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2016 AIABaltimore and BAF Spring Lecture Series 4: The Beauty of Process: Mark Smout, Smout Allen

April 13, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

1.5 AIA/HSW LUs available


This year, the AIABaltimore and Baltimore Architecture Foundation Spring Lecture Series will take a critical look at Manufacturing Beauty.

Beauty has the power to arouse the senses and create a greater capacity for empathy. However, our modern understanding of beauty still tends to be limited and undervalued. We live in an era where everything is measured, material goods are prized and impersonal exchanges are the norm. And yet, beauty in the built environment can still move us and teach us something new about ourselves and the spaces we inhabit.  At a time when efficiency, expense and the bottom line are often project drivers, has beauty for beauty’s sake become a lost model from a bygone era?

What is the value of beauty? This series highlights designers working to answer this question through science, details, place, process, and innovation.

Beauty of PROCESS

Featuring: Mark Smout of Smout Allen, London, UK

Mark_Smout_Valerie_Bennett_VPMark Smout is a Senior lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, and the co-principal, with his partner Laura Allen, of the conceptual design research practice, Smout Allen. Smout Allen’s work operates in two modes: exploration of new design methodologies through competition briefs, and speculative design research projects that allow them deploy and test these ideas in a less restricted format. Their work operates at the scale of entire landscapes, exploring the interplay between the natural and the man-made. These projects operate in a “neo-natural” mode, positing that unique combinations of the natural and the technologic create a hybrid state defined by the contrasts and synergies present in such a scenario.

Smout Allen’s work is created through multi-media processes, often beginning with complex drawings and transforming into three dimensional mixed media constructions that are striking in their visual and information density.

Event Details

All AIA lecturers begin at 6pm and are followed by a reception. They are held at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Falvey Hall of the Brown Center.

100 Free parking spots will be available in the RK&K parking lot their address is : 81 W Mosher St, Baltimore.

Its at the East end of Mosher Street, one block East of Mt. Royal Avenue and accessible from the northbound lane only. The lot will close at 9pm.


March 2 – The SCIENCE of Beauty
Dr. Ed Connor PhD, Neuroaesthetics, Director of the JHU Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute, Baltimore, MD (3-D Glasses Included)

March 16Beauty in the DETAILS
Ilias Papageorgiou of SO-IL, New York, NY

March 30 Beauty of PLACE
ASLA Lecture. Mikyoung Kim of Mikyoung Kim Design, Boston, MA

April 13 The Beauty of PROCESS
Mark Smout of Smout Allen, London, UK

April 27 The Beauty of INNOVATION
Lise Anne Couture of Asymptote, New York, NY

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Image: #LATB, Los Angeles, California, 2016. Courtesy Smout Allen.

Thank you to our generous sponsors

Major Sponsors

K.C. Company – Pella Windows and Doors
Maryland Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects
Merritt Construction Services**
Maryland Institute College of Art and the Department of Architecture
Gutierrez Studios**
Corinthian Sponsors
American Cedar & Millwork*
Ayers Saint Gross
BKM | Burdette, Koehler, Murphy & Associates *
BCT Architects
CADD Microsystems
Centria Architectural Systems
Design Collective, Inc**
Forest City – New East Baltimore Partnership
Legacy Restorations, Inc*
Murphy & Dittenhafer, Architects
Penza Bailey Architects, Inc
Price Modern, LLC*
SM+P Architects
Smithouse Construction *
Swirnow Building Systems
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co, Inc*
Tremco Roofing & Building Maintenance*
TW Perry*
Vision Technologies, Inc*
Window & Door Planning Consultants, LLC*
Younts Design, Inc*
Ionic Sponsors
Colimore Architects
GWWO Inc/Architects
Henry Adams*
Hord Coplan Macht*
James Posey Associates, Inc*
Mueller Associates*
North Point Builders, Inc*
Potomac Valley Brick and Supply Company*
Preservation Maryland
Read & Company Architects, Inc
Rubeling & Associates, Inc*
Site Resources*
Skarda & Associates, Inc*
Tandus | Centiva
Wohlsen Construction*
Doric Sponsors
Ames & Gough*
Bruce Dunlop Lighting Design, LLC
Centric Business Systems*
Cho Benn Holback + Associates, Inc*
Core Design Studio
Design Force Solutions
DoublEdge Design, LLC*
Harris Kupfer Architects
Keast  & Hood*
MAG-Lighting Design, LLC
Mahan Rykiel Associates, Inc*
Morabito Consultants, Inc*
Mullan Contracting Company*
National Facilities Management and Technology Conference Expo*
Palindrome Design: Lighting & Interiors*
Phillips Way*
RK&K | Rummel, Klepper & Kahl, LLP*
Southway Builders, Inc*
Structura, Inc*
T3XTURE Archizine
The Blue Book Network*
Ziger/Snead LLP Architects*
*Annual Sponsor
**Annual + Lecture Series Sponsor

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April 13, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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MICA Brown Center – Falvey Hall
1301 W Mt Royal Ave
Baltimore, MD 21217
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