department head and professor of landscape architecture at the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas
, will give a talk tonight at the Arkansas Arts Center on the changing role of designers.
From his bio:
Interdisciplinary project investigations of significance include the award-winning Taj Mahal National Park and Cultural Heritage District, urban design and winning competition entries into sustainable resort development in tropical and sub-tropical environments, and management and leadership of projects as the Director of the Richard and Dion Neutra VDL Research House II. Ken McCown has lectured to over one-hundred schools and professional organizations about Richard Neutra's work including lecturing for the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles and the Nevada Preservation Foundation in Las Vegas. Awards of his collaborative works include an ASLA Award of honor from the State chapter of Nevada, the City of Las Vegas' Mayor's Urban Design Award for the Cedar Trail retrofit, an ASLA Central States Award and Iowa ASLA Award for the Carson Parklet, two AIA Las Vegas awards for unbuilt architecture, the CELA Award for Outstanding Design Studio Teaching.
McCown will present examples of collaborative work that is "place-based" and meant to impact communities. The Architecture and Design Network is sponsor of the talk, which starts at 6 p.m. after a 5:30 p.m. reception outside the lecture hall, as part of the June Freeman Lecture Series.