Lecture Series: Lance Hosey

NewSchool Auditorium
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1249 F Street, San Diego CA
May 10th, 2017, 6:30PM

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Lance Hosey, FAIA, LEED Fellow

An internationally recognized authority on sustainable design, architect and author Lance Hosey oversees design for the San Diego office of Harley Ellis Devereaux and chairs the firm’s nationwide Design Excellence program. Previously he has been a design director with the pioneering practice William McDonough + Partners, as well as Chief Sustainability Officer with two of the world’s largest design firms. Lance’s latest book, The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design, the first to study the relationships between sustainability and beauty, won a 2013 New York Book Show award and was a 2014 finalist for “Book of the Year” with the UK’s Urban Design Awards. His design work has been featured in Architect, Architectural Record, Metropolis, Progressive Architecture, Architecture, and many other publications. He was a runner-up for the Metropolis Next Generation Design Prize and has been featured in Architectural Record’s “emerging architect” series, and he is one of only thirty people in the world who are Fellows with both the American Institute of Architects and the US Green Building Council. Eco-pioneer John Elkington calls Lance “an inspirational guide to a future we can’t wait to embrace,” and Builder magazine says Lance “is on a crusade to revolutionize what it means to be sustainable.” @lancehosey

Redesigning Innovation

The design industry constantly gives lip service to innovation. Google the phrase “innovative architecture,” and you find a seemingly endless stream of exotic images—rippled rooflines, bulbous walls, spongy towers, the flights of fancy of designers the world over. To architects, innovation appears to mean ambitious geometry. By contrast, the business world defines innovation very differently—as a breakthrough that produces better results. Designers call something innovative if it merely looks different, but true innovators demand that it must work differently. Architecture urgently needs reinvention. The built environment represents nearly half the total consumption of resources and two-thirds the global GDP and provides the setting for virtually everyone’s everyday experience. Yet, buildings generally have a negative impact—environmentally, economically, and socially. This presentation will be a call to action, a battle cry for architects everywhere to redesign the very purpose of design.