David Dowell, AIA, & Hesse McGraw of el dorado
Registration & Networking: 5:30 p.m.
Discussion & Q+A: 6:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.
Free (registration required): AIA members, students and non-members with no CEU Certificate
$10: non-members requesting CEU Certificate
Vision Keynote: Sanctioned Meddling, Trojan Horses & Curating the Public Realm
el dorado is a diverse, trans-disciplinary professional practice grounded in three core beliefs: 1) Design excellence can happen anywhere, for anyone. 2) Good craft dignifies humanity. 3) Artists open previously unimaginable possibilities.
In this presentation, partners David Dowell (architect) and Hesse McGraw (curator) will discuss how their practice leverages a broad range of ever-evolving delivery methods, strategies and mindsets to achieve resonant impact for clients and their communities.
David Dowell, AIA, has been with el dorado since the beginning and is also the founder of the Design+Make Studio at Kansas State University. His work with both the firm and the University focus on architecture as a tool to cultivate dignified common ground. All of his work involves some degree of hands-on self-performance in implementation, ranging from fabrication of select details to wholesale oversight of design and construction.
Hesse McGraw is a partner of el dorado and occupies a unique role within the cross-disciplinary practice. As el dorado moves fluidly between architecture, urban design, curatorial and fabrication projects, Hesse’s efforts strategically intensify the firm’s and its clients’ cultural impact. Hesse is a curator and writer, and most recently served as Vice President for Exhibitions and Public Programs at San Francisco Art Institute. His curatorial practice and arts organization leadership are acclaimed for shifting organizations into springboards that expand the agency of artists beyond the gallery, reach new audiences and embrace unexpected contexts.