2014 Toguchi Lecture

Toguchi Lecture, Kent State University

September 2, 2014

August 27, 2014 Registration Deadline Register Now

Guest Speakers Roberto de Leon & Ross Primmer 


De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop (DPAW) is a design studio with a focus on non-profit cultural & civic projects. DPAW’s working methodology draws inspiration from regional traditions of craft and fabrication, placing an emphasis on the potential of conventional materials and construction methods. Through an immersive process of research & investigation, the studio cultivates an understanding of contextual specificity as a nuanced relationship between place, time and local culture.

In implementing this approach, the Workshop purposefully embraces a rigor of ‘reduction’ aimed at a clarity and economy of design. The Workshop was chosen for the 2010 Design Vanguard by Architectural Record, the 2011 Emerging Voices by the Architectural League of New York, and the 2012 American Architecture Award by the Chicago Athenaeum and the European Centre For Architecture Art & Urban Studies. Most recently, DPAW received the 2013 American Institute of Architects National Honor Award for the Mason Lane Farm Operations Facility, a project which has garnered attention for its innovative use of passive sustainable strategies.

DPAW has been published widely and their work has been exhibited at various venues internationally, including the 2012 Istanbul Biennial, the 2011 Beijing International Design Triennial, and WOOD 2010 in Smaland, Sweden.

5:00Social & Registration, Ballroom Balcony*, 3rd floor Student Center

* Remember to bring your parking ticket to the Ballroom Balcony to be validated.


6:45-Depart to Cartwright Hall*, Registration

*There is a short, outdoor walk between the location of dinner and the program. Please plan accordingly. There is no guaranteed parking at the Cartwright Auditorium and walking is recommended.

7:00-Program, Cartwright Hall

Cost: Akron-Canton CSI members & AIA Akron members – included in 2014 dues. AIA Eastern Ohio Members, register as AIA Eastern Ohio and your AIA member fee will be collected at the door.

Non-chapter members of CSI or AIA and guests – $50.00,  to be paid in advance by the August 27 RSVP deadline.  Please make checks payable to Akron-Canton CSI.
Payment may be made by credit card at the time of registration.

Continuing Education – 1.5 HSW De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop (DPAW) is a collaborative design studio focusing on public projects with a cultural, civic or not-for-profit basis. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, the workshop uses the contextual specificity of the region as a springboard for research and investigation. Established in 2003, DPAW’s history of working with non-profit organizations and grass-roots community efforts has grounded their practice in the exploration of architectural solutions that enrich and nurture the surrounding communities through design and collaborative processes.

Learning Objectives: 1. Attendees will understand techniques for documenting the character of their own specific region and through case study projects and learn how to incorporate those techniques into practice. 2. Attendees will be able to compare different project types and budget constraints based on a comparison between public (not-for-profit) and private clients. 3. Attendees will be able to identify how public projects can be constructed and detailed of exposed wood, renewable materials, and sustainable combustible materials while still maintaining expectations for performance, code compliance, and safety. 4. Attendees will be able to tell the difference between a traditional practice model and a workshop model that advocates collaboration, sustainability, research, investigation, and community involvement by fostering grass-roots community efforts.

Roberto de Leon, Jr., AIA, LEED AP Roberto received a Master in Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1993, and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989. Roberto has served as a panelist for the Mayors’ Institute On City Design, a national advisory conference in association with the NEA for U.S. mayors on current planning issues.

M. Ross Primmer, AIA Ross received a Master in Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1993, and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Kent State University in 1989. Ross has served on the board of the Louisville metro government’s Landmark Commission and participates in many culturally related urban and citywide strategic focus groups and planning committees.

2014 January Chapter Meeting

AIA Akron January Chapter Meeting

Kent State University

Integrated Design/CM at Risk as a Viable Process


The Kent State University is in the process of designing a new facility for the College of Architecture and Environmental Design utilizing Integrated Design combined with a Construction Manager at Risk delivery system.  The process has resulted in a facility that addresses in a more comprehensive manner the goals of the College.  Understanding the dynamics, individual perspectives, forces shaping each participant’s role and how the end result was an improvement to the project while reinforcing the design concept will be presented.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding the process of Integrated Design and Construction.
  2. Through presentation of a real project example, follow the decision making in an IDC project from selection of the competition winner until the completion of schematic design.
  3.  Understand the perspective and roles from the viewpoint of the design architect, executive architect, construction manager at risk, university architect, and the user.
  4.  Understand the means by which win/win situations can be achieved in the design process.


  1. Marion Weiss, Weiss/Manfredi Architects
  2. Michael Manfredi, Weiss/Manfredi Architects
  3. Michael Bruder, Kent State Director of the University Architect’s Office
  4. Jeff Long, Pre-Construction Manager, Gilbane Construction
  5. Alan Renzi, Principal, Richard L Bowen Architects
  6. Douglas L Steidl, Dean, KSU College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Location:   Kent State University | Dinner – Student Center Ballroom Balcony, 3rd Floor | Program – Cartwright Auditorium*

* There is a short, outdoor walk between the location of dinner and the program. Please plan accordingly. There is no guaranteed parking at the Cartwright Auditorium and walking is recommended.


