Architecture series features stellar lineup of speakers

The architecture program’s yearlong lecture series will feature some of the country’s leading professionals. All events are free and open to the public.

“We are truly excited to be able to offer such a unique lecture series to the students and community of Bowling Green,” said series organizer Jon M. Stevens, architecture.

The presentations kick off this week with a focus on sustainable design. Paul Goldsmith and Mark Heiber of the Detroit-based firm Greenworks, an architecture company specializing in environmentally sound interior and exterior construction, will conduct an “eco-charette” with BGSU students at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday (Oct. 1) in the architecture studio at 400 E. Poe Road. Seating is limited for this event.

On Thursday (Oct. 2), BGSU alumnus Christopher Strayer, principal architect with GDI Designs, will speak on grass-roots sustainable technologies. His talk will be given at 6:30 p.m., also in the Poe Road facility.

Craig Dykers, a principal in Snøhetta, the Norwegian firm designing BGSU’s new Wolfe Center for the Arts, will also be part of the series this fall. The date and place are to be determined.

Michael Cadwell, a professor of architecture at Ohio State University, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater. Cadwell is the author of Strange Details, on the “language of architecture,” and Small Buildings.

In November, Bruce Lindsey, dean of the College of Architecture at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, will give a talk at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Union Theater. He is the former director of the Rural Studio of Auburn University, which builds homes for the needy in Alabama. A practicing architect, Lindsey specializes in applying digital tools to design and construction. He is the author of a book on the use of technology by famed architect Frank Gehry, who designed the University of Toledo Art Building.

The spring semester lineup begins with Craig Borum, a faculty member at the University of Michigan and founder of Ply Architecture in Ann Arbor, Mich. An award-winning designer, his work has been featured in Architecture Magazine and numerous other publications. Borum’s talk will begin at 6 p.m. Feb. 17 in the Union Theater.

William Sherman, the Mario di Valmarana Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia and a practicing architect, will be on campus in March; the date is to be determined. His research and teaching are focused on the relationship between architecture and the city from the perspective of the cultural responsibilities of technology.

The last speaker in the series will be Guatemalan architect David Garda, principal with David Garda Architects. He will speak at 6:30 p.m. April 16 in the Union Theater.

The series is organized in collaboration with the American Institute of Architecture Students, The Collaborative Inc., MacPherson Architects and bgjonstudio+.

September 29, 2008