Chatterjee Global Lecture Series

Past Lectures

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.

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.


City and University: Historical Partnership and New Opportunities

Portrait of Ottavio Di Blasi

Ottavio Di Blasi - October 7, 2021 4PM EST
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

Portrait of Patrick Bellew

Patrick Bellew - October 21, 2020 4:30 PM EST
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 7PM EST                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 6PM EST            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

Michael Murphy - October 5, 2017 6PM EST                    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.