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EX-CHANGE Discussion - CFA 200 & 214

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The School of Architecture invites you to join us for the Spring 2018 EX-CHANGE, an end-of-semester exhibition, celebration, and discussion about questions of pedagogy and practice that each program tackles at the SoA.

Spring 2018 EX-CHANGE
Opening Reception
Friday 4 May | 6:00-8:00pm

Saturday 5 May | 10:00am-3:00pm

With special guests Amy Kulper, Ming Fung, and Mitch McEwen. Exhibitions on view May 4-11, 2018. All events take place in the College of Fine Arts in rooms 200 & 214.


Friday 4 May, 6-8pm, Reception
Join us for hors d’oeuvres in the CFA 200 studio with exhibitions showcasing the work of the School’s many programs.

Saturday 5 May, 9:30am-3pm, Discussions

Coffee & Welcome, 9:30-10am, CFA 200
Coffee, tea, and welcome by SoA Head Steve Lee

Focused Sessions, 10am-12pm
Invited guests, faculty, and two local practitioners participate in three concurrent small discussions responding to short, lively student presentations of their critical questions.

  1. CORE 6, CFA 200
    Ming Fung discusses the first, second, third year and M.Arch work with respondents Kent Suhrbier and Bea Spolidaro. Moderated by Kai Gutschow and Alison Katz.
  2. Advanced Synthesis, CFA 211 & 214
    Amy Kulper discusses the questions raised by the SoA’s advanced synthesis options (ASO) studios with respondents Spike Wolff, Ray Gastil, and Akhil Badjatia. Moderated by Mary-Lou Arscott and Zain Islam-Hashmi.
  3. Thesis & PhD, CFA 206A
    Mitch McEwen discusses questions of architectural research and practice with students in thesis programs throughout the SoA with respondents Dan Lockton, Jake Marsico, and Daragh Byrne. Moderated by Jonathan Kline, Daniel Cardoso Llach, and Yidan Gong.

Lunch Break 12-1pm

Reflection Round Table, 1-3pm, CFA 214
Amy Kulper, Ming Fung, and Mitch McEwen report back from the morning conversations to situate the work within lineages of pedagogy and practice. Moderated by Molly Steenson and Adam Kor.


V. Mitch McEwen is an assistant professor at the Princeton University School of Architecture where she leads research associated with the Embodied Computation Lab. She was an assistant professor at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning from 2014-17. As principal of McEwen Studio and co-founder of A(n) Office, an architecture collaborative of studios in Detroit, Los Angeles, and Brooklyn, McEwen has received commissions from the US Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and the Istanbul Design Biennial.

Ming Fung, AIA, is principal and co-founder of Los Angeles-based Hodgetts+Fung. She is chief of strategic advancement and director of Academic Affairs at SCI-Arc. She has taught at Yale University, Ohio State University, and Cal Poly Pomona, and served as president of the ACSA, president of AIA Los Angeles, and presidential appointee to the National Endowment for the Arts Council. In 2006, Fung received an AIA Gold Medal, and Hodgetts+Fung was awarded the Firm of the Year Award by the AIA California Council in 2008.

Amy Kulper is an associate professor and head of the Department of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. She has taught at Cambridge University, the University of Pennsylvania, UCLA, SCI-Arc, and the University of Michigan. During her time in Ann Arbor, she was a four-time recipient of the Donna M. Salzer Award for teaching excellence. Kulper was Design Editor of the Journal of Architectural Education for six years. Her teaching and research focus on the intersections of history, theory, and criticism with design.


EX-CHANGE is an end-of-semester exhibition, celebration, reflection, and discussion based on School of Architecture student work.

Every semester, the SoA’s programs tackle complex questions about the future of architectural pedagogy and practice. These questions will drive this inquisitive exhibition and discussion between SoA faculty, students, local practitioners, and invited guests Amy Kulper, Ming Fung, and Mitch McEwen. Following final reviews, EX-CHANGE is an opportunity to shine new light on the SoA’s curricula and position the school’s work within broader trends and movements.