College of Architecture and Planning

Guest Lectures

Ingenious Linkages: the Versatility of the Pavilion presented by Thomas Kelly Wilson
Monday, Feb 1 * 4:00 pm * AB100 * Sponsored by SCASLA  
Wilson will cover the relationship between the landscape or urban environment and architecture using the concept of the pavilion- built, implied or embedded- exploring the critical role of linking and joining exterior and interior spaces.   Thomas Kelly Wilson is an artist and architect currently working as a director and associate professor at the IU Center for Art + Design in Columbus IN.  In addition to being a principal at 3HG and 922 he has lectured all over the world at art galleries and universities and has a TEDx talk. His essays have been published recently in the Boston Architectural Magazine. He has taught at an extraordinary range of institutions including Harvard University, Columbia University, Yale University, MIT, Auburn University, Florida University, Northeastern University and the Rhode Island School of Design.

One hour of continuing education credit is available for Thomas Kelly Wilson's lecture.

Freehand Visions: Drawing in a Digital Age presented by James Richards, FASLA
Monday, Feb 8 * 4 pm * AB100 Hosted by the Department of Landscape Architecture
                                              Blue Mosque, Istanbul, 2011 

James Richards, FASLA is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington, where his teaching, research and creative activities focus on urban design, design thinkingand design drawing.  He is a national award-winning designer, artist, author, and educator whose work has creatively spanned landscape architecture, town planning, and urban design for 35 years on projects in 17 states.  He is a co-founder and principal of TOWNSCAPE, Inc., an urban design consultancy based in Fort Worth and Vancouver, where he creates plans for downtown revitalizations, new town centers, urban villages, transportation corridors and transit-oriented developments.  As a concept designer, Jim is a spark plug for creative interdisciplinary teams. In this role he has enjoyed creative collaborations with many national design firms. Prior to 1994, Jim was a design principal and studio director for the national environmental planning and design firm Johnson, Johnson and Roy/inc. (now SmithGroupJJR), where he mentored staff in design thinking and directed the planningand design of many of the firm’s award-winning projects, including the Austin Town Lake Plan, the Auburn University Master Plan, the Materials Science Building at Los Alamos National Laboratories, and Exxon Corporate Headquarters.  He has served as visiting lecturer and jury critic at numerous universities, and as adjunct faculty at the University of Texas’ School of Architecture.  His projects and teaching are enriched by extensive travel, having studied and sketched hundreds of cities and projects in 43 countries across the globe. Jim is a member of the Council of Fellows of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and recipient of ASLA's Bradford Williams Medal for writing. He is a member of the Board of Directors and global blog correspondent for the international non-profit Urban Sketchers, and founder of Urban Sketchers Texas. His book, Freehand Drawing and Discovery: Urban Sketching and Concept Drawing for Designers, was published by John Wiley & Sons in February 2013, and received a national Honor Award from the ASLA in 2014.

From Main Street to Heritage Areas: The Power of Preservation presented by Vincent Michael
Monday, Feb 15 * 4 pm * AB100 *
Hosted by CAP Urban Planning and Historic Preservation programs 

Michael will speak about the economic value of historic preservation of our main streets.  His recent article in Main Street America is a wonderful precursor to this lecture.  Click here to read the article
Vincent L. Michael, PhD is a Trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, where he served as Vice Chair of the Preservation and Sites Committee and the Diversity Task Force.   He also served as Executive Director and is a Trustee of the Global Heritage Fund in Palo Alto, California, which works to conserve heritage sites as economic assets for developing regions of the world. He was previously the John Bryan Chair of Historic Preservation at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has chaired the National Council for Preservation Education, the Geographic Society of Chicago and served on the Executive Committee of Landmarks Illinois.  He also serves on the Board of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy.   Vince began his career in 1983 working toward the creation of the first heritage area in the United States.  He has lectured and led tours throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas.  He is the author of The Architecture of Barry Byrne: Taking the Prairie School to Europe and numerous journal articles, travel guides and over 440 blog posts since 2005.   Further information about Vincent Michael, PhD is available on this site -

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