Lecture Series

One of the cornerstones of our program, the USF School of Architecture & Community Design's Lecture Series introduces students and the Tampa Bay community to a diverse range of ideas and global perspectives. Every semester, architects, urbanists, designers, academics and artists from across the United States and the world speak about their experiences and knowledge.

All lectures are free and open to students and the general public.

The University of South Florida is an affirmative action/equal access/equal opportunity institution. Please notify the USF College of The Arts Box Office at (813) 974-2323, at least five working days prior to the event, if a reasonable accommodation of a disability is needed.

Fall 2018

Thom Mayne of Morphosis Architects
Sep 6 at 6:00 pm in the USF Concert Hall

The principal architect of LA firm Morphosis, Thom Mayne, was the recipient of the 2005 Pritzker Prize and the 2013 AIA Gold Medal. He is known for his experimental architectural forms, often applying them to significant institutional buildings such as the New York's Cooper Union building, the Emerson College in Los Angeles and the Bill and Melinda Gates Hall at Cornell University.

Carrie Strickland of Works Progress Architecture, Portland
Sep 25 at 6:30 pm in CWY 109

Works Progress Architecture is an innovative architectural design studio with offices in Portland and Los Angeles. Formed in 2005, W.PA has established a design approach rooted in clear conceptual responses to each projects site, program, and environmental requirements. W.PA's approach integrates extensive experience across a wide spectrum of project types, producing evocative and conceptually clear designs, threading a line between specificity and self-evident expression.

They have embraced a methodology that operates within the dimension of traditional architecture and a shared human experience. The simplest of gestures can describe the most ambitious of structures. W.PA continues the search for an expression based on a common denominator, a collective sensory empathy. They believe that there is a meaningful truth held within collective understanding.

W.PA advocates for simplicity in the face of ever evolving complexity, for quiet amid the cacophony of the newest. When a simple but comprehensive analogous construct evolves from an architectural program and is portrayed candidly, it can convey a deeper cultural and universally humanistic meaning.

Architecture Lecture: Fran Leadon, AIA
Oct 2 at 6:30 pm in CWY 109

USF SACD presents a lecture by Fran Leadon, an architect, and co-author of the fifth edition of the AIA Guide to New York City. A native of Gainesville, Florida, he teaches at the City College of New York.

Alan Maskin of Olson Kundig, Seattle
Oct 16 at 6:30 pm in CWY 109

Olson Kundig is a full-service design firm whose work includes residences (often for art collectors), museums and exhibition design, hospitality projects, commercial design, academic buildings, interior design, landscape design, and places of worship.

The firm is led by five owners—Jim Olson, Tom Kundig, Kirsten R. Murray, Alan Maskin, and Kevin Kudo-King—who are supported by 11 principals, 15 associates and a staff of approximately 140 in the historic Pioneer Square neighborhood of downtown Seattle. The firm opened a workspace in New York in 2014 to better serve its expanding roster of East Coast and international clients. The in-house interiors studio, founded in 2000, provides a full range of services, including material selection, custom furniture design, and purchasing capabilities. The landscape design studio provides in-house design services dedicated to artfully integrating nature and the built environment.

The firm began its creative existence in 1966 with the architect Jim Olson, whose work at that time centered on explorations of the relationship between dwellings and the landscapes they inhabit. Olson started the firm based on the essential ideas that buildings can serve as a bridge between nature, culture, histories, and people, and that inspiring surroundings have a positive effect on people's lives.

Joe Minicozzi of Urban3, Asheville
Nov 6 at 6:30 pm in CWY 109

Joseph Minicozzi, AICP is the principal of Urban3, LLC, a consulting company of downtown Asheville real estate developer Public Interest Projects. Prior to creating Urban3, he served as the Executive
Director for the Asheville Downtown Association.

Before moving to Asheville, he was the primary administrator of the Form Based Code for downtown West Palm Beach, Florida. Joe's cross-training in city planning in the public and private sectors, as
well as private sector real estate finance, has allowed him to develop award-winning analytic tools that have garnered national attention in Planetizen, The Wall Street Journal, Planning, New Urban
News, Realtor, Atlantic Cities and the Center for Clean Air Policy's Growing Wealthier report. Joe is a sought-after lecturer on city planning issues. His work has been featured at the Congress for New
Urbanism, the American Planning Association, the International Association of Assessing Officers, and New Partners for SmartGrowth conferences as a paradigm shift for thinking about development

Joe is a founding member of the Asheville Design Center, a non-profit community design center dedicated to creating livable communities across all of Western North Carolina. He received his
Bachelor of Architecture from University of Miami and Masters in Architecture and Urban Design from Harvard University.

Urban3 analyzes the relationship between building design and tax production across the United
States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Our method simplifies complex information to include everyone in real conversations about community growth.

Past Guest Speakers

Visit our Past Guest Speakers page to learn about the people who we have invited to speak in our Architecture Lecture Series in past semesters.