7th Annual Kent State Environmental Science & Design Research Symposium

Biodesign: Designing with Life for Environmental Sustainability

Symposium overview

The Environmental Science and Design Symposium is a multidisciplinary forum that promotes the exchange of ideas related to the resiliency of natural and built systems. Now in its seventh year, the symposium (formerly known as the Water and Land symposium) is organized by Kent State’s Division of Research and Sponsored Programs, and the university’s Environmental Science and Design Research Initiative (ESDRI), which supports multidisciplinary research related to the impact of human influence on natural and constructed environments. We are assembling a diverse group of speakers around the symposium’s theme, 'Biodesign: Designing with Life for Environmental Sustainability' representing topics ranging from natural resources management to art, architecture, and design thinking. 

Registration is free and open to the public.  We hope you will support the symposium, attend, submit abstracts for poster presentations, and encourage other students and colleagues to attend!

Contact Information

More information will be forthcoming, but please feel free to contact Symposium Chair, Margarita Benitez at esdri@kent.edu with any questions or comments or to offer your support for the event.

Itinerary March 16-18, 2020

All Events in KIVA and Student Center, as indicated below
Kent Student Center (On Campus), Kent, OH 44242

March 16, 2020
Exhibition Opening

5-7 p.m.
Exhibition runs from March 16 - March 27
Location:  Center for Architecture and Environmental Design on the Kent Campus

Day 1 - March 17, 2020

Evening Program

Time Description
6-7:15 p.m. Rachel Armstrong, Professor, Newcastle University
Title: Facing 21st century Nature: Configuring fresh approaches through BioDesign
Location: KIVA
Reception Immediately following the address Reception in the Westfield Insurance Room (204 Kent Student Center) located above the KIVA.

Day 2 - March 18, 2020

Morning Program

Time Description
9-9:15 a.m. Opening Remarks
9:15-9:50 a.m. Paz Gutierrez, M.F.A., Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley
Location: KIVA
9:50-10:25 a.m. Christie Bahlai, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Kent State University
"Built by nature: growing habitats in and out of cities"
Location: KIVA
10:25-11:00 a.m. Coffee Break / Mini-Poster Session in Kent Student Center Ballroom
11:00-11:35 a.m. Lauren McPhillips, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Penn State University
Location: KIVA
11:35 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Elena Brebenel, M.F.A., Assistant Professor, Kent State University
Location: KIVA
12:15-1:30 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

Afternoon Program

Time Description
1:30-2:30 p.m. Accelerating Sustainability: Science, meet Design Innovation 
Facilitator: J.R. Campbell, Executive Director, Design Innovation Initiative - Facilitator 
Location: Kent State Student Center 306 ABC
2:30-2:45 p.m. Break
2:45-4:45 p.m.
Afternoon Breakouts:
Presenters: Terri Cardy, Outdoor Educator (Child Development Center), Kent State University
Bridget Mulvey, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Kent State University
Theme: Ecological Analogues and Living Architecture
Title: A Habitat Template Approach for Living Architecture
Location: TBD
Presenter: J. Scott MacIvor, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Toronto Scarborough
5:00-7:00 p.m. Poster Session with heavy hors d’oeuvres
Location: Kent State Student Center Ballroom

Sponsored by:

Deborah Gillaspie and Frederick Sturm
Aqua Doc
Environmental Design Group 

LOGO: College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Previous Symposia

Visit the Sixth Annual Kent State University Environmental Science and Design Symposium

Visit the Fifth Annual Kent State University Water and Land Symposium

Visit the Fourth Annual Kent State University Water and Land Symposium

Visit the Third Annual Kent State University Water and Land Symposium