Architecture presentation to highlight creative process

Curious about formulating and growing a creative process?

You can join the J.Irwin Miller Architecture Program for a unique three-part presentation and panel discussion exploring the intersections between art, design, architecture and sustainability.

The event will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at The Republic Building at 333 Second St. in downtown Columbus.

Visiting professors Sara Yourist, Chris Reinhart, and Lucas Brown will provide their insights on the iterative process of creation and self-reflection. The lecture will happen in the auditorium at The Republic Building. This event is free and open to the public.

Yourist, visiting assistant professor of visual studies, paints fabricated narratives that tiptoe between the realm of surrealist and still life painting. Inspired by operatic stage design, she creates imagined compositions that recontextualize and personify the objecthood of antique porcelain figurines to convey a sense of uneasiness and uncertainty.

Through the paintings, she explores notions of frivolity through visual excess with underlying themes of control, deceit, and artificiality.

Brown is a visiting associate professor of architecture at Indiana University and principal architect at Brownsmith Studios. As an architect and maker, he works on projects that range in scale from bespoke furnishings to mixed-use urban infill developments. In this lecture, he will talk about wood design and structural essentialism, or how structural analysis can be used to shape sculptures, furniture, and buildings.

Reinhart, visiting assistant professor of architecture, is a licensed architect and sustainability practitioner who has worked in for-profit, non-profit, and academic settings. He has implemented architectural sustainability across the spectrum of size and cost, from teaching hands-on workshops in which people learn to build their own homes of earth and straw to serving as a sustainability consultant on a multi-billion-dollar healthcare campus.

He has presented his work in many settings, including the Living Future and Greenbuild conferences, and TEDx Bloomington. He and his wife live in a home built from earth, straw, timber, and salvaged materials, which he designed and constructed, and which they continue to expand and evolve.