Architect John Ruble to Discuss Urban Design Issues

Will deliver Kivett/Seligson Lecture on “Shaping Cities: The Architect as Community Organizer”

Renowned international architect John Ruble examines urban design issues now confronting Kansas City and other metropolitan areas in the latest Kivett/Seligson Lecture sponsored by the Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The title of Ruble’s presentation will be “Shaping Cities: The Architect as Community Organizer.” Ruble also will discuss his work, and that of his firm, and its emphasis on creating meaningful, memorable, and sustainable places.

As co-founder and partner in the Santa Monica, California-based architectural firm Moore, Ruble, Yudell, Ruble has collaborated on a broad spectrum of residential, academic, cultural, and urban design work in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Included in that acclaimed portfolio: the U.S. Embassy in Berlin and the comprehensive master plan for the University of Washington, Tacoma.

This year’s Kivett/Seligson Lecture is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 14 in the Truman Forum Auditorium at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 4801 Main St., Kansas City, Missouri. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required and available at

The architecture firm of Moore, Ruble, Yudell Architects and Planners was first known for their ground-breaking efforts in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s to establish architecture that is responsive not only to the site but also to the local architectural ethos and traditions. They have grown into an international firm with large commissions around the country, including the Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall building on the UMKC campus. Their impact on both architecture and urban planning brings an important message to Kansas City, and will be extended to the students in UMKC’s Architecture, Urban Planning + Design department through Mr. Ruble’s direct classroom engagement.

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