Spring Lectures


Carpenter Hall Room 102

Ev Ruffcorn, Principal at NBBJ, will give a lecture entitled “Story Telling in Design: Know your Audience.”

As a Design Principal at NBBJ, Ev applies the art of architecture and community building with patience and tenacity to attain design excellence. With more than forty years of experience leading science and higher education, civic, commercial, and corporate projects, he brings a unique understanding of the goals of his clients and the requirements of the users who will inhabit the buildings he designs.


Goertzen Communication Addition Room 21

Alan Maskin, Principal and Owner of Olson Kundig Architects, will give a lecture entitled “Line in the Sand.”

For over two decades Alan has focused primarily on the design of cultural projects including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, Zooraji ­Park in Busan, South Korea, and the Bezos Center for Innovation at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI). His work has been published in a variety of national and international media.


Carpenter Hall Room 102

Gary Nordeen, WSU Energy Program
Come hear how Washington is on a course to increase energy efficiency in building codes by 70% by 2031. This talk focuses on changes to the residential energy code that went into effect with the adoption of the 2012 IECC with Washington state amendments on July 1, 2013. Discussion will include additions, changes, and deletions to the 2012 IECC that will be enforced in Washington.


Goertzen Communication Addition Room 21

Lois Weinthal, Chair and Professor at Ryerson School of Interior Design

Professor Weinthal’s practice investigates the relationship between architecture, interiors, clothing and objects, resulting in works that take on an experimental nature. Her teaching explores these topics where theoretical discussions in seminars are put into practice in the design studio. These ideas are then tested as full-scale constructs in order to explore the fabrication of ideas.


Goertzen Communication Addition Room 21

Patricia AlgaraPrincipal of BASE Landscape, will present “Design and Urban Agriculture.”

Patricia is a visiting professor at UC Berkeley and UC Berkeley Extension, where she teaches “Designing for Difference” a class that looks at the social factors for designing public spaces. She was the faculty advisor for the 2011 ASLA Communications Honor Award and last year she was awarded the “Tending the City” – 10 woman campaign award for her educational and community building work as the co-director and founder of the Algarden Demonstration Urban Farm. Patricia is a Permaculture designer and avid beekeeper who strives to apply values that she has learned from the bees in her designs: that beauty, function, structure, and communication can intersect sweetly.


Carpenter Hall Room 102

Catherine Wetzel
Associate Dean of Graduate Academic Affairs
Associate Professor, IIT College of Architecture

Catherine Wetzel has been teaching at Illinois Institute of Technology since 1990. Her expertise is visual studies and beginning design in both the Bachelor and Master of Architecture programs. In 2005, she received an ACSA Creative Achievement Award and an AIA Education Honor Award for her undergraduate beginning design curriculum. In 2012, she received an ACSA Creative Achievement Award for integrating construction and structures in the Master of Architecture first year studio curriculum. The studio work emphasizes collaboration and full-scale investigations. She is also a partner at Zed Architects, their work includes residential, commercial and religious projects.


Goertzen Communication Addition Room 21

Mark Brands 
Managing Principal, Site Workshop

As an alumnus of the WSU landscape architecture program and a native of the Pacific Northwest, Mark is deeply committed to his community and to developing planning and design processes that result in both a shared vision for the future and practical strategies for implementing them. His focus on the design process and commitment to building consensus between projects constituencies helps evoke the essential, special qualities of a place, its image, and character.