The Wilder School brings leading experts in planning, architecture or urban design to VCU each year through the annual Morton B. Gulak Lecture in Urban and Regional Planning.
Launched in 2013, the lecture series honor the memory of Morton B. Gulak, Ph.D., who helped found the Master in Urban and Regional Planning program more than 40 years ago.
Gulak, who died in 2012, taught at VCU for 38 years. He inspired legions of students in the areas of urban design, urban revitalization, physical planning and the application of professional planning methods.
Sara Zewde, a designer at Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, was the 2016 Gulak lecturer. Zewde was named the 2014 National Olmsted Scholar by the Landscape Architecture Foundation and a 2016 Artist-in-Residence at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Zewde writes and lectures in the discourses of landscape architecture and urbanism and is the recipient of many awards, including the Silberberg Memorial Award for Urban Design and the Hebbert Award for Contribution to the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT.
Previous Gulak Lecturers include renowned planners Dhiru A. Thadani, Ellen Dunham-Jones and Jeff Speck.
Watch for details about 2017's speaker.