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Downtown greets national voices on urbanism, architecture

September 23, 2013
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Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. and the American Institute of Architects Grand Rapids are each hosting speakers series events downtown this week.

James Timberlake

AIA Grand Rapids will host a reception and a presentation by James Timberlake on Wednesday in the Ferris State University and Kendall College Building, at 17 Pearl St. NW.

Timberlake is a celebrated architect and a partner with Stephen Kieran at Kieran Timberlake Associates LLP in Philadelphia.

The firm, which was founded in 1984, is well known for its research, design and planning services. It has a staff of 54 professionals and has won more than 50 design awards.

Timberlake was the inaugural recipient of the AIA Benjamin Latrobe Fellowship for Architectural Research and a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome from 1982-83.

The reception starts at 6 p.m. , with Timberlake’s presentation getting underway at 7 p.m.

The event is free, and attendees should sign up at

People attending should use the building’s loading dock entrance on Division Avenue.

Chris Leinberger

On Thursday evening, DGRI will host Chris Leinberger, a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., downtown, at the FSU Kendall building, at 17 Pearl St. NW.

Leinberger is a land-use strategist, developer, researcher and author.

He also is the president of Locus: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Inventors and the 2010 William H. Whyte Urbanism Award winner from Partners for Livable Communities.

Leinberger will talk about the economics of urbanism.

“He is definitely one of the big boys in the industry,” said Kristopher Larson, executive director of the Downtown Development Authority.

The event is free, and doors open at 5:30 p.m. 

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