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Kristopher Takacs, associate director for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP, will lecture at UT’s College of Architecture and Design at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 28. The lecture will be held in McCarty Auditorium in the Art and Architecture Building. It is free and open to the public.

Kristopher Takacs
Kristopher Takacs, associate director for Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill LLP, will lecture at UT’s College of Architecture and Design at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 28.

Takacs’s lecture—“Leveraging Transportation Investment to Transform Urban Districts”—will address city building that leverages public and private investment in transportation infrastructure to connect people in meaningful ways with wide-reaching benefits.

Takacs will demonstrate how leaders are using unique and innovative tools to reveal interaction among various modes of transportation—high-speed, intercity and regional rail, light rail, bus, bicycle, and pedestrian networks—to connect hubs within a city, create new open spaces, and produce landmark architecture.

Recent and ongoing SOM projects in New York, Colorado, Florida, and Pennsylvania reveal the potential for mobility-oriented investment to boost development and transform entire urban districts.

Takacs is SOM’s practice leader for public transport architecture and transit-oriented development. His portfolio consists of nearly forty projects including metro mass transit, light rail transit, commuter rail, high-speed rail, and intermodal hubs located throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.

He is recognized for his expertise in balancing functional, spatial, and operational requirements to achieve innovative design solutions that optimize passenger flow to create exciting destinations and attract marketplace investment.

The lecture is part of the college’s Robert B. Church Lecture Series. The event will be streamed live and offers continuing education credit.

The Governor’s Chair for High Performance Energy Practices in Urban Environments, a partnership between UT, SOM, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, identifies and develops innovative strategies to find balance between energy and urbanism.


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