College of Architecture and Planning

Guest Lectures

Before the Memorial                                                                                                                 with Peter Walker, FASLA

Monday, September 14

4:00 pm - Architecture Building               Room 100


Peter Walker is a landscape architect with over fifty years of experience in practice and teaching.  Advocating a landscape that responds to, as well as influences its environment, Walker has collaborated with architects of such stature as I. M. Pei, Arata Isozaki, Norman Foster, Renzo Piano, Yoshio Taniguchi, Ricardo Legorreta, and Helmut Jahn. Walker authored Invisible Gardens: The Search for Modernism in the American Landscape with Melanie Simo. His work has been included in several exhibitions in San Francisco and Tokyo, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. As part of his commitment to education and publishing, Walker founded Spacemaker Press; its Landmarks series won the ASLA’s President’s Award of Excellence in 2000, and its magazine Land Forum, the ASLA Award of Excellence in Communications in 2006.   Please join us on the 14th as he discusses how the past informed the present while working on the National September 11 Memorial. If you aren't able to make it to campus but still want to see the lecture, join us for the live webcast.


Green City, Clean Waters: The Philadelphia Story                                                           with Mark A. Focht, PLA, FASLA


Monday, September 21

4:00 pm - Architecture Building

Room 104

Mark A. Focht, PLA, FASLA, serves as first deputy commissioner of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. He is responsible for the day-to-day management of 63 parks, totaling 9,200 acres, with a staff of 210 employees and an annual operating budget of $16.7 million. Prior to this appointment, he served as director of Fairmount Park’s environment, stewardship, and education division; an unprecedented multi-million-dollar effort to restore the natural areas throughout the park system, and to build a constituency for their protection through environmental education and community stewardship. Prior to that position, he served as the park system’s natural lands restoration manager.

Focht will discuss the nation’s first and only, EPA approved green infrastructure plan to manage storm water in Philadelphia. Philadelphia Parks & Recreation is a major partner with the Philadelphia Water Department, hosting many green infrastructure projects. Learn how the City’s $1.2 billion investment over 25 years deviates from conventional infrastructure through the use of land-based systems, which provide maximum returns to the public and environment. This lecture has been approved for one LA/CES HSW credit, as well as, one AIA continuing education credit.

Can't make it to campus for the event? Watch the live webcast

Shrink/Rapped: Fabricating progressive practices for regressive environments       with Dr. Craig L. Wilkins

Monday, September 28                                  4:00 pm - Architecture Building               Room 100

Architect, activist, artist, and academic, Dr. Craig L. Wilkins serves on the faculty of the University of Michigan's College of Architecture and Urban Planning. The 2010 Kresge Artist Fellow and former director of the Detroit Community Design Center and hip-hop architectural theorist is recognized as one of the country’s leading scholars on African Americans in architecture. Winner of the 2014 A' Design and International Competition Silver Award for Social Design, his design and literary work has been shown both nationally and internationally. Currently his design and academic research focuses on urban acupunctures: small architectures that relieve the pressures of everyday life, often built with salvaged and repurposed materials in neglected city spaces. He is the author of The Aesthetics of Equity: Notes on Race, Space, Architecture and Music, which received the 2008 Montaigne Medal for Best New Writing, 2009 National Indie Excellence Award for Social Change and foundation for the 2014 “Ruffneck Constructivist” exhibit at the International Contemporary Art Museum in Philadelphia, Dr. Wilkins is also co-editor of Activist Architecture: The Philosophy & Practice of Community Design Centers (2015) and author of the forthcoming The Diversity of Architects: From Margin to Center (2016).  


College of Architecture and Planning
Architecture Building (AB), Room 104
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

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