University of Calgary

Design Matters Lecture Series

Preston Scott Cohen, Stephen Teeple and Nick Puckett

From left to right 2011/12 presenters Preston Scott Cohen, Stephen Teeple and Nick Puckett

Design Matters is a thought provoking lecture series, organized by the Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS), that brings to Calgary a range of important speakers who will explore design in our contemporary culture. Lectures are delivered from September to April, and feature provocative speakers who examine issues in architecture, urban design, product design, and landscape ecology. The series challenges the University community and the public to broaden their thinking on a myriad of issues related to design. Design Matters is also an opportunity to engage with interested citizens, students, public officials, urban planners, designers, architects and many others. Design Matters engages people who want to learn, understand and address design issues affecting our community.

Student Experience

EVDS is committed to providing an outstanding experience to its students both inside and outside the classroom. The partnerships EVDS shares with community leaders and companies are a key aspect and contribution to our students’ educational experience. The relationships we have within the community are a critical element of ensuring the education EVDS provides is relevant, meaningful and innovative. Through the Design Matters Series, we make this happen.

2013 Fall Speaker Lineup

                                                                                   For the 2013-2014 Design Matters poster, click here




September 18, 2013 Lise Anne Couture Principal, Asymptote NYC
October 16, 2013 Vittoria Di Palma University of Southern California
October 18, 2013 Stephen Cassell   Principal, Architecture Research Office, NYC
 October 18, 2013 James Russell   Architecture Critic for Bloomberg News, NYC
November 20, 2013 Eduardo Arroyo
Founder, NO.MAD Architecture
December 4, 2013 Claude Cormier Principal, Claude Cormier + Associes Inc., Montreal
January 8, 2014 Scott Marble Marble Fairbanks
February 5, 2014 Andreu Arriola Arriola & Fiol
February 19, 2014 Joshua Vermillion University of Nevada
March 5, 2014 Chris Phillips PFS Studio

All lectures start at 6:00 p.m. at the University of Calgary's Downtown Campus (906 8 Avenue S.W.). There is a $10 entrance fee for non-students. Students are free.


The 2013-2014 Design Matters lecture series is sponsored by Gibbs Gage Architects, Section 23 Group, and Carson McCulloch Associates.

Annually, the series is made possible through our valuable partnerships with sponsors who share our aspirations. Sponsorship of the series presents a wonderful opportunity for companies to not only heighten their profile in the community, but also to engage with talented EVDS students who may be future employees.

If you are interested in partnering with EVDS for the Design Matters series, contact the Community Relations Coordinator.

Gibbs Gage Architects is one of the largest architectural firms in Western Canada offering professional services in architecture, interior design, urban design. From their home base in Calgary, Gibbs Gage provides sustainable design excellence and superior technical solutions in all project sectors in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.


Section 23 Group is a diversified group of three distinct companies, serving the architectural design, land development, as well as ranching and farming industries.

Carson McCulloch Associates Ltd. has been in operation in Calgary since March 1978. They provide Landscape Architectural consulting services to clients in both the public and private sectors.