Architect to speak at WCU on the interaction of design, technology, fabrication

Arne Emerson, an architect working with building a new U.S. embassy in Lebanon, will lecture on Thursday, Oct. 22, at Western Carolina University as a School of Art and Design “Ideas Without Walls” presentation.

Arne Emerson

Arne Emerson

The lecture, hosted by WCU’s Friends of the Arts, will be held 7:30 p.m. in the performance hall of John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. It is free and open to the public.

Emerson is a principal with Morphosis Architects, the firm behind the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas and the Hanking Center Tower in Shenzhen, China. Emerson is active in academics as a guest critic and teacher of graduate studio courses.

His lecture, titled “Works in Progress,” will focus on the interaction between design, technology and fabrication. He will discuss works ranging from large-scale urban projects to how process emerges as the catalyst for bringing theory into reality.

“Arne Emerson lectures extensively on the design and construction process, speaking from more than 20 years of experience,” said Jon Jicha, WCU professor of graphic design. “He has played an integral role in award-winning projects around the world, spanning commercial and residential, civic and cultural work. This will be an exciting talk.”

Lecture sponsors are the WCU School of Art and Design and the College of Fine and Performing Arts. For more information, contact Jicha at