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Award winning industrial designer Stephen Burks will be in conversation with UL College of the Arts Dean Daryl Moore on Saturday March 2nd, 5:30 – 6:30 at the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE) Center, 537 Cajundome Blvd in Lafayette, LA.

Stephen Burks has won the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Product Design and he is the only industrial designer to be awarded the prestigious Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Independently and through association with various non-profits, he has worked as a product development consultant in close collaboration with artisans and craftspeople in over ten countries on six continents.

Stephen and his Brooklyn-based studio have been commissioned by many of the world’s leading design-driven brands to develop collections that engage hand production as a strategy for innovation including Cappellini, Dedon, MASS Design Group, Missoni, & Roche Bobois. His work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the High Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. While in Louisiana, Stephen will be initiating discussions on collaboration with our Indigenous, Creole, and Cajun basketweaving, net and trap making communities in conjunction with UL Hilliard Art Museum.

UL College of the Arts Dean Daryl Moore, author of “Design and the Creative Process,” will moderate the discussion.

This lecture is held in conjunction with the 39th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student. The lecture is made available to the public through the UL School of Architecture and Design Ed Mathes Lecture Series.

The National Conference on the Beginning Design Student (NCBDS) is a national peer-reviewed scholarly gathering dedicated to the study and practice of beginning design education. For nearly 40 years, NCBDS has provided a forum for design educators to present papers and projects and to hold discussions related to introductory design issues. The National Conference on the Beginning Design Student is co-hosted this year by the UL School of Architecture and Design and Louisiana Tech University School of Design, on the UL campus. Over 110 faculty from nearly 50 colleges and universities will travel to Louisiana to participate in this year’s events. For inquiries contact:

This lecture is free and open to the public. One AIA continuing education credit available.