Principles of Organic Architecture: Douglas Cardinal lecture

The University of Saskatchewan School of Architecture Initiative, in partnership with Great Places, presents a free public lecture by acclaimed Canadian architect Douglas Cardinal at 7:30pm on Thursday March 7, 2013 at the Roxy Theatre in Saskatoon, located at 320 20th Street West.

Cardinal will be discussing the organic process of designing spaces to meet the complex and varied needs of the people who inhabit them. He will discuss how architecture can serve to address the psychological, sociological, and aesthetic needs of people, enhancing their lives and going beyond the conventions of primary form and function.

Douglas Cardinal is one of Canada’s most well-known architects and a visionary of a new world where beauty, balance and harmony thrive, and where client, architect, and stakeholder build together in a common vision. He is perhaps best known as the architect of the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. He is also the architect of the Gordon Oakes – Red Bear Student Centre, proposed for the University of Saskatchewan.

This is the second 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).

The panel discussion taking place the next morning (Friday, March 8) at 8:45am in Convocation Hall at the University of Saskatchewan features Cardinal along with Dr. Ray Cole and Dr. Terrance Galvin. Cole is a Professor and former Director of the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, where he has been teaching environmental issues in building design for more than 35 years. His current research interests relate to regenerative design, building environmental performance assessment, and human and automated intelligence. Galvin is the inaugural Head of the new Laurentian University Department of Architecture. He was previously the Director of the School of Architecture and Associate Professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, where he taught architectural history, theory and design and received a Teaching Excellence Award from the Student Union. He also held the roles of Adjunct Professor and Research Associate at McGill University in Montreal. He is Past President of the Canadian Architectural Certification Board and has served on numerous provincial and national boards governing architectural education and practice in Canada.

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