Architecture Lecture Series 

The Architecture Lecture Series welcomes architecture and experiential design leaders from around the country to the School of Architecture & Design. Lecturers bring a wide range of expertise in areas such as sustainable building, digital environments, public interest design, historic preservation, health and wellness design, and more. 

Lectures begin at 12:00 p.m. on Zoom. 

Fall 2020 

The Architecture Lecture Series curators have teamed up with the School's Institute of Health + Wellness Design to create a series of Grand Rounds lectures that will address healthcare design during and after the public health crisis due to COVID-19. Some of the country’s leading healthcare design experts will discuss strategies and solutions to combat current and future crises through design and research 


September 10 | COVID / Care / Community

How can architecture support responses to the current COVID-19 pandemic and other crises caused by natural and manmade disasters? This panel discussion will address the public health characteristics of the current COVID event, how the architecture community is responding to support community -wide initiatives, specific healthcare building strategies, and post-event disaster recovery efforts. 


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  • Rachel Minnery, FAIA, Senior Director of Resilience, Adaptation & Disaster Assistance at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 
  • Molly Scanlon, Ph.D., FAIA, FACHA, Director of Standards, Compliance Research at Phigenicenics AIA COVID-19 Task Force member  
  • David Vincent, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP, Principal and Director of Health at HKS Architects 

October 8 | Understanding VR in Architectural Design and Research

Virtual reality (VR) software is emerging as an important tool in creative design and for communications with users and clients. This session will explore the current state of the technology and how it can fit into the overall design process. Research into the effectiveness of this tool compared to other methods for client input will be presented along with insights into the future of VR. 


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  • Callum Vierthaler, AIA, EDAC, LEED, architect at Pulse Design Group 
  • Deborah Wingler, PhD, EDAC, Health Research Lead, Vice President at HKS Architects



November 12 | The Future of Architecture  

Current restrictions on travel, group meetings, and office work environments have resulted in radical shifts in the practice of architecture. Are these permanent changes in the way we work, are they temporary “blips” in the design process, or will there be some blend in virtual and traditional practice?  This panel will explore the short and long-term implications from an industry-wide perspective and from practitioners leading large and medium size firms.   



  • Phillip G Bernstein, FAIA, NOMA, LEED AP, Associate Dean and Professor Adjunct at the Yale School of Architecture  
  • Heather Chung, MDA, Vice President and Healthcare Studio Leader at SmithGroup 
  • Richard Embers, AIA, ACHA, Principal at Pulse Design Group 



Spring 2020

Dan Wheeler
Wheeler Kearns Architects, Chicago

Andy Brayman
Matter Factory & Boston Valley Terracotta

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Fall 2019

Jason Smith
Partner, Kierantimberlake Architects

Peter Landon
Founder & Principal, Landon Bone Architects

Bob Coffeen
Founder and Principal Consultant, Avant Acoustics


Spring 2019

Julia Manglitz
Associate Principal and Historic Preservationist, TreanorHL    

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Rick Sommerfeld
Director, Colorado Building Workshop             

Alex Ilten
Design Director, Obscura Digital


Fall 2018

Jane Huesemann and Steve Clark
Founding Partners of Clark Huesemann       

Dennis Heath and Tim Cahill         
Founding Principal of MBH Architects and Director of Architecture Design at HNTB

Bill Zahner 
CEO of A. Zahner Co     


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