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2019 AIA Baltimore and BAF Spring Lecture Series: Engaging the Edge

  • Falvey Hall – MICA Brown Center 1301 West Mount Royal Avenue Baltimore, MD, 21217 United States (map)

1.5 AIA/CES LUs /LA/APA credits


This year’s Spring Lecture Series theme is Edge: Harbor and City.

Waterfront Partnership’s Healthy Harbor Initiative has set a goal of a swimmable and fishable Inner Harbor. What could this look like? Speakers will reflect on, illustrate, define, and/or re-define the edges where land and water meet. In coordination with the Baltimore journal T3XTURE, this year’s lecture series will introduce a design competition that invites Maryland architecture firms to submit design concepts that explore the edge of the harbor and city.


Kent Bloomer, Bloomer Studio, Yale University

Misha Semenov, Yale University

Christopher Streb, Biohabitats

About the program

The speakers at this program will discuss the visual and ecological grammar of the edge through means of ornamental and regenerative design. Kent Bloomer of Bloomer Studio and Yale University will discuss his work on ornament design, including work engaging the water’s edge, and his book, the The Nature of Ornament, which offers a passionate argument for the vitality and meaning of ornament in modern architecture. Misha Semenov, a graduate student at Yale University, will discuss his work with Kent Bloomer on ornament design at the edge. Christopher Streb, PE, of Biohabitats will discuss his ecological engineering work including projects at the harbor and city edge in Baltimore and strategies that transform the waterfront, creating a sustainable and engaging landscape that informs visitors about the ecological problems impacting the productivity of the Chesapeake Bay, and the cultural and economic prosperity it has historically provided.

Speaker bios

Kent Bloomer has over fifty years of experience as an exhibiting sculptor, practicing designer, and professor. Mr. Bloomer earned a BFA is physics and architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He then went on to study sculpture at Yale University and earned his MFA in 1961. Bloomer’s sculpture has been exhibited by numerous museums and galleries, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. He is the author of Body, Memory and Architecture and The Nature of Ornament, among others, and has taught architectural ornament at Yale University for over thirty years.

Misha Semenov is an aspiring architect, urban planner, ecologist, and researcher, and a current graduate student in the Yale Schools of Architecture and Forestry/Environmental Studies, pursuing joint Master’s degrees in Architecture and Environmental Management, where he also works as teaching fellow for ornament design. He has a BA from Princeton University in Architecture with certificates in Urban Studies and Translation. His main interests and work focuses on cities, nature, environmentalism, and the translation and reading of literature in Russian, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese.

Christopher Streb, PE, LEED AP, is an ecological engineer for Biohabitats, has over 10 years of experience in regenerative design including ecological planning, stream restoration, stormwater management, wastewater treatment, and sustainable technologies. By applying engineering principles towards the understanding, modeling, and design of ecological systems, he fills a unique niche in the industry of regenerative and sustainable design. Mr. Streb’s projects have ranged from green infrastructure planning for New York City’s Long Term Control Plan to designing and patenting small floating wetlands for Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

Event logistics

Lectures are held at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Falvey Hall of the Brown Center.

Public Transit:
The lecture location is within walking distance of several public transit options including:
-UB/Mount Royal Light Rail Stop
-Circulator Bus (Purple Line) at N. Charles and Mount Royal Avenue
-Penn Station: Amtrak/MARC

100 free parking spots will be available in the RK&K parking lot at 81 W Mosher St, Baltimore. The lot is located at the east end of Mosher Street, one block east of Mt. Royal Avenue and accessible from the northbound lane only. The lot will close at 9pm.

2019 Spring Lecture Series schedule

Each program offers 1.5 AIA/CES LUs /LA credits

March 20: Edge of Edge

Edward S. Casey, PhD, Professor, Stony Brook University
Travis Price, FAIA, Travis Price Architects/Spirit of Place-Spirit of Design, Inc.
Carmera Thomas, Chesapeake Bay Foundation (invited)
Moderator: Julio Bermudez, PhD, Professor, School of Architecture and Planning, The Catholic University of America

April 24: The Intentional and Unintentional Edge

Daniel Campo, Morgan State University
Barbara Wilks, FAIA, W Architecture & Landscape Architecture LLC

May 1: The Edge of Experience

Roger Tyrell, CHORA, University of Portsmouth
Katie O’Meara, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

5/4/2019 Harbor/Port Boat Tour Time TBD

5/8/2019 – Neighborhood Design Center/Design Conversation at the Motor House

Image: Baltimore Healthy Harbor Initiative and Pilot Projects, Biohabitats

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