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.


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ID Lecture


Topic: Natural Qi Energy - How it Impacts You from Feng Shui Perspectives
Speaker: Alexander Ho, Co-Author Feng Shui Stories Around the World
Date: April 7, 2022 10:30AM-12:00PM

ID Lecture

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Topic: Improving Safety and Quality Through Evidence-Based Healthcare Design
Speaker: Anjali Joseph, Director for Health Facilities Design and Testing
Date: February 23, 2022 3:00-4:30PM

LA Alumni Lecture

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Topic: Biomorphic Urbanism & The Future of Cities
Speaker: Peter Kindel, Director of Urban Design and Planning, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Date: February 3, 2022 5:30-7:00PM


CM Alumni Lecture


Topic: Affordable Housing Opportunities with Mass Timber
Speaker: Jeff Spritos, Spritos Properties
Date: October 6, 2021, 5:00-6:30PM

LA Distinguished Speaker Series

Topic: The Detroit Waterfront:  Charting a Just and Equitable Future
Date: October 14, 2021, 6:00-7:30PM

Elnora Austell, President, E. Austell Associates, Inc. (photo) Speaker: Elnora Austell, President, E. Austell Associates

Nate Trevethan Speaker: Nate Trevethan, ASLA, RLA, Principal, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

Mark Wallace Headshot 2 Speaker: Mark Wallace, President & CEO, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy

LA Professional Lecture

Topic: Landscape, Health and Technology
Date: November 4, 2021, 5:00-6:30PM

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Speaker: Dr. William Sullivan, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Speaker: Dr. Chun-Yen Chang, National Taiwan University

ID Lecture

Topic: Caring for Caregivers through Evidence-Based Design
Speaker: Lesa Lorusso, PhD, MBA, Allied AIA, ASID, RID, NCIDQ; Healthcare Director of Research and Innovation, Gresham Smith

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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




Billy FlemingSpeaker: 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



URP Guest Lecture

Edna LedesmaTopic: Why Latino Vendor Markets Matter: Selected Case Studies of California and Texas
Speaker: Edna Ledesma, Assistant Professor, Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture, University of Wisconsin Madison
Date: January 27, 2021



LA Distinguished Alumni Lecture

Bob FordTopic: 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 Alumni Lecture

Ernest WongTopic: Challenges and Opportunities in Post-Pandemic Public Space Design and Planning
Speaker: Ernest C. Wong, PLA, FASLA, APA, Founding Principal and President, Site Design Group, LTD.
Date: March 4, 2021 


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URP Guest Lecture

Prentiss DantzlerTopic: Racial Disparities, Urban Form and Transportation Expenditures
Speaker: Prentiss Dantzler, Assistant Professor, Urban Studies Institute, Georgia State University
Date: April 8, 2021



CM Distinguished Guest Lecture

Joel AltmanTopic: Lessons Learned from a Lifetime Creating the Built Environment
Speaker: Joel Altman, Chairman and Co-CEO of The Altman Companies
Date: April 14, 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