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.


Fall 2020 Lecture Series

All Fall 2020 lectures will be held at 4 pm, Online

Kim Dowdell

"Diverse City: How Equitable Design and Development Will Shape Urban Futures"

Kimberly Dowdell is a licensed architect and frequent speaker on the topic of architecture, diversity, sustainability and the future of cities. In her current role as the 2019-2020 national president of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), she is working closely to increase opportunities for women and people of color to gain more equitable access to the building profession. Kimberly’s career aspirations are rooted in her upbringing in Detroit where she was initially driven to utilize architecture as a tool to revitalize cities. She earned her Bachelor of Architecture at Cornell University and her Master of Public Administration from Harvard University. Her professional experience has spanned from architecture to government and teaching to real estate development. Kimberly is currently a Principal in the Chicago studio of HOK, a global design firm. She is a LEED accredited professional, a co-founder of the SEED Network and an AIA 2020 Young Architect of the Year awardee. Kimberly’s overarching mission is to improve the quality of life for people living in cities.

Zoom Link

Monday, August 31


Gregory Marinic

"Interior Urbanism"

Gregory Marinic, PhD is an architectural theorist, scholar, educator, and practitioner whose work operates at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, obsolescence, and social justice. He is an Associate Professor in the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning where he serves on doctoral committees and applies his research to teaching a graduate architecture-urban design international studio, research methods in the Ph.D./MS Architecture program, an adaptive reuse studio focused on the public interior, and history/theory courses. He has been widely published in peer-reviewed journals and books. His scholarship and teaching have been recognized by several awards including the ACSA Diversity Achievement Award and AIA/ACSA Housing Design Education Award. His current field research is based in Mexico City. His multidisciplinary design practice, Arquipelago, has been awarded by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, the American Institute of Architects, and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, as well as exhibited in the AIA Center for Architecture in New York, Center for Architecture and Design in Philadelphia, Estonian Architecture Museum in Tallinn, Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul, TSMD Architecture Center in Ankara, and National Building Museum in Washington, DC. Prior to establishing Arquipelago, he worked in the offices of Rafael Viñoly Architects, Gensler, Tsao & McKown Architects, and ABS Architects. In the New York and London offices of Viñoly, he contributed to RIBA and AIA award-winning civic, academic, performing arts, residential, and aviation projects, as well as by-invitation international competition design teams.

Zoom Link

Monday, September 14


Suzanne Mobley

"Designing Dissenting Histories"

Sue Mobley is a New Orleans based urbanist, organizer, and advocate as well as a member of New Orleans’ City Planning Commission. She has served as Director of Advocacy at Colloqate Design and Co-Director of Paper Monuments, a public art and public history project that invited residents to imagine new monuments for New Orleans. Sue was formerly Public Programs Manager at the Small Center for Collaborative Design at Tulane School of Architecture, where she combined public pedagogy projects, strategic collaborations between the academy, public, and non-profit sectors, and adapting social science research methods with architecture students. Sue holds a BA in Anthropology from Loyola University New Orleans and an MA in Political Science from the American University in Cairo. Her primary interests are in urban studies, municipal policy and politics, and design ethnography with a focus on race, class, and gender. She is the author of Human Rights, Human Wrongs, Observation of Human Rights Law and Norms in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations, and a contributor to Remaking New Orleans: Beyond Exceptionalism and Authenticity recently released on Duke University Press.

Zoom Link

Monday, September 28


Martin Moeller, Maxfield Lecture

"Building Stories"

Martin Moeller is a writer, editor, and independent curator specializing in historical and contemporary architecture. He recently served as the Senior Curator at the National Building Museum, and as the Museum’s Executive Vice President (chief operating officer), overseeing all exhibitions, education programs, development, and operations. Before joining the National Building Museum in 1998, Moeller was Executive Director of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, which represents the faculty of all colleges and universities with accredited architecture degree programs in the United States and Canada.

