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2019 AIA Baltimore and BAF Spring Lecture Series: The Edge of Experience

  • 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.


Roger Tyrell, CHORA, University of Portsmouth

Katie O’Meara, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

About the Program

The speakers at this program will provide a dialogue into the philosophical and the inevitable, discussing how we experience design, and how we can design for the future. Roger Tyrell, architect and professor at the University of Portsmouth, will discuss his research and teaching on architecture from a phenomenological (the experience of architecture) and tectonic (expression of construction) perspective, and particular ways of placemaking. Katie O’Meara, architect and professor at MICA, will discuss her work and teaching that brings together architecture and landscape and addresses resiliency in design at the edges of city and water.

About the speakers

Roger Tyrrell is an architect and Principal Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth. His research and teaching are both focused on the study of architecture from a phenomenological and tectonic perspective, with particular reference to the philosophical, social, and cultural dimensions of the subject. He is the Co-Director of the Jørn Utzon Research Network (JURN) which is focused on the interrogation of Utzon’s work and design methodology and projecting discourse into contemporary architectural academic debate. Academic Papers and Conference Papers focused upon the design methodology of Utzon and pedagogic theory. His most recent book, Aalto, Utzon, Fehn: Three Paradigms of Phenomenological Architecture examines the work of three seminal Nordic architects – Alvar Aalto, Jørn Utzon and Sverre Fehn – from a phenomenological perspective, utilising the methodology of ‘paradigm’ (or ‘in the manner of”).

Katie O’Meara is a registered architect, researcher, and professor of Architectural Design at MICA. She has pursued collaborative research projects around the world, initiated student programs, and designed solutions that bring together architecture, landscape and geography to address significant social problems. Her current area of study focuses on the critical interface between rivers and cities, and the increasingly critical link between distressed populations and environmental changes. During her recent sabbatical, Katy earned her Master’s in Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. Her design proposal Mumbai: Infrastructure as Architecture received a national honor award from the American Society of Landscape Architects. Katie received her Master’s in Geography from Towson University and her Bachelor’s in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana.

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

March 27: Engaging the Edge

Kent Bloomer, Bloomer Studio, Yale University
Misha Semenov, Yale University
Christopher Streb, Biohabitats

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: The Exbury Egg, PAD Studio

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