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September 21, 2017

APDesign to present Pete Wenger of Patkau Architects as part of Ekdahl Distinguished Lecture Series

Submitted by Thom Jackson

 Pete Wenger

The College of Architecture, Planning & Design, or APDesign, will host Pete Wenger, designer and senior design researcher at Patkau Architects, as part of the Ekdahl Distinguished Lecture Series.

Wenger will present "Material Operations: Tactility, Failure, Play, and Found Potential in the New Design Research from Patkau Architects" at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, in Regnier Hall's Regnier Forum. The lecture is free, open to the public and is sponsored in part by the K-State Student Governing Association's fine arts fee.

Wenger joined Patkau in 2013 and became a senior design researcher in 2017. He runs the Patkau Design Lab, a facility for design research, prototyping and material investigation. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Texas, Austin where he served as a teaching assistant, a graduate student representative, and wrote for the student journal, Issue. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000 and before studying architecture, enjoyed a career in the Chicago music and arts community. Wenger was the main contributing author of "Patkau Architects, Material Operations," Princeton Architectural Press 2017.

The Oscar S. Ekdahl Distinguished Lecture Series in Architecture and Design brings the finest professionals in the design and planning disciplines to APDesign and the K-State community. These individuals are selected to avail faculty, staff, students and regional professionals to the potency of design and planning in addressing the issues we face as a global society. The series honors Oscar Ekdahl who received his Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University in 1933 and was a founding partner in Ekdahl, Davis, Depew, Persson Architects PA in Topeka.

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