Announcing the Spring 2019 Lecture Series

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The Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture is pleased to announce the guest speakers for the 2019 Spring Lecture Series.

All lectures are free and open to the public.


Curator and Administrative Director, SoA Lecture Series



M 28 Jan | 5:00pm | Kresge Theatre
Alan H Rider Distinguished Lecture

KIPP BRADFORD is an entrepreneur, technology consultant, educator, and innovator with a passion for making things. An interdisciplinary scientist and engineering researcher working at the boundaries of emerging technology and industries, he is the founder and cofounder of start-ups in the fields of HVAC+R, transportation, consumer products, and medical devices, and holds numerous patents for his inventions. Some of his more interesting projects have turned into kippkitts, an open source hardware manufacturer that makes an array of tools for engineers and designers. Kipp is founder of Revolution by Design, a non-profit education and research organization dedicated to empowerment through technology, and the Innovation Institute, an NSF-funded project teaching technology innovation to underserved youth in New York City.


M 11 Feb | 5:00pm | Kresge Theatre
Alan H Rider Distinguished Lecture
cosponsored by CMU Center for Human Rights Science

BRAD SAMUELS is founding partner of SITU, an unconventional architecture practice, using design, research, and fabrication for creative and social impact. Brad leads SITU Research, an interdisciplinary applied-research division working at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, policy, and human rights. SITU Research investigates and addresses social, legal, and scientific challenges through an architectural lens. The practice is purposely collaborative, engaging in work with NGOs, universities, think tanks, and individuals at a wide range of scales; clients include Amnesty International, United Nations Human Rights Office, Goldsmiths University of London, and the International Federation for Human Rights. Project output is equally diverse, contributing to everything from reporting, planning, and platforms, but unified in their aim to create impact through the application of innovative spatial strategies and tools.



M 25 Feb | 5:00pm | Kresge Theatre
Alan H Rider Distinguished Lecture

JEREMY SMITH is partner and design director at Irving Smith Architects, a research based design practice working in sensitive environments throughout New Zealand and abroad. Irving Smith demonstrates an ongoing commitment to innovative, sustainable, and research based design. Irving Smith’s work strikes a continual dialogue between building and context, developing an understanding of how buildings inhabit an environment that constantly undergoes change, in city or rural landscapes, with work sensitive to environmental sustainability and community understanding. Irving Smith develops subtle and well-articulated works that are varied in type and scale, contemporary responses to time and place.



M 25 Mar | 5:00pm | Kresge Theatre
Alan H Rider Distinguished Lecture

LOUIS BECKER is design principal and partner at Henning Larsen, a progressive architectural practice based in Copenhagen, with offices in Munich, New York, Riyadh, Oslo, Hong Kong, and the Faroe Islands. Henning Larsen is a global architecture firm rooted in a Scandinavian design ethos, with a human-centric approach to the built environment and public realm, with international expertise and leadership in sustainability and integrated design. Henning Larsen develops architecture in an ever-evolving process that continuously challenges the boundaries of the possible. Louis has played an integral role in the internationalization of Henning Larsen and remains a driving force behind the vision of expanding the practice’s global impact, including spearheading Henning Larsen’s entry and positioning in the North American market.



F 29 Mar | TBA
ACSA Topaz Keynote
cosponsored by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture

TOSHIKO MORI is a principal of Toshiko Mori Architect and Professor of Practice at Harvard GSD. Toshiko Mori Architect is an innovative practice with a diverse body of projects demonstrating an intelligent approach to ecologically sensitive siting strategies, historical context, and innovative use of materials, reflecting a creative integration of design and technology. Her designs demonstrate a thoughtful sensitivity to detail and involve extensive research into the site conditions and surrounding context. The work of Toshiko Mori combines a strong conceptual and theoretical approach with a thorough study of programmatic needs and practical conditions to achieve design that are both spatially compelling and pragmatically responsive. Toshiko Mori Architect continues to engage in an architecture of material exploration, technological invention, and theoretical provocation.



Sa 30 Mar | 5:00pm | CMoA Music Hall
Reception immediately follows
ACSA Gold Medal Keynote
cosponsored by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
and the Heinz Architectural Center at Carnegie Museum of Art

WANG SHU is Dean of the Architecture School at China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, and co-founder of the Amateur Architecture Studio, which he established with his partner, Lu Wenyu, in 1997. Amateur Architecture Studio references the approach an amateur builder takes, incorporating spontaneity, craft skills, and cultural traditions. The firm utilizes knowledge of everyday techniques to adapt and transform materials for contemporary projects. This unique combination of traditional understanding, experimental building tactics, and intensive research defines the basis for the studio’s architectural projects. Wang Shu is the recipient of the 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize.