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Fri 10.07.2016

J. Max Bond Jr. Lecture | Conversations Detroit: Present Community & Future Urbanism

AIA CES: 1.5 LU | 1.5 HSW

When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM FRIDAY, ARCHTOBER 7

Where: At The Center   

The New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (nycobaNOMA) and the AIANY Diversity & Inclusion Committee present “Conversations Detroit: Present Community & Future Urbanism” at the Center for Architecture. The J. Max Bond Jr. Lecture is an annual series of design talks celebrating the legacy of J. Max Bond, Jr., FAIA, NOMA. "Conversations Detroit” will be a design dialogue with Maurice Cox and Steven Lewis, FAIA, NOMA, both progressive leaders in the revitalization team for the City of Detroit Planning and Development Department. The evening will begin with a conversation discussing Bond’s personal mission with colleague Richard Franklin, AIA, NOMA, and
will be followed by a moderated conversation between Cox and Lewis on planning and
design initiatives for the future of Detroit.  

Maurice Cox, Planning Director, City of Detroit
R. Steven Lewis, FAIA, NOMA, Urban Design Director, Detroit Central Region
Richard Franklin, AIA, NOMA, Principal, Sabir, Richardson & Weisberg Engineering and Architecture PLLC

Moderator: Ghislaine Hermanuz, Architect and Urban Designer; Former Professor, City College of New York; Former Director, City College Architectural Center

Maurice Cox, newly appointed Planning Director for the City of Detroit is an urban designer, architectural educator, and former mayor of the City of Charlottesville, VA. He most recently served as Associate Dean for Community Engagement at Tulane University, School of Architecture, and as Director of the Tulane City Center, a university-affiliated practice operating at the intersection of design, urban research, and civic engagement throughout the New Orleans community. Cox has taught at Syracuse University, the University of Virginia, and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. His experience merging architecture, politics, and design education led to his being named one of “20 Masters of Design” in 2004 by Fast Company Business Magazine. He served as Design Director of the National Endowment for the Arts from 2007 to 2010, where he led the NEA’s Your Town Rural Institute, the Governor’s Institute on Community Design, the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, and oversaw direct design grants to the design community across the U.S. In 2013, Cox was named one of the Most Admired Design Educators in America in the annual ranking of Design Intelligence.

R. Steven Lewis, FAIA, NOMA, is an architect and a tireless advocate for social justice and diversity within the field of architecture. He currently serves as Urban Design Director for Detroit's Central Region, helping to shape the present and future development of the central region of the City. Lewis is the AIA 2016 Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award recipient, and was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows in December of 2015. More than anything, Lewis is a facilitator of partnerships and alliances between groups and individuals who seek to use architecture and design to effect positive change to our world.

Ghislaine Hermanuz, Dipl. Arch EPFL (Switzerland) and MS Urban Planning, Columbia University, is an architect and urban designer. She has taught at Columbia University and the City College of New York. Her professional work has concentrated on community design, starting with ARCH (The Architects’ Renewal Committee in Harlem), a design center where African-American architects re-defined development from a grassroots perspective, and later as director of the City College Architectural Center at CCNY, and as consultant to UTAP (Urban Technical Assistance Project/ Columbia University), and now with the Huairou Commission, in consultation with the United Nations. Her work consists in neighborhood assessments, development plans, urban design guidelines and visualization of development concepts, and is focused on environmental justice, women’s needs and perspectives.

Organized by: AIANY Diversity and Inclusion Committee and New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (nycobaNOMA)

Price: Free for students, AIA and NOMA members; $10 for non-members


Sponsored by:

A program of Archtober, NYC's Architecture and Design Month.


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