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VCUarts Faculty Lecture Series: Patterns of Place

February 2, 2021 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Free

Patterns of Place: panel discussion investigating methodologies of study used to examine regional and vernacular patterns

February 2, 2021, 5:30-6:30 pm

Note: All spring faculty lectures will be a virtual webinar format

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  • Sara Desvernine Reed, PhD, design historian; assistant professor, VCUarts Department of Interior Design
  • Emily Smith, interior designer; assistant professor, VCUarts Department of Interior Design

Proposed panelists:

  • Kevin Jones, architect; professor, Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design
  • John Malinoski, graphic designer; retired faculty member, VCUarts Department of Graphic Design
  • Helene Renard, architect and interior designer; associate professor emerita, Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design
  • Mimi Sadler, founder and historical architect, Sadler & Whitehead Architects PLC
  • Camden Whitehead, architect, Sadler & Whitehead Architects PLC; associate professor, VCUarts Department of Interior Design

With the support of a VCUarts Dean’s Exploratory Research Grant, the Patterns of Place research team has, over the past two years, engaged professional designers in pattern documentation exercises. Seven professional designers have submitted nearly 100 pattern observations to the research team, investigating patterns in natural and built environments. They documented their research in photography, hand-drawing, stenciling, digital composition, and watercolor, allowing viewers to see patterns individually or as part of a larger whole. This panel discussion will share research outcomes and the varied, thoughtful processes used by the designers that participated in Patterns of Place.