Organizers

T. Kelly Wilson

is the Director of the Indiana University Center for Art+Design in Columbus and an Associate Professor of Indiana University. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from Auburn University and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University. Wilson is an artist and architect who has held academic positions at the Harvard GSD, Columbia University, Yale, MIT, Auburn University, Florida University, Northeastern University and RISD. Wilson's drawings and paintings are shown in New York City, Boston, MA, Columbus, OH, and Providence, RI. He has lectured nationally and internationally on the subjects of spatial invention relating to drawing and architecture, focusing on the perceptual organization of architecture and the city.

Marleen Newman, AIA

is Associate Director of Indiana University Center for Art + Design and has been a faculty member for the past twelve years as design critic and professor of architectural history and theory. She held academic positions at Roger Williams College, Wentworth Institute of Technology and the Boston Architectural Center, as drawing master/Dunster House/Harvard and as guest critic at the GSD/Harvard and Ball State. She worked for prominent Boston firms and her work has resulted in prize winning designs in Boston and Bloomington. Ms. Newman received a B.A.(Biology/Mount Holyoke College) and a Master of Architecture from the GSD/Harvard.

Moderators

Brittain Brewer

Brittain Brewer studied architecture at Auburn University. After graduating in 1981 he worked for various architectural firms in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, most notably with the firm of Venturi Rauch and Scott Brown on the teams for the Seattle Art Museum and the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery in London. In Portland, Oregon since 1990 he served as a Senior Designer at NIKE, Inc. as a key contributor to the NIKETOWN program, as Director of Interiors for LRS Architects, as a Senior Associate for the SRG Partnership, and as owner of his own design and management firm for fifteen years.

Robert Goldstone

is Chancellor’s Professor in the Psychological and Brain Sciences department and Cognitive Science program at Indiana University, where he has been a faculty member since 1991. He received a B.A. degree from Oberlin College in 1986 in cognitive science, a Master’s degree from University of Illinois in 1989, and a Ph.D. in psychology from University of Michigan in 1991. His research interests include concept learning and representation, perceptual learning, educational applications of cognitive science, decision making, collective behavior, and computational modeling of human cognition. His interests in education focus on learning and transfer in mathematics and science, computational models of learning, and the design of innovative learning technologies.

Dr. Karin James

Associate Prof. of Psychology and Brain Sciences/IUB, studies the neural correlates of learning, and how motor experiences influence visual processing in both adults and children. Using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), Dr. James measures how experiences can change brain structure and function in the preschool and early elementary school years. Known more broadly for her work on the effects of early handwriting experience on pre-literacy skills and brain development Dr. James also studies questions pertaining to how manual actions change learning experiences in general-from object knowledge to verb learning. Her general areas of study include: cognitive neuroscience, educational neuroscience, brain and behavior, and developmental psychology. Widely published in her field, Dr. James holds advanced degrees (MA/PhD.) in Psychology from the U. of Western Ontario and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Sharlene Newman

Associate Prof. in Psychology and Brain Sciences and Director of Imaging Research Facility at IUB, is widely published in her study areas: Biology, Behavior, Neuroscience and Cognitive Science and her research topic: fMRI of language processes, problem-solving and planning. Newman holds a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt, M.S./Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the U. of Alabama/Birmingham and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychology at Carnegie Mellon.

Caleb Weintraub

Associate Prof. in Fine Arts/Studio at IUB, makes paintings, sculptures, and digital artwork that examine narratives of ritual, memory, and collective fears/fantasies. He uses materials in ways that challenge classification, employing paint to mimic sculptural marks, sculpture to simulate painterly properties, and digital media to represent both painting and sculpture. Weintraub received a BFA from Boston University and an MFA from University of Pennsylvanisa, where he studyied under John Moore, Alfred Leslie and Jackie Tileston. His solo exhibits include: Peter Miller Gallery/Chicago, Projects Gallery/Philadelphia, and Jack the Pelican Presents/Brooklyn, NY.