Zoom Link

Monday, October 5


Danielle Wilkins

"Walking in the Footsteps of History: Digital Documentation and Visualization of the Civil Rights Movement"

Danielle Wilkins is an Assistant Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Architecture and a practicing designer, researcher, and educator who brings architectural engagement to diverse audiences through interactive projects. Her research and practice experiences span design/build, early intervention design education, transatlantic studies, and historic site documentation and visualization. As the 2015 Society of Architectural Historians’ H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellow, she traveled to Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Cuba, and Japan to research the impact of tourism on cultural heritage sites. Currently, she is working with Auburn University Associate Professor Liu and an interdisciplinary team from the McWhorter School of Building Science, the Department of History, and the Media Production Group on “Walking in the Footsteps of History”, an experimental survey and modeling project to digitally reconstruct the area south of the Edmund Pettus Bridge during the 'Bloody Sunday' events of March 7, 1965. This project is working to record and represent the built environment through the use of 3D LiDAR scans, UAV photogrammetry, and digital modeling. Wilkins is also currently developing a manuscript for publication with the University of Virginia Press: The Transatlantic Design Network: Jefferson, Soane, and agents of architectural exchange, 1768-1838 (working title). Thus far, this research has been supported by grants from Auburn University, the Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation, the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, and a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society (APS).

Zoom Link

Monday, October 19


Elizabeth Vereker

"Layered Experiences: Brand and Storytelling in Design"

Elizabeth Vereker is the Brand Director at Studio O+A, the San Francisco interiors firm responsible for groundbreaking office environments that changed the way we think about work. A natural storyteller, problem solver and lifelong student of design, Elizabeth is helping shape the field of environmental graphics. Her work for notable clients such as McDonald’s, Uber, Yelp, and Adidas has helped drive cultures and transform workplaces. Book designer, environmental artist, mentor, troubleshooter, dot connector—Elizabeth moves fluidly through various roles and mediums. She holds a BFA in Interior Design from Miami University and an MFA in Graphic Design from the Academy of Art University.

Zoom Link

Monday, October 26


Stephanie Pilat

"Do Not Try to Remember: Bruce Goff and the American School of Architecture"

Stephanie Z. Pilat is the Director of the Division of Architecture in the Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture at the University of Oklahoma. Pilat is a designer and writer whose teaching and research examines points of intersection between politics and architecture. Her first book considers the ways in which design culture both reflects and constructs national identities and political agendas. Reconstructing Italy: The Ina-Casa Neighborhoods of the Postwar Era told the story of an Italian postwar housing program that activated the design and construction process for social aims. At a moment when most governments were building failed public and social housing projects, the Italian Ina-Casa plan succeeded due to the combination of carefully crafted public policy, funding, and outstanding designs. The book was awarded the 2015 Helen and Howard R. Marraro Prize for the best work on Italian history by the Society for Italian Historical Studies. Furthering this line of research, Pilat recently co-edited The Routledge Companion Guide to Fascist Italian Architecture and Urbanism: Reception and Legacy with Professor Kay Bea Jones. This edited volume brings together the voices of thirty international scholars to investigate the afterlives of the architectural and urban projects of Italian Fascism. Pilat currently co-leads a team of approximately 30 faculty, students, and staff working to bring the legacy of the American School of Architecture to light. The American School refers to the pedagogy and practices that emerged from the University of Oklahoma under the leadership of Bruce Goff, Herb Greene, and others. A 2020 exhibition at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art showcases the original approach to teaching and fantastic works of the American School. Pilat co-edited the companion book, Renegades: Bruce Goff and the American School of Architecture with Dr. Luca Guido and Dr. Angela Person. The team also worked with the OU Libraries to create the American School Archive as well as an exhibition in the Bizzell Memorial Library. In 2018, the American School history was showcased in a special installation at the Venice Architecture Biennale. This project has been generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts as well as over $500,000 in grants, private and corporate funding.

Zoom Link

Monday, November 2