Rowlett Lecture

Rowlett Lecture

2013 Rowlett Lecture "Generous Pragmatism"

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Speaker: Steve McDowell, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, Director of Design / Principal

Firm: BNIM

McDowell, who has championed sustainable, high-performance design for decades, led BNIM’s design of the award-winning Omega Center for Sustainable Living, the first building in the world to achieve both LEED Platinum and Living Building certification.

His leadership by design has set new standards for sustainable projects including the School of Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, the General Services Administration building at the University of California- Los Angeles, the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia, the Oberlin Green Arts District, and the Chatham University Eden Hall Campus.

Established in 1970, the Kansas City firm has emerged nationally as a leading resource for established methodologies, innovative technologies and cutting-edge research in architecture, planning, landscape, and workplace design.

As pioneers in the arena of sustainable design, BNIM continues to shape the national and global agenda for progressive planning, responsible architecture and design excellence.


About the Lecture

The Rowlett Lecture is named in honor of John Miles Rowlett, former professor of architecture at Texas A&M University, who along with fellow professor William W. Caudill and graduate students Wallie E Scott Jr. and William Peña established the architectural firm CRS. It was endowed in 1979 through a grant to the Texas Architectural Foundation by CRS Inc. and Mrs. Virginia Rowlett.  


The Legacy of CRS (Icon 7.2 MB)

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