LAWRENCE — The School of Architecture & Design at the University of Kansas has announced the Spring 2021 Architecture Lecture Series lineup.
The Architecture Lecture Series welcomes architecture and experiential design leaders from across the country to the School of Architecture & Design. Lecturers bring a wide range of expertise in such areas as sustainable building, digital environments, public interest design, historic preservation, health and wellness design and more.
All lectures are free and begin at 11:30 a.m. on Zoom. See event site for Zoom details.
Tyler Cukar, AICP, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP ND, is an associate at FXCollaborative, where he practices at the intersection of urban design, planning and architecture. He approaches each project with an eye toward community and interconnectivity by questioning "who" in addition to "what." He has worked on some of New York City’s largest planning projects, including regional growth strategies, district revitalization, scenario planning and transit networks and stations. By understanding the social, economic and physical, he shapes the organizational and programmatic concepts that define cities.
Chad Kraus is an associate professor of architecture at KU and a licensed architect. He teaches architectural theory, architectural design studio and the award-winning design-build Dirt Works Studio. His scholarship concentrates on design-build pedagogy and material research. He is the editor of the book "Designbuild Education" (Routledge 2017) and an editor of the journal Technology | Architecture + Design (TAD). Prior to teaching, Kraus worked for Pritzker-prize laureate Shigeru Ban and studied architectural history and theory under Alberto Perez-Gomez at McGill University.
Christopher Marcinkoski and Andrew Moddrell are founding partners of PORT. Marcinkoski has led many of PORT’s large-scale urban design and planning projects, including — most recently — the master plan and design of Aspire Park, the Frankford Avenue Connector, Oval+ and work on the Fourth Regional Plan for the Regional Plan Association of New York. In addition to his work at PORT, he is also an associate professor of landscape architecture and urban design at the University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design in Philadelphia.
Moddrell is currently leading a diverse range of public realm, urban design and master planning projects. In addition to his work at PORT, he teaches seminars and design studios related to contemporary issues of urbanism as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He holds a bachelor's in architecture with distinction from KU, where he was awarded the Thayer Medal for Architectural Design, and an master's of architecture from Yale University, where he was awarded the H.I. Feldman Prize for Design Excellence.
Mae-ling Lokko is an architectural scientist and building technology researcher from Ghana and the Philippines whose work centers on the upcycling of agrowaste and biopolymer materials into high performance clean building material systems for humidity control, indoor air quality remediation and water quality control applications. Lokko holds a doctorate and a master's degree in architectural science from the Center from Architecture, Science and Ecology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and bachelor's from Tufts University. Lokko teaches seminars on energy and ecology in relation to the built environment, upcycling and ecoeffective material life cycle design, both at the SoA and at the Center for Architecture, Science and Ecology in Industry City, Brooklyn.