Todd Gabbard is an associate professor at Kansas State University’s Department of Architecture. He founded the Small Town Studio in 2012 as a way to connect architecture students with the rural-based community of Kansas for mutual benefit. This work is based on his own graduate studies at the University of Florida (March 2004). Aside from this, Gabbard teaches design studios at all levels, environmental systems, and sustainability.
Wednesday, Oct. 3
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Small Town Studio
Learn how a successful community development program reaches and serves communities across Kansas and educates the next generation of community-minded design professionals. Todd Gabbard will share his experiences and successes leading the “Small Town Studio,” a year-long graduate design studio at Kansas State University’s College of Architecture, Planning and Design. The studio has worked in about a dozen small communities across Kansas offering students’ visualization and design work to help communities see beyond familiar problems to holistic solutions. The community-engaged learning model teaches students that “architecture impacts people and communities. Designers and architects cannot ignore place, culture, and people as individuals, it must embrace them.”