Speakers

Dr. Michael A. Arbib

Fletcher Jones Professor of Computer Science, and Professor of Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Neuroscience and Psychology at USC, was named University Professor in recognition of his cross disciplinary contributions. Arbib has been a pioneer of brain theory and in recent years has developed models of the roles of mirror neurons in action and language, the basis for his 40th book, How the Brain Got Language: The Mirror System Hypothesis (Oxford). He is Vice-President of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (www.anfarch.org).

David Braly

is a trained architect and active artist, whose drawings and paintings contain expressive layers of architectural imagery in line and chiaroscuro. His artistic work promotes the architectural landscape, “ Because, landscapes—rarely natural, reveal the pentimento of human hands at play in the forming of our earthly realm.” Braly’s work has been widely published in books and journals; earning recognition in the United States and Europe, and has been exhibited in New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Savannah, Birmingham, Montgomery and Fairhope Alabama. His formal education includes degrees from Auburn and Cambridge Universities. He has taught drawing, watercolor, architecture and interior design in London, at Auburn, and at Eton College. David Braly works in the Montgomery office McAlpine (architecture and interior design), and paints at his studio/residence—an early 20th c. firehouse.

Will Bruder

leads the Phoenix based architectural design firm Will Bruder Architects. The work is grounded in careful listening to the site and its geological, geographical and cultural context while being preeminently mindful of client aspiration and budget. It celebrates the craft and process of building through the creative use of often-unexpected materials and natural light. All architectural investigations employ rigorous attention to scale, proportion, detail and the experience of the human body in space. The portfolio of new and repurposed civic buildings, office complexes, private residences, mixed-use in-fill, and urban master planning schemes includes award winning and widely published Phoenix Central Library, Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, Temple Kol Ami, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the Nevada Museum of Art, Henkel US Corporate Headquarters, and the Billings Public Library. Self trained as an architect Will has a BFA in sculpture from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. After apprenticeships with Paolo Soleri and Gunnar Birkets Will became licensed and opened his studio in 1974. During his forty plus years of professional practice Will has held visiting chairs at, among others, MIT, Yale, IIT, University of Toronto, University of Virginia, Univ. of Oregon, Portland State Univ. and Univ. of Southern California.

Judith E. Fan

is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Psychology at Princeton University. She earned her A.B. in Neurobiology and Statistics from Harvard College in 2010. Her research examines visual production — the human ability to generate physical images that can be used to support various intellectual activities, such as learning, reasoning, and communication. This work is supported by the National Science Foundation, as well as the Council for the Humanities, Council on Science and Technology, and Program in Cognitive Science at Princeton University. Fan's most recent publications address the relationship between drawing, perception, and the brain.

Anthony Fisher

Associate Prof. in Fine Arts at the U. of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, received his MFA from Yale and his BFA from Carnegie-Mellon. Fisher exhibits at Galerie Mourlot, NYC. He has received reviews in Art News, Art Critical, and Painting Perceptions. Fisher's work is included in numerous collections. About drawing he says," As a process, drawing is less "encumbered" than painting. Ideas and goals are more transparent and closer to the surface. Drawing always leads me to technical improvements and deeper, clearer content."

Dr. Kenneth D. Forbus

Walter P. Murphy Prof. of Computer Science and Prof. of Education at Northwestern, received his PhD from MIT. His research includes qualitative reasoning, spatial reasoning, reasoning system design, sketch understanding, analogical reasoning and learning, natural language understanding, cognitive architecture, intelligent educational software, and AI in interactive entertainment. A Fellow of the Association for Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science Society, and the Association for Computing Machinery, he received the Humboldt Award and served as Chair of the Cognitive Science Society.

Gabriela Goldschmidt

graduate of Yale/Architecture, recently retired as Mary Hill Swope Chair in Town Planning & Architecture at Technion-Israel and held appointments at MIT, Stanford, Delft University of Technology, U. of Montreal and Bezalel Academy. Her work in processes of design practice and learning includes design cognition, reasoning and representation, visual thinking, sketching and use of analogy, and design education. She has lectured widely, authored numerous papers, and is co-editor (Wm. L. Porter/MIT) of Design Representation (Springer Verlag) and author of Linkography: Unfolding the Design Process, (MIT Press, 2014).

