Author of IDEC's 2020 book of the year gives next Hyde Lecture

Author of IDEC's 2020 book of the year gives next Hyde Lecture

By Kerry McCulloug...

February 19, 2024

The College of Architecture is pleased to announce Tamie Glass, veteran educator and author of the Interior Design Educators Council's 2020 book of the year “Prompt: Socially Engaging Objects and Environments,” will be giving the first spring Hyde lecture titled “Prompting Healthful Partnerships” at 4 p.m., February 26, at the Union’s Swanson Auditorium.

Tamie Glass is a distinguished educator and interior designer. She previously held tenure and directed the Interior Design Program at the University of Texas (UT) School of Architecture before moving to the UT School of Design and Creative Technologies in the College of Fine Arts. Here, Glass serves as the inaugural faculty director for the Master of Arts in Design Focused on Health Program, an interdisciplinary initiative in collaboration with the Dell Medical School.

Glass began her international career in Germany with projects for Mercedes-Benz, moving on to work in London for Virgile and Stone and Conran. Glass has developed a broad portfolio of design work in hospitality, retail, wellness, healthcare, corporate and residential design across the EU, Asia and the US. Glass has also led numerous design thinking workshops and consulted for various campus units, including the Dell Medical School's Design Institute for Health and the Blanton Museum of Art.

For this lecture, Glass explores how a relational mindset and intentional design can prompt meaningful interactions among people, places and products to enhance well-being, connection, comfort, safety, belonging, and empowerment.

Pursuing good health encompasses collaboration with a supportive network of professionals, family and friends. Whether seeking companionship in an accountability partner, trainer or nutritionist for personal health goals or relying on physicians and caregivers during challenging times, the importance of partnership is undeniable. Yet, interpersonal relationships are not our only source of support. There are vital connections between the built environment and human health. Our surroundings can help shape our journeys toward or away from healthfulness, and our environments can become active partners in our endeavors toward healthy human experiences.

This presentation is part of the College of Architecture’s 2023-2024 Hyde Lecture Series featuring speakers from across disciplines that are united under the common theme of “Advancing Health: Planning and Designing for Healthful Places,” a thought-provoking series that highlights the important connection between the built environment and human health. Join the lecture series and explore avenues strategizing and creating healthful places that foster a brighter, more equitable future.

The college’s Hyde Lecture Series is a long-standing, endowed, public program. Each year the college hosts compelling speakers in the fields of architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and planning that enrich the ongoing dialog around agendas which are paramount to the design disciplines and our graduates.

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