May 28, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
UTDallas Center for BrainHealth
Brain Performance Institute
2200 W. Mockingbird Ln.

The Physical City will consider our growing elderly population and how Dallas can address its elders’ needs and benefit from their wisdom and experience


Registration is encouraged, but not required. Your registration allows us to send you logistical information and
helpful details shortly before the festival. Please note that it does not guarantee you a seat. Seats are first-come, first-served as available for each program on the day of the festival.


Emi Kiyota, Ph.D. is the founder of Ibasho, socially-integrated, sustainable communities that value their elders. She is an environmental gerontologist and a consultant who implements person-centered care in long-term care facilities and hospitals globally. Her current interest is to create socially-integrated and resilient cities where elders are able to live in their communities and be engaged. She has published journal articles and book chapters and serves on the board of directors of Global Aging Network. She has been awarded fellowships to investigate this topic including the Loeb Fellowship at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, Rockefeller Bellagio Residency Fellowship, and Atlantic Fellowship for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute at UCSF.

Photo Credit: Maggie Janik


Mark Lamster is award-winning architectural critic of The Dallas Morning News, a professor in the architecture school at the University of Texas at Arlington, and a 2017 Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His acclaimed biography of the late architect Philip Johnson, The Man in the Glass House, was published in November 2018 by Little, Brown.


Sandra Bond Chapman is Founder and Chief Director of the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas and Dee Wyly Distinguished Professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at UT-Dallas. She is committed to enhancing human cognitive capacity and the underlying brain systems across the lifespan.

Lawrence W. Speck is a Senior Design Principal for Page, an architectural firm, with offices in six cities across the U.S. He is also a well-known design educator, having been a faculty member in schools of architecture at M.I.T, University of Western Australia, and University of Texas at Austin. He served as Dean of the School of Architecture at University of Texas at Austin 1992-2001.

Leonard Volk graduated from Phillips Academy at Andover in 1945, from Yale
University with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies in 1949, and from MIT with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1959. He practiced architecture for thirty years, and led a volunteer career working on community goals, neighborhood improvement, and affordable housing. Since retiring from architecture, he has focused on personal photography, working on a backlog of images accumulated since 1950 and adding more.

Photo Credit: John Derryberry