Sep 30th 2020

Panel Discussion: Who Do We Serve?

On September 30 the College of Architecture will host its first panel discussion of the fall 2020 lecture series “Who Do We Serve?” The panel seeks to explore beyond the typical architect-client relationship, discussing the relationship the architecture practice has with the community at large and how architects can engage in the practice on civic and policy levels.

The discussion will be moderated by Paola Aguirre, the founder of Borderless, a Chicago-based interdisciplinary research and design practice focused on fostering collaboration to address the complexity of urban systems and social equity.

Joining her will be a group of outstanding architects with wide ranging experiences and practices. These include Pedro Rivera and Pedro Évora, co-founders of Rua Arquitetos, a Rio de Janeiro-based design firm that has received worldwide recognition for its work including a golf clubhouse for the 2016 Rio Olympics; Katherine Darnstadt, founder of Latent Design, a progressive practice focused on designing and creating more equitable spaces; and Deon Lucas, a member of the collective E. G. Woode, which aims to stimulate economic growth in underserved neighborhoods through revitalizing commercial corridors.

“All these panelists and their practices, exemplify practices that approach the role of the architect as one that extends beyond just the built environment to one that acknowledges the expanded responsibilities of our profession,” says Studio Assistant Professor Jennifer Park, who is hosting the panel.

The discussion will begin at 5 p.m. CST and is accessible via Zoom. Use the passcode 333802 to enter the call.