Recently Parke MacDowell delivered the 2021 Earl R. Flansburgh Young Designers Award Lecture: Architecture, Making, and the Power of Shared Agency.
Moderated by Regan Shields and Elizabeth Stife of the BSA Honors & Awards Committee, the lecture mapped connections across a selection of Parke’s architecture and fabrication projects, positioning making as a way to elevate design and engage community.
Parke, also the recipient of the 2022 AIA Young Architects Award, advocates that design resides in the cultivation of relationships: whether it is the intricacies of a connection detail, civic-scale social choreography, arranging shapes, or composing a project team. This approach is particularly evident in Parke’s pro-bono work, such as the award-winning projects with Beyond Walls in Lynn.
The engaged virtual audience provided an insightful discussion following Parke’s presentation. The conversation covered a wide range of topics including contract structures, architectural education, and new modes of practices, with a particular emphasis on potential value of embedding a fabrication mindset within architectural design.
Learn more about Parke and his design approach: Spotlight Architect | Release 01: Parke MacDowell
Read more about the Earl R. Flansburgh Award and the application process for the 2022 award here.