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Lectures & Cultural Events

In addition to the fall semester curriculum and field study, the graduate Florence program also features The Richard Role Lecture Series and the Kent State Forum on the City. The Richard Role Lecture series is dedicated to the late Kent State University-Florence professor Richard Role, and focuses on urbanism and urban design. It features prominent European architects, urban designers and scholars with an international reputation in practice and/or research on urban issues.

Architects who have lectured as part of The Richard Role Lecture Series are, among others:

  • Louis Becker (principal and partners)
  • Henning Larsen, Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • Michiel Riedijk (founding partner, Neutelings Riedijk, Rotterdam, the Netherlands)
  • Jakob Lange (partner, BIG, Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • Umberto Napolitano (founding partner, LAN Architecture, Paris, France).  

The Kent State Forum on the City consists of a series of dialogs on current transformations underway in contemporary cities. It aims at disseminating experiences in urban planning and design strategies, urban architecture projects, urban landscape designs, developments, and policies in major cities in Europe. On the occasion of the yearly forum, urbanists, architects, planners and designers, along with developers, policy makers and politicians, meet at the Kent State University-Florence facility to discuss how cities are changing and how they should change. The dialogs are therefore meant to address a broad audience and engage urban communities at large.

Some of the cities and regions that have been explored include:

  • Rome
  • Rotterdam
  • Milan
  • Turin
  • Citta Emilia
  • Madrid
  • Berlin