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2017 AIABaltimore and BAF Spring Lecture Series: Regional Migration

March 16, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

mega regions map

Image: From “An Economic Geography of the United States: From Commutes to Megaregions”, courtesy Garrett Dash Nelson and Alasdair Rae

1.5 AIA/CES LUs Available

FREE to attend, registration required.  Lecture begins at 6:00 pm followed by a reception.


This year’s Spring Lecture Series theme is Migration.

Migration is essential to human survival. Whether driven by the spirit of discovery or hope for a better life, whether forced by conflict or required for access to resources – massive change alters us in small ways and large. How do we adapt to these uncertainties in a mindful way? What are the predominant patterns we can learn from and look towards? Our four lectures explore conflict-driven migration, climate change migration, regional migration that crosses state lines and interplanetary migration to Mars. We hope that this assembled group of experts can help us appreciate how migration can be a uniting force.

Speaker Bios – Regional Migration

Garrett Dash Nelson, Dartmouth College
Garrett Dash Nelson is a historical geographer and post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Geography and Society of Fellows at Dartmouth College who is interested in the ways that social change and landscape change are intertwined. His work focuses on how human communities make choices about transforming and managing the shared places in which they live, and, in turn, how those same places structure the formation of communities, states, and social groups. In particular, He is interested in the many themes which come together in the field of planning—concerns about justice, equality, aesthetics, ecology, and administration—and how these are related to the spatial pattern of human life on the earth’s surface. In addition to explaining the historical formation of landscapes and societies, these lines of inquiry also help to frame contemporary questions about how to make decisions about people and places. In summer 2016, he completed a dissertation in geography at the University of Wisconsin–Madison entitled A Place Altogether: Planning and the Search for Unit Landscapes, 1816–1956. It explores the problem of what size geographic areas are appropriate for community planners to deal with when trying to encompass a total set of relationships that make up a “single” place.

Amanda Kolson Hurley, Freelance Journalist
Amanda Kolson Hurley is a writer and editor in Washington, D.C., who specializes in architecture and urban issues. She recently edited two series, City Makers: Global Shifts and City Makers: Global Stories, for The Atlantic‘s CityLab, and she writes a column on architecture for the Washington City Paper. She’s also a contributing editor at Architect, the magazine of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Her work has appeared in the following publications: Architect, Architectural Record, The American Scholar, The Atlantic, CityLab (The Atlantic), Co.Design (Fast Company), Curbed, Foreign Policy, Landscape Architecture, Next City, The Times Literary Supplement, Wallpaper, Washington City Paper, Washingtonian and The Washington Post. Hurley has a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Bristol in England and an M.A. from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and currently resides in Silver Spring, Md.

Event Logistics

Lectures are held at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Falvey Hall of the Brown Center.

Public Transit:
The lecture location is within walking distance of several public transit options including:
-UB/Mount Royal Light Rail Stop
-Circulator Bus (Purple Line) at N. Charles and Mount Royal Avenue
-Penn Station: Amtrak/MARC

100 free parking spots will be available in the RK&K parking lot at 81 W Mosher St, Baltimore. The lot is located 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.

Reception sponsored by Manekin Construction

March 16 – Regional Migration
Garrett Dash Nelson, Dartmouth College
Amanda Kolson Hurley, Freelance Journalist

Reception sponsored by Manekin Construction

March 30 – Climate Change Migration
Gena Wirth, SCAPE

Sponsored by the MD ASLA

April 12 (on a Wednesday) – Conflict-Driven Migration
Eliza Montgomery & Don Weinreich, Ennead Lab

Sponsored by MICA + The Department of Architectural Design
Reception sponsored by Gutierrez Studios

April 27 – Migration to Mars
Jerry Van Eyke, !melk Landscape Architecture
Dr. Olga Bannova, Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture, University of Houston

Sponsored by Merritt Construction Services

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Thank you to our generous sponsors

Major Sponsors

Maryland ASLA
Merritt Construction Services**
MICA + The Department of Architecture

Reception Sponsors

Gutierrez Studios**
Manekin Construction**


American Cedar & Millwork*
Ayers Saint Gross
Building Envelope Consultants and Scientists
Centria Architectural Systems
Design Collective, Inc**
Forbes Design Center, LLC*
Forest City – New East Baltimore Partnership
Geraldine Pontius, AIA
Hord Coplan Macht, Inc*
Murphy & Dittenhafer, Architects
North Point Builders, Inc*
Open Works
Penza Bailey Architects, Inc.
Plano-Coudon, LLC*
Price Modern, LLC*
Site Resources, Inc*
Swirnow Building Systems
TW Perry*
Vision Technologies*
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company**
War Horse
Wohlsen Construction*


Daft-McCune-Walker, Inc.
Faisant Associates
GWWO, Inc/Architects*
James Posey Associates*
Mahan Rykiel Associates, Inc
Potomac Valley Brick & Supply*
Rubeling & Associates, a JMT Division*
Skarda and Associates, Inc*
Structura, Inc
York Building Products


Ames & Gough*
Anne Gummerson Photography
APCO Graphics
Armada Hoffler Construction*
The Blue Book Network*
Brick + Board
BCT Architects
Centric Business Systems*
Cho Benn Holback + Associates, Inc*
Core Studio Design
DANA Insurance and Risk Management*
Doubledge Design, LLC*
Floura Teeter Landscape Architecture*
Hope Furrer Associates, LLC*
KCI Technologies*
MAG – Lighting Design, LLC
McLain Wiesand
Morabito Consultants, Inc*
National Facilities Management and Technology*
Phillips Way*
Preservation Maryland
Rummel, Klepper & Kahl, LLC (RK&K)*
Southway Builders*
Stantec Architecture*
Ziger/Snead Architects*

* = Annual Sponsor
** = Annual Sponsor and Lecture Series Sponsor


March 16, 2017
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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