Upcoming Public Programs

This page features a selection of recent events and publication announcements. To view the full list of upcoming public programs offered by the Sam Fox School, including those in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design, visit our events page here.

> Upcoming Public Programs

Symposium: Decoys & Depictions: Images of the Digital

October 24 – 26, 2019

Kuehner Court, Weil Hall


The College of Architecture and the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design present the three-day symposium Decoys & Depictions: Images of the Digital. Organized by assistant professor Constance Vale, the symposium will investigate the effects of digital imaging on contemporary practice through lectures, panel sessions, and exhibitions.


The more than two dozen participants will include Sam Fox School architecture and art faculty as well as visiting architects from across the country. Highlights include keynote lectures by Nader Tehrani, dean of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union in New York (October 25), and Brett Steele, dean of the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture in Los Angeles (October 26).


All symposium events were livestreamed through the symposium website.

> Symposium Website

Lecture by Yvonne Farrell

Ruth Kahn Lynford Lecture

October 24, 2019
5p Reception; 5:30p Lecture

Steinberg Auditorium


As a founding director of Dublin-based Grafton Architects, Yvonne Farrell has been involved in all of the firm’s significant commissions in the past 40 years. She ensures visible leadership in the firm and remains involved in the development of the architectural ethos and direction of projects from concept to completion. Grafton Architects received the 2020 Pritzker Prize, the 2020 RIBA Royal Gold Medal, and Farrell and Shelley McNamara are the 2020 Pritzker Prize Laureates.


Farrell brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of how to deliver creative and sensitive design to all the firm’s projects, from the strategic stage to the design development. She has completed a number of complex, award-winning educational and cultural buildings around the Globe, including the Universita Luigi Bocconi in Milan, Italy, the Performing Arts Centre in Navan, Ireland, and the New University Campus UTEC in Lima, Peru.


She has vast experience dealing with complex client bodies and stakeholder organizations. Her approach is one of listening and collaborating so that each client and design team members can fully engage and become part of an overall design/conceptual approach. A fellow of the RIAI (Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland) and the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects), Farrell is the recipient of many significant national and international awards for architecture. She and Grafton Architects co-founder Shelley McNamara were named the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medalists in Architecture 2017.


They served as the as sole curators of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, Freespace, at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. In 2018, Farrell received UCD’s highest alumni honour, the Ulysses Medal, recognizing her outstanding global contribution in Architecture.



Special Book Signing


Before and after the lecture, copies of Grafton Architects (Phaidon Press, 2018) by Robert McCarter, the Ruth and Norman Moore Professor of Architecture will be available for purchase. Both McCarter and Farrell will be on hand to sign the book.

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Lecture by Morales de Giles

Visiting Faculty Lecture

October 7, 2019
5:30p Reception; 6p Lecture

Steinberg Auditorium


Visiting professors Sara de Giles and José Morales will deliver a public lecture entitled “To Inhabit Architecture: Projects, Construction, and Research”. They are partners in the Seville-based firm MGM, Morales de Giles Arquitectos, as well as current curators of the XIV Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism.


Their work has received national and international recognition, and they have won numerous architecture competitions and awards, among them the 2017 International Spanish Architecture Award, the 2013 Spanish Architecture Award, the AIT Award (2012, 2014), and the XIII Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism Award. They’ve also received awards at the X Iberian American Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism. Their work has been exhibited in national and international exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale, ON-SITE New architecture in Spain at MoMA in New York and Cité de l´Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris.

Lecture by Patrick Gmür

Ruth and Norman Moore Visiting Professor

September 19, 2019
5:30p Reception, 6p Lecture
Steinberg Auditorium


Swiss architect Patrick Gmür, founding partner of Gmür & Geschwentner and a former director of urban planning for the City of Zurich, will deliver a public lecture titled “A Journey through the World of my Floor Plans”. He is the Ruth and Norman Moore Visiting Professor for fall 2019.


The winner of numerous architectural competitions, Gmür is internationally renowned for his housing developments and school buildings. Major projects in Zurich include the James and Paul Clairmont housing development, the Hard Turm Park high rise, and Scherr schoolhouse renovation and extension.

