Tuesday, January 10, 2012

SCAD School of Building Arts announces Winter 2012 lecture series

The Savannah College of Art and Design’s School of Building Arts announces its full Winter 2012 lecture series. The Winter 2012 series features speakers from every School of Building Arts discipline. All events will take place in the SCAD Museum of Art theater, 601 Turner Boulevard, and are free and open to the public.

Historic preservation

On Thursday, Jan. 12, 5:30 p.m., Don Jones will present “Heritage Without Borders: International preservation and heritage development in the 21st century.” Since the Venice Charter and the creation of the International Council on Monuments and Sites, historic preservation has spurred economic development, sustainable tourism, community rebuilding and promoted cultural identity, but has the preservation community encouraged the best preservation practices? This presentation will examine how the international preservation community can engage in international development efforts across the world.

Donald G. Jones, Ph.D., was appointed director of US/ICOMOS in 2011. He joined US/ICOMOS in August 2003 as director of programs. He has presented papers and authored reports on his research interests, which include heritage tourism and cultural landscapes, as well as the history of preservation and environmentalism.

Urban design

On Thursday, Jan. 19, 5:30 p.m., Roger Sherman will deliver his talk “Double Agency,” a call to architects to look outside their own discipline for inspiration and ideas if their work is to remain relevant to the culture-at-large in today’s complex world. Sherman will explore his experiments in new modes of architectural production and their surprising formal, economic and political potential.

Roger Sherman is principal of Roger Sherman Architecture and Urban Design in Los Angeles. He is co-director of cityLAB, an urban think tank at UCLA, and has authored several books including "L.A. Under the Influence: The Hidden Logic of Urban Property" and "Re: American Dream: Higher Density Housing Prototypes for Los Angeles."

Architectural history

On Thursday, Jan. 26, 5:30 p.m., architectural historian Kim Sexton will present “Cracks in the Façade: Renaissance palazzo, renaissance self,” which will focus on the nature of the Renaissance individual and whether the residential palazzo façade was a representation of the self. Sexton will discuss whether the understanding of the Renaissance self, rather than the palazzo, ought to be modified to conform more closely to historical reality. This exploration approaches the façade through new theories of Renaissance individualism and the tourist gaze.

Kim Sexton teaches courses in the history of world architecture at the University of Arkansas. Sexton, who received her Ph.D. from Yale University, has held a Fulbright Pre-doctoral Research Fellowship and Gladys Krieble Delmas Fellowships. She is completing a book that positions the loggia in cultural history and serves on the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Society of Architectural Historians.

Furniture design

On Thursday, Feb. 2, 5:30 p.m., Rob Eastman will discuss his professional career in the furniture industry and his roles in Davis Furniture's design and development operations with “Inside Davis Furniture: Leader in the contract furniture market and contemporary design.”

Rob Eastman is vice president of design and development at Davis Furniture, an award-winning contemporary design leader in the contract furniture market. Before working at Davis, Eastman was the senior industrial designer at Brayton International. He has worked in the furniture industry for 16 years and graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology.


On Thursday, Feb. 16, 5:30 p.m., architect Dolan Daggett will deliver his talk, “From the bottom up: An exploration of design rooted in experiment, specificity, and the primacy of ideas.”

Dolan Daggett hails from California where he received a professional degree in architecture from Cal Poly. As project director for Eric Owen Moss Architects, Daggett has worked in the design, management and construction of internationally significant architecture. Daggett lectures and critiques at three universities, and he has sat on the Urban Design committee for a light rail transit line.

Interior design

On Thursday, Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m., interior design professional Will McGovern will present “Signatures are for writers: Making your mark without predicting your presence.”

Will McGovern served as the lead interior architect and interior designer for a $100 million renovation of a historic hotel in Washington, D.C. The Jefferson was redesigned to meet the owner’s objective and reposition the hotel as the capital's most luxurious accommodations. Recently, it was accepted into the prestigious Relais & Châteaux luxury hotel collection.

Historic preservation

On Thursday, March 1, 5:30 p.m., Ron Staley will discuss where historic preservation merges with hard business in “Historic Preservation and the Team: Constructing partnerships for successful project implementation.” Contemporary historic preservation projects are complex business arrangements requiring industry professionals to lead teams to successful project conclusion. In the business market today, historic preservationists possess a keen business understanding and communicate effectively. They partner with various individuals including the owner, developer, financier, design team, and contractor, as well as public and private agencies. “Historic Preservation and the Team” will explore these relationships and how they work best.

As senior vice president of The Christman Company, Ron Staley maintains professional partnerships that are key to implementing high profile projects. He leads award winning team-based construction work.

Urban design

On Thursday, March 8, 5:30 p.m., Lola Sheppard will discuss urban design in her lecture “An Examination of Fourth Natures: Emerging territories that exist as a mediation of natural and built environments.”

Lola Sheppard founded Lateral Office in 2002 with Mason White. She is also a co-director of InfraNet Lab, a non-profit research collective probing the spatial by-products of contemporary resource logistics. Lateral Office received the Emerging Voices award from the Architecture League of New York in 2011 and the 2010 Professional Prix de Rome award from the Canada Council for the Arts.

For more information, please call 912.525.6926. For interview or image requests, media may contact Emily Belford at 912.525.5210 or ebelford@scad.edu.

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