2018-2019 Lecture Series: OPTIMISM

Design and construction are fundamentally optimistic acts since to conceive and build space is to imagine a transformed future. As an activated (and potentially activist) art, architecture seeks to improve the private as well as the social experiences and activities of individuals, communities, and organizations. As local and global challenges emerge and evolve, the discipline and the profession are called on to do more than simply respond, adapt, or mitigate; they must also envision, facilitate, and contribute to empowering and ennobling future possibilities.

Even as we acknowledge its progressive capacities, we also recognize architecture’s limits. Economic realities, structures of power, and governmental and institutional processes all conspire to constrain what is possible. OPTIMISM features speakers who meet these challenges with confidence in the transformative potential of design and public engagement.

We are proud to announce this year's guest lecturers for HSA's 2018-2019 lecture series OPTIMISM.

All lectures will take place in the HSA auditorium, 720 N Washington Ave, Springfield, MO. 


September 27
3 p.m.

Elizabeth Golden
Associate Professor
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

October 15
3 p.m.

Patty Heyda
Associate Professor
Washington University in St. Louis 
St. Louis, MO

November 9
3 p.m.

Gina Ford, PLA, FASLA
Principal and Co-Founder
Agency Landscape + Planning
Cambridge, MA



April 5
1 p.m.

Georgeen Theodore
Interboro, Brooklyn, NY

Jay Reeves '00
SPACE, St. Louis, MO

Shane Hood '02
W Design, Tulsa, OK

Olivia Snell '16
MWA Architects, Portland, OR


May 2
4 p.m.

Yasuko Tarumi '08
Morhi Architects
Tokyo, Japan

May 3
3 p.m.

Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA
Brooks + Scarpa
Los Angeles, CA