SPDC Lecture Series

SPDC Lecture Series graphic element.The School of Planning, Design and Construction is hosting it's 2nd annual SPDC Lecture Series. The series represents all our programs with an aim of bringing eminent speakers and alumni from the built environment industry to share their insights and inspire our students.


  • Sep 10

    CM Guest Alumni Lecture: Jack Brierton

    September 10, 2020 12:00PM – 1:30PM EST Online

    The Construction Management Program is hosting alumnus Jack Brierton, Engineer, Clark Construction Group - Chicago, LLC., for a lecture on "Building a COVID-19 Alternate Care Facility."

  • Oct 22

    LA Distinguished Speaker Series: Social Equity Panel

    October 22, 2020 6:00PM – 7:30PM EST Online

    The Landscape Architecture Program is hosting their LA Distinguished Speaker Series with a panel of guest speakers on the topic of "Social Equity in a Post-COVID-19 World: A Designer's Perspective."

  • Nov 5

    ID Guest Lecture: Linda Nussbaumer

    November 5, 2020 4:00PM – 5:30PM Online

    The Interior Design Program is hosting Linda Nussbaumer, professor emerita at South Dakota State University and adjunct professor at Radford University, for a lecture on "Inclusive Design and Diversity."

  • Feb 4

    LA Distinguished Alumni Lecture: Robert "Bob" Ford

    February 4, 2021 12:00PM – 1:30PM EST Online

    The Landscape Architecture Program is hosting alumnus Robert ‘Bob’ Ford, FASLA, founding chair of the MSU LAAAB and founder and partner at Landscape Architects & Planners, Inc., for a lecture on "Embracing Spaces / Changing Places."


CM Alumni Lecture

JackBrierton_ClarkConstruction_square_07272020Topic: Building a COVID-19 Alternate Care Facility
Speaker: Jack Brierton, Engineer, Clark Construction Group - Chicago, LLC.
Date: September 10, 2020



LA Distinguished Speaker Series

Topic: Social Equity in a Post-COVID-19 World: A Designer's Perspective
Date: October 22, 2020
Alma Du SolierSpeaker: Alma Du Solier, Landscape Architect, and Studio Director, Hood Design Studio




Speaker: Billy Fleming, Wilks Family Director, The McHarg Center, UPenn Weitzman School of DesignID Guest Lecture

Kona GraySpeaker: Kona Gray, FASLA, PLA, Principal at EDSA.




ID Guest Lecture

Linda NussbaumerTopic: Inclusive Design and Diversity
Speaker: Linda Nussbaumer, PhD, NCIDQ, IDEC, Professor Emerita, South Dakota State University; Adjunct Professor, Radford University 
Date: November 5, 2020



LA Distinguished Alumni Lecture

Topic: Embracing Spaces / Changing Places
Speaker: Robert ‘Bob’ Ford, FASLA, Founding Chair, MSU Landscape Architecture Alumni & Advisory Board; Founder and Partner, Landscape Architects & Planners, Inc.
Date: February 4, 2021


LA Distinguished Speaker Series

Photo of Raymond Jungles.Topic: Plant Passion, Roberto Burle Marx and Raymond Jungles
 Raymond Jungles, FASLA, Founder, Raymond Jungles, Inc. (RJI)
Date: September 19, 2019




John Beeder.

SPDC Industry Seminar Series

Topic: Accelerating Company Strategy with a Dynamic Built Environment
John Beeder, retired President and CEO, American Greetings
Date: October 16, 2019



Stacie SmithSPDC Industry Seminar Series

Topic: Building Consensus through Collaboration in Difficult Settings and Diverse Communities
 Stacie Smith, associate managing director and a senior mediator at the Consensus Building Institute
Date: October 24, 2019

ID Guest Lecture

Valerie WrightTopic: Multiple Facets of a Life in Design
Valerie Wright, principle and senior interior designer at Diekema Hamann Architecture & Engineering
Date: November 7, 2019



LA Distinguished Alumni Lecture

Debra Guenther.Topic: Collaborations: You're Not All That!
Debra Guenther, partner of Mithun
Date: February 6, 2020