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Climate as Praxis: Marking the launch of the M. Arthur Gensler Jr. Center For Design Excellence

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Sat, Apr 15 2023, 1PM - 6PM

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Nave Alcove | 450 Irwin Street, San Francisco, CA, 94107 View map

Part of event series: Spring 2023 Architecture Lecture Series

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CCA Architecture Division

Event description

As the urgency of the climate crisis becomes more apparent, it is imperative for architects and designers to find ways to bridge theory and praxis, to experiment with new strategies and implement them across scales. This event, which marks the launch of the M. Arthur Gensler Jr. Center for Design Excellence in the Architecture Division at California College of the Arts, brings together four eminent practitioners whose work straddles the academic and professional realms and who are advancing new ways for designers to directly address the social and environmental effects of climate change. All four are actively engaged in creating buildings, landscapes, and communities that can support a more just and resilient future.


Chris Cornelius, studio:indigenous and University of New Mexico

Billie Faircloth, Kieran Timberlake and Penn Design

Kate Orff, SCAPE and Columbia GSAPP

Boonserm Premthada, Bangkok Practice Studio and Chulalongkorn University


1 pm      Welcome and Introductions

1:30 pm Session 1: Land and Territory

  • Kate Orff + Chris Cornelius

3 pm Break

3:30 pm  Session 2: Materials and Tools

  • Billie Faircloth + Boonserm Premthada

5:15 pm   Closing Discussion: Climate Futures

  • Kate Orff, Chris Cornelius, Billie Faircloth + Boonserm Premthada

6 pm        Reception

A presentation of the M. Arthur Gensler Jr. Center for Design Excellence at CCA. The M. Arthur Gensler Jr. Center for Design Excellence was created through the generosity of the Gensler Family and the Gensler firm to celebrate the life and legacy of visionary architect, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Art Gensler.

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Entry details

Free and open to the public with registration.