17th Annual Roland Batten Lecture: Lessons From Detroit

by TruexCullins, October 17, 2016

We are honored to once again sponsor the Roland Batten Memorial Lecture on Architecture and Design.  This is the 17th year for this lecture series, and we are looking forward to this year’s guest speaker, Beverly Eichenlaub.

Beverly will be presenting Lessons from Detroit: Architecture as an Agent of Change.

The lecture is on Tuesday, October 25th at 6:00 pm in 301 Williams Hall at the University of Vermont.


Beverly spent two years in residence at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, conducting design research and making work in direct response to the extreme condition of the built environment in the greater Detroit area.  The research and work explores the cultural construct of value related to land, land use and material, focusing on a heavily depopulated residential area of Pontiac, Michigan. The resultant body of work engages architecture as an activist platform upon which to investigate and illuminate the condition of the built environment, to provide an alternative perspective on place as a catalyst for change.

Beverly will present a survey of her studies, installations, and proposals as well as a select sampling of work by other architects and designers working in the Detroit area who, in their own ways, are engaging with the soul-searching question of what it means to be an architect in a community of distress.


Beverly Eichenlaub is a principal at Premises Architecture PLLC in Plattsburgh, New York, with professional design and teaching experience in architecture, urban design, interiors and experiential graphics. She is an engaged activist, addressing issues including land use and community identity via curatorial and installation work. Beverly holds a post-professional Master of Architecture from Cranbrook Academy of Art and Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati.

The Roland Batten Lecture series was created in memory of our friend and colleague, architect Roland Batten, who passed away in 1999.  This event is sponsored by the Roland Batten Memorial Fund, TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design, and the University of Vermont’s Department of Art and Art History.

The lecture is on Tuesday, October 25th at 6pm at 301 Williams Hall on the University of Vermont campus.

The event is free and open to the public.

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