Michael Speaks / University of Kentucky

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
February 24, 2010 - 5:30pm

Michael Speaks is Professor of Architecture and Dean of the College of Design at the University of Kentucky. Speaks is former director of the Graduate Program and founding director of the Metropolitan Research and Design Postgraduate Program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles. He was also the founding editor of the cultural journal Polygraph and a former editor at Architecture New York and a+u (Tokyo), and currently serves as a contributing editor for Architectural Record. An influential writer and critic, Speaks has published and lectured internationally on art, architecture, urban design and scenario planning. Speaks has been at the center of debates about the role innovation and prototyping plays in design and has written a number of influential essays that argue for the importance of what he calls "design intelligence," or the various forms of design knowledge generated during design but which are often overlooked in favor of "the design."