2012 Toguchi Lecture — John Peterson

Tuesday, 04 September 2012
Kent State University

A joint meeting of AIA Akron, AIA Eastern Ohio and Akron-Canton CSI

Social and Dinner – Ballroom Balcony, 3rd Floor, Student Center
Program – The Kiva

5:00 – Social  |  6:00 – Dinner  |  7:00 – Program

Cost:  AIA Akron & Akron-Canton CSI members – included in 2012 dues. Non-chapter AIA or Non-chapter CSI members and guests – the cost is $50.00, to be paid in advance of meeting by Aug. 29. Payment may be made by credit card.

To Register:  Contact Carolyne Tinsley at 330-699-9788 or admin@aiaakron.org by noon, Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Learning Units:  1 AIA Learning Unit will be issued for this seminar. This seminar is equal to 1 contact hour for other organizations requiring continuing education.


Speaker: John Peterson, AIA, Founder and President of Public Architecture
Discussing the role architects play to the community and what impact they can exert through design.


John Peterson, AIA, Founder & President of Public Architecture, conceived of and established in 2002. John serves as the chief spokesperson and strategist for Public Architecture as well as design director and a member of the board of directors. John maintains a small private architectural practice, Peterson Architects, which for over 15 years has dedicated an extraordinary amount of time to pro bono work, serving arts institutions, city agencies, community development corporations, nonprofit organizations, and social service agencies. John has been appointed by Mayor Gavin Newsom to both the San Francisco Green Vision Council and Open Space Task Force. He is also an elected member of the South of Market Business Association board of directors as well as past chair and a current member of the Urban Solutions board of directors.

John is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Nice Modernist award from Dwell magazine, the Jefferson Award for Public Service, numerous citations from all levels of the AIA, as well as the 2009 Designer of the Year award jointly with former Executive Director John Cary. John earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. During the 2005-2006 academic year, he was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Public Architecture’s Founder and President will speak about opportunities for designers to more fully engage the nonprofit sector and provide service to populations that have historically not invested in the design of the built environment. He will highlight the use of design to tackle social issues, the development of a new market for design services, and how Public Architecture is developing the resources and infrastructure to support the intersection of the design and social sectors. You can expect to acquire an understanding of the current state of pro bono service within the design profession. He will present different models of pro bono service. You will learn how to incorporate pro bono service into current practice and learn opportunities to provide design services to underserved communities.






Update: Thank you to Tim Culvahouse, FAIA, Editor-in-Chief of AIA California Council and past Board Member of Public Architecture, for standing in and delivering the Toguchi Lecture.

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