Professor Steven R. Padget, MSc Architecture

School of Architecture & Design - Architecture
Professor
Primary office:
785.864.3069
Marvin Hall, 402
University of Kansas
1465 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045


Summary

Steve Padget, RA, LEED AP, has been a faculty member in Architecture at the University of Kansas since 1978. His research and teaching have included design studio, Western Civilization., sacred place, and the architect's role in society. His design (with emphasis on sustainability), research, teaching and service have resulted in multiple grants, presentations, awards and publications. Professor Padget has degrees from the University of Kansas (Environmental Design) and the University of London (MSc, Architecture).

Teaching

A WORD ABOUT 'ARCHITECTURE'

Architecture is a profession (and a young one). Those who practice architecture (architects) do so in the service of the public's health, safety and welfare (HSW). Otherwise, there's no need of licensure, internships, exams or for that matter - accredited degree programs.

'Heath, Safety and Welfare' can be seen as a large umbrella that includes everything from code compliance (necessary but not sufficient) to cultural sustenance. The most crucial HSW problem humankind faces now is global climate change (and all that entails). The 2010 Imperative is consistent with this. I can think of no greater challenge and professional responsibility for architecture. Helping to find the ways that humankind can occupy this planet in a sustainably healthy way can become our overall objective. It is in this that "sustainable design" finds its purpose.

A working definition of 'Architecture' for purposes of my teaching is the artful solving of human problems through the medium of building. "Sustainable Design" is the method by which this can be met.

If the '2010 Imperative' and its close relative the '2030 Challenge' (adopted by the AIA Board) are to be fulfilled, this will take the multidisciplinary efforts of the entire profession along with other design and construction professionals. Individual efforts will be important, but the challenge is too big to be met by a few heroic individuals (the old model of architect as 'gentleman artiste').

Unfortunately, much of architectural education continues to operate from this neo-romantic paradigm that over-values aesthetic 'passion', individual aesthetic expression, idiosyncrasy and phenomenal excitement.

The formal expression of 'sustainable design' must be sought, but this effort must not be at the expense of the physical performance of our designs. The stakes are too high. If James Lovelock (the scientist who first used the concept of 'Gaia' to explain the threats of climate change) is correct, the earth (Gaia) is not at dire risk, humankind is not at dire risk, but human culture is.

True sustainability occurs at the meeting ground of; environmental performance, cultural performance and economic performance. This 'triple bottom line' (TBL) thinking provides us with a new paradigm from which to redefine architecture and the role a (truly) professional architect must fill in humankind's attempt to redefine its relationship to nature.

Within the constraints of our time together, my students and I explore architecture using the working definition above- The artful solving of human problems through the medium of building.

Teaching Interests

  • Sustainable design, living building, LEED, integrated design, sacred place, sacred geometry

Research

A WORD ABOUT 'ARCHITECTURE'

Architecture is a profession (and a young one). Those who practice architecture (architects) do so in the service of the public's health, safety and welfare (HSW). Otherwise, there's no need of licensure, internships, exams or for that matter - accredited degree programs.

'Heath, Safety and Welfare' can be seen as a large umbrella that includes everything from code compliance (necessary but not sufficient) to cultural sustenance. The most crucial HSW problem humankind faces now is global climate change (and all that entails). The 2010 Imperative is consistent with this. I can think of no greater challenge and professional responsibility for architecture. Helping to find the ways that humankind can occupy this planet in a sustainably healthy way can become our overall objective. It is in this that "sustainable design" finds its purpose.

A working definition of 'Architecture' for my research and professional activities is the artful solving of human problems through the medium of building. "Sustainable Design" is the method by which this can be met.

If the '2010 Imperative' and its close relative the '2030 Challenge' (adopted by the AIA Board) are to be fulfilled, this will take the multidisciplinary efforts of the entire profession along with other design and construction professionals. Individual efforts will be important, but the challenge is too big to be met by a few heroic individuals (the old model of architect as 'gentleman artiste').

Unfortunately, much of architectural education and practice continues to operate from this neo-romantic paradigm that over-values aesthetic 'passion', individual aesthetic expression, idiosyncrasy and phenomenal excitement.

The formal expression of 'sustainable design' must be sought, but this effort must not be at the expense of the physical performance of our designs. The stakes are too high. If James Lovelock (the scientist who first used the concept of 'Gaia' to explain the threats of climate change) is correct, the earth (Gaia) is not at dire risk, humankind is not at dire risk, but human culture is.

