The University of Washington’s Department of Architecture Lecture Series is recommencing for spring, with a line up of high caliber speakers, as outlined below. As part of the fall series, architect Peter Busby of Perkins+Will delivered an inspiring lecture about the power of design in regenerating landscapes.

Busby shared his philosophy on the immense responsibilities of architecture to serve the community, and create innovative approaches to sustainable design, from the building to city scale. Close to Seattle, there are several projects Busby has designed which are particularly impressive, and worthy of exploring, such as:

  •  Dockside Green in Victoria, British Columbia which included the reclamation and redevelopment of a former industrial waterfront as a mixed use community featuring a district energy plant using biomass fuel sources or natural gas, and a wastewater treatment facility to treat, filter and reuse sewage and gray water for toilets and garden irrigation. The project was awarded LEED for Neighborhood Development Platinum.
  • VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia which achieves net-zero energy, reuses rainwater and blackwater and is the first building in Canada to apply for the Living Building Challenge.
  • Center for Urban Waters in Tacoma, Washington which is a LEED Platinum building that incorporates recycled materials, landscaped roofs, and stormwater reuse.

University of Washington Department of Architecture Spring 2016 Lecture Series

6:00pm in Architecture Hall 147

Mitsubishi Corporation Symposium
Wednesday / Thursday 13 – 14 April
KENGO KUMA | KKAA, Tokyo/Paris
Sustaining Japan 2020

Wednesday 27 April
TINA CHRISTENSEN | legaard & christensen Aps, Copenhagen
Scandinavian Design: humanism & functionality in practice

Wednesday 4 May
KEITH EGGENER | University of Oregon, Salem
Regionalism Revisited: the Pragmatic Place-making of Francisco Artigas

Wednesday May 11
Recent WorksWinter 2016

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Sarah is an urban planner and artist from Melbourne Australia, currently living in Seattle. She has contributed to diverse long-term projects addressing housing, transportation, community facilities, heritage and public spaces with extensive consultation with communities and other stakeholders. Her articles for The Urbanist focus on her passion for the design of sustainable, inviting and inclusive places, drawing on her research and experiences around the world.