William R. Gwin, AIA

is Emeritus Professor of Architecture and Emeritus Director of the Auburn University Honors College, Associate of the Kettering Foundation, and Visiting Scholar and Research Associate at the Martin Center for Architectural and Urban Studies, Cambridge University. Bill holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Auburn University, a Masters of Visual Arts in drawing and photography from Georgia State University and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. Gwin taught architecture, drawing, photography, perception, and Communitas for twenty-five years and practiced architecture for thirty-five years. He has received awards for teaching, architecture, drawing, painting, and historic preservation and has had his drawings, photographs, and prints exhibited nationally and internationally at galleries in NYC, Philadelphia, London, Cortona, Atlanta, Athens, Birmingham, Montgomery, LaGrange, Columbus, and at Auburn University.

Frank Harmon, FAIA

is an architect, educator, and author of Native Places. He has designed sustainable modern buildings across the Southeast for 30 years. Founded in 1981, Frank Harmon Architect is a design studio of architects, designers, and makers whose work engages pressing contemporary needs such as sustainability, placelessness, and the restoration of cities and nature. A graduate of the Architectural Association in London, he is a Professor-in-Practice at the NC State University College of Design. In 2013, he received the F. Carter Williams Gold Medal from the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIANC), the highest honor bestowed upon a North Carolina architect.

Patty Heyda

Assistant Prof. of Urban Design and Architecture at the Sam Fox School/Washington University, focuses on drawing as a medium to articulate processes of redevelopment (the spatial and social impacts of the political economy) across a broad range of urban sites. Her projects have been published and awarded both internationally and in the US, including an AIA St. Louis Honor Award for ‘Drawing as a Practice of Analysis.’ She has an M. Arch. II-Distinction from Harvard and a B. Arch/M. Arch from Tulane. Heyda has taught at Harvard and Northeastern Universities. Her recent book, Rebuilding the American City (Routledge, 2015) elaborates the paradigms and processes of development in American cities today (co- author D. Gamble). Heyda is also a landscape painter. A solo show of her paintings “Window: Zoom\Capture” at Art St. Louis (curator W. E. Newman) focused on the apparatus of seeing: landscapes through the digital lens.

Dr. David Kirsh

Professor/past chair of the Dept. of Cognitive Science/UCSD, received a D. Phil. (Oxford), did post-doctoral work at MIT (AI Lab), held research positions at MIT and Stanford, Bartlett School of Architecture UCL and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. He has written on situated and embodied cognition, how environments can be shaped to simplify/extend cognition, and how space, external representations, our bodies and even manipulable objects become interactive tools for thought. He is Assoc. Director of the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination and on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture.

Carl Lostritto

teaches Architecture at RISD. In teaching and practice, Lostritto's architectural agenda involves methodological experiments in the realms of computation and representation. At RISD he teaches in the core studio sequence and in the new “Architectural Projection” and “Architectural Analysis” pair of required courses, which do away with the intellectual and cultural distinctions between digital and material media. In practice, his modus operandi involves writing software that controls machines and extends the role of the human author in the design process. He has written hundreds of programs and scripts that control vintage pen plotters. He also indexes, catalogs, exhibits and writes about the resulting drawings.

Thomas Lyon Mills

is Professor of Drawing at the Rhode Island School of Design. He has unique permission to draw and paint alone (thanks to the support of many archeologists, guides and priests) in the Italian catacombs of Rome, Naples and northern Lazio. Similarly, he has drawn/painted for extended periods in Etruscan tombs, Mithraeums (underground devotional sites of the sun god Mithras), and throughout Greece, central Turkey and Mexico. On return to his studio in Providence, RI, he then develops these images further, often for years. Gallery representation in New York City has included: Luise Ross, Allan Stone, and the Associated American Artists. He has exhibited at The Drawing Center (NYC), The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park (Lincoln, MA), The Boston Athenaeum, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cornell University, the Robert Rauschenberg Gallery (FL), The Arkansas Arts Center, The Fitchburg Art Museum (MA) and venues in Europe including the American Academy in Rome and the residence of the United States Ambassador to Italy. Lectures and critiques include the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Parsons School of Design, The University of Arkansas, Auburn University, and Rome programs through Tyler School of Art/Temple University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is the winner of many awards and grants including RISD’s John R. Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Ju Hong Park

