Fall 2014 Student Lecture Series: Kyle Sturgeon

Discipline + Double Agency

October 8, 2014

Abstract: "Discipline" suggests personal rigor in one's own craft and sanctions relevant contributions to our profession. "Agency" supposes our capacity to do meaningful work and qualifies the relationships forged between those whom we collaborate with and serve. Together, these concepts define the appropriate scope of our design ambitions, but each are ripe for change. Challenging their traditional limits of will shape the future landscape of design practice as we now know it.

With this polemical student-centered lecture, Kyle will share past work and current research trajectories, his endeavor to carve out new forms of practice, and a call for today's emerging designers to take risks, engage the communities they love, and stake their own claim!

Kyle Sturgeon is a founding partner of the web-based design resource Section Cut, a founding partner of the Boston-based urban agricultural research group Productive Collective, and the Director of Advanced Architecture Studios, Building Technologies, and Fabrication at the Boston Architectural College.

Kyle earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan, where he was awarded the Alpha Rho Chi Medal, Thesis Prize, and the AIA Henry Adams Certificate.

Having worked for Safdie Architects, KVA MATx, and Office dA in Boston, Kyle also operates as an educator, builder, and community organizer within the city. He holds a Design Education Certificate from the BAC's faculty development program and an Unrestricted Construction Supervisor license in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. His work and teaching within areas of sustainable building systems, digital fabrication and design-build, and urban agriculture has been published and exhibited internationally.