The 2018 Keynote Lecture was delivered at 1:00 pm at the Algonquin Club in Boston, by Aric Lasher, President and Director of Design at HBRA Architects in Chicago, where his projects have included buildings for government, cultural, academic and public institutions, residential projects, landscapes, renovations and restorations of historic structures. Recent work includes Yale University’s Bass Library, renovations at the Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, The University of Notre Dame’s new Jenkins & Nanovic Halls, and renovation of Northwestern University’s iconic Deering Library. His interest in the evolution and planning of building ensembles is explored in his book, Plans of Chicago, which considers the legacy of planning innovation and the future of the city from an analytical and urban historical perspective. Mr. Lasher graduated from the College of Architecture, Art & Planning at Cornell in 1984 and has a Master of Fine Arts in film production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. In addition to his work in architecture he has designed sets for numerous films including Minority Report, Pearl Harbor and What Dreams May Come. Aric’s professional affiliations include the Society of Midland Authors, the Art Directors’ Guild, the Society for College and University Planning, The Mies van der Rohe Society and the Society of Architectural Historians, where he serves on the Board of Directors. Mr. Lasher is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
The 2017 Bulfinch Awards Keynote Lecture, "Modern Principles of Classical Architecture Disproved by the Renaissance," was delivered at the Algonquin Club in Boston, by Duncan G. Stroik, a 2016 ICAA Ross Award winner, a practicing architect, an author, and Professor of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame. His award-winning work includes Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel in California, the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Wisconsin, and Saint Joseph Cathedral in South Dakota.
The Bulfinch Awards morning lecture "In the Footsteps of Vitruvius; Design and Construction Durability Lessons Learned from the Hands-on Study of Two Thousand Years of Historic Construction," by Matthew Bronski, P.E. was held at the Algonquin Club in Boston. This lecture derived from Bronski’s 2009-10 Rome Prize project, where his hands-on research of buildings in Italy spanning over 2,000 years diagnosed successes and failures in the durability attributable to design and detailing, to derive lessons and principles for designing buildings more durably (and hence more sustainably) today.