Announcing the Fall 2017 Lecture Series


Fall 2017 Lecture Series

Jing Liu, SO-ILOrder, Edge, Aura
Monday 18 September | 5:00pm | Kresge Theater, CMU
William Finglass Lecture
Since SO-IL’s conception, the firm has committed itself in envisioning spaces for culture through the production of buildings, interiors, furniture and landscapes around the world. Order, Edge, Aura are three conceptual themes that encapsulate an attitude towards the design and realization of architecture in a time of increased instability.
Aaron Betsky, School of Architecture at TaliesinMake It Alive: Beyond New Buildings
Monday 25 September | 5:00pm | Kresge Theater, CMU
Alan H. Rider Visiting Critic and Distinguished Lecturer
We do not need any more new buildings. We have enough space, and we cannot afford to use up non-renewable resources in new construction. Instead we need to rebuild, renovate, re-imagine and rethink our existing spaces. This lecture will mine the beauty of gathering and revealing what already is.
My ArchitectureA Discussion on Architectural Careers in the Creative Arts
Monday 02 October | 5:00pm | Kresge Theater, CMU
Co-sponsored by the CMU Career and Professional Development Center; Networking reception immediately follows in CFA Great Hall 

My Architecture is a conversation on architectural careers in the creative arts. A panel discussion on the diversity of career trajectories possible following the powerful experience and foundation of an architectural education.
Keller Easterling, Yale School of ArchitectureMedium Design
Friday 13 October | 5:00pm | Kresge Theater, CMU
Alan H. Rider Distinguished Lecture
Culture is very good at pointing to things and calling their name, but not so good at describing the interactivity or chemistry between things or the repertoires they enact. On the flip side of some dominant logics that give authority to declarations, solutions, or master plans, medium design alter dispositions or the matrix of activities in organization as well as the stories and spin that make those changes contagious. Applying a design imagination in these forms of interplay offers special aesthetic pleasures and political capacities that access some underexploited powers in both digital and spatial information systems.

Carlo Ratti, MIT Senseable City LabSenseable Cities
Monday 23 October | 5:00pm | Kresge Theater, CMU
Hans Vetter Memorial Lecture
The increasing deployment of sensors and hand-held electronics in recent years is allowing a new approach to the study of the built environment. The way we describe and understand cities is being radically transformed - alongside the tools we use to design them and impact on their physical structure. The contribution from Prof Carlo Ratti will address these issues from a critical point of view through projects by the Senseable City Laboratory, a research initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the design office Carlo Ratti Associati.
David Lewis, Urban Design AssociatesCommunities by Design
Monday 06 November | 5:00pm | Kresge Theater, CMU
The event will begin with the premiere of a short film by the AIA: "The Legacy of David Lewis"; Co-sponsored by Urban Design Associates; Reception immediately follows in CFA Great Hall
Professor Lewis came to the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now CMU) in 1963 as the Andrew Mellon Professor of Architecture and Urban Design where he started one of the first graduate programs in urban design in which students learned to work hands-on with elected officials, agency representatives, and citizens on community design and development projects. Professor Lewis will discuss his concerns and hopes for the future of urban design education.
Trey Trahan, Trahan ArchitectsFragmenting Ecologies
Monday 13 November | 5:00pm | Kresge Theater, CMU
Alan H. Rider Visiting Critic and Distinguished Lecturer
Trey spends his time between New Orleans, New York, and Patagonia Chile, where he recently purchased and is in the process of conserving a property in the Corcovado National Park, one of the eleven national parks established by North Face founder Douglas Tompkins. He is working to return this property to its pristine natural state, while enjoying his time in this remote landscape. Fragmenting Ecologies investigates increasing species through fragmentation of ecologies.
EX-CHANGE with Aaron Betsky and Trey TrahanA Discussion Sparked by the Work of Our Studios
Sunday 10 December | Location and time to be announced
Alan H. Rider Visiting Critic and Distinguished Lecturers

Lecturers Aaron Betsky and Trey Trahan return to lead a discussion with our studios. More details to follow.