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2013 Lecture Series—Renegades + Outlaws: Design Thinking at the Edge

The 2013 Lecture Series of the Auburn University School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture is entitled “Renegades + Outlaws: Design Thinking at the Edge.”  The series is conceived as a way to consider perceptual outliers within the design profession.

We encourage a wide interpretation of the lecture series theme, from practitioners that rely on collaborative practices of art, architecture, filmmaking, and design to practitioners that engage in significant contextual work designed to profoundly affect the essential community in which it resides.

Lecturers will elaborate on projects, processes, research, motivation, missions, etc. that have evolved within their practices and have created moments that we can identify as driven by designers who are outlaws and renegades.

The fall portion of the lecture series concluded November 11, 2013, and included the following speakers:


September 30, 2013

Carlos Jiménez

Principal, Carlos Jiménez Studio


Carlos Jiménez is the Principal and Lead Designer at Carlos Jiménez Studio. Carlos Jiménez Studio is an award winning, internationally recognized firm founded in 1983 and is based in Houston, Texas.

Principal built works by Carlos Jiménez Studio include Houston Fine Art Press, Lynn Goode Gallery, Central Administration/Junior School Building for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Spencer Studio Art Building at Williams College Massachusetts, Cummins Engine Child Development Center in Columbus Indiana, Peeler Art Center at DePauw University, Indiana,  Irwin Mortgage Corporate Headquarters, Indiana, Library Service Center and Data Center at Rice University, Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Evry Urban Housing, Evry France, and Benopia Civic Center in Gandia, Spain.

Jiménez is a frequent lecturer, critic and jury member at national and international architecture events. He was a jury member of the Pritzker Architecture Prize from 2001 through 2011.

Jiménez has received numerous awards for excellence in design and teaching from Architectural Record, the American Institute of Architects, Rice University, Design Intelligence, the Chicago Athenaeum, Architecture, Progressive Architecture and the Architectural League of New York among others. The work has been published in numerous architectural journals, dedicated monographs and authored books such as “Carlos Jiménez” (Barcelona), “Carlos Jiménez Buildings” (New York),  “Carlos Jiménez House and Studio” (Cambridge), and “Crowley” (Singapore).


October 7, 2013

Michael Murphy

Co-founder / CEO, MASS Design Group

Michael Murphy serves as the Chief Executive Officer of MASS Design Group, a nonprofit architecture firm based in Boston, MA. In 2008 while still in architecture school, Murphy along with Alan Ricks founded MASS to bring exemplary design services to communities otherwise excluded from its benefits, innovating new processes to thwart negative health outcomes. Today in his role as CEO, he provides architectural leadership in designing standout buildings, as well as cultivates partnerships and processes that foster these projects.

Michael led the design and construction of MASS’s first project, the Butaro Hospital in Rwanda which opened in 2011 and has received a number of awards, including Acute Care Facility of the Year by Contract Magazine and the Zumtobel Group Award for sustainability and humanity in the built environment. The Butaro Hospital has since become an example for MASS’s commitment to the communities where they work, as the hospital has led to the completion of on-site housing for doctors, the first facility devoted to cancer treatment in Rwanda, and forthcoming projects including the renovation of the existing outpatient health clinic and housing for patients’ families.

MASS’s work has gained traction and accolades, including articles in major news sources and academic publications. As a practice, MASS has won the 2012 Designer of the Year by Contract Magazine, the Curry Stone Design Prize for 2012, and was chosen as one of the Architectural League’s Emerging Voices for 2013. MASS’s second project, the Umubano School, was recently shortlisted for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Michael has taught courses on design for infection control at Harvard University’s School of Public Health, has served as Entrepreneur in Residence at Clark University, and serves on the advisory board for the Master of Professional Studies for the New York School of Interior Design, the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting Advisory Board, as well as for the TED Prize 2013. He holds a BA in English Literature from University of Chicago and a Masters in Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.


October 14, 2013

Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam

Principals, Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam, the two principals of Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, have worked together in architecture for over forty years. The firm, founded in 1984 as Parker and Scogin, later as Scogin Elam and Bray, was formed in order to take full advantage of the complementary skills and talents of the two principals. 

