School of Architecture director presents at University of Florida lecture series

October 14th, 2014 Comments Off on School of Architecture director presents at University of Florida lecture series


Michael Berk, director of the School of Architecture and F.L. Crane Professor, was invited to speak as part of the University of Florida’s fall 2014 School of Architecture Visiting Lecture series.

Berk was recently honored by the university at a ceremony on March 31, where he was presented the 2014 Distinguished Architecture Alumni Award.  During that visit, he also participated in the school’s Masters Research Projects (MRP) final presentations jury review with fellow critics Tod Williams and Billie Tsien.

Berk returned to the university on September 29 to present “Ecological Design and the Art of Pre-Fabrication” as part of the school’s lecture series, which includes four other distinguished speakers this semester.

Michael A. Berk, AIA, is the Director of the School of Architecture at Mississippi State University where he holds the F.L. Crane Endowed Professorship. He is a registered architect with an extensive practice as a design partner in the West Palm Beach firm (AOA) prior to his return to the academy. Berk teaches and researches in the areas of: Information Design and Factory-built Housing (GreenMobile®). He is considered by many to be an expert in the area of ecological design; recent lecture invitations include: Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Hearst Lecture Series Cal Poly; Rural Studio; and the National Building Museum. Berk has been responsible for more than $7 million in funded research. He was also a pioneer in design studio pedagogies; his Digital Nomads (1992) program created the first student-owned laptop requirement by ‘breaking the machine out of the traditional computer lab’ and placing it along-side power saws and drawing boards in the design studio, complementing traditional analog processes.

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