Yu'pik Alaskan architect Michael Fredericks presents, "Participatory Design – The Story of the User," Monday, Oct. 25 from 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. in Pearl Hall Auditorium. A pre-lecture reception is set at 4:45 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

The lecture is part of the Monday Night Lecture Series hosted by the UNM School of Architecture and Planning in correlation with the school's new course on indigenous architecture.

An architect for RIM First People Architects in Anchorage, Alaska, Fredericks shares RIM's architectural practice which recognizes the importance of culture in design. RIM First People is an Alaska Native-owned company.

"I'm more interested in making a building feel Native than ‘look Native.' And what's Native is really in the input process. Participation is not just about the end design – it's about how it makes the user feel," Fredericks said.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information on the course and other upcoming speakers, visit UNM Today.

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