2018 Richard N. Campen Lecture in Architecture and Sculpture – Material Performance and Ecological Priorities

Rashida Ng
November 5th, 2018

Location: Tinkham Veale University Center, Senior Classroom (Room 134), 11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106

Please note new venue.

As society contends with rising concerns over the viability of our ecosystems, the convergence of human and ecological priorities is increasingly evident. Architecture bears a long history of prioritizing the needs and desires of human experience, including the provision of shelter, creation of community, and design of conditions for physical comfort and human health. Over the past several decades, architecture has responded to challenges of sustainability, seeking to minimize the overall environmental impact of buildings and establish new metrics of energy performance. These measures increasingly acknowledge the impact of buildings on the biosphere. However, these standards and principles do not yet fully embrace the fundamental alignment of human and natural contexts. In her lecture, Rashida Ng, department chair and associate professor at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, will present research and design work that expands the concept of material performance to include aspirations of environmental remediation to reverse the destructive consequences of our previous (and current) practices.

This event is co-sponsored by the CWRU Department of Art and Art History.

Free and open to public. Registration requested.

About the Speaker:

Rashida Ng’s research and creative activities broadly explore the potential for sustainable and performative architecture. In response to the environmental mandate for more ecological means of architectural production, her work negotiates the complex interrelationships between constructed and natural systems. She has authored numerous papers on these topics and co-edited the book, Performative Materials in Architecture and Design, published by Intellect in 2013.

Professor Ng received a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a registered architect with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the faculty of the Tyler School of Art, she worked at architecture firms in Georgia, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. Professor Ng is Co-founder and President of the non-profit organization SEAMLab, a collaborative think tank dedicated to research and the dissemination of design-based knowledge focused on materiality within the built environment.

Professor Ng’s faculty page