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UK/CoD Professor to lead special focus on diversity at national conference

March 12, 2013   |   School

Professor Gregory Luhan, Associate Dean for Research at the University of Kentucky College of Design and the East Central Regional Director for the Association for Collegiate Schools of Architecture will lead a Special Focus Session at the ACSA 101 New Constellations, New Ecologies Conference in San Francisco, 19-26 March 2013. 

The session entitled From Project to Policy | Inclusivity as Translatable Framework will have panel presentations and participatory looping exercises that advance the current discussions linking Academic Excellence to issues related to Diversity and Equity in Architecture programs across the nation. Project presentations will feature the 2012-2013 Diversity Award winners Scott Ruff (Tulane University) and Nichole Wiedemann (University of Texas-Austin) and expand to include and paper presentations by panelists Michaele Pride (University of New Mexico), Brian Kelly (University of Maryland), Norman Millar (Woodbury University), and Gregory Luhan (University of Kentucky). 
This brainstorming session will integrate systems-thinking approaches that Professor Luhan has been researching with his University of Kentucky colleagues in the Colleges of Business, Education, Engineering, and Design. While his NSF-sponsored research course examines issues related to Campus Living and Sustainability, his ACSA session centers of issues of Equity and Diversity that can be simultaneously viewed from multiple vantage points. “Clearly, this is not a one-size fits all or prescriptive discussion”, says Luhan, “rather our goal is to open-up the issue as a means to identify, collect, and make available recognized "best practices" that could serve an invaluable "how to" guide that would help schools strengthen their own diversity plans. In this way, our formulation is operational - as a invaluable and translatable framework that is capable of demonstrating how actionable ideas from diversity-based design projects can impact and inform program specific policies.”
The outcomes of the special focus session will serve as a research-based departure point for the panelists and subsequently develop into a white paper session at the 2013 Globalizing Architecture | Disruption and Flows Conference in Miami, FL next March.