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College of Architecture, Planning and Design

2016 - 2017 Distinguished Lecture Series









Victor Regnier Distinguished International Lecture
April 17, 4:30 pm, Forum Hall.
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Lecture Title: The Search for Efficient beauty

Fran Silvestre (born 5 July 1976) is a Spanish architect. After having graduated in Architecture at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Valencia in 2001, he specialized in urban planning at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven a year later. Then, he won a scholarship to work at the studio of the Pritzker Prize architect from Portugal, Alvaro Siza, which is located in Oporto, and have ever since undertaken projects in cooperation with him. He is also dedicated to teach as professor at the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia since 2006, and the Universidad Europea since 2009.

Influenced by the above mentioned architect, Alvaro Siza, or the sculptor Andreu Alfaro, among others, the studio realizes series of projects that take into account factors such as, modulation, serialization or light. Thus, giving rise to buildings of high purity, using constant innovative materials and technologies. Since its foundation, it has focused on the development and implementation of small-scale projects, for instance, The Atrium House (2009) or the House at the mountainside of a Castle (2010). It also carries out multidisciplinary work while designing objects like the Alis chair, collaborating with other studios such as Alfaro Hofmann, which is dedicated to interior design.

Jointly with the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia and the Technological Institute of Energy (ITE), located in Valencia, it has recently developed the Eólica Wind Tower.[2] It is conceived as a vertical element, able to supply power to itself, without having to use other external sources. The power system is composed of series of turbines and current inverters connected to the grid.

The firm's projects have been published in international magazines of architecture and design such as, Architectural Record, Pencil, GG, GA Houses, On-Site, or AV3, and exhibited in very important museums and galleries of art and design.










 JONATHAN ARNOLD, PRESIDENT, CEO, Arnold Development Group
Architecture, Planning & Design / Architecture, Construction Engineering Lecture
November 16, 2016 | 4:30PM
Engineering Hall Auditorium | Durland Hall

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Lecture Title: Scaling Passive House: Combining Lean Construction and Integrated Project Delivery to Create the Cost Effective High Performance Urban Housing

The world’s largest passive house project is underway in Kansas City, saving more than 90% in energy usage. Fundrise is changing the way real estate is funded, allowing anyone with $1000 to invest. Affordable housing is going green, while a new generation of developers is pursuing triple-bottom line results. This lecture will explore the working edge of mission-led real estate development and the expanding opportunities for social impact from the building to the city scale.

Jonathan is responsible for strategy, corporate vision and capital structure. He holds a degree in architecture from Cornell University and a masters degree in real estate development from Columbia University. Over the past 15 years, he has successfully helped design and market more than $6 billion in commercial real estate, including more than 40 continuing care retirement communities, 2,500 apartment units, and more than two dozen large scale mixed-use urban infill developments.



Architecture Lecture October 17, 2016 | 4:00pm
K-State Little Theatre

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Lecture Title: Data, Performance and the Mainstream

This lecture will explore the concept of "Data-Driven Design" and the opportunities to create value in architecture. Using a combination of real-world case studies and experimental prototypes, Nate will demonstrate uses of data for guiding design decisions, communicating insight to clients, and creating opportunities for innovation in the building industry.



Distinguished Ekdahl Lecture - Regional & Community Planning
October 12, 2016, 4:00PM
K-State Union Forum Hall

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Lecture Title:  American Curves: Nature, Race and the Origins of the Modern Highway

"We tend to associate the emergence of the American expressway with the Eisenhower era and the Interstate highway program.  But the origins of the modern motor road date back much further, to a series of parkways built in Westchester County, New York in the 1920s.  The first of these, the Bronx River Parkway, was begun not as a road but as an effort to restore a terribly polluted waterway, led by one of the most problematic figures in American environmental history, Madison Grant.  This talk will explore the roots of the modern American highway, examine the individuals who brought it into being and unpack the design ideals that helped shape an infrastructure that would change the world."

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Thomas J. Campanella is a historian of city planning and the urban built environment. He teaches and writes about the culture-space nexus in a variety of contexts, seeking to explain the manifold agents, actors, and forces that have shaped urban landscapes around the world. Though primarily an Americanist, he has also studied and written about the extraordinary growth of Chinese cities in the post-Mao era. Campanella has received Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships, and is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and the James Marston Fitch Foundation. His books include The Concrete Dragon: China's Urban Revolution and What It Means for the World (2008), and Republic of Shade: New England and the American Elm (2003), winner of the Spiro Kostof Award from the Society of Architectural Historians. He has held visiting appointments at Columbia, Harvard GSD, Nanjing University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Campanella holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1999), a M.L.A. from Cornell (1991), and a B.S. from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (1986).

CM CMAPAAICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this activity. When CM credits are available, they are noted at the end of an activity description. More information about AICP's CM program can be found at www.planning.org/cm.









Distinguished Bryant Lecture - Landscape Architecture
September 14, 2016| 4:00PM
K-State Union Forum Hall

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Lecture Title: Visible | Invisible

Gary Hilderbrand is a Founding Principal of Reed Hilderbrand. A committed practitioner, teacher, critic, and writer, Gary is Professor in Practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he has taught since 1990. His honors include Harvard University’s Charles Eliot Traveling Fellowship, the Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture, the Architectural League’s Emerging Voices Award with Douglas Reed, and the 2013 ASLA Firm of the Year award.