Chatterjee Global Lecture Series

Furthering the University of Cincinnati’s national acclaim as a top school for design and innovation, the Jay Chatterjee Global Lecture Series brings together professionals, students, and citizens. The College is happy to be able to extend its resources to a wider public, and bring the greater Cincinnati community into this global discussion of how creative and critical works help us recognize and define our perception of the social and physical environment.

Fall 2023 Lecture | Teddy Cruz & Fonna Forman 

"Unwalling Citizenship"

Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman will discuss their work on “citizenship culture" at the U.S.-Mexico border and the network of sanctuary spaces they have co-developed with border communities to support migrant populations and cultivate regional and global solidarities.

Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman is a research-based political and architectural practice in San Diego investigating borders, informal urbanization, climate resilience, civic infrastructure and public culture. They lead variety of community-based urban research agendas and civic / public interventions in the San Diego-Tijuana border region and beyond, including the UCSD Community Stations initiative. Their work has been exhibited widely in prestigious cultural venues across the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; Das Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; M+ Hong Kong, and representing the United States in the 2018 Venice Architectural Biennale. They have two new monographs: Spatializing Justice: Building Blocks and Socializing Architecture: Top-Down / Bottom-Up (MIT Press) and a third forthcoming: Unwalling Citizenship (Verso).

Teddy Cruz (MDes Harvard University) is a Professor of Public Culture and Urbanization in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego.

Fonna Forman (PhD University of Chicago) is a Professor of Political Theory at the University of California, San Diego and Founding Director of the UCSD Center on Global Justice.

About the Chatterjee Global Lecture Series

The Jay Chatterjee Global Lecture Series was created with the intention to foster dialogue and thinking between many disciplines in honor of Jay’s leadership and vision as Dean of the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (1982-2001) across relevant professional and academic areas.

The series involves speakers from all over the world examining the role of art and design in our conception of the social and physical environment. A diversity of viewpoints and backgrounds reflects the notion that there are many means through which we can understand and affect our environment. Speakers include writers, philosophers, economists, politicians, painters, sculptors, planners, designers and many more who engage with the world in inspiring ways.

Past Lectures

Never Mind The Bollocks Here's A Realty Check

James Sommerville

James Sommerville - October 6, 2022              Founder of KnownUnknown

This lecture has been recorded.

James Sommerville is a seasoned professional in the creative space having been co-founder of a design agency, ATTIK, VP Design at Coca-Cola and today the founder of the online creative community KnownUnknown.

Through his community, he has helped companies such as FordGoogle, HP and General Mills to go through successful brand refreshes while connecting them to some of the highest creative talent in the world. Determined to build a creative entity that is poised to serve in a modern world of marketing, Sommerville believes that the next few years of Web 3.0 will be just like 1997 when the world adjusted to the blossoming of the internet and once again we have the freedom to push artistic boundaries. If you are interested in learning more about James and his mission to reinvent the creative agency, you can follow his Instagram.

City and University: Historical Partnership and New Opportunities

G124. Incontro tra il Senatore Renzo Piano e il Sindaco di Milano Giuseppe Sala (© 2017 YT/ CF)

Ottavio Di Blasi - October 7, 2021
Founder of Ottavio Di Blasi and Partners         

This lecture has been recorded.

Ottavio Di Blasi is an architect (Milan, 1954) and close collaborator of Renzo Piano in the 1980s, he founded OTTAVIO DI BLASI & Partners in Milan in 1990. He is a Professor of Architecture at Politecnico di Milano, a Tutor for G124 (a special commission appointed by the Italian Senate dedicated to the renaissance of Italian peripheries), and a member of the Scientific Committee of the Renzo Piano Foundation. He practices internationally and stands by the belief that architecture must transform the world to leave it a slightly better place.

Anthills to Labyrinths : Engineering Sustainable Architecture


Patrick Bellew - October 21, 2020
Principal and Founder of Atelier 10 

The lecture has been recorded.

Founding director of Atelier Ten, Patrick is one of the UK’s Royal Designers and is a Chartered Building Services Engineer with more than thirty years’ experience in the design of high performance buildings and systems. With extensive experience in the integration of environmental and building systems with architecture, Patrick has particular expertise in thermal mass energy storage technologies, environmental building design and high efficiency building conditioning systems.

"150 Years of Design" Commemorative Lecture

Ken Friedman

Ken Friedman - October 3, 2019               

Chair in Design Innovation Studies, Tongji University, China

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One of the foremost design theorists in the world and a leading figure in the design research circles. He is also a member of one of the most celebrated creative movements of the 20th century, Fluxus - an international experimental laboratory for art, design, architecture, and music. He has worked closely with other Fluxus artists, composers, and creatives such as Yoko Ono, Dick Higgins, Nam June Paik, John Cage, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, and Joseph Beuys.

His works can be found in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Guggenheim Museum, Tate Modern Gallery, University of California, and others. It has also been exhibited at prestigious venues such as the Royal Academy in London, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Biennale of Venice, and the Whitney Museum. 

Albert Paley

Albert Paley

Albert Paley - October 4, 2018 

Founder Paley Studios                                              This lecture has been recorded.

Albert Paley is one of the most recognized artists working in the public realm in the United States. He has completed more than 60 site-specific works, including the Portal Gates for the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution. After earning his MFA in goldsmithing from Tyler School of Art at Temple University, he settled in Rochester, New York in 1969. Paley employs 16 people and is the first metal sculptor to receive the coveted Institute Honors awarded by the American Institute of Architects, the AIA’s highest award to a non-architect. He presently holds the Charlotte Fredericks Mowris Endowed Chair, College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York.

Michael Murphy


Michael Murphy - October 5, 2017                  Founder - MASS Design Group

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Michael Murphy leads design and research programs at MASS and has overseen the expansion of MASS into ten countries and three continents. He regularly speaks on architecture and health care, and sits on the boards of the Clinton Global Initiative Advisory Committee, the Harvard Graduate School of Design Alumni Board, and the Center for Healthcare Design. Michael holds a Master in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.