The Ann Forsyth Hyde Lecture Rescheduled for March 15th

The Ann Forsyth Hyde Lecture Rescheduled for March 15th

By Kerry McCulloug...

February 6, 2017

Ann Forsyth

The College of Architecture is pleased to announce Ann Forsyth will be the next Hyde speaker giving a lecture entitled, "Creating Healthy Places: Evidence-based Practice in a Post-truth World."

For this lecture Forsyth will attempt to help attendees clear the information clutter when it comes to neighborhood health and wellness decision making and proposal creation. While there is a great deal of research on the two connections, knowing how to apply it to a specific place can be difficult. Some research is highly specific and for other topics there is an absence of research. In a world of information overload, dirty big data and fake news, professionals and the public are navigating a complex and confusing information landscape. Forsyth will outline how to bridge this information gap with synthetization and adaptation of research findings and will propose how to make informed decisions using a robust process.

Trained in planning and architecture, Forsyth works mainly on the social aspects of physical planning and urban development. The major focus behind her research and practice is how to make more sustainable and healthy cities. Forsyth’s contributions have been her analyzation of planned alternatives to sprawl, particularly exploring the tensions between social and ecological values in urban design.

From 2007-2012 Forsyth was a professor of city and regional planning at Cornell. She taught previously at the University of Minnesota, directing the Metropolitan Design Center (2002-2007), Harvard (1999-2002) and the University of Massachusetts (1993-1999) where she was co-director of a small community design center, the Urban Places Project. She is author or co-author of five books and over 170 refereed and magazine articles, chapters, monographs and book reviews. Forsyth has won over fifty awards, citations and fellowships for individual and collaborative professional and research work. These include national awards for professional and research projects from the American Planning Association (APA), American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) and Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).

Forsyth’s lecture will be held in the Richards Hall, Room 15, UNL city campus, Wednesday, March 15th at 4 pm.

For questions, email Kerry McCullough-Vondrak at