Top Talks

AN selects top architecture talks to hear this fall at midwestern schools

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AN picks the best talks to check out this fall at various universities throughout the Midwest. Shown here: Rendering of the upcoming Kum & Go HQ in Des Moines by Renzo Piano Building Workshop (Courtesy Kum & Go)
AN picks the best talks to check out this fall at various universities throughout the Midwest. Shown here: Rendering of the upcoming Kum & Go HQ in Des Moines by Renzo Piano Building Workshop (Courtesy Kum & Go)

While architectural academic institutions in the Midwest boast incredible professors from various parts of the design industry, students don’t often have the chance to peek behind-the-scenes of an international practice since many larger firms keep their offices in New York or Los Angeles. Luckily for students, many major architects give back to the field by teaching on the side.

For as long as architecture has been an educational pursuit, students have benefited from these unique opportunities to learn from an architect in action. University lectures aren’t just for students, though. Whether they are two years or twenty years out of school, every architect can enjoy these events. That’s why ahead of the upcoming school year, we’ve rounded up a list of impressive talks—all free and open to the public—happening this fall at various universities from St. Louis to Chicago.

Kukje Gallery by SO–IL

Kukje Gallery in Seoul by SO–IL (Courtesy Taubman College)

Kansas State University College of Architecture, Planning and Design

Lawrence Scarpa, cofounder of Brooks + Scarpa Architects
Monday, October 1

Michelle Delk, ASLA, partner and discipline director at Snøhetta
Monday, November 5

University of Michigan Taubman College

Florian Idenburg, cofounder of SO–IL
“Open Structure – Open Form”
Tuesday, September 25

Ann Forsyth, professor of urban planning at Harvard GSD
“Planning for Longevity: A Gender Perspective”
Monday, October 8

Rendering of Obama Foundation

Rendering of the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (Courtesy Obama Foundation)

Washington University Sam Fox School

Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, founders of TWBTA
Cannon Design Lecture for Excellence in Architecture and Engineering
Wednesday, October 24

Barry Bergdoll, MoMA curator of architecture and design
“Activating the Museum: Reflections on Architecture in the Gallery”
Friday, October 26

Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture

Takaharu Tezuka, cofounder of Tezuka Architects
Friday, October 19

Kenneth Frampton
Le Corbusier Symposium Keynote Address
Thursday, November 8

Iowa State University College of Design

Kevin Schorn, associate at Renzo Piano Building Workshop
2018 Herbert Lecture in Architecture
Friday, September 7

Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership

Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership in Kalamazoo, Michigan, by Studio Gang (Courtesy Studio Gang)

University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Architecture

Dan Pitera, executive director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center
Friday, October 5

Amie Shao, principal of MASS Design Group
Friday, October 26

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture & Urban Planning

Katherine Faulkner, founding principal of NADAAA
“Organized Layers”
Friday, September 14

Alexandra Lange, architecture critic at Curbed, author
“A Modern Education: Learning from Froebel, Frank Lloyd Wright, Anne Tyng and Isamu Noguchi”
Thursday, October 11

Jeanne Gang, founder of Studio Gang
“Expanded Practice”
Friday, October 19

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