Upcoming Lectures

Fall 2017 Lectures: to be announced soon.

Recent Lectures

Shannon Nichol, Founding Principal, GGN (Gustafson Guthrie Nichol).
Sasaki Day Lecture: "Repair Work: Fixing, Drawing, and Negotiating Design"
Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 5:15pm-6:15pm
I-Hotel and Conference Center, Illinois Ballroom BC

Alex Felson, Associate Professor, Yale School of Architecture; Director and Principal Investigator, Urban Ecology and Design Laboratory (UEDLAB)
Stanely White Lecture: "Ecology and Architecture: Exploring the Middle Ground"
Monday, February 27, 20175:30pm
Plym Auditorium, Temple Hoyne Buell Hall (611 Lorado Taft Drive, Champaign)

David Reifman, Commissioner, City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Chicago, IL
Thursday, September 22, 2016, 5:30pm
Plym Auditorium, Temple Hoyne Buell Hall (611 Lorado Taft Drive, Champaign)
Co-Sponsored with the Illinois School of Architecture and the Department of Urban + Regional Planning

D. Fairchild Ruggles, Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
“Symbol, Signature and Trace: The Problem of Individual Identity in Islamic Art”
Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 12:00pm-1:00pm
Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews, Urbana
Sponsored by CSAMES:  Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Hasan-Uddin Khan, Professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation, Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI.
"Stewardship, Change, and the Vernacular: Places of Being, Forgetting, Remembering"
Monday, September 12, 2016, 5:30pm
Plym Auditorium, Temple Hoyne Buell Hall (611 Lorado Taft Drive, Champaign)
Co-sponsored with the Illinois School of Architecture

Michel Péna, Founding Principal, Péna Paysages (Paris, France).
Sasaki Day Lecture 
Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 5:15pm
Illinois Ballroom B/C, i-Hotel and Conference Center (1900 S. 1st Street, Champaign, IL).

David Gissen, Associate Professor of Architecture and Associate Professor of Visual and Critical Studies, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA.
Environmental Translations
Monday, April 11, 2016, 5:30pm
Plym Auditorium, Temple Hoyne Buell Hall (611 Lorado Taft Drive, Champaign)

Erkki Huhtamo, Professor, Department of Design Media Arts and Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Urban Mobilities and the Panoramic Vision: Perspectives on Media Archaeology
Monday, March 7, 2016, 5:30pm
Plym Auditorium, Temple Hoyne Buell Hall (611 Lorado Taft Drive, Champaign)
In the nineteenth century, media culture was in the making, in both private and public places. Complex relationships developed between modes of transportation and media. The moving panorama was one, but by far not the only example. The urban environment itself was conceived in terms of media culture. A perfect example was the Universal Exposition in Paris in 1900. Not only did it exhibit panoramas, dioramas, and other attractions, the exhibition area itself was conceived by many as a media experience. As this lecture will demonstrate, Le Trottoir Roulant, the moving walkway that encircled the grounds, played a particularly important role in defining the city as a panoramic experience.

Machiko Kusahara, Professor, School of Culture, Media + Society, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
Art, Design, and Culture of Play: An Aspect of Japanese Media Art
Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 5:30pm
Plym Auditorium, Temple Hoyne Buell Hall (611 Lorado Taft Drive, Champaign)

Molly Briggs, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Erkki Huhtamo, Professor, Department of Design Media Arts and Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
“Research in Progress: Panorama at KAM”
Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 12:00pm
Krannert Art Museum, Lower Level Classroom Studio B (formerly known as CRL)


Past Lecturers

Diana Balmori, Principal, Balmori Associates, New York, NY.

Pierre Bélanger, Department of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Charles Birnbaum, President and CEO, Cultural Landscape Foundation, Washington, DC.

Michael Blier, Principal and Director of Design, Landworks Studio, Cambridge, MA, and Instructor, Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Shane Coen, Principal, Coen + Partners, Minneapolis, MN.

Philippe Coignet, Principal, Office of Landscape Morphologies (OLM), Paris, France.

Julia Czerniak, School of Architecture, Syracuse University.

Penelope Dean, School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Eric Ellingsen, Landscape Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology.

Jeremy Foster, Department of Architecture, Cornell University.

Ellen Grimes, Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects (AIADO), School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Wolfram Hoefer, Department of Landscape Architecture, Rutgers University.

Denise Hoffman-Brandt, Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York.

Kristina Hill, Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, University of California, Berkeley.

Jie Hu, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, and Director and Chief Designer, Beijing Tsinghua Urban Planning & Design Institute, Beijing, China.

Dorothée Imbert, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis.

Carey Lundin, President, Viva Lundin Productions, Chicago, IL.

Alpa Nawre, Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning, Kansas State University.

Clare Lyster, School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Principal, Clare Lyster Urbanism and Architecture, Chicago, IL.

Elizabeth Meyer, School of Architecture, University of Virginia.

Karen M’Closkey, Principal, PEG: Office of Landscape + Architecture, Philadelphia, PA, and Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Pennsylvania.

Bradford McKee, Editor, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Washington, DC.

Don Mitchell, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.

Andrew Moddrell & Christopher Marcinkoski, Principals, PORT Architecture + Urbanism, Chicago, IL.

Kathryn Moore, School of Architecture, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Birmingham City University.

Kate Orff, Principal, SCAPE/Landscape Architecture, New York, NY, and Director, Urban Design Program, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

Dennis Pieprz, President, Sasaki Associates, Watertown, MA.

Chris Reed, Principal, Stoss Landscape Urbanism, Boston, MA.

Doug Reed, Principal, Reed Hilderbrand, Cambridge, MA.

Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, City College of New York, and Principal, Catherine Seavitt Studio, New York, NY.

Bas Smets, Principal, Bureau Bas Smets, Brussels, Belgium.

Ken Smith, Principal, Workshop: Ken Smith Landscape Architect, New York, NY.

Anne Spafford, Department of Horticultural Sciences, North Carolina State University.

Cynthia Barton, Disaster Housing Recovery Plan Manager, New York City Office of Emergency Management.

Simon Swaffield, School of Landscape Architecture, Lincoln University, New Zealand.

Linnea Tillett, Principal, Tillett Lighting, New York, NY.

Michael van Gessel, Principal, Michael Van Gessel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Michael van Valkenburgh, Principal, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Cambridge, MA, and New York, NY.

Thomas Woltz, Principal, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, Charlottesville, VA.

Xin Wu, Garden and Landscape Studies, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC, and Department of Art History and Archaeology, American University.

Kongjian Yu, Principal, Turenscape, Beijing.