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Simon David will present a lecture at 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 4, in Ken and Linda Sue Shollmier Hall, Room 250 of Vol Walker Hall, on the University of Arkansas campus, as part of the spring lecture series in the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design.

David, principal and creative director of Office of Strategy + Design (OSD) in New York City. He has more than two decades of international experience practicing in New York City, Los Angeles and Thailand as an urban designer, architect and landscape architect.

In his lecture, “Environments for Health,” David will address the design of healing environments – for people and ecologies – and the increasing need for environments to be treated with a holistic and multidisciplinary approach to design. This lecture will showcase three projects that feature health and healing and discuss how the design principles demand an integrated and holistic approach to all aspects of the built environment.

OSD is a multidisciplinary office focused on the health of communities and ecology as the environment is rapidly changing. OSD’s work is characterized by an ‘outside>in’ approach to design and planning, starting with questions of how the land, and the people who use it, inform built environments. Before founding OSD, David was project leader at BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, overseeing multidisciplinary projects with a focus on resiliency, such as The BIG U, Google’s Bayview Campus, The Wilson School and The Pittsburgh Lower Hill Master Plan.

In 2011, David was awarded the national Gabriel Prize by Western European Architectural Foundation. OSD’s projects have received national and international press and awards from AZ, The Architect’s Newspaper, Rethinking the Future and The New York Times. David lectures and writes about resiliency and urban public space and has taught studios on architecture; urban design and climate change; and the future of mobility and urban communities.

This is the Martha Dellinger Memorial Lecture.

The school is pursuing continuing education credits for this lecture through the American Institute of Architects.

This lecture is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.  

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