Lecture Series

female student working on model in studio
male student drawing at desk with model in front of him
 five students having a discussion in studio
 Viewed from behind, a female student is looking at her drawings on her desk
 close up image of male student working on his building model
 five students meeting with professor Blake and professor Patrizio discussing work on a laptop
 A triptych view of 3 different students working on architectural projects. A man leans close over a drawing board and uses a straightedge to draw a line. A hand dips a paintbrush into a color, with other supplies covering the table. A woman presses a finger on top of the roof of a building model she is working on.
 Viewed from behind the chair, a seated woman holds up a section of an architectural model and studies it intently, Other pieces and tools for the model are on the table in front of her.
 close-up view of hands cutting a piece for a model. On the worktable are scraps of material and a bottle of glue on its side
A woman leans in close to a drawing that she is working on

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 2021 Lecture Series

All Spring 2021 lectures will be held online. Additional information to come.

Craig WilkinsDr. Craig Wilkins, University of Michigan

"Other Architecture"

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Tuesday, February 9, 7:00 pm

Steve NillesSteve Nilles

“Vertical Urban Aeroponics”

Steve Nilles is the president of Nilles Architectural Consulting. He previously served as a partner at Goettsch Partners for more than 15 years, and he was vice president/director of production at  Murphy/Jahn, where he worked for 16 years. He specializes in the technical design of high-rise buildings that integrate advanced engineering concepts, innovative uses of materials, and sustainable design strategies. He has worked on projects throughout the U.S. as well as in China, the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. In recognition of his accomplishments, Nilles was elected to the distinguished College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2012. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional and holds a professional Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame.

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Monday, February 22, 7:00 pm

Jessica KarleJessica Karle

Jessica Karle is a designer and entrepreneur who’s passionate about building design and community-driven companies. She’s currently the co-founder and CEO of Companion, a startup reimagining how you shop for your home.

Jess started her career in interior design and architecture. She transitioned to technology through brand and digital product design after getting her MFA in Graphic Design at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art). She has experience building brands people love at companies like Everlane, Paperless Post, and Faire.


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Monday, March 8, 7:00 pm

Sean BurkholderSean Burkholder

Managing Methods: Experiments in Landscape Research and Design”

Miami Alumnus Sean Burkholder is currently an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the  University of Pennsylvania.

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Monday, March 15, 7:00 pm

ashley bigham and erik HermannAshley Bigham and Erik Herrmann
Outpost Office

Crosstraining workshop with Outpost Office

March 19-21

Lecture "Drawing Afield” by Ashley Bigham and Erik Herrmann, Outpost Office on Friday, March 26, 6:00 pm

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Outpost Office is an architectural practice seeking new public audiences through experimental creative production ranging from the serious to the absurd, often simultaneously.

Ashley Bigham is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Knowlton School at The Ohio State University. Previously, she was the Walter B. Sanders Fellow at the Taubman College of Architecture. She is a Fulbright Fellow and a MacDowell Fellow.  

Erik Herrmann is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Knowlton School at The Ohio State University. Previously, Erik was the Walter B. Sanders Fellow at the Taubman College of Architecture. He is a German Chancellor Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and a MacDowell Fellow.

Ashley and Erik hold a Master of Architecture from Yale University School of Architecture and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design.

Outpost Office was named one of Architect Magazine’s Next Progressives in 2019. Their recent project, Drawing Fields, won the 2020 Ragdale Ring competition and has been recognized with a Best of Design Award from Architect’s Newspaper and a Faculty Design Award from the ACSA. Outpost Office’s work and writing have been featured in Log, Metropolis, Mark, Surface, and Avery Shorts, among others. The practice’s work has been exhibited at the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Tallinn Architecture Biennale, Roca London Gallery, Yale School of Architecture, Princeton School of Architecture, Harvard GSD, and The Cooper Union.

anitza Brongers-Marrero and Troy SherrardYanitza Brongers-Marrero and Troy Sherrard from Moody Nolan

“Diverse by Design”

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Monday, April 5, 6:30 pm

Moody Nolan 
As the largest African American-owned and managed firm in the country, we maintain a strong commitment to diversity in our staff, as well as our approach to solving client problems. Our expertise in a broad range of industries allows us to think inventively and design solutions that are responsive to client needs.

As creative problem-solvers, we meet you where you are, giving every client access to the right people and thinking, at just the right time. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, we have offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Houston, Nashville, New York City, and Washington, DC. Moody Nolan is the 2021 recipient of the AIA Firm of the Year Award.

Yanitza Brongers, AIA, LEED BD+C, LEED for Homes

Yanitza is a Principal and Director of Housing at Moody Nolan. Yanitza was born in San Juan Puerto Rico and has 25 years of broad professional experience in civic, educational, corporate, and housing projects. Her passion and national leadership are focused on the design of multi-family housing projects and community development.

Yanitza holds a bachelor’s degree from the Universidad de Puerto Rico and a master’s from The Ohio State University. Yanitza was the 2019 President of the AIA Columbus Chapter, representing the fourth woman and first Hispanic holding in the history of the Chapter. Yanitza is a member of the AIA Housing and Community Development Knowledge Committee and a member of the AIA National Strategic Council. 

Troy Sherrard, FAIA
Troy Sherrard has extensive architectural design leadership dedicated to the specialty practice of collegiate Recreation / Wellness / Fitness / Sports Architecture. The focus stems from the desire to promote long-term human health + performance benefits, encourage social gathering and promote human connectivity. His focused commitment to each project gives him an in-depth understanding of the specific design issues and solutions involved in creating future-ready / state-of-the-art sports facilities. Troy specializes in the creation of a client’s vision, team collaboration, managing the design process, and leading all aspects of the advancement of the science and art of planning + building. Troy is a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects and Partner / Practice Leader with the nationally recognized firm of Moody•Nolan, Inc. known for Responsive Architecture. 


katja abela

Katja Abela, Atelier Maison

“Timeless and Tailor-Made: Atelier Maison, architecture and interiors”

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Monday, April 19, 4:00 pm