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UW Department of Architecture Lecture Series

The Department of Architecture sponsors a quarterly lecture series with invited lecturers from all over the world. Check this page often for dates for upcoming lecture events.  All lectures are free and open to the public. Scroll down for links to videos of our department lectures over the past few years.


2024 Winter Lecture Series to be announced in January


2023 Scan Design Lecture Poster

2023 Scan Design Foundation Visiting Professor: Søren Nielsen

Wednesday, October 04

Søren Nielsen is the 2023 Scan Design Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professor in the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments. Søren is architect and co-owner of Vandkunsten Architects in Copenhagen, one of the country’s leading socially and environmentally engaged offices. Responsible for Vandkunsten’s R&D activities, Søren is devoted to design strategies for sustainability, in particular resource protection, building transformation and the social, cultural, and aesthetic aspects of reuse. With 35 years of practice, he has been the leading force behind multiple innovative projects for affordable housing, adaptability, circularity, and the use of biogenic materials.


Recorded Session

Seeking Abundance | Katie Swenson – MASS Design Group

Wednesday, November 8

Katie Swenson is a Senior Principal at MASS Design Group, where she leads the Advocacy team. Katie’s work explores how critical design practice can, and should, promote economic and social equity, environmental sustainability, and healthy communities. She has over 20 years of experience in the theoretical and practical applications of design thinking. Katie teaches at the Parsons School of Design at The New School and lectures extensively on sustainable community development and affordable housing. She was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2019 and the AIA Award for Excellence in Public Architecture in 2021. Katie is a juror for the 2023 AIA Awards for Washington Architecture.


Recorded Session

On The Ground Indigenous Voices

On the Ground: Indigenous Voices on Constructed Place is a lecture series centering the voices, stories, and knowledge of Indigenous architects, researchers and community organizers.

November 5, 2021
Praxis – ‘Recent Work’
Speaker: Alfred Waugh, Architect AIBC, NWTAA, OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP
Owner l Principal Formline Architecture, Canada
Cultural Affiliation: Status First Nations registered with the Fond Du Lac (Denesuline) Nation of northern Saskatchewan Canada, part of Treaty 8.

November 19, 2021
Community Activism – ‘Returning Home: Community Driven: Practice from Within’
Speakers: Bobbie Koch + Daniel Glenn
Bobbie Koch, Sicangu Lakota – Rosebud Sioux Tribe
Master of Architecture + MS in Architectural History & Theory
University of Washington/Seattle – Class of 2022
Architectural Designer, 7 Directions Architects/Planners
Daniel Glenn, Architect, AIA,AICE,NCARB
Akchiiá iishúuchiia (His Horse Is a Palamino)
Apsáalooke – Crow Nation
Principal Architect, 7 Directions Architects/Planners

November 12, 2021
Academia – ‘Pluriverse Rising: Indigenous Design’
Speaker: Wanda Dalla Costa, Architect, AIA, OAA, AAA, LEED A.P. Saddle Lake Cree Nation
Institute Professor, The Design School, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Associate Professor, Del E. Webb School of Construction, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
Design Director and Founder, Indigenous Design Collaborative


February 2, 2022
‘Indigenous Design & Relationality’
Speaker: Owen Oliver (Quinault / Isleta Pueblo)
Owen will discuss the importance of Indigenous relationship building in the built environment, and how Indigenous design is crafted and presented through a relationship with the land, including a case study addressing salmon and the Salish Sea.
Hosted by Myer Harrell, Principal at Weber Thompson and ARCH 504 studio instructor and Ann Marie Borys, PhD, AIA | Associate Professor

Afrofuturism: The Past, Present and Future of African American Architects

This Spring 2022 series of lectures and panel discussions focused on the exploration of Afrofuturism as a design influence in the built environment. Invited guests led a dialog on the contribution of Black architects, landscape architects and urban designers, how their unique African American experience informs their planning and design approaches, and their influence in the built environment.

Led by Affiliate Professor Donald I. King, FAIA, NOMA

April 1, 2022

April 8, 2022
Lecture 2

April 15, 2022
Lecture 3

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