Esteemed Architect to Visit Baylor, Motivate Students to Practice Sustainable Design

Stephen Perkins
Stephen Perkins courtesy photo.
Sept. 4, 2015

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WACO, Texas (Sept. 4, 2015) – Baylor University’s interior design program is hosting “The Ethics of Sustainable Design: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Environmental Consciousness” at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9, in Draper Room 152.

Guest lecturer Stephen Perkins will discuss the importance of sustainable design as a building block for the development of thriving communities.

Perkins is a principal with 3north, an architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, graphics and research firm. Perkins has more than 35 years of international design and design management experience, including co-founding ForrestPerkins, leading the firm’s international and interior design practice from Washington, D.C. Perkins has played a part in the design of many notable hotels around the world. Some of his handiwork can be found within the walls of the Jefferson Hotel in Washington, D.C., La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, California, and the Marriot and Hilton hotels in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

Perkins has employed and mentored many Baylor graduates, including Ann Theriot, M.A., a Baylor interior design faculty member.

“Mr. Perkins is not only a visionary, base-building architect and master planner, but he possesses a unique grasp of the intricacies required to produce finely detailed interior environments. He understands the power of a well-built interior environment to impact communities, families and individuals,” Theriot said.

“Attending the lecture will provide students with an invaluable perspective on the power we possess as designers to make a significant impact on local and global communities,” she said. “As we re-orient our design energies to a sustainable or ‘green’ mindset, we can ensure that creation’s landscape which we enjoy today will be available tomorrow.”

“Baylor’s interior design program is committed to engaging with the Waco community and spreading the word that ‘design matters,’” said Elise King, M.I.D., assistant professor for interior design. King is excited to bring Perkins to Waco and plans to host additional events in the future that will continue the discussion of design and development.

This event is free and open to the public. The Draper Academic Building is located on Baylor’s campus between Pat Neff and Tidwell Bible Building.

For more information, contact Theriot at

by Bethany Harper , student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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