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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 line up to inspire and educate the Architecture family. 

Zoom details linked individually below. 

September 16, 2020

Michael Ford, Assoc. AIA, The Hip Hop Architect
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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. 

Michael Ford was invited to keynote the 2017 American Institute of Architects National Conference on Architecture and he delivered the keynote at 2016 SXSW Eco Conference in Austin, Texas. Through his years of research, publications, and lectures, Michael Ford is recognized in the architectural and hip hop communities as a galvanizer and pioneer of a new era of architectural practitioners. 


October 28, 2020
Ruth Todd, FAIA, Principal | Page & Turnbull

Architect Ruth Todd 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.


November 11, 2020
Alpa Nawre, Executive Director | Critical Placesre
Alpa is an Architect, a Landscape Architect and an Urban Designer. She has worked internationally in design offices in India, 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 Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at University of Florida, and 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 Masters degree in Urban Design from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, a Masters 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.