Next Wednesday, October 7 2015 in Columbia, Missouri, CEO/President L. William Zahner will deliver the annual 2015 Healy Lecture at 3:00pm at Jesse Wrench Hall, Memorial Union Auditorium.

The talk is part of the Architecture, Engineering, and Interior Design programs at the University of Missouri, and is open to students and faculty, as well as the general public.

Memorial Union Auditorium at Missouri University, Columbia.
Memorial Union Auditorium at Missouri University, Columbia.

Instead of thinking of his company as a manufacturer, Bill Zahner sees his team as a creative resource to designers and artists. His presentation will show how the firm weaves research and development into the creation of art and architecture, how new shapes and forms become possible by innovating the fabrication of metal and glass. The University is hosting Zahner as part of the Department of Architectural Studies, Engineering, and the College of Human Environmental Sciences at Mizzou. The talk is part of the Marcia Wehrle & Robert N. Healy Lecture Series, which brings international speakers to the college campus. The Lecture is sponsored by the Healy Lectureship in the MU Department of Architectural Studies, and cosponsored by The MU College of Engineering. The school expects an audience of up to 200 people, and is open to the students, faculty, Architectural Studies Advisory Board members and participating professionals, as well as the general public.

Previous Lecturers at the Department of Architectural Studies

Bill Zahner will join a notable cast of previous presenters at the Memorial Union Auditorium, including Buckminster Fuller, who delivered one of the program’s first talks. The program also has recently hosted a number of innovative designers and architects:

2012 — Antoine Predock architect
2013 — Andrew Herdeg, Partner at Lake Flato
2014 — Jon Otis, Founder of OIA – Object Agency

A. Zahner Company (ZAHNER®) is a fourth-generation, internationally acclaimed engineering and fabrication firm known for its specialized use of metal in art and architecture, most notably the complex building facades such as the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City, the Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago, de Young Museum in San Francisco. Founded 118 years ago and headquartered in Kansas City, Zahner employs nearly 200 engineers and artisans in its offices and two manufacturing facilities in Missouri and Texas. Zahner has 8 trademarked specialized systems, 7 trademarked surfaces, and is the recipient of over 40 awards for work in the fields of art and architecture.

The Healy Lecture series is part of the College of Human Environmental Sciences program, bringing international speakers to the campus. Reaching both undergraduates and students who pursue advanced graduate degrees, the Architectural Studies program boasts the only public-supported, accredited interior design program in Missouri and the first online doctoral program at the University of Missouri. Since 1972, the program has been a free-standing department, giving students a real advantage in getting to know their outstanding professors in a supportive environment where they can discover and learn.