Brad Houston Lecture: Back to the Future: A Return to the Principles of Traditional Town Planning

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Location: 104 Bond Hall

Lecture Summary

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Brad Houston, who holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Notre Dame, will narrate how he came to understand the principles of new urbanism as a young intern living in London. This experience eventually took him to Cambridge where, working with the ancestral Grosvenor Estate of the Duke of Westminster, he examined the development of Belgravia, one of London’s most beautiful Georgian neighborhoods. The purpose of his research was to study one of the great developments from the past to see what it may teach us for the future. 
 
Brad will discuss the basic principles of traditional urbanism as well as the social, environmental, and economic reasons for returning to these time tested principles. 
 

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Biography
 
Bradford Houston is currently the Manager of Architectural Design for the Temple Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint and holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Notre Dame. His directive is to bring a greater sense of timelessness to temple design by restoring the principles of classical architecture. 
 
Prior to attending Notre Dame he worked as an independent planning and design consultant specializing in traditionally planned communities. He received his Master of Philosophy in Land Economy from Cambridge University where he worked with the ancestral Grosvenor Estate of the Duke of Westminster. His dissertation examined the developmental methodology utilized in the creation of Belgravia, one of London’s most beautiful Georgian neighborhoods.