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NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art culminates this year’s Architecture + Art Lecture Series with a “high tech / light touch,” a symposium at 3 p.m. April 1 in Chaplin Hall’s gallery.  

“high tech / light touch” in architecture and design is concerned with how advances in technologies of design and construction can reduce environmental impact and nourish simplicity. Symposium panelists Anne Chen, Mark West, Cory McDonald and Jesse Thompson will discuss their perspectives and strategies for integrating technology, including digital fabrication, with other design considerations, such as aesthetics and performance.

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This event is free and open to the public and will also be livestreamed here. The School of Architecture + Art is part of Norwich University's College of Professional Schools.

Panelists' profiles:

— Chen, AIA, LEED AP, is a design principal with GBBN, an international architecture firm with offices in Beijing; Cincinnati; Minneapolis; Pittsburgh; and Louisville, Kentucky. She leads design efforts across the offices on a wide variety of projects including academic, workplace, cultural, multifamily residential, human services nonprofit, and civic-based programs.

— West has taught architecture and civil engineering students for more than 30 years while working as an artist, inventor, builder and researcher. He invented numerous fabric-formed concrete techniques and was the founding director of C.A.S.T., the Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology at the University of Manitoba. Since his most recent appointments teaching at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States and MEF University in Istanbul, he is now retired from teaching and is working independently at his Atelier Surviving Logic in Montreal.

— McDonald owns Teiban Studio, a full-service apparel design studio in Burlington, Vermont. McDonald has been working in the outdoor industry for more than 19 years with global brands such as Burton, Neighborhood, Armada, Orvis, Andy Warhol Foundation and Under Armour. He heads design for Armada Skis, an industry-leading free skiing company in Park City, Utah, and is a lead innovation designer for Under Armour’s Lighthouse innovation division. McDonald has also played an integral role designing the Team USA snowboard uniform for four Winter Olympiads.

— Thompson is an award-winning architect who has become a national leader in green design and building science. Thompson grew up in Growing up in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom and started his career working construction in high school. Since then, he’s been through every stage of design and building and works on balancing elements — engineering with art and design, beauty with affordability, function with potential. Thompson is a University of Oregon graduate, AIA Maine’s president-elect and a former Portland Society for Architecture board member. He’s a founding member of Passivhaus Maine and was the first northern New England architect to become a certified passive house consultant.

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