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Lecture Series

The Department of Architecture + Interior Design organizes lectures in bringing innovative voices in architectural practice and education to create a holistic dialog about critical work of architecture within our community. The lectures are free and open to the public.


Spring 2018 Lecture Series

All Spring 2018 lectures will be held at 4pm, Room 1, Alumni Hall

Adrienne Chudzinski, "Revered Martyrs or Forgotten Fatalities? Memorializing the Child Victims of the Civil Rights Movement"

Monday, February 12

Dr. Adrienne Chudzinski is currently Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History, Miami University. She earned her PhD from Indiana University. Her work explores the rich political and cultural afterlife of racial violence in Birmingham, Alabama, as it relates to the mythology of the civil rights movement and public memories of the black freedom struggle in the United States.


Sanda Iliescu, "The Hand and the Soul: Aesthetics and Ethics in Architecture and Art”

Monday, February 19

Sanda Iliescu, Associate Professor of Design, Studio Art Fellow of the American Academy In Rome, teaches in the School of Architecture, University of Virginia. Born in Romania, Iliescu received her BSE in Civil Engineering and M.Arch in Architecture, both from Princeton University. Her art practice spans painting, drawing, collage, and mural making. She is the author of numerous essays on art and aesthetics, and a book, The Hand and the Soul: Aesthetics and Ethics in Architecture and Art.


Brian Andrews,"Form and Detritus"

Monday, March 5

Brian Andrews, principle of Atelier Andrews has taught at numerous schools of architecture in the US and abroad. He is the co-author, with Gail Peter Borden, of Architecture/Principia, Architectural Principles of Material Form. His design work has been recognized by awards from Progressive Architecture, ACSA, Boston Society of Architects, and RADA.


Ben Jacks,"reading from A House and its Atmosphere”

Monday, March 12

Ben Jacks teaches at Miami University. His writing about architecture, aesthetics, landscape, and place has been published in Journal of Architectural Education, PlacesLandscape Journal, and Journal of Interior Design (forthcoming). He is the author of two books, The Architect’s Tour: Notes for the Design Traveler and, most recently, A House and its Atmosphere.


Thomas Barrie, "House and Home: Cultural Contexts, Ontological Roles "

Monday, April 2

Thomas Barrie teaches undergraduate and graduate design studios and history-theory seminars at North Carolina State University. He is the author of three books, and co-editor of a fourth, including most recently House and Home: Cultural Contexts, Ontological Roles. He maintains a critical architectural practice in Raleigh, North Carolina.


Virginia San Fratello,"Emerging Objects"

Monday, April 23

Virginia San Fratello teaches in the Department of Design, San José State University. She is a partner in the award winning design studio, Rael San Fratello, and is a co-founder of the start up company Emerging Objects. Her work has been published widely, including in Interior Design Magazine, The New York Times, Wired, MARK, Domus, Metropolis Magazine and PRAXIS and is recognized by several institutions including The Museum of Modern Art and The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum.