2016 AIABaltimore and BAF Spring Lecture Series

March 2 – April 27
All Lectures: 6:00 PM | Falvey Hall, MICA Brown Center | FREE


1.5 HSW LUs available per lecture

This year, the AIABaltimore and Baltimore Architecture Foundation Spring Lecture Series will take a critical look at Manufacturing Beauty.

Beauty has the power to arouse the senses and create a greater capacity for empathy. However, our modern understanding of beauty still tends to be limited and undervalued. We live in an era where everything is measured, material goods are prized and impersonal exchanges are the norm. And yet, beauty in the built environment can still move us and teach us something new about ourselves and the spaces we inhabit.  At a time when efficiency, expense and the bottom line are often project drivers, has beauty for beauty’s sake become a lost model from a bygone era?

What is the value of beauty? This series highlights designers working to answer this question through science, details, place process, and innovation.

All lectures will be held at Falvey Hall in the MICA Brown Center at 6:00 pm with a reception to follow.

March 2 – The SCIENCE of Beauty

Ed Connor, PhD, Neuroaesthetics, Director of the JHU Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute, Baltimore, MD 

connorlargeDr. Connor’s research is part of an emerging field called neuroaesthetics, which uses neuroscience to understand and explain perceived beauty within art, music, or any other contemplated or created object. In new studies funded by the Hopkins Brain Science Institute, Dr.Connor’s laboratory has begun to investigate the sensory basis of principles behind appreciation of beauty.

The human capacity for identifying, evaluating, and interacting with objects is remarkable; how do these neural processes determine visual aesthetics, and what is distinct and interesting about the neural activity patterns evoked by beautiful sculptures, paintings,and architecture?


March 16Beauty in the DETAILS

Ilias Papageorgiou of SO-IL, New York, NY

ilias-papageorgiou-s220514-520x346llias Papageorgiou has been with SO-IL, a Brooklyn, New York based firm, from its inception in 2008 and has been a partner since 2013. SO-IL brings together extensive experience from fields of architecture, academia and the arts, and aims to be an idea-driven design office.

SO-IL combines minimalist construction with highly contemporary material use creating clean, idiosyncratic space. SO-IL has worked on an array of projects ranging in scale from the master plan of a cultural campus in Shanghai, China to a series of prints for the Guggenheim Museum. The firm has also won numerous awards since its inception for their work and various competitions.


March 30 Beauty of PLACE

ASLA Lecture. Mikyoung Kim of Mikyoung Kim Design, Boston, MA

mikyoungMikyoung Kim is an award-winning international landscape architect and founder of Mikyoung Kim Design: a landscape architecture, urban planning, and site art firm in Boston, Massachusetts. Mikyoung’s background in sculpture and music has greatly influenced the direction of her firm’s work, which serves as a platform to blend the realms of landscape architecture and environmental art.

MKD places significant emphasis on use of contemporary materials informed by a nuanced understanding of material functionality, which unsurprisingly contributes to the quality their award-winning work. Not only does the work of Mikyoung Kim Design highlight the sculptural and artistic value of the land, but it also stands to confront environmental issues while celebrating “the beauty of our collective human experience.”


April 13 The Beauty of PROCESS

Mark Smout of Smout Allen, London, UK

Mark_Smout_Valerie_Bennett_VPMark Smout is a Senior lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, and the co-principal, with his partner Laura Allen, of the conceptual design research practice, Smout Allen. Their work operates at the scale of entire landscapes, exploring the interplay between the natural and the man-made.

Smout Allen’s work is created through multi-media processes, often beginning with complex drawings and transforming into three dimensional mixed media constructions that are striking in their visual and information density.


April 27 The Beauty of INNOVATION

Lise Anne Couture of Asymptote, New York, NY

Lise_Anne_CoutureLise Anne Couture is the co-founder and managing partner at New York City-based Asymptote Architecture.  Asymptote Architects has distinguished itself globally with projects that range from visionary urban masterplans, to sculptural towers, to conceptual art installations- and everything in-between.

Though many of Asymptote’s early designs went unbuilt, their parametric building forms are increasingly becoming physical architecture. Projects such as Yas Viceroy Hotel in Abu Dhabi, ARC Multimedia Theater in South Korea, and Kaohsiung Marine Gateway in Taiwan, demonstrate Asymptote’s ability to create physical works which stimulate the senses and seem to confirm the notion that beauty is an essential aspect of the built environment.


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Thank you to our generous sponsors

Major Sponsors

K.C. Company – Pella Windows and Doors
Maryland Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects
Merritt Construction Services**
Maryland Institute College of Art and the Department of Architecture
Gutierrez Studios**
Corinthian Sponsors
Ayers Saint Gross*
BKM | Burdette, Koehler, Murphy & Associates *
BCT Architects
Centria Architectural Systems
Design Collective, Inc**
Forest City – New East Baltimore Partnership
Legacy Restorations, Inc*
Murphy & Dittenhafer, Architects
Penza Bailey Architects, Inc
Price Modern, LLC*
SM+P Architects
Swirnow Building Systems
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co, Inc*
Tremco Roofing & Building Maintenance*
TW Perry*
Vision Technologies, Inc*
Window & Door Planning Consultants, LLC*
Younts Design, Inc*
Ionic Sponsors
Colimore Architects
GWWO Inc/Architects
Hord Coplan Macht*
James Posey Associates, Inc*
Mueller Associates*
North Point Builders, Inc*
Potomac Valley Brick and Supply Company*
Preservation Maryland
Read & Company Architects, Inc
Rubeling & Associates, Inc*
Skarda & Associates, Inc*
Tandus | Centiva
Wohlsen Construction*
Doric Sponsors
Ames & Gough*
Bruce Dunlop Lighting Design, LLC
Centric Business Systems*
Cho Benn Holback + Associates, Inc*
Core Design Studio
Design Force Solutions
DoublEdge Design, LLC*
Harris Kupfer Architects
Keast  & Hood*
MAG-Lighting Design, LLC
Mahan Rykiel Associates, Inc*
Morabito Consultants, Inc*
Mullan Contracting Company*
National Facilities Management and Technology Conference Expo*
Phillips Way*
RK&K | Rummel, Klepper & Kahl, LLP*
Southway Builders, Inc*
Structura, Inc*
T3XTURE Archizine
The Blue Book Network*
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