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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, 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.

2014-2015 Speaker Lineup

All lectures start at 6:00 p.m. There is a $10 entrance fee for non-students. Students are free.

Lectures will be held at the University of Calgary's Downtown Campus (906 8 Avenue SW) unless otherwise noted.

Registered architects may earn 1.5 continuing education credits from the Alberta Association of Architects by providing their name and registration number on the sign-in sheet at each Design Matters lecture.

Click here to get the Design Matters Winter 2015 poster (this will begin a download).





 September 24, 2014       Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris    UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs          Downtown Campus     
 October 15, 2014 Mary McLeod                              Columbia University Downtown Campus
 November 12, 2014 Bryce Miranda DTAH EPCOR Centre
 January 7, 2015 Rick Joy Rick Joy Architects EPCOR Centre
 February 4, 2015 Sujit Nair SDeG Architects Downtown Campus
 February 18, 2015 Mariana Ibañez & Simon Kim IK Studio Downtown Campus
 March 11, 2015 Martin Arfalk Mandaworks Downtown Campus
 April 22, 2015 Bruce Kuwabara KPMB Architects Downtown Campus
 May 4, 2015*** Ma Yansong  MAD Architects Civic on Third

 ***date has been updated as of April 7


The 2014-2015 Design Matters lecture series is sponsored by Gibbs Gage Architects and Section23 Group.

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.



Located in Calgary, Alberta, section23 group is a diversified group of three distinct companies, serving the architectural design, land development, as well as ranching and farming industries.