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


Cost: AIA Akron members – included in dues  *  Non-members of AIA Akron and guests – $25.00 to be paid in advance of meeting by noon, January 13, 2014.


To Register: By noon, January 13, 2014.


Learning Units: 1AIA LUs/HSW will be issued for the program. The program is equal to 1 contact hour for other organizations requiring continuing education.


AIA Transcripts: AIA members, you will need to sign in on the registration sheet at Cartwright Hall for the CEUs to be recorded on AIA CES transcripts.


All others will need to request a PDF certificate to be emailed to them. Please contact me at admin@aiaakron.org if you want a certificate.



Click on the link below to register or RSVP.
Thursday January 16, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM EST
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Kent State University
1075 Risman Drive
Kent, OH 44242
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Toguchi Lecture 2013

Toguchi Lecture 2013 

September 3, 2013

Deadline to RSVP, Noon, August 29

James P. Cramer

James P. Cramer has spent his career serving the architecture and design community. He is the founder and chairman of the Greenway Group, one of the country’s leading strategy consulting and business foresight firms for the design and construction industry. In this capacity, he researches, consults, and gives seminars for professional firms around the world. Cramer is also the founding editor and publisher of Design Intelligence and the  Almanac of Architecture & Design, which has been hailed as “indispensable” by Pulitzer prize-winning architecture critic Robert Campbell.


He has authored several hundred articles and the critically acclaimed book  Design Plus Enterprise: Seeking a New Reality in Architecture. He is co-author of the books How Firms Succeed: A Field Guide to Design Management Solutions and The Next Architect: A New Twist on the Future of Design.


In addition, Cramer is co-founder and president of the Design Futures Council, a think tank devoted to advancing innovation and shaping the future of the A/E/C industry. The interdisciplinary Design Futures Council is a network of design, product, and construction leaders exploring global trends, challenges, and opportunities to advance innovation and shape the future of the industry and environment. Members include leading architecture and design firms, innovative manufacturers, service providers, and forward-thinking A/E/C firms of all sizes that take an active interest in their future.


Tuesday, September 3, 2013


5:00-Social – Ballroom Balcony, 3rd floor Student Center

5:30-Dinner – Ballroom Balcony

6:30 – walk to Cartwright Hall, registration*

*There is a short, outdoor walk between the location of dinner and the program. Please plan accordingly. There is no guaranteed parking at the Cartwright Auditorium and walking is recommended.

REMEMBER to bring your parking ticket for free parking validation stamp.

7:00-Program, Cartwright Hall


Cost:  AIA Akron members & Akron-Canton CSI members – included in 2013 dues.

Non-chapter members of AIA or CSI and guests – $50.00, to be paid in advance by the August 29 RSVP deadline. 

 Payment may be made by credit card, contact Carolyne Tinsley at 330-699-9788.


To Register:  Contact Carolyne Tinsley at 330-699-9788 or admin@aiaakron.org
 by noon, Thursday, August 29, 2013


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



The presentation will explore the visible and invisible evolution of the design professions and how they will succeed in being resilient in an age of shifting and game changing times.  Strategies and models will be presented for effecting stronger service in architectural and interior design projects and firms.  These changing parameters demand that the design professions “make a difference” and thus students and professionals mus t see the advantage of a broader knowledge base with greater options.  The goal of this continuing education presentation is to transmit a vision that focuses on foresight as a key to the future of the profession.



  • Understanding the value of design  as perceived in the future
  • Required diverse knowledge alternatives for design success
  • Realizing the conceptual and technical demands on built environment designers and how the defined professional disciplines interact
  • Understanding of the changing perspectives regarding knowledge and process in designing and constructing the environments in which we live



Kent State University AIAS

CANCELLED – AIAS Kent – Emerging Professionals Panel + Mock-Interview Workshop


Cancelled. We will repost when rescheduled.

AIAS Kent – Emerging Professionals Panel + Mock-Interview Workshop

As part of a workshop series AIAS Kent is looking for AIA Akron volunteers for our mock-interview workshop. It would be a two hour commitment on Saturday, April 13th from 1-3pm in 202 Taylor Hall.

We are looking for two categories of volunteers:

Emerging Professionals: (5+ individuals)
We would like to engage engage a few emerging professionals to sit on a panel and take turns answering students questions such as what to wear to an interview, how to craft a good follow up email, IDP process, examinations etc.
Interviewers: (4+ individuals)
We are seeking Architects who have experience with interviewing to interview our members as if they were applying for a position. After the “interview” critique them their performance. Give them advice on ways they can better their portfolio, resume, image etc.
If you are not an emerging professional but would still like to sit on the panel you are more than welcome to come. We would love to have as many architects show up as possible. Our main theme of this workshop is “employability skills” but we are also wanting to give our members a chance to meet professionals and get the questions answered that studio doesn’t answer.


