Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art kicks off the 2018-19 academic year with presentations from a graduate of the program and several students who conducted research abroad during an event on Friday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m. in Chaplin Hall Gallery.

Free and open to the public, this event kicks of this year’s lecture series theme of DIVERSITIES.

This first event in the annual lecture series will feature alumnus Mike Lee (M.Arch., 2013), Architectural Designer at Payette, Boston, Mass. Lee’s lecture will follow brief presentations by three current Norwich Architecture students: GianCarlo Greco and Park Laflin on their service learning experiences in Tanzania and Michael Menn on his Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship in Moscow.

The theme of DIVERSITIES offers a range of events to engage the many kinds of diversity that inform and animate the practice and scholarship of architecture. A preview of the entire series is below; unless otherwise noted, all events begin at 4:00 pm and are in Chaplin Hall Gallery. All events are open to the public.

Antje Steinmuller will speak on Friday, October 5. Steinmuller is Chair and Associate Professor of Architecture at the California College of the Arts, Oakland, Calif.; Principal of Studio URBIS, Berkeley, Calif.; and Co-founder of ideal x design, San Francisco and Berkeley, Calif. On Friday, November 2, the School of Architecture+Art will travel to Burlington to view the international art exhibition, “I AM,” featuring 31 women artists from the Middle East, and hear participating Arab-American artist Helen Zughaib. The exhibition will be open from 2 pm and the lecture will begin at 4 pm at the exhibition venue, the Cathedral Church of St. Paul (2 Cherry Street, Burlington).

Phyllis Kornfeld, artist and educator from Stockbridge, Mass., and author of Cellblock Visions: Prison Art in America, will lecture on Friday, February 15, and will share a temporary “table display” highlighting the fruits of thirty years’ teaching the incarcerated. And on Friday, March 1, Francophone architect Lia Ruccolo, Principal of Lia Ruccolo Architecte, Montreal, Canada, will reflect on her international design practice.

The culminating event will be our Spring Symposium: Economic Diversity and the Built Environment. On Friday, April 5, a panel of scholars and practitioners will address the topic from multiple perspectives: Gina Merrit (Northern Real Estate Urban Ventures, Washington, DC), Alex Schafran (Geography, University of Leeds, England), Barbara Wilson (Urban and Environmental Planning, University of Virginia), Sarah Lopez (Architecture, University of Texas at Austin), and David Scheer (Minimum Viable Life, San Francisco, Calif.). The Symposium will run from 3 to 5 p.m.

In addition to the generous support of the Byrne Foundation, many events are further co-sponsored: Zughaib by the Interfaith Youth Core; Kornfeld by the Norwich School of Justice Studies & Sociology; Ruccolo by the Norwich French Program; the Symposium by the Norwich Center for Global Resilience and Security.

About Norwich University

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation's six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). 

Norwich will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders, Norwich launched the Forging the Future campaign in 2014. The five-year campaign, which is timed to culminate in 2019, is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation.

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