On October 14, 2016 Alumni, students and faculty of the University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design & Planning gathered for a day of presentations on pertinent issues relating to the practices of design and architecture.
The Business of Design
Alums who have built multidisciplinary and collaborative firm cultures share the ways they have created organizations that produce exceptional work. Speakers include Kelly Jones, president, Lighting Design Alliance; Krista Masilionis, creative director, Hallmark, and Jeff Vaglio of the building façade manufacturer Enclos. The discussion was moderated by Arjun Bhat of CannonDesign and SADP Dean Mahesh Daas.
Designing Outside the Design Bubble
After a brief welcome message from KU Alumni Association president Heath Peterson, alums discussed ways their work engages society and uses design to address its challenges. Speakers are Mike Hauser, founder of DesignHaus Studio; April Pottorff, an architect whose firm, CGL RicciGreen, specializes in justice facility design, and John Wilson, House Minority Policy Chair in the Kansas Legislature. They were moderated by Amy Slattery, principal of Odimo, and Professor Mahbub Rashid.
Connecting in a Connected World
The final session looks at the ways firms are leveraging the power of the Cloud to connect emerging technologies such as autonomous vehicles, Smart Cities, the Internet of Things, digital fabrication, robotics, and virtual reality. Presentations will be made by urban futurist Cindy Frewen; Matthew Hufft, principal of Hufft Projects; Garmin concept designer Todd Register and Jeremy Williams, creative director of Dimensional Innovations. The presentations were moderated by Jay Vaglio of Cerner Corp Labs and Professor Michael Eckersley.