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2022-2023 Lecture Series

Healing Environments

Landscapes and Architectures After the Crisis

HEALING ENVIRONMENTS Landscapes and Architectures After the Crisis is the title of the Clemson University School of Architecture’s fall lecture series, which kicks off on Wednesday, August 31. The series is presented by the School of Architecture, the Clemson Architectural Foundation, and the Clemson Architecture Center, Charleston.

Lecturers from across the globe representing a variety of architectural styles will present both on Clemson’s main campus and at the Clemson Design Center, Charleston. Each lecture will be delivered in person and streamed online. See below for a complete list of times, locations, and speakers.

If you cannot join us in person, you may join all lectures via Zoom:

Fall 2022

  • Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 1:30 p.m. - Convocation Lecture // Gustavo Utrabo // Clemson Campus - Lee 2-111

    gustavo-utraboGustavo Utrabo (Curitiba, Brazil, 1984) graduated in Architecture and Urbanism from the Federal University of Paraná in 2010. He has participated in conferences and in various events at institutions such as the GSD in Harvard, the IIT in Chicago, the University of Hong Kong, the Future Architecture Platform of museum MAO in Ljubljana, RIBA in London and the School of Architecture and Urbanism in São Paulo, among others. He was a visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong and an assistant professor at the Escola da Cidade de São Paulo. Gustavo Utrabo was a founding partner of Aleph Zero for six years, being in charge of the main projects of the firm.

    His work has been awarded numerous international prizes, including Prize APCA (2017), Prize Tomie Ohtake AkzoNobel (2017), American Architecture Prize - Social Housing (2018), Oscar Niemeyer Prize for Latin-American Architecture (Third Prize, 2018) or RIBA International Prize (2018).


  • Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 2:30 p.m. - Emmanuel Didier // Clemson Campus - Lee 2-111

    emmanuel-didierEmmanuel Didier is a landscape architect, artist, and founding principal of Didier Design Studio. A leading figure in public garden design, Emmanuel has collaborated with top botanical gardens across the nation. Parallel to his design practice, he teaches graduate-level design studios at the University of Colorado Denver and lectures nationally and internationally.

    Emmanuel holds a Master of Architecture and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Fine Arts degree from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in his native country of France. After moving to the United States, Emmanuel expanded his passion for landscape architecture with Child Associates in Boston, Nelson Byrd Woltz in Charlottesville, and EDAW/AECOM in Colorado before opening his practice.

    Emmanuel brings a highly creative design approach paired with an innate ability to communicate, collaborate, and inspire people. His recent work focuses on revealing site and ecology through artful interventions. His designs respect and express an authentic sense of place and identity while inviting people to connect to nature - both experientially and intellectually. Emmanuel leads Didier Design Studio as a mission-based practice, forming partnerships with clients and project teams around a shared sense of vision and purpose.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 2:30 p.m. - Isabel Rivera // Clemson Campus - Lee 2-111

    isabel-riveraDr. Isabel Rivera (she/her/hers/Professor) is a founding partner of RAD: Research-based Applied Design, a woman-owned small business that provides building science consulting services to architecture and engineering firms focusing on healthy buildings. Her specialty is indoor environmental quality and the effects of negative environmental qualities on children. Her groundbreaking work was used to develop the national sustainable building code for healthy schools in Chile. She is also an Associate Professor of Architecture at the Universidad de Concepcion where she teaches courses and studios on building enclosures, sustainable technologies, and environmental control systems.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 2:30 p.m. - Karima Ben Bih // Clemson Campus - Lee 2-111

    karima-ben-bih.jpgKarima works as an Urban and Disaster Risk Management Specialist and task team leader at the World Bank’s Urban, disaster risk management, Resilience and Land Global Practice (URL). Based in Washington DC, she focuses on the Middle East and North Africa, and with an emphasis on post-conflict urban recovery and reconstruction, DRM, low-income housing, and local economic development. Karima holds a PhD in architecture and urban studies focusing on the post-disaster reconstruction of dense agglomerations from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and an M.Arch focusing on post-disaster shelter design from l’Ecole Nationale d’Architecture de Rabat. Before joining the World Bank, she worked for over ten years in the private sector and with international NGOs and international organizations on housing policy, urban disaster risk management, and urban planning.