architect/engineer and Assistant Prof. at the U. of Miami School of Architecture, works on Human-Machine-Collaboration and Machine Learning and Computer Vision as tools to expand human capacity. He is passionate about approaches that enhance human capabilities through design thinking and by re-framing the context of problems. He was a researcher at MIT’s School of Architecture and Media Lab and is a Ph.D. there. He received a M. Arch. from the GSD/Harvard and a Bachelor of Engineering & Architecture/Hong-ik U.

Jennifer Riley

her work explores a wide range of formal, conceptual and linguistic aspects of the practice of painting. Recent work integrates new "found" information to the large color-rich abstract work that has been responses to nature or to culture. Riley explores long held concerns about the environment and the dynamic interdependence between technology, industry and anthropology. Riley has substituted the structuring armature of an expressive line with that of template derived elements chosen from a vast supply of found designs, by-products the auto engine industry. Riley's exhibition record dates from 1991. Recent exhibits in NYC include: A permanent sculpture installation at Mercedez House in (Manhattan), The Shirley Fitterman Art Center, Columbia University, Allegra LaViola, Lennon Weinberg, Jason McCoy, Hirschl and Adler, Edward Thorp, Spanierman, Lohin Geduld, John Davis and Heskin Contemporary. Riley also writes reviews and essays on art and has written for The New York Sun, The Brooklyn Rail and ArtCritical.com. Riley received her BFA from Tufts/Boston Museum School and her MFA from Bard College and has held teaching positions at: Indiana University, Harvard GSD, Rutgers, and Pratt. Riley has been a visiting artist/critic at Maryland Institute College of Art, Yale, MIT, MassArt, Boston University, Virginia Commonwealth Univ. and RISD.

Barbara Tversky

Prof. of Psychology (Columbia Teachers College) and Prof. Emerita of Psychology (Stanford), works on spatial thinking and language, event perception/cognition, diagrammatic reasoning, creativity, art, and design. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Psychological Society, the Cognitive Science Society, and the Russell Sage Foundation, she was elected to the Society of Experimental Psychology. She collaborates with linguists, philosophers, computer scientists, neuroscientists, biologists, chemists, engineers, architects, designers and artists.

Frank Wilson

a neurologist, made the human hand-brain relationship the principal focus of his clinical research and practice for nearly three decades. This work began with musicians in the late 1970's and centered on the neurological basis of the acquisition and loss of musical skill. He led a research project in 1989-1990 at the University of Düsseldorf and the Musikhochschule in Hannover, Germany that uncovered a relationship between upper limb biomechanics and acquired hand dystonia. Subsequent work with a multidisciplinary clinical team as Medical Director of the Health Program for Performing Artists at the University of California, San Francisco shed light on interactions between multiple ergonomic and workplace factors (including computerization of the workplace) in work-related hand injuries. As Clinical Professor of Neurology at Stanford University School of Medicine his attention turned to personal psychological factors in movement disorders. Since retirement from clinical practice in 2004 he has consulted with educators and professionals in many settings on a variety of hand-brain issues related to computers, robotics, and prosthetics. Through his many collaborations, publications, and presentations he has been influential in bringing researchers, practitioners, and educators in a broad range of disciplines into closer theoretical and practical contact on questions concerning the evolution and future of human hand skill. He is the author of The Hand: How Its Use Shapes the Brain, Language, and Human Culture (Pantheon, 1998); he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts by the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston in 2012; and was a Goldman Sachs Senior Research Fellow at the Smithsonian Institute's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation in 2013.