Diversity lecture planned at KSU

By The Mercury

Jay Siebenmorgen, design principal at the global architecture firm NBBJ, will deliver the annual College of Architecture, Planning & Design’s Diversity Lecture as part of Kansas State University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Week.

The lecture will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, in the K-State Student Union’s Little Theatre. This event is free and the public is welcome.

Siebenmorgen’s lecture, “Culture Climates,” will focus on four projects as he reviews the influence of culture on conceptual thinking toward a poetic resolution in architecture. He will discuss the lineage of ideas that influence his work.

Siebenmorgen works at NBBJ’s New York office. As a design principle, he maintains the design direction of all projects that emerge from the office. He interacts with every project team within the studio, ensuring a consistent approach and design quality. Siebenmorgen says he enjoys experimental design within a client-driven context: both by developing building systems that blend sustainability with form and image-making, and by investigating programmatic strategies and relationships that increase value.

In addition to serving as a design principal, Siebenmorgen has been an adjunct assistant professor for the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. He is the recipient of numerous industry awards, including the Kansas State University College of Architecture, Planning & Design’s 10-Year Alumni Honoree Award in architecture.

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