> Gmür & Geschwentner Architects + Urban Planners

Faculty Publication: ‘Instabilities and Potentialities: Notes on the Nature of Knowledge in Digital Architecture ‘

Chandler Ahrens, Aaron Sprecher (Editors)


New York: Routledge

ISBN 978-1138583986

274 pages


Now that information technologies are fully embedded into the design studio, Instabilities and Potentialities: Notes on the Nature of Knowledge in Digital Architecture explores our post-digital culture to better understand its impact on theoretical discourse and design processes in architecture. The role of digital technologies and its ever-increasing infusion of information into the design process entails three main shifts in the way we approach architecture: images, objects, and discipline.



The first section of the book, “Images: Effect and Affect in the Digital Representation of Architecture,” examines how the nature of images has evolved from a representation of something to the evidence of the process by which they were generated. The second section, “Objects: Topological Evolution of the Architectural Entity,” explores how the impact of intensive computational capacity of today’s information technologies is propelling a pivot away from the ideal, fixed architectural object toward an unstable and variable condition that promotes potentiality. The third section, “Discipline: Transdisciplinarity and Potentialities,” reveals the increasing porosity of the architectural discipline to other fields of knowledge —architects transgressing traditional boundaries into other professions and non-architects entering the field of architecture.



Instabilities and Potentialities aims to bridge theoretical and practical approaches in digital architecture by bringing together original texts from some of the most important historians, theoreticians, and experimental practitioners today, including contributions by: Georges Teyssot, Antoine Picon, Mark Linder, David Freeland, Brennan Buck, Dana Cupkova, Viola Ago, John Carpenter, Nicholas de Monchaux, Martin Bressani, Volkan Alkanoglu, Thom Mayne, Alvin Huang, Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa, Alessandra Ponte, Laurent Stalder, Satoru Sugihara, Greg Lynn, Tom Shaked, Uri Dubin, Jose Sanchez, and Theodora Vardouli.

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Faculty Publication: ‘Designing the Modern City: Urbanism Since 1850’

Eric Mumford


New Haven, CT: Yale University Press

ISBN 978-0-300-20772-9

360 pages


This textbook is a comprehensive survey of urbanism and urban design since the industrial revolution, and a detailed history of designers’ efforts to shape modern cities. Beginning with an overview of technical and social changes in mid-nineteenth century London and Paris, the book also examines varied efforts to shape urban extensions and central new interventions elsewhere.


Topics include tenement reform efforts for the working class in 19th century London and New York, Städtebau in Germany, the Garden City Movement, the American City Beautiful movement, “Town Planning” in Britain, and “urbanisme” in France. It further explores less well-known topics such as urban modernization in East Asia before 1930 and suburban planning in the United States from the 1910s and 1930s. Mumford also addresses social change and modern urbanism in Europe in the 1920s, including the emergence of CIAM (International Congresses for Modern Architecture), 1928–1956; the political, technological, and urban transformations of World War II; the expansion of racially segregated decentralization in the United States; global urbanism and modernism after 1945; and European and Latin American postwar urbanism. It then takes up urbanistic aspects of postwar architectural culture, including critiques of modernist planning and responses to the ongoing challenges posed by efforts to create organized self-build settlements and to make more ecologically sustainable cities.


Eric Paul Mumford, M.Arch., PhD., is the Rebecca and John Voyles Professor of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, where he teaches courses in the history of modern architecture and urbanism. He has published numerous books and articles on related topics, including The CIAM Discourse on Urbanism, 1928–1960 (2000) and Modern Architecture in St. Louis (2004). Mumford also co-curated the exhibition, Ando and Le Corbusier, at the new Tadao Ando designed Wrightwood 659 Gallery in Chicago and is editing the forthcoming catalogue for the Alphawood Foundation.


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Faculty Publication: ‘Grafton Architects’

Robert McCarter


New York: Phaidon Press

ISBN 978-0714875941

256 pages


Grafton Architects, founded in Dublin 40 years ago by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, has emerged as one of the most important, influential, and celebrated architectural practices of the early 21st century—as well as one of the very few such firms led by female partners. This first comprehensive monograph on the firm reveals the constructive relationship Grafton Architects have forged between their contemporary practice and disciplinary history, as well as the way their practice has emphasized the enrichment of experience and the engendering of spatial generosity that goes far beyond the brief given the architect. Their practice is “committed to the cultural ethics of building,” and this principled approach allows their work to serve as an important example of transforming modern architecture by grounding it in the specifics of its particular place, while simultaneously improving and enriching the larger lifeworld.