Mack Scogin is the Kajima Professor in the Practice of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design where he was the Chairman of the Department of Architecture from 1990 to 1995.  Merrill Elam also lectures and teaches frequently, having served as a Visiting Critic at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and SCI-ARC, Southern California Institute of Architecture; as the Louis Henri Sullivan Research Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago; the William Henry Bishop Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University and the Harry S. Shure Visiting Professor in Architecture at the University of Virginia.  Together, they received the 2012 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Architecture, the 2011 Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1995 Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a 1996 Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design, the 2006 Boston Society of Architects Harleston Parker Medal and a 2008 Honorary Fellowship in the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Projects by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects have received numerous design awards including seven National American Institute of Architects Awards of Excellence. Their work has been widely featured in popular and academic publications on architecture including the 1992 Rizzoli publication, Scogin Elam and Bray: Critical Architecture / Architectural Criticism, the 1999 University of Michigan publication Mack & Merrill and the 2005 Princeton Architectural Press publication Mack Scogin Merrill Elam: Knowlton Hall. Their work has been exhibited at many museums and galleries including: Museum of Modern Art; Walker Art Center; Wexner Center for the Arts; Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona, Spain; Deutches Architektur Museum in Frankfurt, Germany; and the Global Architecture Gallery in Tokyo, Japan.

Recent projects include the new United States Federal Courthouse in Austin, Texas; the Common Spaces Feasibility Study for Harvard University Cambridge Campus; Ernie Davis Hall at Syracuse University; the Yale University Health Services Center; the Gates Center for Computer Science and Hillman Center for Future Generation Technologies at Carnegie Mellon University; master planning services for the Lower Don Lands for Waterfront Toronto in Toronto, Canada; the Carroll A. Campbell Jr. Graduate Engineering Center at Clemson University; the Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center and Davis Garage for Wellesley College; the Knowlton School of Architecture for The Ohio State University; the Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library for the University of California at Berkeley; the Herman Miller Cherokee Operations Facility in Canton, Georgia; the Zhongkai Sheshan Villas in Shanghai, China; and various projects for Tishman Speyer Properties in Hyderabad, India; New York, New York; Atlanta, Georgia and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


October 21, 2013

Riccardo d’Aquino

Partner, Riccardo d’Aquino & Partners

Riccardo d’Aquino & Partners works in Architecture, Monument Restoration and Urban Design. The firm, which has collaborated for over 25 years, is located in Rome, Italy. Projects realized include the design of the archeological area of Giardino delle Milizie within the Mercati di Traiano historical site in Rome, the recovery design of the original Trajan’s Level and restoration of the Hypogean structures of the 17th Century Monastery of Santa Caterina, the restoration design of the monumental buildings for the Porta di Mezzo and the 15th Century tower within the historic center of Gallese, and the restoration design for the Sanctuary of the Ercole Vincitore in Tivoli.

Riccardo d’Aquino received his PhD in Architecture Design in 1992 at Roma Saienza. In 2011 he won the Silver Medal in the International Prize “Domus” of Preservation in Ferrara with the restoration project at the Basilica of S. Stefano Rotondo in Rome.


October 28, 2013

Kathryn Moore

Professor of Landscape Architecture, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design

Immediate Past President of the Landscape Institute, and the UK representative of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), Professor Kathryn Moore has lectured and published extensively on design quality, theory and education. Her teaching and research, set within landscape architecture, has clear implications for architecture, urban design and other art and design disciplines in addition to philosophy, aesthetics and education. Recent consultancy projects include membership to the team for Martha Schwartz Inc., Living Landmarks Big Lottery Fund project for Birmingham City Council and creating an urban vision for the Black Country with Lovejoys, Birmingham that evolved into a study of regeneration catalysts. She recently published a book partly funded by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, proposing a radical reappraisal of the relationship between the senses and intelligence. A trustee for CBAT, the arts regeneration agency in Cardiff, she is a member of the steering committee for the international City Park Design Competition, Birmingham City Council.


November 11, 2013

Phillip K. Smith, III

Principal, PKS3

Phillip K Smith III received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. He continues to push the boundaries and confront the ideas of modernist design. Drawing inspiration from the cold rigidity of the Bauhaus movement, the reductive geometries of minimalism, and the optic sensation of California’s Light and Space movement, Smith III attempts to resolve the complex challenge of finding a natural state of life and spirit within these ideological aesthetic constrictions.  The results are deceptively simple and compelling objects that seem to breathe and move as you observe and interact with them. 

Commissioned to create more than a dozen monumental public artworks in the last 5 years in Kansas City, Nashville, Oklahoma City, Arlington, VA, Phoenix and multiple California locations, Smith's work was featured in the 2008 Annual Review in Art in America.  In addition to these large scaled public projects, Smith continues to work on an ever-growing list of smaller scaled works for private collections.  In 2010, Smith was awarded the Palm Springs Art Museum’s artist residency, which produced the well-received 24-foot long LED light and acrylic installation, “Aperture.”  Smith’s 55-foot tall sculpture, “Inhale/Exhale,” in La Verne, California, is featured on the cover of 500 x Art in Public, by Chris van Uffelen, published by Braun in 2011.  In October, 2013, Smith debuted “Lucid Stead,” an existing homesteader shack transformed into a light installation in the middle of the raw desert of Joshua Tree, CA.

All lectures begin at 3:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted, in Dudley B6. They are free and open to the public.

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