Design Thinking and Teaching

The University of Saskatchewan School of Architecture Initiative, in partnership with Great Places, presents a free public lecture featuring three keynotes at 7:30pm on Sunday, March 17, 2013 at the Broadway Theatre in Saskatoon, located at 715 Broadway Avenue.

Featuring three keynote speakers – Katerina Rüedi Ray, Clive Knights and Leslie Van Duzer, the combined lectures focus on the questions of whether architects think differently, and if so, how and why, and lastly, is that a good thing?

Methods of design thinking offer unique interdisciplinary learning and research opportunities. Design thinking is a pedagogy pioneered in architectural education and practice. Through this practice,”real world” situated learning with problem definition and an iterative process of inquiry, creation and testing results in a learning experience unique from most others within a traditional university environment.

Dr. Katerina Rüedi Ray is an accomplished architect and speaker of five languages, Ray is the current Director of Bowling Green State University’s School of Art. She has won several international design awards and has participated in numerous art and architecture competitions in the United States and Europe. She has also curated 11 exhibitions and given more than 50 invited lectures on art and architecture.

Clive Knights is a Professor of Architecture and Chair of the Department of Architecture at Portland State University, and practices architecture and art, in particular mixed media and monotype printmaking. He holds professional architectural design undergraduate and graduate degrees from Portsmouth Polytechnic, UK, and a Master of Philosophy in Architectural History and Theory from Cambridge University.

Leslie Van Duzer has been the Director of the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia since 2010. In her role as Director, Professor Van Duzer spends much time connecting the school to the broader community through a host of initiatives designed to share the school’s resources and to create smooth pathways for graduating students. Recognizing the school’s important role in the community, she has launched an initiative to establish City Room, a downtown venue that brings politicians, design professionals, non-profits and academics together to discuss and design the future of the region. She is currently developing the groundwork for a new building: a mixed-use, tall wood tower at UBC.

This is the third and last lecture in a three-part symposium focused on the opportunity of a new school of architecture, which will examine the potential of architectural education in Saskatchewan through three distinct lenses: Material and Technical Innovation (February 28-March 1); Environment, Culture & Community Engagement (March 7-8); and Design Thinking and Teaching (March 17-18).

Taking place the next morning (Monday, March 18) at 8:45am in Convocation Hall at the University of Saskatchewan, the three keynote speakers will all be participating in a panel discussion.

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