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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 Spring Lecture Series


PLANNED ERASURE: Recovering Asian American Spaces in the Pacific Northwest | Megan Asaka

Tuesday, April 2 2024 5:30pm
Alder Auditorium

This talk will examine the built environment as an archive for illuminating the erased histories of Asian migrants in the early twentieth century Pacific Northwest. Floor plans, photographs, and oral histories reveal the interracial social worlds forged by Asian migrants and their forgotten role in building the city. Though derided as “slums” and targeted with demolition, the spaces inhabited by a diverse migrant workforce offer insight into a different kind of Seattle history and hold valuable lessons for our present moment. Megan Asaka is an award-winning scholar, writer, and teacher of Asian American history, urban history, and public humanities. She is the author of Seattle from the Margins: Exclusion, Erasure, the Making of a Pacific Coast City (University of Washington Press, 2022), which reorients the early history of Seattle through the lens of those displaced and erased in the making of the city as a modern metropolis. Her research has been supported by numerous prizes and fellowships, including the Mellon Fellowship in Urban Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks. She was born and raised in Seattle and currently works as an associate professor of history at the University of California, Riverside.

College of Built Environments
Histories Humanities Futures

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BUILD A FUTURE, NOT A FORTUNE | Jeremy McLeod, Breathe Architecture

Wednesday, April 3 2024 7:00pm
322 Gould Hall

Jeremy McLeod is the founding Director of Breathe Architecture, a practice that has built a reputation for delivering high-quality and sustainable architecture across a range of scales and typologies. Jeremy is also a founder of Nightingale Housing, a Melbourne based not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable and high-quality housing that is ecologically, socially and financially sustainable. Jeremy believes that through collaboration, architects can make a real and positive impact in their community.

UW Department of Architecture 2024 Spring Lecture Series

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RELATIVES | Chris Cornelius, studio: indigenous

Wednesday, April 10 2024 6:00pm
147 Architecture Hall

Chris Cornelius is a citizen of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and Professor and Chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of New Mexico. He is the founding principal of studio:indigenous, a design practice serving Indigenous clients. He served as a cultural consultant and design collaborator with Antoine Predock on the Indian Community School of Milwaukee (ICS). ICS won the AIA Design Excellence award from the Committee on Architecture for Education. Cornelius holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Cornelius was the Spring 2021, Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professor at Yale University. He has previously taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Virginia, and is currently Professor and Chair at The University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning. Chris is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. Including the inaugural Miller Prize from Exhibit Columbus, a 2018 and 2022 Architect’s Newspaper Best of Design Award, and an Artist residency from the National Museum of the American Indian. Chris has been exhibited widely including the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Studio:indigenous received a 2021 Architect’s Newspaper Best Of Practice Award – Best Small Practice, Midwest. Chris lives and works on the ancestral lands of the Pueblo, Tiwa and Piro people.

UW Department of Architecture 2024 Spring Lecture Series
Sponsored by UW Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies

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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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