Keynote Speakers

The Expanding Periphery and the Migrating Center
March 19-21, 2015  |  Toronto, Ontario
Host Schools: Ryerson UniversityUniversity of Toronto, & University of Waterloo
Co-chairs: David Ruy, Pratt Institute & Lola Sheppard, University of Waterloo


Missions Statements: Many things have changed and many things have remained the same in architectural education. This we know. Yet the debate as to what requires conservation and what requires experimentation continues. In this opening keynote event, seven academic leaders of a new generation have been asked to present what they consider to be an ideal mission statement of architectural education, free from the constraints that institutional and professional inertia often impose, in order to articulate what is new or persistent about architecture in the 21st century.

Ferda Kolatan, Coordinator of Integrative Design Studios, U of Pennsylvania
Jonathan Massey, Dean of Architecture, California College of the Arts
John McMorrough
, Associate Professor, Michigan U
Jason Payne, M.Arch I Core Coordinator, UCLA  
Chris Perry
, Head of Graduate Studies & Director of Geofutures: Post Professional Program in Architecture and Urban Design, RPI
Marcelo Spina
, Coordinator of Emerging Systems, Technology & Media Program (ESTm), SCI-Arc
Heather Woofter
, Chair of Graduate Architecture, Washington U in St Louis          

Plenary / Thursday / 03.19.15

AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion Keynote

Peter Eisenman
, throughout his career, has been celebrated for his writings, research, and scholarship as well as his commitment to teaching. He is primarily known for his long associations with Princeton, Harvard, Cooper Union, and Yale, where he’s been a full-time professor since 2005. The AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion honors an individual who has been intensely involved in architecture education for more than a decade and whose teaching has influenced a broad range of students.

Eisenman has been a visiting critic or professor at nearly a dozen schools across the nation, and he has lectured at countless more. “There are probably very few schools of architecture where Peter is yet to have lectured,” wrote Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, in a recommendation letter. He draws from many fields outside of architecture, including linguistics, philosophy, art, and psychoanalysis, to “raise the intellectual credibility of our field,” wrote University of Minnesota School of Architecture College of Design Dean Thomas R. Fisher, Assoc. AIA, in his recommendation letter. 

Keynote / Friday / 03.20.15 

Closing Keynote | 2015 Tau Sigma Delta Gold Medalist

Thom Mayne founded Morphosis as an interdisciplinary and collective practice involved in experimental design and research in 1972.  Mr. Mayne is also co-founder of the Southern California Institute of Architecture and Distinguished Professor at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design.  He was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2010, appointed to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 2009, and honored with the American Institute of Architects /Los Angeles Gold Medal in 2000.  With Morphosis, Mayne has been the recipient of the 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize, 26 Progressive Architecture Awards and over 100 American Institute of Architecture Awards. Morphosis works have been published extensively. The firm has been the subject of numerous exhibitions and 25 monographs.

Keynote / Saturday / 03.21.15