Faculty

Pittsburgh City Planning Director Ray Gastil Taking New Job Opportunity as Director of Remaking Cities Institute

Pittsburgh City Planning Director Ray Gastil has been appointed David Lewis Director of Urban Design and Regional Engagement in the School of Architecture. In this role he will direct the Remaking Cities Institute and teach architecture and urban design. Gastil’s new position begins September 1, 2019.

Don Carter to step down as Director of Remaking Cities Institute, transitions to Adjunct Faculty role

Donald K. Carter, FAIA, FAICP, LEED AP will step down as David Lewis Director of Urban Design and Regional Engagement of the Remaking Cities Institute (RCI). Beginning on July 1, Carter will transition to a new part-time role as an SoA Adjunct Professor in the Master of Urban Design Program, as an RCI Senior Research Fellow, and as an advisor to Campus Design and Facility Development.

Azadeh Omidfar Sawyer appointed Assistant Professor in Building Technology

The CMU SoA is pleased to announce the appointment of Azadeh Omidfar Sawyer, LEED AP to the tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in Building Technology. Sawyer’s interdisciplinary research focuses on quantitative and qualitative methods to evaluate building envelope design and performance though immersive visualizations such as virtual reality.

Nida Rehman appointed Assistant Professor in Resilient Cities and Urban Ecology

The CMU SoA is pleased to announce the appointment of Nida Rehman to the tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in Resilient Cities and Urban Ecology. Rehman is an architect, urban designer, and cultural geographer examining how processes of urbanization, the politics of planning and design, and the physical structure of cities produce ecological and infrastructural change, and impact human health.

Professor Francesca Torello Selected to Participate in National Endowment for the Humanities Program

Adjunct Professor Francesca Torello, PhD has been selected to participate in a four-week program with the National Endowment for the Humanities Institute this July at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. “Museums: Humanities in the Public Sphere” approaches museums as sites for interdisciplinary inquiry that offer windows on today's educational, ethical, and cultural debates.

Metropolis Magazine Recap of ACSA Conference Features Work of SoA Faculty

A recent feature in Metropolis magazine highlights the myriad ways architecture schools can help their nearby underserved communities. The article features the work of the Urban Design Build Studio (UDBS) and the traveling exhibition An Atlas of Commoning spearheaded by SoA faculty.

Announcing the Winners of the 2019 SoA Design Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 SoA Design Awards, and thank you to all of those who participated in this year’s competitions and joined us for the awards reception presented by EPIC Metals.

Martin Aurand Awarded Distinguished Service Award from Association of Architecture School Librarians

Principal Architecture Librarian & Archivist Martin Aurand was recently awarded the Distinguished Service Award for distinction in the profession from the Association of Architecture School Librarians (AASL) for outstanding and sustained service to the profession through active participation, advocacy, and leadership.

Daniel Cardoso Llach Speaks at Harvard GSD on History of Digital Architecture

Associate Professor of Architecture Daniel Cardoso Llach participated in the symposium “Other Histories of the Digital” at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design this past week. He discussed aspects of digital labor in architecture based on his ongoing research on the history and contemporary practices of computer-aided design and building information modeling.