For more than 30 years, the Friends of San Diego Architecture has been hosting a Saturday Morning Speaker Series, open to the public. NewSchool of Architecture & Design (NewSchool) is proud to host this inspiring public lecture series on its campus, located at 1249 F Street in San Diego, every third Saturday of the month.
This weekend on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 8:30 a.m., NewSchool President Marvin J. Malecha will be the keynote speaker. His presentation, "Educating Architects in Sustainability," is focused on preparing design minded learners to become citizen architects and designers, who employ sustainable and regenerative practices in the development of the buildings and artifacts of life.

The presentation will also include a discussion of the nature of a design education, the context design decisions and examples of work from architects and students. This includes an energy-related design project and presentation highlighting the importance of international travel to inform comprehensive and inclusive design practices.

"Nature is certainly among the paramount influences on the work of an architect," said President Marvin J. Malecha, NewSchool. "However, it's important to understand the influence of culture upon how the human mind perceives the influence of nature. My hope is to underline this notion during my discussion and for attendees to leave with a new outlook on architecture and design."

President Malecha has more than forty years of experience in academia, architecture, and global design education. He was recognized as the 1980 Rotch Traveling Scholar and has continued receiving many prestigious awards and honors throughout his career. These include an honorary membership in the European Association for Architectural Education; the Distinguished Professor Award in 2002 from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA); and, the Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education in 2003, awarded jointly by the AIA and the ACSA.

He was inducted into Sigma Xi, the scientific research society, in 2006; and, in 2009 served as President of the AIA. He has also authored many books and articles; the latest is Being Creative: Being a Creative (June 2015). To complement his administrative responsibilities, he teaches courses on critical thinking and professional practice. He also maintains an architectural practice in association with others.

For more information on President Malecha, visit or check out his President's Blog.  

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