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College of Arts and Architecture Sustainability Symposium


October 19–21, 2020 | 9–11:45 AM, VIA ZOOM


9–9:15 AM

Opening Remarks

B. Stephen Carpenter II, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Arts and Architecture

9:15–9:30 AM

Opening Remarks

Paul Shrivastava, Ph.D.
Chief Sustainability Officer
Director, Sustainability Institute

9:30–10:30 AM

Keynote Address—The Black Imaginary and the Search for a Sustainable Community​

Julian Chambliss, Ph.D.
Professor of English, Michigan State University

10:30–10:45 AM


10:45–11:15 AM

Researching Sustainability Teaching—Center for Pedagogy in Arts and Design

Ann C. Clements, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Pedagogy in Arts and Design
Professor of Music Education

Yasmine Abbas, D.Des.
Assistant Teaching Professor of Architecture

Eric McKee, Ph.D.
Professor of Music Theory

The Center for Pedagogy in Arts and Design (C-PAD) aspires to unite scholars, artists, designers, and everyone in between over a shared passion for the advancement of art and design in academia. The C-PAD Innovators in Residence, who also serves as the Sustainability Faculty Teaching Fellow, will discuss their sustainability research with teaching and their approaches to transfer sustainability research knowledge into education. The first cohort of the College of Arts and Architecture Sustainability Faculty Teaching Fellows were identified through a selection process.

11:15–11:45 AM

Engagement Scholarship for Sustainability—Hamer Center for Community Design

Lisa D. Iulo
Director, Hamer Center for Community Design
Associate Professor of Architecture

The Hamer Center for Community Design (HCCD) is an endowed center that seeks to utilize the expertise of faculty and students in the Stuckeman School to address a range of issues impacting the quality of communities, with a focus on issues with relevance to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. HCCD activities entail two distinct, but related types of undertakings: 1) applied research; and 2) theoretical investigations on issues related to community design/planning. The work addresses public issues such as, but not limited to, community-based design/planning, affordable housing, development of design guidelines, sustainability, park and recreation planning, environmental and ecological analysis. Engagement with community partners informs the research questions and projects undertaken. This presentation discusses the theories, processes, and partners that are central to HCCD’s sustainability efforts.


9–9:45 AM

Sustainability + Computing—Stuckeman Center for Design Computing

Jose Duarte, Ph.D.
Director, Stuckeman Center for Design Computing
Professor of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

With Architecture graduate students Mina Rahimian, Naveen Muthumanickam, Julio Diarte, and Elena Vazquez.

The Stuckeman Center for Design Computing (SCDC) aims to advanced design research and learning in computational design through high-impact research and publications spanning the design fields. This panel discussion examines sustainability in exploring computation as a subject of creative and scholarly inquiry in design across scales and modes of engagement.

9:45–10 AM


10–10:45 AM

Enacting Change Through Artistic Practice—School of Visual Arts Studio for Sustainability and Social Action

Alexandra Allen, Ph.D.
Project Manager, School of Visual Arts Studio for Sustainability and Social Action
Post-Doctoral Scholar of Art Education

Kris Grey
Visiting Artist, Assistant Teaching Professor

Nichole van Beek
Visiting Artist, Assistant Teaching Professor

The School of Visual Arts Studio for Sustainability and Social Action (SoVAS3A) is dedicated to sustainability and the philosophical and moral call to social action through artistic practice. SoVAS3A aims to reveal essential characteristics of what the arts do, as well as how artists and creators can engage with the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. SoVAS3A has four initiatives: Courses and Curriculum; Symposium and Exhibition; Community Collaborations; and Artist Lectures and Workshops. This presentation summarizes the past achievements, current endeavors, and future projects as they relate to each of these initiatives.

10:45–11 AM


11–11:45 AM

Penn State Drawdown Initiative

Rachel Brennan, Ph.D., P.E.
Director, Drawdown Scholars REU Program
Associate Professor, Environmental Engineering

Penn State is partnering with Project Drawdown to explore and enhance “the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming.” The Drawdown mission seeks to clarify a positive solutions-oriented path ahead for action on climate change. By working with researchers from across the world, the team has already identified, researched, and modeled the 100 most substantive, existing solutions to address climate change.


9–9:45 AM

Research—College of Arts and Architecture
Arts, Design, and Health—Arts and Design Research Incubator

Mallika Bose, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Research, Creative Activity, Graduate Studies
Professor of Landscape Architecture

William J. Doan, Ph.D.
Director, Arts and Design Research Incubator
Professor of Theatre

Our mission is simple: to act as a catalyst for faculty and students in attaining their research ambitions, and to position these activities as a central component of the research enterprise at Penn State.

The Arts and Design Research Incubator (ADRI) fosters support for innovative arts research and its dissemination to the public at large. This discussion will focus on finding interdisciplinary common ground for sustainability.

9:45–10 AM


10–10:45 AM

Research-Activated Design Intervention—Ecology + Design

Charles Andrew Cole, Ph.D.
Director, Ecology + Design
Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture

The Ecology and Design (E+D) initiative prioritizes the innovation and education of ecology and design within the physical design and building sectors. This presentation discusses the ideas that lead to E+D and the rationale behind the concept of including designers in ecologically-focused projects. The variety of projects that E+D has underway, including the Musser Gap to Valleylands (MG2V) project with Penn State, are presented.

10:45–11 AM


11–11:45 AM

Center for the Business of Sustainability—Smeal College of Business

Daniel R. Cahoy
Research Director, Center for the Business of Sustainability
Professor of Business Law

Sustainability is a strategic priority for Smeal College of Business and a topic that increasingly permeates the educational experiences, research activities, outreach and operations of the college. Over 30 faculty across all Smeal departments teach and research sustainability. This presentation discusses the sustainability research in Smeal in the pursuit of opportunities for synergy.

Sponsoring Units:
Office of Research, Creative Activity, and Graduate Studies
Stuckeman Center for Design Computing
Arts and Design Research Incubator