Session 1 - The Transformation of Cities

Throughout history, urban design has evolved based on the influences of the times. Join us as we explore some of the challenges facing urban design. From 'smart cities' to self-driving cars - what influence do these advancements have on an urban scale? How do today's humans want and need to interact with their cities? Furthermore how do future technological advances impact existing infrastructure of established urban developments?


Andrew Moddrell is a founding partner of PORT, a leading-edge urban design consultancy whose work focuses on the analysis, visioning, design and implementation of new formats of urban space and public realm, ranging in scale from streets, plazas, parks and public waterfronts, to long-term framework plans and regional development strategies. In addition to his work at PORT, Mr. Moddrell teaches seminars and design studios related to contemporary issues of urbanism as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago School of Architecture. Mr. Moddrell holds a B.Arch with distinction from The University of Kansas, where he was awarded the Thayer Medal for Architectural Design, and an M.Arch from Yale University, where he was awarded the H.I. Feldman Prize for Design Excellence.


Marcus Carter leads the work of Object Territories, an architecture and urban design practice based in New York and Hong Kong, together with Michael Kokora and Miranda Lee. Recent projects include a public park and market in Da Nang, Vietnam, a masterplan for revitalizing the Erie Canal in New York, a landscape masterplan for downtown Oakland, a museum and masterplan in Seoul, a museum in Lithuania, and a winery in northern China. As senior associate at Steven Holl Architects, he led projects for mixed-use developments, facilities for the arts, university buildings, master plans, and private residences. Prior to SHA, Marcus worked at KPF and Robert A. M. Stern Architects.  Marcus holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas, studying abroad in Rome, and a Master of Architecture from Yale University where he was editor of Perspecta, the Yale Architectural Journal. His writings focus on urbanism, postmodern design culture and the sublime in architecture.


Brian McClendon is a Research Professor at the University of Kansas after spending 2 years at Uber leading their Maps and Business Platform efforts.  For 10 years prior, Brian was a Vice President with Google and led the entire Geo group including Google Maps, Street View and Google Earth. He was a co-founder and angel investor in Keyhole, Inc., a geospatial data visualization company that was purchased by Google in 2004 which led to Google Earth. In the 1990s, He spent 8 years at Silicon Graphics, designing 3D graphics workstations.   He was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2015 and holds a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas.

Matt Kleinmann is currently a doctoral student in architecture with a focus on community design and public health at the University of Kansas. As an urban designer, Matt leverages community-based participatory research that seeks to empower communities. At Dotte Agency, Matt uses participatory design to reduce health disparities in the built environment. He believes that all people should have the basic human right of living in a healthy neighborhood, and that better design can promote greater health access for all. He is currently developing a mobile grocery store and promoting active living trails in Kansas City, Kansas.


Session 2 - The Transformation of Making

From wire framing on whiteboards to painting in virtual space, our creative canvas is no longer... canvas. Our abilities, services, and stories are being created in a wide technological spectrum that enables us to bring clarity to our intent by bringing the sketch to life. How was this spectrum influenced the quality, speed, and impact of our work? Has more technology lead to more efficiencies or a paradox of now having more challenges in more mediums? This session aims to reveal how today's processes, materials, and expectations of practice have broadened and what these changes mean for the next wave of professionals.


Working at the intersection of design and healthcare, Lauren leads a creative consulting studio, Lens, that excels at driving innovation, consensus and engagement at the front lines of healthcare delivery.  She works with organizations to develop human-centered solutions that improve their triple bottom line: people, profit, planet. As Principal Strategist of Lens, Lauren has helped clients build creative and high-functioning teams, create innovative new services, and unleash the full potential and capabilities of their people. Lauren sits on the Advisory Board for Emergency Medicine at Brigham Women’s Hospital.






Dimensional Innovations, DI, is an experiential design firm in Kansas City. They have a borderless mindset that demands whatever it takes to create experiences for our partners and their audience that they haven’t even imagined yet. Interestingly, the future still relies on timeless skills from the past: storytelling, art and craftsmanship. But it’s the way we apply and realize those skills that makes us unique.

