KJW + SoA Lecture Series
Aug. 9, 2023

We cordially invite you to attend the Tuesday lecture series at the UNLV School of Architecture, in the Architecture Studies Library.

No RSVP required. This is a free in-person event series. 

Sept. 12: Foster + Partners, Juan Vieira-Pardo, San Francisco

Juan Vieira-Pardo was born in Colombia, studied architecture at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, the Architectural Association in London, and at the Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL. Juan joined Foster + Partners in 1991 where he has worked across many countries and has played a leading role on the design and construction of multiple building types, including high-rise, mixed-use developments, cultural buildings, private residences, large scale masterplans and airport terminals. He is currently Partner leading a team in the New York office.
Foster + Partners is a global studio founded by Norman Foster in 1967 in London. With offices across the world, the practice works as a single entity that is both ethnically and culturally diverse, with people central to all endeavors. The partners, who are all shareholders, are the core of the practice. They are central to the continuing evolution and take responsibility for all projects, which are shared amongst the architectural studios.

Sept. 19: Aleksandra Jaeschke, Austin, Texas

Dr. Aleksandra Jaeschke is an Assistant Professor of Architecture and Sustainable Design at the University of Texas at Austin. Born and raised in Poland, she holds a Doctor of Design degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and an AA Diploma from the Architectural Association in London (2005). Prior to joining the faculty at the UT School of Architecture, she taught at the Woodbury School of Architecture in Los Angeles.
Aleksandra holds a professional license in Italy where she practiced at AION, an architectural firm she co-founded and co-directed with Andrea Di Stefano until her move to the U.S. Most of her research and professional work as partner of AION focused on the integrative approach to the design of material organizations and the performative potential of material systems. In recognition of the work developed by AION, she received the Europe 40 Under 40 Award for 2011 conferred by the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and the Chicago Athenaeum. Her doctoral dissertation (2018) investigated how building regulations coupled with green building technologies and incentives shape environmentally driven design and environmental awareness. Aleksandra was the winner of the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s 2019 Wheelwright Prize, a travel-based grant to support investigative approaches to contemporary architecture.

Sept. 26: Daniel J. Chenin, Las Vegas, Nevada

Daniel Joseph Chenin is a licensed architect in multiple states, including Nevada, and a proponent of environmentally sensitive design. As a native Nevadan and UNLV alumnus, he has a deep affinity for the American Southwest—its powerful landscapes, its vivid colors and its various
ecological challenges. Daniel stayed in his native city to attend the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) School of Architecture. A passionate supporter of architecture students and emerging professionals, Daniel has been active in Nevada educational and organizational circles
for the past twenty years. For a decade, he served as an adjunct professor at UNLV, teaching in both architecture and interior design. In 2014, he founded Daniel Joseph Chenin, Ltd., an award-winning, multi-disciplinary firm focused on delivering exceptional service and design quality across a range of project types. The firm’s integrated approach draws upon his experience crafting luxury hospitality spaces for top tier international brands to provide fully conceptualized and integrated designs including architecture, interiors, and landscape design, as well as furniture, fixtures, and accessories (FF&A) design, sourcing, procurement, and installation. An active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), his accolades include 2022 AIA Nevada Silver Medal, AIA Western Mountain Region (WMR) Young Architect Award in 2014, the AIA Nevada Young Architect Award in 2012, and the AIA Nevada Distinguished Service Associate Award in 2010.

Oct. 17: Mary G. Padua, Clemson, South Carolina

Dr. Mary G. Padua, ASLA, RLA, is a Professor in Clemson University’s Landscape Architecture program in the School of Architecture in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities in Clemson, South Carolina. She is a design educator, landscape architect and contemporary theorist whose published research focuses on China’s post-Mao designed environments, adaptive urbanism and the meaning of public space. Mary has been invited to lecture and conduct workshops at universities on four continents. She was formerly the Paris Program Director at University of Florida’s College of Design, Construction & Planning (2007-13). Mary has over twenty years of professional experience working as landscape architect and
urban designer that involved collaborations with Weijen Wang, AIA, Pamela Burton, FASLA, and Company, Cesar Pelli & Associates, the late Lawrence Halprin, and the late Charles W. Moore, among others. She maintains MGP Studio, a critically minded practice focused on selected projects that interrogate culture-based contemporary issues. Additionally, she’s a fine art photographer with work held in public and private collections. She holds degrees from University of California, Berkeley, UCLA and a Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture from the
Edinburgh College of Art.