In writing on architects, McCarter begins and ends with the interior space of experience and inhabitation; a space that is, paradoxically, rarely talked about in most writings on architecture, but which remains the primary purpose of architecture’s construction. His approach is founded in McCarter’s own architectural practice, teaching in schools of architecture, analysis of the design processes of architects as they are recorded in both drawings and built works, as well as his own experiences of “being there” in architectural spaces. McCarter’s writings present a criticism that is both constructive and clarifying, and which acts to bind together the perspectives of scholars, critics, practitioners, and most importantly, the public who are the inhabitants of architecture—precisely because these are almost always considered to be mutually exclusive discourses. It is this truly comprehensive analysis of the experience of inhabitation and of the design process that leads to its realization in architecture—the beginning and the end of architectural design—that is the focus of McCarter’s teaching, practice, research, and publications.



Robert McCarter is the author of 22 books, a practicing architect, and the Ruth and Norman Moore Professor of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis since 2007. He previously taught at the University of Florida (1991–2007) and Columbia University (1986–1991), among others. In 2018, McCarter was an International Exhibitor in the 16th Venice Biennale of Architecture, and in 2009 he was recognized in Architect as one of the “Ten Best Architecture Teachers in the U.S.” McCarter is also the author of Place Matters: The Architecture of WG Clark (ORO Editions, summer 2019).

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Faculty Publication: ‘Lina Bo Bardi, Drawings’

Zeuler R. Lima


Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press in association with the Fundació Joan Miró

ISBN 978-0691191195

140 pages


Between February 14 and May 26, 2019 the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona featured a curatorial and editorial project by Zeuler R. Lima presenting a selection of 100 drawings by architect Lina Bo Bardi. The exhibition will also be hosted by the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh winter 2019–2020. Lima produced an accompanying catalogue in Catalan and Spanish, and published the peer reviewed book Lina Bo Bardi, Drawings.



Over the span of her life, Bo Bardi collected more than 6,000 drawings and sketches in her personal archives in São Paulo, Brazil. More than a designer’s tool, to her, drawing was a primary expressive means driven by a strong sense of curiosity and doubt. Bo Bardi never claimed drawing to be an independent artistic language, though she embraced it with artistic purpose. She approached drawing both as a noun and a verb, outcome and process, object and relationship. While proficiency in freehand drawing has lost prominence in the arts in general and in architectural practice in particular, Bo Bardi’s drawings remain an always fresh reminder of the continued importance and value of free, authentic thinking and of skillful, educated hands.



Zeuler R. Lima, associate professor of architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, has a PhD. in urbanism and postdoc in comparative literature. He has published extensively about modern design and art, and is Bo Bardi’s biographer.


> Princeton University Press

Faculty Publication: ‘Segregation by Design: Conversations and Calls for Action in St. Louis’

Catalina Freixas, Mark Abbott (Editors)


Cham, Switzerland: Springer

ISBN 978-3-319-72955-8

621 pages



Segregation by Design uses St. Louis as a point of departure for examining the causes and consequences of residential and urban racial segregation and proposes potential tactics for mitigation that can shape an equitable future for the American metropolis. Segregation can be deconstructed into a timeline of causal relationships illustrating how past actions and policies constructed the divided cities of today. Over time, the constant reinvention of mechanisms for maintaining residential segregation institutionalized inequality through its ramifications in determining access to education, employment, healthcare, transportation, and the distribution of political power. Policy produced segregation, and it is only through policy that it can be undone. A historical analysis of housing and urban policies that affected our built environment and shaped the divided American city is the foundation for this body of research.


Catalina Freixas is engaged in urban humanities research and practice with a focus on resiliency. She has developed a series of research questions and metrics for analysis that connect the natural, economic, and social facets of the urban environment, and a quantitative model to evaluate eco-urbanism strategies. Her work has also focused on the broad range of consequences and mitigation strategies of urban segregation that inspired this book.


Mark Abbott, PhD., is the former director of the Harris-Stowe State University Center for Neighborhood Affairs, an institute that provides technical and planning assistance to underserved communities in St. Louis. He has written extensively about urban planning and the history of St. Louis.

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