The Fairmont State University architecture program will present the Mayfield Lecture 2017, featuring Erin Carraher, on Monday, Oct. 30.
The event will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. following with the lecture at 7 p.m. in room 305 of the Engineering Technology Building on the main campus. The lecture topic will be “Building Relationships: Collaborative Architectural Practice.” The event is presented in partnership with American Institute of Architects West Virginia and is generously supported by the West Virginia Foundation for Architecture.
The Mayfield Lecture, named for Jeffrey Mayfield, Fairmont State alumnus and architecture professor, honors the “spirit and dedication” that Mayfield exhibited toward the exploration, craft and profession of architecture.
The mission of the Mayfield Lecture is to encourage a sense of community between architectural education, the profession and the public by influencing the educational, economic and cultural well-being of our region through the dissemination of architectural knowledge.
Carraher is a licensed architect and assistant professor at the University of Utah's School of Architecture, where her teaching focus is on beginning design education, and serves as the first-year undergraduate coordinator. A West Virginia native, Carraher graduated from Bridgeport High School and went on to study at Virginia Tech, earning her bachelor of architecture in 2002, and later received a master of architecture from Yale University in 2004. She practiced in New York City at BKSK Architects LLC prior to a move to full-time teaching in 2010. Most notable among her achievements are three national awards: ACSA New Faculty Teaching Award 2017, AIA Young Architect Award 2016 and ACSA Collaborative Practice Award 2014.
Carraher currently serves on local, regional and national committees and boards for academic and professional organizations like AIA Utah, NCARB and the Building Technology Educators Society as well as community organizations such as the Girl Scouts of Utah. With colleagues Ryan Smith and David Scheer, she co-chaired the 2013 AIA Center for Integrated Practice conference, Forefront, which focused on emerging models of collaborative project delivery. In addition, Carraher is the co-author of Leading Collaborative Architectural Practice (Wiley 2017) with Smith and Peter de Lisle.