All Sessions will take place in the Forum at Marvin Hall

Symposium Schedule:

8:00 – 8:45 am: Light breakfast and coffee

8:45 – 8:55 am: Dean’s welcome note


First session: Human Understanding and Design

9:00 – 9:15 am: Frank Zilm, “Understanding the Creative Mind - A Look at the Creative Giants of Mid Century Architecture”

9:15 – 9:30 am:  Vaisali Krishna Kumar, “Decoding Unprotected Heritage through Community Based Heritage Value Assessment: A Case Study of the Tamil Brahmin Settlement”

9:30 – 9:45 am:  Michael Eckersley, “Helping People Manage and Secure Their Mobile Devices and Personal Accounts: A User Experience Study”

9:45 – 10:00 am: Jack Rees MSAS, “Surform: An Architectural Vocabulary of Morphogenesis”

10:00 – 10:25 am: Panel discussion 


10:30 – 10: 50 am: Coffee Break


Second session: Community and Place

10:55 – 11:10 am: Daniel W. Coburn, “The Tonic of Wildness”

11:10 – 11:25 am:  Tim Hossler, “The Perfect Souvenir: How objects help define place”

11:25 – 11:40 am: Matthew Kleinmann, “Mobile Market: A case study for adaptive design in community health”

11:40 – 11:55 am:  Shannon Criss and Nils Gore, “A Crooked Path: Evolving a design/research agenda at Dotte Agency”

11:55 – 12:25 am:  Panel discussion


12:30 – 1:25 pm: Lunch with Poster and Artwork Presentation



Bob Coffeen, “Measurement of Coefficients of Sound Absorption for Typical Sound Absorbing Wall Panels With and Without Spacing Between Panels and With and Without Hardened Edges”

Bob Coffeen, “Coefficients of Sound Absorption for Lapendary Panels as They are Typically Installed in Gymnasiums, Arenas, and Similar Spaces”

Andrea Herstowski, “Tipoteca Italiana Foundazione”

Tom Huang, “Kaw River Canoe Workshops”

Bushra Obeidat, “Toward an understanding of first-time users’ wayfinding at KU Edwards Campus”

May Tveit, “Universal Boxes:  The Intersection of Art and Architecture”



Elise Kirk, “Night Train”

Linda Samson Talleur, “Smeraldina”


Third session: Rethinking Fabrication

1:30 – 1:45 pm: Farhan Karim, "The Dirty Modern: Earth Architecture at the junction of humanitarian crisis, economic development, and environmental sustainability"

1:45 – 2:00 pm: Joe Colistra, “The Future of Housing for Smart Cities”

2:00 – 2:15 pm:  Keith Van de Riet, “Reef Wall Prototype Installation – Design-Build Field Trials in Tidal Waters”

2:15 – 2:30 pm:  Keith Van de Riet, “Craft in the Digital Era: Sullivan revisited with Digital Technologies”

2:30 – 2:55 pm: Panel Discussion


3:00 – 3:25 pm: Coffee Break


Fourth session: Book Panel

Presenters: Chad Kraus, Mahbub Rashid, Kapila D. Silva, Mike Sinclair, Charles Linn

3:30 – 3:45 pm: 5-minute presentation by each of the four authors

3:50 – 4:45 pm: Panel discussion


5:00 pm:  Seminar ends


5:00 - 7:00 pm: Networking Happy Hour at the Oread All Seasons Den

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