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Public Presentations on Architecture

  • 1.  Public Presentations on Architecture

    Posted 01-14-2020 18:59

    I have been asked to do some presentations to the general public on architecture, which I am happy to do. In preparing, it occurred to me that there may be some existing, public domain things already available – is anyone aware of such PowerPoint type presentations suitable for a series to the general public? I am thinking of topics like:

    -        Architecture fundamentals (terms, principles, etc.)

    -        Design in different cultures (vernacular and professional)

    -        Building type evolutions (i.e. housing, churches/cathedrals, public buildings, workplace, etc.)

    -        Construction material considerations (historical and current)

    -        Role of the architect (historically and currently)

    -        Designing for energy and sustainability (principles, history, current)

    -        Similar general interest topics


    Obviously, these will be overview/ introductory sessions with the opportunity for attendees to follow up for more information separately.


    Any suggestions or insights are welcome!




    Peter J. Arsenault, FAIA, NCARB, LEED-AP


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  • 2.  RE: Public Presentations on Architecture

    Posted 01-15-2020 18:11

    I recommend keeping it simple. Talk to your audience in their language not Architalk. I have done several of the and I have to adjust the topic some, each time again because of the audience. Good luck

  • 3.  RE: Public Presentations on Architecture

    Posted 01-15-2020 23:18

    Regarding your question as it relates to churches and other religious facilities I would suggest reaching out to Richard Vosko, Hon. AIA. Richard is a gifted liturgical consultant and Catholic priest. He has been an active member of the IFRAA leadership. More to the point he has developed materials that analyze the religious buildings of a great many religions and his work does a superb job of sharing history, similarities and differences and making valuable comparisons of these structures.

    My most recent info is:

    I’ll keep thinking of other suggestions and pass them on if any surface. Best of luck.

    Douglas A Benson, FAIA
    Merryman Barnes Architects Inc
    4713 N Albina Ave, Suite 304
    C: 503-307-4504

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