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Ann Pendleton-Jullian

Ann Pendleton-Jullian is an architect, writer, and educator of international standing whose work explores the interchange between culture, environment, and technology. She is currently the Walter H. Kidd Professor, former Director of the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Georgetown University. Formerly, she was a professor of architecture at MIT for 14 years and Cornell University for 5 years. Her work and affiliations consistently spans across a tri-continental platform: South America, North America and Asia.Believing that design has the power and the potential to take on the complex challenges of contemporary life within an emerging global culture, ApJ approaches design practice as a form of exchange between design and ideas, invention and action. Her practice, therefore, includes commissioned work, speculative projects, teaching as research, authored books and papers, exhibitions, seminars, lectures, and forums in which she applies her design expertise to a wide range of complex problems and discussions around complex problems.ApJ’s projects range in scale and scope from things to systems of action. Notable projects demonstrating this range are: a house for the astronomer Carl Sagan; an award winning prototypical bioclimatic house for Tenerife; a hotel in the remote Nahuel Huapi Park in Argentina; the Highlands Center for environmental arts and sciences on Cape Cod; an award winning competition entry for the New Congress Hall in Valparaiso, Chile; and the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh. Currently she is working on a project to create a seven village ecosystem for rural craft-based tourism based in Guizhou province, China and an integrated patient centered health care system and facility in rural Ohio. Within ApJ’s work, writing is a form of reflection and inquiry. It therefore ranges from the analytical and critical to the speculative and visionary. The four themes she consistently publishes on are: • emergent forms of architecture and urbanism • game design as a way to tool the mind to work with and design complex emergent systems • design and education innovation • architectural analysis and theory about anything that has to do with the intersection of culture, technology and the natural and built environment within a global ecology. Highly cited publications include: The Road That Is Not a Road and the Open City, Ritoque, Chile (MIT Press ,1996); Design Education and Innovation Ecotones (2009); Games for Shanghai (CA Press Shanghai, 2008); Four (+1) Studios. 7 Papers and an Epilogue (2010); Casas (Ediciones ARQ, 1997); numerous papers and articles. She has most recently finished a manuscript Design Unbound, with co-author John Seely Brown, that presents a new tool set for design within and on complex systems endemic to the 21st century. In addition to lecturing extensively nationally and internationally within academic and public settings, ApJ has been a TEDx speaker, an invited participant to the Aspen Institute Ideas Festival and roundtables both in the US and abroad and is often involved with the Highlands Forums Group – a cross-disciplinary network of global leaders established in 1995 by the Secretary of Defense to examine questions of emerging interest. ApJ has been invited to participate as a designer in many domains outside of architecture including educational innovation, patient centered health ecosystems, human and economic development in developing countries/regions, and issues of security and international diplomacy. ApJ has a three year undergraduate major in astrophysics (no degree), a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University and a Masters of Architecture from Princeton University. She has taught at Princeton, Harvard, Cornell, MIT, Yale, Tongji University in Shanghai, the Catholic University of Santiago, Chile and is currently the Walter H. Kidd Professor of Architecture at the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University, visiting professor at MIT and Presidential Distinguished Visiting Professor at Georgetown University.

Title of talk:Upside Down and Inside Out. The Future of the University as a Design