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Design Matters Lecture Series

From left to right Winter 2016 presenters Chris Sharples, Elie Abrons, Adam Fure, Brad Cloepfil and Robert Cervero.

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. 

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.

2015-2016 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 2015/2016 poster (pdf).




 September 23, 2015       David Benjamin (book launch to follow by EVDS' Branko Kolarevic & Vera Parlac) The Living (New York)      
 October 14, 2015 David Gissen                        California College of the Arts
 November 04, 2015 James Holston University of California (Berkeley)
 December 09, 2015 Clark Thenhaus  Endemic 
 January 06, 2016 Chris Sharples SHoP Architects (New York)
 February 17, 2016 Ellie Abrons & Adam Fure EADŌ | SIFT Studio (Michigan)
 March 09, 2016 Brad Cloepfil Allied Works Architecture (Oregon)
 April 20, 2016 Robert Cervero University of California (Berkeley)


The 2015-2016 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.