile

Alice Y. Tseng, Ph.D.

A Modern History of Kyoto: From Imperial City to World City to World Heritage City

Monday, October 5, 2020

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Alice Y. Tseng is Department Chair and Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Boston University. Her research focuses on Japan, from the 19th century to present, especially the history of institutional buildings, collections, and exhibitions. She is the author of The Imperial Museums of Japan: Architecture and the Art of the Nation (2008) and Modern Kyoto: Building for Ceremony and Commemoration, 1868-1940 (2018).

Moderator: Kevin Chua, Ph.D.

Lydia KallipolitiLydia Kallipoliti at the London Design Museum

Lydia Kallipoliti, Ph.D.

The Curious Case of Closed Worlds

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

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Lydia Kallipoliti is an architect, engineer, scholar and an Assistant Professor at the Cooper Union in New York. She is the author of The Architecture of Closed Worlds (2018), the editor of EcoRedux; Design Remedies for an Ailing Planet (AD 2011) and the Head Curator of the upcoming Tallin Architecture Biennale. She holds a SMArchS from MIT and a PhD from Princeton University. Kallipoliti has previously taught at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Syracuse University and Columbia University.

Moderator: Kristine Stiphany, Ph.D.

Fernanda Canales

Fernanda Canales, Ph.D.

5 Years

Monday, November 2, 2020

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Fernanda Canales founded her practice in Mexico City in 2012. She holds a PhD from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid, Spain, and an MA from the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña, Barcelona. Her work has been distinguished with several international awards, such as the Emerging Voices Award from The Architectural League of New York in 2018. She was finalist of the Dorfsman Award by the Royal Academy of Arts in London, and is author of the books Shared Strutures, Private Space (Actar 2020), Vivienda Colectiva en México (Gustavo Gili, 2017), and Architecture in Mexico 1900-2010 (Arquine, 2013). Her work has been widely exhibited, among other venues, at if a Gallerie in Stuttgart, the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, The Gallatin Gallery in New York and the Venice Biennale.

Canales has been the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professor of Architectural Design at Yale School of Architecture for the fall semester of the 2019-2020, and has been guest speaker at the Architectural Association in London and at Columbia University in New York, among many other institutions. In 2017 she was shortlisted in the Firm of the Year Award by the American Architecture Prize, and in 2014 she received the Career Award and the Best Young Architect Award in Mexico by the Colegio de Arquitectos de México.

Fernanda Canales will show her most recent work, specifically focusing in housing projects built in Mexico and recent social and cultural projects in border cities in Sonora. She will speak about broader dwelling issues dealing with identity, urban development, migration, temporality, and production. Her selected projects propose different ways to imagine how to revoke the oppositions between private and public space, living and working, the urban and the rural, as well as between individual and the collective needs and desires.

Moderator: Leslie Duarte & Evelyn Campos

Kathryn Dean

Kathryn Dean

Program = People = State of Mind

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

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In 1991, Kathryn Dean formed Dean/Wolf Architects and achieved immediate recognition for her designs of the Spiral House and Urban Interface Loft. Her projects are distinguished by a thought-provoking manipulation of light and space. The firm's award-winning loft interiors have been described as “small scale wonders precisely crafted from sensuous materials”. Kathryn's award winning practice is consistently published internationally in publications such as Architectural Record, Architectural Review, and GA, and has garnered numerous Design Excellence recognitions. Most recently, the Queens Hospital Emergency Medical Station 50 was nominated for the prestigious Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize and Ephemeral Edge House won a NYC AIA Honor Award and will be published in Architect in February and The Plan in May.

Kathryn has been an architect, scholar, and educator since the inception of her career. She first was selected for the American Academy Rome Prize Fellowship in 1987, then received a Young Architects Award from Progressive Architecture in 1993, and the Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League of New York in 1997. Author of Constructive Practices: Between Economy and Desire, published by Columbia University in 2008, as well as the 2011 Princeton Architectural Press monograph Dean/Wolf Architects: Constructive Continuum, Kathryn is committed to the cross pollination that comes through combining teaching and professional practice.

Dean began teaching in 1991 as an adjunct professor at Columbia University. In 1998, she was a visiting assistant professor at Harvard University, and, in 2000, she returned to Columbia as an assistant professor. She also has taught as a distinguished visiting professor at the University of Michigan, University of Virginia and University of Florida. From 2008-2019, Kathryn served as the Director of the Graduate School of Architecture and the JoAnne Stolaroff Cotsen Professor at Washington University in St. Louis.

Moderator: Ersela Kripa