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Jan. 15, 2013
School of Building arts lecture series, 2013
School of Building arts lecture series, 2013

SCAD's School of Building Arts presents a roster of exciting new lectures for the 2013 SCAD School of Building Arts Lecture Series. Held at the SCAD Museum of Art at 601 Turner Blvd., the series connects students and the larger design community with industry professionals who exemplify this year's theme: The Next City. Lectures are free and open to the public.

Scheduled presentations include:

"Walkable Cities: Planning to Walk Again"

Thursday, Jan. 17, 5:30 p.m.
Rick Hall, a registered transportation engineer specializing in walkable transportation design, presents an overview of design issues centered on walkable urban thoroughfares, complete streets, smart growth and pedestrian/bicycle planning. His experience includes design leadership with numerous national and international projects, engineering and implementing walkable thoroughfare design for urban communities. He is a Knight Community Building Fellow, an Institute of Transportation Engineers Fellow and active in the Congress for the New Urbanism.

"Personality of Design: Lessons of Bringing Brands to Life in the Global Retail Landscape"

Thursday, Jan. 24, 5:30 p.m.
Retail environments are the physical manifestation of a brand's unique identity. Understanding that identity and translating it into built space is becoming more challenging as global markets merge. Join SCAD alumna Caroline Farouki (M.F.A., interior design, 2010) as she shares her personal insights on designing new store concepts for national and international brands as a part of leading retail-design agency Pompei A.D.

"China: Today's Future City"

Thursday, Jan. 31, 5:30 p.m.
Where do we find inspiration for future urbanism? According to Jeffrey Johnson, director of the China Megacities Lab and adjunct assistant professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, the "city of the future" can be found in rapidly urbanizing China. Johnson presents observations on the contemporary city in China in this presentation. Many of these observations are also reflected in his upcoming new book, "China Lab Guide to Megablock Urbanisms," due out later this year. Based in Brooklyn, New York, Johnson is also principal at the well-known architectural studio, SLAB.

"Corridic Modernity"

Thursday, Feb. 7, 6 p.m.
Mark Jarzombek, associate dean of MIT's School of Architecture and Planning, traces the corridor's history to the Spanish Empire and Victorian England, the social construction of speed, and the architecture and particular type of modernity that tried to embrace it. Jarzombek recently published a textbook ,"A Global History of Architecture," with co-author Vikram Prakash and noted illustrator Francis D. K. Ching. He is currently working on a set of essays on architecture, philosophy and modernity. This lecture is held in conjunction with SCAD's 8th Savannah Symposium: Modernities Across Time and Space.

"Citizen Office: Where Work Is Not Just Work"

Thursday, Feb. 28, 5:30 p.m.
Societies' shifting values result in adaptive behavior that impacts the way we live and work. Join Margit Geist, creative director and head of strategic market development at Vitra, Inc. as she explores trends and tendencies that shape the future of work in urban environments. Geist is nationally known and respected for her work with developers, architects and end-users to create individual, innovative and inspiring work environments that enhance productivity, efficiency and employee well-being.

"Licensure, Practice and the Future"

Thursday, March 7, 5:30 p.m.
Michael Armstrong, chief executive officer for the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), explores how the approach, value and relevance of licensure cannot remain static in an environment of evolving approaches impacting the built environment. Armstrong's career includes the practice of law and management positions in government and the private sector, including senior positions at the International Code Council and FEMA. He holds a B.A. in English and B.S. in journalism from the University of Colorado and a J.D. from Pepperdine University.

Additional 2013 SCAD School of Building Arts Lecture Series presentations will be announced at a later date.

Poised to celebrate 35 years of academic excellence, the SCAD School of Building Arts encompasses approximately 1,200 students and includes the allied disciplines of architecture, urban design, historic preservation, interior design, architectural history and furniture design. SBA students become professional architects, designers and preservationists who are also strategic thinkers, global communicators, collaborative partners and ethical practitioners of the building arts.

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