Chris is the director of the Innovation Lab team where he represents clients by understanding their needs and ensuring expectations are met. Chris's engineering and programming background lends to mechanical design and electronic integration into projects.

Brandon brings a unique skill set to his position as a Design Technologist in the Innovation Lab at DI. Combining an architecture and industrial design background with a generalist approach to technology, Brandon helps to bridge the gap between conceptual design and project execution by providing creative direction and technical guidance throughout the design / build process. He is interested in the interplay between the built environment, the digital world, and the ways in which people interact with both.

Nate served for 6 years in the US Navy as a Nuclear Mechanic on board the USS Georgia. Once back on land and after finishing his enlistment, Nate decided to start a new journey. After working as a mechanic on forklifts for 3 years and just after having their first child, Nate and Meagan decided to use the GI Bill to further his education and 5 years later, he earned a degree in Industrial Design from the University of Kansas.



Frank Zilm serves as the Chester Dean Lecturer on Healthcare Design in the School of Architecture Health and Wellness program. Healthcare Design Magazine selected Frank as the top educator in 2013. He has worked within major health care architectural firms, teaching hospitals, and for the past thirty years has headed his own consulting firm where he has executed over 350 planning and programming studies. Frank is an active contributor to the health care community, authoring numerous papers, regularly teaching at the Harvard Graduate School of Design Executive Program. He has served as President of the American Institute of Architects Academy on Architecture for Health, and was a founding Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Architects.


Session 3 - The Transformation of Campus

The University of Kansas has seen significant investment and new construction in recent years. From the restoration of Jayhawk Boulevard, to innovative new buildings, to the landscape changing Central District Masterplan, the KU Campus has transformed into a state of the art community of learning. Where have we been, where are we going, and what is the future of Campus?


David Broz, AIA and LEED AP, is a Principal and studio director in Gensler’s Chicago office.  A seventeen-year veteran at Gensler, David has personally worked on over 12 million square feet of educational space across the country.  Under Dave’s leadership as Gensler’s Education Practice Area leader, Gensler has developed a Global Education Practice that was recently ranked #1 University Architect by Building Design & Construction. His team has published several research documents on how space can better support learning and transform the overall campus experience.  Broz is an active blogger and speaker who leads discovery sessions about the future of academia and how the built environment can positively impact today’s digital native students. David is a 1997 Graduate of the KU School of Architecture and has remained active with the university since his graduation.


Jim Modig, University Architect at the University of Kansas, Office of Facilities Planning and Development and a licensed architect in Kansas. Thirty eight of his forty plus year career have been at the University of Kansas working with facilities planning, site development, project design and construction management. He was the Director of Design and Construction Management for 30 years and in 2011 became University Architect. He manages the main campus in Lawrence, the Edwards Campus in Overland Park and the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Yoder consisting of over 1,000 acres and 9.4 million square feet of facilities. The University has experienced over 3.8 million square feet of growth and over $1.6 billion in major construction projects in the last 26 years. He is one of the KU Team that helped lead role in the implementation of the Central District transformational project, a $350 million development utilizing the Public, Private Partnership. 


Heiddi Davis, AIA, has served the University of Missouri as the director of Campus Facilities-Planning Design and Construction, director of CF-Space Planning & Management, and project manager for major capital projects over her 17 year tenure.  She connects creativity and strategic thinking with a technical background in facility design and management. Her leadership and problem-solving skills stem from an education in Architecture at the University of Kansas (B.Arch ‘96)  and experience as a registered architect responsible for a wide variety of project types. Her roles in Campus Facilities span from programming and planning of new & renovated facilities, supporting the Campus Planning Committee of faculty, staff and students, and integration of the MU master planning process into facility design and construction.  The MU facility portfolio consists of 19 million square feet primarily on the 1,262 acre main campus in Columbia, Mo, but stretching statewide to 19,000 acres including the Agricultural Experiment Stations.  The wide variety of facilities include spaces for active learning, unique facilities for top-tier research, and a Level 1 trauma center and teaching hospital knit together within the framework of open space containing the Mizzou Botanic Garden.  In fiscal year 2016, CF-PDC was responsible for $139 million in construction related expenditures equating to over 2,100 jobs generated and nearly $300M in economic impact.

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