The Tech Deck in Mountain View, California rooftop landscape architecture project by Bionic.

Douglas C. Allen Lecture

Douglas C. Allen Lecture

This annual lecture on landscape architecture was established and endowed by alumni, faculty and friends in honor of Professor Douglas C. Allen (1947-2014).

In appreciation for Allen's sizeable contribution to the College of Design (formerly the College of Architecture) as a teacher, colleague, and leader, this lecture binds the relevance of Allen's expertise in landscape architecture to urban design and the community-related impact of School of Architecture education at Georgia Tech.

A black and white photo of Douglas Allen

Douglas C. Allen, FASLA

Doug Allen taught in the School of Architecture for 37 years and made an indelible impact on the field of landscape architecture, particularly in city and urban landscapes. Allen was an influential member of the College of Design faculty (then called the College of Architecture) serving as interim dean as well as associate dean of academic affairs for five years. His thoughtful and vivid lectures left an influential impact on Georgia Tech students from 1977 through 2013. Professionally, he practiced landscape architecture for more than 40 years.

Allen died of brain cancer in 2014. This lecture invites renowned landscape architects and experts in urban landscapes to speak to students once a year at the School of Architecture. 

Michael Manfredi, left, and Marion Weiss, right

2024: Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi

Architecture, Landscapes and Other Preoccupations

Marion Weiss is cofounder of WEISS/MANFREDI and the Graham Chair Professor of Practice at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design where she leads design research studios. Marion was honored by Architectural Record with the Women in Architecture Design Leader Award and was a US finalist for the International Arc Vision award. She was a resident at the American Academy in Rome, a National Academy of Design Inductee, and fellow of the AIA. 

Michael Manfredi is cofounder of WEISS/MANFREDI and Senior Design Critic and Expert in Residence at Harvard University, where he teaches Elements of Urban Design. He was the founding chair of the Van Alen Institute and is a board member of the Storefront for Art and Architecture and a fellow of the Urban Design Forum. He was a resident at the American Academy in Rome, a National Academy of Design Inductee, and fellow of the AIA. 


Recent Douglas Allen Lecturers

Walter Hood

2021 Lecturer | Walter Hood

Marcel Wilson

2020 Lecturer | Marcel Wilson

Marcel leads the design of Bionic's projects with an inventive spirit and personal investment. His portfolio includes waterfronts, infrastructure, universities, high-rise construction, landscapes on structure, and post-industrial sites.
Mikyoung Kim

2019 Lecturer | Mikyoung Kim

Mikyoung Kim is a landscape architect, urban designer, and founding principal of Mikyoung Kim Design. Her firm won the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Museum National Design Award and the American Society of Landscape Architects National Design Medal.
Isabel Castilla

2017 Lecturer | Isabel Castilla

Isabel Castilla, Principal at James Corner Field Operations, was educated in both architecture and landscape architecture and brings exceptional attention to design creativity, detailing and construction implementation.
Kate Orff

2016 Lecturer | Kate Orff

Kate Orff is the Founder of SCAPE. She retools the practice of landscape architecture relative to uncertainty of climate change and fostering social life which she has explored through publications, activism, research, and projects.

Previous Lecturers

2019Mikyoung Kim
2017Isabel Castilla 
2016Kate Orff
2015Susannah Drake
2014Martha Schwartz
2014Christophe Girot
2013Adriaan Geuze
2012Michael Arad
2011George Hargreaves
2010Peter Walker
2009James Corner


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