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All lectures are partially funded by the K-State Student Governing Association fine arts fee,
along with sustained support from the Ekdahl family.

Ekdahl Lectures

Spring 2021

Brie Hensold, Agency Landscape + Planning  | November 11 | 4:30pm 

Agency is the capacity of human beings to act, to make choices. Planning can remove barriers. Design is an act of optimism. Empowerment and optimism are much needed, today more than ever. At Agency Landscape + Planning, we believe in the power of people to initiate and make purposeful, positive change.

Agency is a mission-driven practice dedicated to addressing social equity, cultural vitality and environmental resilience through design excellence, strategic planning and community engagement. We believe that – in order to address the most challenging issues of our contemporary society – diversity and inclusion are foundational to how we see, understand and, ultimately, shape our collective experience, particularly in the public spaces, parks and streets of our cities. We seek landscape and planning opportunities that allow us to partner meaningfully with constituents, that welcome many voices and hands in the process, and that produce outcomes that are deeply connected to the richness and uniqueness of place.

Agency is a woman-owned small business and certified DBE/WBE practice led by partners Gina Ford and Brie Hensold. Our leadership – combined with a collective team of passionate and talented landscape architects, planners and urban designers – enables the full spectrum of design services – from strategic planning to complex landscape implementation.

Beyond our core team, we have formed a network of diverse and innovative thinkers across the country that share our passion for social good, resilience and the power of public space. Together, we represent a broad cross-section of specialized knowledge and skills. Our partners, like us, believe a more resilient and equitable approach to planning and design will lead to more relevant, contextual and vibrant public environments.

Ms. Hensold is an urban planner and co-founder and principal of Agency Landscape + Planning. With a passion for understanding and improving communities and places, Brie brings a systems-based approach that integrates multiple disciplines and celebrates diverse perspectives. She has extensive experience developing creative and meaningful community engagement processes for planning and design projects. Brie’s experience encompasses multiple scales, from downtown plans to citywide park systems to resilience strategies. Her work has received awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Architects, among others. She co-teaches an executive education class in resilient cities at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

The lecture is free and open to the public, and is sponsored in part by K-State Student Governing Association's Fine Arts Fee.

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Andreas Bell |TEAMS, President| September 30 | 4:30pm

TEAMS is an award-winning design firm with over 100 professionals including designers, engineers and strategists, all from diverse backgrounds. You can think of us as a colorful mix, just like our brand colors. We specialize in global product-oriented brand development in the areas of industrial design, user experience design and brand communication. Our talent to take concepts all the way from strategy to realization sets us apart and makes us experts in delivering strategies that can be successfully implemented and sustained. We are headquartered in the historic city of Esslingen, Germany—just outside of Stuttgart and in Germany’s economic powerhouse region. A truly global company, our flourishing studios are located in Hamburg, Chicago, Belgrade, and in Shanghai. With more than 60 years of experience and over 1,000 prestigious design awards, we are one of the longest-running design consultancies in the world. Not only are we the longest-running—so is the duration of our relationships with our clients. Our collaboration with over 300 clients helps us look forward to more than 650 projects per year.

The lecture is free and open to the public, and is sponsored in part by K-State Student Governing Association's Fine Arts Fee.

Carlos Jimenez | October 7 | 4:30pm - Click on the image to View the lecture - 

Lecture Title: "Reflections, and some recent works"

Carlos Jiménez Studio (CJS) is an award winning, internationally recognized firm based in Houston. Carlos Jiménez, principal and lead designer is actively involved in all stages of design for each project – from the initial phase through development, planning, construction to completion. Since founded in 1983, CJS has striven for excellence in design through projects ranging in scale, type and locality: from an art studio building facing the serene Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts to a corporate headquarters along a busy freeway in Indiana, from a house in the sparse hills of Marfa to the lively streets of North Philadelphia, from a daycare center in Columbus to a Data Center in Houston; from a residential tower in the satellite city of Evry to a community center in the medieval traces of Gandia. Carlos Jiménez Studio thrives in the collaboration with our clients and consultants to resolve the demands of program, address the circumstances of site, and arrive at the optimum design solution. We perceive this collaboration to be the critical and creative means to expand the multiple aspirations implicit to a work of architecture. Our convictions are strengthened by the belief that architecture makes a difference in people’s lives. We understand that a well-designed building is an investment of time whose return must benefit the lives of present and future users. We are inspired by the myriad nuances of the local as we are by the limitations of the global. We believe that architecture transforms, delights, and achieves its meaning through its gradual unfolding in time and place. Full Press Release
The lecture is free and open to the public, and is sponsored in part by K-State Student Governing Association's Fine Arts Fee.


Sara Zewde |Studio Zewde| October 12 | 4:30pm      CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE LECTURE

Lecture Title: The Aesthetics of Being

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Sara Zewde, founding principal of Studio Zewde, will present "The Aesthetics of Being" as part of the College of Architecture, Planning & Design's, or APDesign, 2020-2021 Ekdahl Lecture Series at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12. The lecture will be presented virtually and is free and open to the public.

The lecture "The Aesthetics of Being" discusses the context of rapid urban development, a changing climate and clarified political tensions, the narratives embedded in the aesthetics of being can offer creative departures for contemporary design. Zewde will discuss the recent design work of Studio Zewde in Philadelphia and beyond, in this context.

Studio Zewde, is a design firm in New York City practicing landscape architecture, urbanism and public art. The studio is devoted to creating enduring places where people belong. In parallel with practice, Zewde serves as assistant professor of practice at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Zewde was named the 2014 National Olmsted Scholar by the Landscape Architecture Foundation, a 2016 artist-in-residence at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and in 2018, was named to the National Trust for Historic Preservation's inaugural "40 Under 40" list. Most recently, she was named a 2020 United States Artists Fellow. Her work has been exhibited at the 2016 and 2018 Venice Biennale, in the Brazilian and U.S national pavilions. Zewde holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, a Master of City Planning from MIT, and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and statistics from Boston University.

The lecture is free and open to the public, and is sponsored in part by K-State Student Governing Association's Fine Arts Fee.