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2020-2021 Lecture Series

2020-2021 Lecture Series

2020-2021 Lecture Series

We are excited to be able to offer our annual lecture series again this year. While this year will be different due to COVID-19, we have an amazing lineup to inspire and educate the Architecture family. 

Spring 2021 Series

Clemson Conversations on Race & Reconciliation PANEL DISCUSSION
Ray Huff FAIA | Associate Professor Emeritus | Director of Clemson Architecture Center, Charleston
Andreea Mihalache, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor | Clemson School of Architecture

Michael Allen, NCARB, AIA | Founder | MOA Architecture
Nehemiah Ashford-Carroll | cNOMAS President | CAAH
Danita Brown, NCARB, AIA | Architect
Maya Hislop, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor of English | CAAH
Byron Jefferies | Architect & lecturer | CAAH
Sethunya Mokoko | RCID Student | CAAH
Adrianna Spence | cNOMAS Vice-President | CAAH
Michael Urueta | Architect

Derek Ham, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director Head of Art + Design, NC State
Spatial Narratives in the Virtual World 

Derek Ham, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Department Head of Art + Design at NC State University’s College of Design. He is also the selected chair for the Immersive Pavilion at SIGGRAPH 2022.  His research expertise spans the areas of game-based learning, algorithmic thinking, and immersive media. He completed his doctoral work in Design Computation from MIT, holds a Master’s in Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Hampton University. As the founder of the Mixed Reality Lab at the College of Design, he continues to investigate both virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology to find ways these tools can expand the possibilities of interaction design.  In 2019 the NC State University also invested in the lab’s spin-out company Logic Grip Inc. as a startup that produces VR content and develops new VR hardware and peripheral devices.  


Irene Chang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, California College of the Arts, co-editor of Race and Modern Architecture 
Title: Past is Prologue: Reflections on Race and Architecture in the Nineteenth Century

Irene Cheng is an architectural historian, critic, and educator. Her research explores the entanglements of architecture, culture, and politics in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Cheng is a co-editor of Race and Modern Architecture: A Critical History from the Enlightenment to the Present (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020) and The State of Architecture at the Beginning of the 21st Century (The Monacelli Press, 2004). Her current book project, entitled “The Shape of Utopia: The Architecture of Radical Reform in Nineteenth-Century America” (forthcoming, University of Minnesota Press) explores the geometry of architectural projects affiliated with anarchist, socialist, abolitionist, free love, spiritualist, and other radical antebellum movements. The project has received generous fellowship support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Whiting Foundation, the Graham Foundation, the Huntington Library, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, and the Massachusetts Historical Society. Cheng is an associate professor of architecture at the California College of the Arts, where she is a founding director of History Theory Experiments, a platform for advanced interdisciplinary research and critical engagement in architecture. She is the recipient of a 2019 Diversity Achievement Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and an AIA SF Community Alliance Award. Previously, Cheng worked as an architectural designer for Bernard Tschumi Architects before launching her own firm, Cheng + Snyder, with Brett Snyder. Cheng received a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard University, and M.Arch and Ph.D degrees from Columbia University.


Fall 2020 Series

Richard O'Cain Lecture
Michael Ford | The Hip Hop Architect
Hip Hop Beyond Beats and Rhyme/Architecture Beyond Bricks and Mortar 

Michael Ford, Associate AIA is a designer, born and raised in the city of Detroit. Ford received his Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM), where he completed his graduate thesis titled “Hip Hop Inspired Architecture and Design.” He has worked as a designer at Hamilton Anderson Associates located in Detroit, Mich. and as an adjunct professor at his alma mater. Ford has also worked as a designer at Flad Architects located in Madison, Wisc.

Ford has spent the past decade working to blur the lines between professional practice and academia. He is dedicated to stimulating cross-disciplinary discourse between practitioners and residents on the sociological and cultural implications of architecture and urban planning on its inhabitants. More specifically, Ford has unveiled the subconscious roles of historical architectural figures such as LeCorbusier in envisioning the built environments which necessitated the birth of hip hop culture.

Ford’s Hip Hop Architecture research has been published in a variety of places including FastCo Design, Blavity,  The Fader, CityLab and Vibe Magazine. Along with these publications Ford has been a guest lecturer at several universities including the University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign, University of Detroit Mercy, UPenn, and Carnegie Mellon University. 


Ruth Todd, FAIA, LEED AP, AICP | Principal | Page & Turnbull
Todd, a Clemson alumna, is president and a principal of the San Francisco–based Page & Turnbull, an architecture, planning, and preservation firm founded in 1973. With three offices in California, the majority woman-owned practice employs nearly 50 people, including architectural historians, preservation planners, material specialists, and designers.

Alpa Nawre, Executive Director | Critical Places
Alpa is an Architect, a Landscape Architect, and an Urban Designer. She has worked internationally in design offices in India, the US, UAE, and Switzerland for over a decade and is a LEED AP. She is a recipient of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Award for Excellence in Design Studio Teaching, the Dumbarton Oaks Mellon Fellowship in Urban Landscape Studies, and a Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership. Alpa’s projects have won national and international awards and her writings have been published widely. Alpa is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Florida, and a Partner at her mission-based design practice, Alpa Nawre Design. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Architectural Education and on the GSD Alumni Council. She holds a Master's degree in Urban Design from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University, and a Bachelor of Architecture from NIT Raipur, India. Alpa is passionate about combining process and product to create an impact at scale through built environments that can address critical infrastructure issues.