Lecture Series

The SDC Distinguished Guest Lecture Series 

(funding provided by the Tony Callison Memorial Fund; all lectures at 5pm in Goertzen Hall 21, unless otherwise noted)

Current: Spring 2017

James Richards, Urban Designer, Artist, Author

Friday, March 31, 5:00-6:00pm “Freehand Drawing and Discovery”

James Richards

Craig Curtis, President Katerra Architecture

Wednesday, April 5, 5:00-6:00pm

Katie Bang, Capital Projects Coordinator Seattle Parks and Recreation, “Project Development: A Public/Private Perspective”

Wednesday, March 1, 5:00-6:00pm

Katie Bang, (B.L.A., ’01) will share her perspective working for 14 years in the private sector, in comparison with her new public position as a Capital Projects Coordinator for Seattle Parks and Recreation. This lecture will provide insight into the day to day workings of both realms, the goals and missions of each, and will highlight key projects that have defined her career thus far. Projects of note include the WSU Visitor’s Center, Salishan, Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, Amazon HQ, Greenwood/ Phinney Park, as well as many assisted living and residential projects. Students will gain a better understanding of what key role designers and managers play in project development within each realm, providing them with pertinent information to ponder as they consider their professional pathway upon entering the work place.

Jeffrey Walters, PhD, “Systems Thinking Within the Water-Energy-Food Nexus” 

Wednesday, February 22, 5:00-6:00pm

Facing a growing population within an increasingly interconnected world, global demand for clean water, food, and energy, necessarily requires systems approaches to capture and adequately consider the interlinkages between society, economy, environment, and technology. The research that will be presented by Dr. Walters demonstrates a practical means to foster a systems-based understanding of complex civil engineering systems within the water-energy-food Nexus.  At its core, this, and future research, aims to advance both theory, practice and education in civil infrastructure engineering by gaining systems-based insight into the virtuous and destructive externalities that tend to inhibit sustainability and resiliency.


Previous: Fall 2016

Peg Staeheli, November 3 @ 4:30pm in Goertzen 21

We are at a place where our built urban landscape is not serving the needs of the population where this is city-urban or suburb-urban. The shift in our lifestyles and the realization that the environment doesn’t magically restore itself are coming together under new codes and advocacy to retrofit our public realm and private places to address multiple needs. Peg will discuss the projects, their challenges and how each success spurred new ideas.


Beth Harmon-Vaughan, October 17 @ 5pm in Cleveland 30E

Beth Harmon-Vaughan, PhD, FIIDA, LEED AP, is a recognized leader in the field of design, and is sought after for her synthesis of practice, research, education and public service. Her collaborative approach to design leadership has been a key factor in the successful outcome of multiple complex, large-scale projects over the past three decades.


Timothy Davis, Wednesday, September 28

Dr. Timothy Davis is a historian with the U.S. National Park Service. He recently published a book titled National Park Roads:
An American Landscape Legacy. The lecture will be at 5pm in Cleveland 30E.


Yang Liu, Friday, September 9

For years Dr. Yang Liu has been a member of the Green Architecture Research Center at the Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology.  She has been involved in the design of sustainable residences in rural China and recently received one of China’s Distinguished Scholar Award from China’s Natural Science Foundation.

Liu Yang