UC-D College of Architecture and Planning Denver, CO
Architecture for Human Flourishing
Monday, Mar. 09 6:15 p.m.
Held on March 9, 2015.
Winston Churchill famously said, “We shape our buildings, and afterwards, our buildings shape us.” A building, thought Churchill, is first the result of an architect’s ideas, but over time, the people who live and work in it take on the quality of the structure’s design. But how so? Is architecture just “art” or does it connect to people’s happiness, health, and sense of well being?
This forum explored faith and the built environment, featuring David Greusel, award-winning Principal at Convergence Design and architect of Minute Maid Park (home of the Houston Astros). Greusel explored how architectural trends promote the well-being of buildings’ users, residents, or even passers-by. This talk also explored how Christian thought can contribute to the conversation about architecture and human flourishing.
The evening also included a panel of local experts in engineering, architecture, theology, and the built environment.
David Greusel, FAIA is the Founding Principal of Convergence Design based in Kansas City. David has over 30 years of professional experience in architecture. He has worked as a principal and shareholder in large and medium-sized architectural firms across the Midwest. His responsibilities have included every aspect of architectural project delivery including design, programming, planning, and project management. For most of his career, David has specialized in public assembly architecture, including stadiums and arenas; civic, convention and conference centers; and athletic and recreation centers.David has a reputation as a skilled communicator and a consensus-builder. He has taught communication skills to architects and allied professionals nationwide. He authored Architect’s Essentials of Presentation Skills, part of the Architect’s Essentials series published by Wiley. For his contributions to the profession of architecture, David was elevated to Fellow in the American Institute of Architects in 2009.
Dave Guetig, PE, CRX, CDP, LEED AP, President, Galloway & Company, Inc Dave has more than 25 years of professional experience and has worked extensively in the areas of project feasibility, site selection, site planning, entitlement assistance, client representation at public meetings and hearings, site design, grading and drainage studies, stormwater management, utility design and studies, permit coordination, and regulatory analysis.
Jason Whitlock, AIA, LEED AP, is the Principal City Planner - Urban Design, for the City and County of Denver. Prior to joining city government he was Regional Director for Visioneering Studios, a leading national Design Build firm focusing on entertainment, hospitality, faith-based, and urban destination development. Whitlock has also led urban design and architectural coordination on large mixed-use developments in the Middle East/North Africa and retail prototype development for Monastero and Associates in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Dr. David Buschart, Associate Dean, Denver Seminary, Professor of Theology and Historical Studies. Dr. Buschart earned an MPhil and a PhD from Drew University, an MDiv and a ThM from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a BA from Wheaton College. He is coeditor of and a contributor to Scholarship, Sacraments, and Service. His most recent book is entitled Exploring Protestant Traditions: An Invitation to Theological Hospitality.