Send inquiries to:
Adrian Helton . ahelton3@kent.edu
AIAS Vice-President
AIA Akron Liaison

KSU CAED Spring Lecture Series

From the Kent CAED Events page:

The 2013 Spring Lecture Series is right around the corner. Stay tuned as we post specifics on each event. Preliminary dates are as follows:

  • Eric Firley – Feb 20
  • Gail Caskey Winkler – February 25
  • Nicholas DeMonchaux – March 11
  • Julio Amezcua – April 8
  • Mario Carpo – April 17

More to come.  Stay tuned….



Thursday, January 17, 2013

“Architecture Building Design Competition Presentations”

Two Hours HSW/SD CEUs



In August, Kent State President Lester A. Lefton announced that the College of Architecture and Environmental Design will get a new home on the Kent State University Esplanade, a pedestrian walkway through campus that is currently being extended into downtown Kent, Ohio.


The new $40M College of Architecture will unite a program which is currently being housed in three separate buildings.  After receiving 37 submissions from international and national design firms, a short list of four has been created.  Please join us as we listen to the long awaited presentation of their solutions.


The four teams selected for the last stage of the design competition are:

  • Bialosky + Partners Architects, with offices in New York and Cleveland, in association with Architecture Research Office of New York
  • Richard L. Bowen + Associates Inc. of Cleveland in association with Weiss/Manfredi of New York
  • The Collaborative Inc. of Toledo, Ohio, in association with the Miller Hull Partnership of Seattle
  • Westlake Reed Leskosky with offices in Cleveland and four other cities


Learning Objectives:

  • The four firms will outline their strategy for creating a sustainable solution for the building.
  • Each firm will present their solution for siting and justify it as it relates to aesthetics, connections to campus and maximizing environmental effects on the building.
  • Discuss overall programming and code adherence in addition to general life safety compliance.
  • Each firm will show how their solution provides a contextual, yet unique, solution and how it ties into the campus utilizing proper materials, building entry/connection, and building siting.


The new architecture building is part of the university’s campus transformation, called “Foundations of Excellence: Building the Future,” which involves the construction of new buildings, facility upgrades and establishment of dynamic, new spaces. The goal of this initiative is to create the most outstanding academic experience for students, faculty, staff, alumni and the greater community enriched by the university.


On January 17, 2013, the four selected teams will present their design concepts, sustainability data and a cost estimate to the selection committee, followed by an abbreviated presentation that will be open to the public, including College of Architecture and Environmental Design students and faculty. While the sustainability data is analyzed and the cost estimate will be reviewed by independent sources, the presentation materials will be further evaluated by the jury to determine the winning design scheme. The winner of the competition is expected to be announced in February 2013.



Kent State University | Dinner – Ballroom Balcony, 3rd Floor | Program – Cartwright Auditorium*



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

Parking tickets will be validated

* There is a short, outdoor walk between the location of dinner and the program. Please plan accordingly. There is not guaranteed parking at the Cartwright Auditorium and walking is recommended.



* AIA Akron members – included in dues

* Non-members of AIA Akron and guests – $25.00 to be paid in advance of meeting by noon, Thursday, January 10, 2013


To Register:

Contact Carolyne Tinsley at 330-699-9788 or RSVP@aiaakron.org

by noon, Thursday, January 10, 2013.


Learning Units:

2 AIA LUs/HSW/SD will be issued for the program. The program is equal to 2 contact hours for other organizations requiring continuing education.

Kent State University AIAS

AIAS – “How To Be An Architect”

Call to AIA Members to Attend Student Chapter Meeting
December 8, 2012

RSVP NOW – Deadline Dec. 6, 2012 

Dear AIA Akron Members,


AIAS at Kent State University is having a meeting “How To Be An Architect” and needs AIA Akron membership participation. Please consider attendance.

December 8th (next Saturday). Pizza and refreshments will be served, the price will be $3-5. The location is 202 Taylor Hall. RSVP’s in by 12/06/12 so we know how much food to purchase.

Adrian Helton, AIAS president

Kent State University AIAS

UPDATE: AIAS Kent State Architectural Firm Crawl

AIAS Kent State

Architectural Firm Crawl

Moved to November 1, 2012, 2-5 pm due to weather 

October 30, 2012, 2-5 pm

Facebook Link


Join AIAS in visiting 3-4 local architecture firms in the Akron/Canton area.
We will spend around 30-45 minutes at each firm where the architects will present about the day to day workings of an office and showcase some of their work. This is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in the future profession, or wishes to get a foot in the door.

AIAS members are FREE
Non-AIAS members are $10
Anyone who wishes to carpool will be given free admission and provided with a $10 gas card

If you have any questions, please contact any of [the] firm crawl committee [members]:
Evan Andersky, Barbara Russell, or Michaila Crislip

Contact AIAS Kent for more information