Time and Place

Time: 4:30pm
Location: Architecture and Urban Planning Building Commons

“Workshop No.02” presentation by Fionn Byrne, founder and director, Office of Pedonic Operations, Toronto, Ontario, and Lecturer in Landscape Architecture, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Joyce Hwang, architect, director, Ants of the Prairie, Buffalo, New York, and Associate Professor, University at Buffalo SUNY School of Architecture and Planning, Buffalo, New York.

Byrne and Hwang are 2017 Urban Edge Award recipients in the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Lecture Summary

Fionn Byrne presents “On Ethics and Ecology.” Joyce Hwang presents on “Architect as Advocate: Living Among Pests.”
The theme of the 2017 Urban Edge Award is FROM WASTE TO WONDER: Working with What Remains.


Prior to joining the faculty at Harvard University, Fionn Byrne was a full-time instructor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. He holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Toronto, where he also completed his Bachelor of Physical Education and Health. His research and design interests depart from the convergence of technology and ecology; he is most intrigued by how velocity and information interact with biological systems. Mr. Byrne has held the title of Associate at Lateral Office and has worked with the Planning Group at HOK. Byrne is the founder of the Office of Pedonic Operations. Currently the Office is pursuing research on the Oil Sands and the Ring of Fire in part with funding from the Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation. His most recent writing is found published in Bracket 2: Goes Soft and explores the increasingly overt interplay between military operations and the environmental crisis. As the 2015-2016 Daniel Urban Kiley Fellow, Byrne continues his research on the moral underpinnings of contemporary landscape architecture. By establishing the rise of the environmental movement as an antithesis to military development Byrne seeks to question the ability to deploy ecology as a moral just science able to circumvent politics.


Joyce Hwang, AIA, NCARB, is the Director of Ants of the Prairie, an office of architectural practice and research that focuses on confronting contemporary ecological conditions through creative means, and an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University at Buffalo SUNY, School of Architecture and Planning. Hwang is a recipient of the Architectural League Emerging Voices Award (2014), the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship (2013), the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Independent Project Grant (2013, 2008), and the MacDowell Colony Fellowship (2016, 2011). She is a co-organizer of the Hive City Habitat Design Competition and a co-editor of Beyond Patronage: Reconsid- ering Models of Practice, published by Actar. Hwang received a post-professional Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University.

The Urban Edge Workshop is part of a series of events of SARUP’s prestigious Urban Edge Award 2017 supported by the Wisconsin Preservation Fund and the law firm of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren to recognize excellence in urban design and the ability of individuals to create major, positive change within the public realm.

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All workshops are free and open to the public.
Additional information about the lectures and exhibitions can be found by contacting the main reception at (414) 229-4014, and by emailing any inquiries to Assistant Professor Nikole Bouchard.