Previous Events

Join us for an open discussion in order to rethink the relationship between architectural education, architectural practice, and their mutual intersections with community and culture. While focused on architecture and design, the panel will address broader questions relevant to other fields.

The panel is for a general audience of architects, creatives, students, academics, and anyone interested in the intersection of professional education and the broader community. 


Sarah Deyong, incoming Architecture Program Director and Associate Professor, UNL College of Architecture

Brian Rex, Department Head and Associate Professor, South Dakota State University Department of Architecture

Chris Turner, Architect, RDG Planning & Design, Omaha


Jeffrey L. Day, Actual Architecture Co. & Professor of Architecture & Landscape Architecture

Sponsored by Design Alliance Omaha

CLT and the Great Plains is a professional development seminar that explores the use of cross-laminated timber in architecture.

The seminar provides architects, construction professionals and forestry organizations with examples of small to mid-sized architectural projects built from CLT and other engineered lumber products. It will feature the work of architects currently using CLT in the US and will describe challenges of construction code, engineering and fabrication. It will feature existing and potential supply sources within the Great Plains region and include a report on the influence European methods of small-scale CLT production.


  • Introduction to Cross Laminated Timber and Mass Timber Design
  • Designing in CLT and Mass Timber Case Study: UMass Amherst Design Building
  • Addressing Common Design Challenges
  • Overview of North America’s 1st Dowel Laminated Timber Multi-story Office Building (Des Moines, IA)
  • PLAIN: UNL College of Architecture Multi-discipline Platform for Improving Student Design-Build Education


  • Patrick Clark, Wooden Haus Supply
  • Mark Barlett, WoodWorks
  • Khalid Khan, Neumann Monson Architects
  • Tom S. Chung, Leers Weinzapfel Associates
  • Jason Griffiths and Aubrey Wassung, UNL-College of Architecture
  • Old Market First Friday: Project 2018— June 1st, 6 – 9 pm

Project 2018 is a selection of work from the Master of Architecture program at the UNL College of Architecture. The work, produced in design-research and design-build studios and through independent thesis investigations, situates architecture as a broad disciplinary field. The projects engage with contemporary rural, suburban and urban situations; reinterpret historical works; propose and actualize built projects; and speculate upon hypothetical futures.

  • Downtown Omaha Block Talk—April 18th, 3 – 5 pm

Block Talks or “walk audits” are sponsored by ONE Omaha and help assess how walkable or accessible the built environment is. Through this process, individuals can brainstorm ideas and formulate strategies for improvements of the space. Bring your walking shoes and dress for the weather; rain or shine participants will examine the built environment with a trained facilitator on Wednesday, Apr. 18 from 3 – 5 p.m. We will start at the W. Dale Clark Library, 215 S. 15th St. Brought to you in partnership with the City of Omaha Public WorksONE Omaha, MAPA, Omaha Downtown Improvement District, and Omaha by Design.

  • Dorothy Patach Place Game—Meet us at Dorothy Patach Environmental Area (1815 N St, Omaha, NE 68107) to envision improvements to this area!

        We hope to see you on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. – noon

         This Place Game is in partnership with City Sprouts South, UNMC College of Public Health and Omaha by Design. 

  • Urbanism 5.0 – The Future of the City in the Era of Digital Infrastructure

Cities are poised to undergo massive shifts in light of emerging digital infrastructures. Urbanism 5.0, hosted by Omaha by Design in collaboration with the College of Design at Iowa State University will examine possible new modes of living, working, shopping, and entertaining in the future.

Interdisciplinary student teams in the urban design studio have taken the semester to consider how we might inhabit the coming city. Mark your calendar and come visit Omaha by Design to see the exhibition. Light refreshments will be provided.

Old Market First Friday: Urbanism 5.0 – May 4, from 6:30 – 9 p.m. 

  • Miller Park Place Game—Saturday, March 10th (10 am – noon) 

This event is in partnership with Miller Park Minne Lusa Neighborhood Association, Nelson Mandela Elementary School, City of Omaha Parks and Recreation, Black Police Officers Association, Lozier Foundation, and Omaha by Design. Report coming soon!

  • Place Game Training at Latino Center of the Midlands—Wednesday, February 28th (6 pm – 7 pm)

Want to learn how to improve public spaces in your community? Join us for training to learn how to facilitate a Place Game in your very own community. What is a place game, you ask? It is an organized and simple way to envision improvements to a public space. This is an opportunity for community members, like yourself, to be the experts on the spaces they use. This event is in partnership with Latino Center of the Midlands, UNMC College of Public Health, City Sprouts South and Omaha by Design.