NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art continues this year’s lecture series with “Jeezum Crow! The Architecture of Birdseye,” a presentation by Brian Mac, principal architect at Birdseye, who will discuss the advancement of creative processes at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12 in the Chaplin Hall Gallery.

This event is free and open to the public. The event will also be livestreamed here:

Vermont’s resonant culture and landscape has played a vital role in the development of the architectural language of Birdseye. For the past 25 years, Birdseye has drawn inspiration from its home state of Vermont. The natural beauty mixed with the bucolic agrarian landscape, the vibrant cross section of Vermonters and the collective positive social consciousness of public policy runs deep in the shaping of its people. This assemblage is intrinsically rooted in the process of all that is Birdseye.

The lecture, by Mac, Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, will explore and unfold the many layers of how this unique collage of living and working in northern Vermont has guided the creative process in their work and beyond.

Mac is a Detroit-raised architect who graduated from the Architecture School at the University of Detroit in 1988. Over the next few years, Mac would work at Quinn Evans Architects in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and achieve his architectural licensure in 1992, work at a residential treatment center for adolescent felony offenders, and work at a small architecture firm where he collaborated closely with carpenters. In 1995, Mac moved to Vermont “in search of a better, more fulfilling life.”

Soon after arriving in the Mad River Valley, Mac was hired at Birdseye as a carpenter; he was quickly promoted to head architecture projects. Within the 25 years of his employment there, Mac has helped lead Birdseye’s architecture department into what it currently is today — a 60-employee operation working on up to 20 different projects at any given time. 

Mac has followed his own path; he has created his own way of thinking and learning to put him where he is now. To him, architecture represents care, love, and beauty. Each part of the design needs to be essential and reflect every aspect of the site to create a truly dynamic space. For more information, see:

A generous grant from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation supports the School of Architecture + Art Lecture Series. For more than 10 years, the Byrne Foundation has partnered with Norwich to bring eminent national and international architects, designers, artists and writers to campus. Events are free and open to the public.

The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation is a philanthropic organization supporting cancer research, education, volunteerism and other charitable endeavors.

Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art is the only National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)-accredited architecture school in Vermont and one of only two in northern New England.

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