True sustainability occurs at the meeting ground of; environmental performance, cultural performance and economic performance. This 'triple bottom line' (TBL) thinking provides us with a new paradigm from which to redefine architecture and the role a (truly) professional architect must fill in humankind's attempt to redefine its relationship to nature.

I practice and engage in research in order to explore architecture using the working definition above- The artful solving of human problems through the medium of building.

Research Interests

  • Sustainable design, living building, LEED, integrated design, sacred place, sacred geometry

Selected Publications

Padget, Steve. 2017. “‘Urban Order as Means to Paradisiacal Order; Eden, Jerusalem, and London’
.” Journal Articles. 2A: Architecture and Art, no. 37 & 38 (January): 56–62. http://2amagazine.com/default.aspx?PageID=324.
Padget, Steven. 2013. Visualizing a Living Building. Conference Proceedings. Edited by Jarrett, Kim, and Senske. The Visability of Research, Proceedings of the ARCC Spring Research Conference. UNCC.
Padget, Steven. 2012. “Aabow Mo’Alin Nur Mosque.” Periodicals (newsletter, magazine, etc.). Faith and Form, Annual Awards Issue.
Padget, Steven. 2012. “Christopher Wren, Christian Cabala and the Tree of Life.” Book Chapters. In Vitruvius on the Plains, edited by Stephen Grabow. University of Kansas.
Padget, Steven. 2011. “A Mosque in Somalia.” Periodicals (newsletter, magazine, etc.). Faith and Form.
Padget, Steven, and Osman Nur. 2011. “Designing Aabow Mo’Alin Nur Mosque.” Other. 2A – Architecture and Art. P.O.Box: 123037, Dubai, U.A.E.: 2A MAGAZINE.
Padget, Steve. Accepted/In Press. “‘Sustainability.’” Other. 2A: Architecture and Art. Dubai, U.A.E.
Padget, Steve. Accepted/In Press. “‘Sustainable Design.’” Other. 2A-Architecture and Art. Dubai, U.A.E: 2A MAGAZINE.

Selected Work

Selected Presentations

Padget, S. (9/30/2014). “Urban Order as Means to Paradisiacal Order; Eden, Jerusalem, and London”. Urban Experience Symposium, Hall Center for the Humanities. The University of Kansas
Padget, S. (6/30/2013). Urban Order as Means to Paradisiacal Order; Eden, Jerusalem and (in progress) London. Architecture, Culture and Spirituality Symposium, Harvard
Steve, P. (4/30/2013). “Water/Energy/Carbon Nexus, Green Infrastructure and the
Triple Bottom Line”. International Conference on “Global Water: Drought, Conservation and Security in the 21st Century. University of Kansas
Padget, S. (10/31/2003). Degree Nomenclature and NAAB Conditions. NAAB Validation Conference. Santa Fe, NM

Selected Grants

Strategic Level II Research Grant: Design and Health Research
"Food, Energy, and Water Systems Research Workshop". $4500.00. Submitted 1/15/2015 (1/15/2015 - 12/31/2019). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded
FEW Workshop Proposal: Defining the Opportunities and Challenges for Research and Design Strategies to support Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS). CBET-1559379. National Science Foundation. $38601.00. (11/15/2015 - 10/31/2016). Federal. Status: Funded
Living Building Design and Performance. University of Kansas. $6184.00. Submitted 1/15/2014 (8/1/2014 - 5/31/2015). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded
U.S. Green Building Council Grant Proposal to study Green Infrastructure BMPs. $30000.00. Submitted 5/15/2008 (1/1/2009 - 12/31/2012). Federal. Status: Funded. Role: Co-Author
“KU Solar House”. Grant Proposal to DOE/NREL. $450000.00. (12/31/2011). Federal. Status: Not Funded. Role: Key Personnel
“Design and Construction of Sustainable Engineering Testing Lab Facility”. KU submission to NIST. $16000000.00. (12/31/2009). Federal. Status: Funded. Role: Consultant
“DOE Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant” for “Master Plan for Thunder Valley”. Sioux Nation, South Dakota. $200000.00. (4/30/2009). Federal. Status: Funded. Role: Team Member (BNIM)
“The Tree of Life”. K.U. Hall Center for the Humanities, University Symposium. $1000.00. (12/31/2008). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded
K.T. Wiedemann Foundation grant to record ‘Beaumont Water Tower’. $12000.00. (1/1/1999 - 12/31/2001). Foundation. Status: Funded
UtiliCorp United grant to fund four-year measured drawings program for ‘NY Life Bldg’, Kansas City, MO. $100000.00. (1/1/1998 - 12/31/2001). For Profit (company/corporation). Status: Funded

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