Environment, Reconsidered

The 50th Anniversary of the Master of Environmental Design Program at the Yale School of Architecture

Event Time

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 6:30pm to Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 4:30pm


Hastings Hall See map
180 York Street
New Haven, CT 06511


When founded in 1967, the Master of Environmental Design (M.E.D.) Program offered a radically new way to understand and study the built environment in an architecture school setting by proposing a new object of study: an “environment” comprised of not only of masterpiece architecture, but of structures of all kinds, as well as infrastructure, technological systems, natural elements, symbolic systems, and the forces that shape this new totality. This symposium, convened by Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, will include presentations from prior and current faculty and students of the M.E.D. Program and will celebrate the legacy of the program, which has enriched and complicated our understanding of our built and natural environment and helped launch careers in an equally wide range of fields: academia, journalism, curation, public policy, technology, real estate, and research.

Thursday, November 9
Keynote Address
Albena Yaneva
“How to Make Architecture Political?”

Friday, November 10
I-Fei Chang, Peggy Deamer, Iben Falconer, Peyton Hall, Dean Sakamoto, Peter Soland, Federica Vannucchi

Friday, November 10
Keynote Address
Brendan Gill Lecture
Blair Kamin
“Architectural Criticism and Political Acts”

Saturday, November 11
Francesca Ammon, Daniel Barber, AnnMarie Brennan, McLain Clutter, Tim Culvahouse, Edward Eigen, Britt Eversole, Rosamond Fletcher, Thomas Forget, Kathleen John-Alder, Andreas Kalpakci, Enrique Larrañaga, Jala Makhzoumi, Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, Enrique Ramirez, Molly Steenson, Neyran Turan, Jessica Varner, Donald Watson

The symposium is supported in part by the Brendan Gill Lectureship Fund. The Yale School of Architecture is a Registered Provider with The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Systems. Credit earned by attending this symposium will be reported to CES Records for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for non-AIA members are available upon request.
Hastings Hall is equipped with assisted hearing devices for guests using hearing aids that have a “T” coil.


Poster for Environment, Reconsidered symposium