Architecture & Design Network Backs Lecture Series

After eight seasons of a lecture series called the Art of Architecture, organizers of the program established the nonprofit Architecture & Design Network to help fund the continuation of the series, which will lay the foundation of its ninth season next week.

"New Ground, Notable Projects" will be presented by Mark Boyer at 6 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock. Boyer heads the Department of Landscape Architecture in the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. A reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. precedes Boyer's talk, which is free and open to the public.

Boyer will present a summery of programs and recent work by students and faculty in the Department of Landscape Architecture, including a memorial for police officers in West Memphis; the Campus Rain Works Challenge, a design competition sponsored by the U.S. Environment Protection Agency; and a project and research concerning the Rohwer War Relocation Center, a World War II Japanese-American internment camp in southeastern Arkansas.

He will also discuss green roof research, Roosevelt-era communities and a potential Haiti project.

"The idea is to get the public interested in architecture and the built environment and certainly the impact it has their lives and their communities," said June Freeman, chair of the Architecture & Design Network.

Other members of the newly appointed board include Little Rock residents Chris East, Susan Dollar, James Meyer, Randy Palculict, Renie Rule and Lindsay R. Thomas.

The Art of Architecture 2012-13 lineup, which is presented with the support of the Central Arkansas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the Arkansas Arts Center and the Fay Jones School of Architecture, will also include Reed Kroloff, director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Kroloff served as juror for this year's Arkansas AIA design competition.

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