AMES, Iowa — Tim Duggan, founder of Phronesis in Kansas City and New Orleans, will present the 2017 P.H. Elwood Lecture in Landscape Architecture Monday, March 20, at Iowa State University.

Duggan’s presentation, “Urban Acupuncture,” will begin at 6 p.m. in Kocimski Auditorium, room 0101 College of Design. Sponsored by the Department of Landscape Architecture, the lecture is free and open to the public.

“Urban acupuncture” is a new term for small-scale design interventions intended to activate spaces and communities. It speaks to the creation of partnerships and collaborations that work to solve systemic problems, such as social and environmental injustice, through urban landscape and infrastructure improvements.

About the Speaker

Duggan established Phronesis (whose name translates as “practical wisdom”) in 2010. A highly collaborative landscape architecture, planning and urban design firm focused on creating sustainable infrastructure and community systems, Phronesis collaborates with municipalities, local and national nonprofit organizations as well as neighborhood stakeholder groups to further develop green infrastructure concept plans.

Duggan holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University. He began his professional career as a landscape designer with BNIM Architects (2004-2008), where he was exposed to a wide array of projects ranging from post-disaster community-recovery planning initiatives to green infrastructure urban design concepts. He was the director of innovations for the Make It Right Foundation in New Orleans (2008-2016), working at a variety of scales from regenerative residential garden designs to citywide infrastructure initiatives that served as showcases for sustainable recovery and development.

Duggan has managed more than 200 LEED Platinum-certified projects. He has collaborated on several transformative community projects in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, Kansas City’s Bancroft School and the Fort Peck Indian Reservation Sustainable Village, all while working extensively with local community organizations and neighborhood residents.

Metropolis magazine named Duggan among its 2012 Game Changers for his ambitious experiments in landscape design. He has been a speaker at TEDxHarlem, P4 Conference 2015, Dwell on Design 2014, 2012 ASLA National Meeting, AIA 2011 National Convention, National Black Caucus 2010, WEFTEC 2010, Reinvention New Orleans 2010 and GreenBuild 2009. He has served as an adjunct professor and guest critic for Tulane University, Kansas State University and the Kansas City Design Center.

About the Elwood Lecture

The P.H. Elwood Lecture in Landscape Architecture was established in 1997 to honor the legacy of Professor Philip H. Elwood, who is credited with developing the ISU Department of Landscape Architecture at Iowa State University. The lecture series brings renowned professional practitioners to the Iowa State campus as guest speakers each year.


Tim Duggan, Phronesis, tim@phronesis-design.com
Carl Rogers, Landscape Architecture, (515) 294-5334, rogersc@iastate.edu
Heather Sauer, Design Communications, (515) 294-9289, hsauer@iastate.edu