See below for 2020-21 events — along with links to lectures, speakers, videos and more.
- Design Justice: Power + Place Our values are validated through the spaces and places we design and subsequently build. Power + Place explores the privilege and power structures that have defined injustice in the built environment from America's inception. We will look at the history of the design justice movement and how the theory of practice continually advocates for the dismantling of power ecosystems that use architecture and design to create injustice throughout the built environment.
- The Lessons of Modern Preservation Leo Marmol engaged the audience with his approach to the historic preservation of modern architecture, including the firm’s award-winning adaptive reuse and renovation of buildings by Richard Neutra, John Lautner, and Minoru Yamasaki. He discussed his approach to conservation as not merely the preservation of material but of the important issue of maintaining the integrity of the original design intent. Marmol also detailed the realities, challenges, and triumphs of Marmol-Radziner’s preservation work.
- NOMAS Panel Discussion: Design Hurdles For the 4th Annual Jefferson NOMAS Spring Discussion Panel, our members have come up with the theme “Design Hurdles.” We want to have a conversation between the students, faculty, and our esteemed panelists about the unseen and uncomfortable topics that BIPOC and Minority members of the design discipline. Talking about these issues is a part of why NOMAS was founded and we are excited for this year’s discussion.
- Design by Radical Indigenism Landscape designer and educator Julia Watson has conducted extensive research on indigenous ecological knowledges and innovations to reimagine technology towards a sustainable, climate-resilient design future. Her bestselling book, Lo-TEK: Design by Radical Indigenism, a global exploration of nature-based technology spanning 18 countries, has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, Architectural Digest, and more. Regularly teaching at Harvard and Columbia University, Watson’s studio work involves landscape and urban design, along with public speaking and consulting with brands on sustainability.
- Building Brands: Corporations and Modern Architecture by Grace Ong Yan Grace Ong Yan discusses her new book, Building Brands: Corporations and Modern Architecture, which examines how clients, architects, and designers together crafted buildings to reflect the company’s brand, carefully considering consumers’ perception and their emotions towards the architecture and the messages they communicated.
- Designing for Change Gina Ford and Rhiannon Sinclair of Agency LP discussed how design should be an agent of change in our society addressing social equity, cultural vitality, and environmental resilience in our current pandemic. They also presented their feminist-driven design practice and a number of interesting and exciting projects. Sinclair is an alumnus of the Landscape Architecture Program at Jefferson.
- Transient Spaces Panel Discussion This panel discussion focuses on the themes presented in Transient Spaces book publication, a curated collection of essays and projects about the impact that mass migration is having on cities around the world. The book examines transience as a force of opportunity and resilience in the design of cities.
- Grace Ong Yan: Building Brands Book Launch Grace is an architectural historian whose scholarship explores alternate theories of modernism, intersections of media and the built environment, and interdisciplinary collaborations.
- 2020 Geodesign Forum: Geodesign + Urban Design Cities and suburbs alike face many challenges: providing sufficient housing across all income levels, changing retail landscapes, shifts in mobility, and now the uncertainty of a COVID-19 response and potentially long-term aftermath.
- Neurodiveristy: Building Community and Rethinking the Built Environment The event aims to stimulate dialogue amongst designers, medical field experts and people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their caregivers in regard to the inclusivity of our current environments and with particular focus on designing for neurodiverse individuals and those with ASD.
- 2020 Jefferson Smart and Healthy Cities Forum Panel 1: Policy + Housing. Panel 2: How to Evolve Cities as Smart and Healthy Cities?
- Kia Weatherspoon In this presentation, Kia will help the audience recognize the impact of labels, demographics and data on the design process. She will share her mission of Design Equity™, challenging professionals to approach projects with a focus on community and the collective human experience.
- Alexander Eisenschmidt Alexander Eisenschmidt will introduce the topic of his recent book, The Good Metropolis, focusing on the productive tension between the city and architectural form.
- 11th Street Bridge Park: Bridging Communities OMA+OLIN’s winning design for the 11th Street Bridge Park Competition connects two historically disparate sides of the Anacostia River with a series of rooms and active zones. The form of the bridge creates an iconic encounter, an “X” instantly recognizable as the river’s new image.
- Jack Travis, FAIA Architect Jack Travis’ career of 40 years has evolved a triumvirate approach of educating students, practitioners and citizens nationally and internationally to the legacy of Blacks in architecture and the defining of a Black design aesthetic.