Faculty

Vivian Loftness Appointed to Two National Boards for 2020

University Professor Vivian Loftness, the Paul Mellon Chair in the School of Architecture, has been appointed to two national boards for 2020. She was named to the American Institute of Architects National Board by AIA 2020 President Jane Frederick, and to the International Living Futures Institute (ILFI) Board by CEO Amanda Sturgeon.

Don Carter to Speak in Germany this Month about Latest Book “Remaking Post-Industrial Cities: Lessons from North America and Europe”

Donald K. Carter, Senior Research Fellow at the Remaking Cities Institute and faculty member of the School of Architecture, will give two talks in Germany this month about his latest book Remaking Post-Industrial Cities: Lessons from North America and Europe.

Kalla Co-Professors Nathalie Frankowski and Cruz García to Lecture on Mon 07 Oct

Ann Kalla Co-Professors in Architecture Nathalie Frankowski and Cruz García present their talk, “In Post-Novis all the Students are the teacher,” which discusses a decade of alternative projects as historical reflex in a time of pressing global challenges. A variety of examples are summoned to question historical narratives from positions of power while searching for kynical, emancipating, and critical forms of architecture.

EX-CHANGE: A celebration of work at the School of Architecture – latest edition now in print!

Announcing the release of the 2019 edition of EX-CHANGE, a publication celebrating the work of the SoA from first year to PhD. Inaugurated in 2017, EX-CHANGE represents an ongoing opportunity to shine new light on the SoA programs and to position the work within larger questions of research and practice. Latest edition now available in print and online.

Jeremy Ficca to Co-Curate “Drawing Attention” Exhibition at Roca London Gallery Opening September 17

Jeremy Ficca co-curates the exhibition Drawing Attention: The Digital Culture of Contemporary Architectural Drawings opening September 17 at the Roca London Gallery. The exhibition, based on the recent ACSA Drawing for the Design Imaginary exhibit, examines the state of contemporary architectural drawing, revealing its potential to describe more than simply the detailing of a building’s construction.

School of Architecture Seeks New Head of School

The SoA invites applications for the position of Head of the School of Architecture. Review of applicants will begin November 1, 2019. The appointment begins on July 1, 2020.

Current SoA Head Stephen Lee will be serving the 12th and final year of his term as head during the 2019-20 academic year. Lee will continue on as tenured faculty with the SoA following the conclusion of his headship. The goal for the head search is to bring the new person on board with time to allow for a smooth transition into the next chapter of the school.

Vivian Loftness to be Honored with Legacy Award during GBA’s 2019 Emerald Evening Gala Thu 12 Sep

Congratulations to professor Vivian Loftness, recipient of the Green Building Alliance’s 2019 Legacy Award. Loftness is one of five honorees being recognized at GBA’s 2019 Emerald Evening Gala on Thursday, September 12, which highlights people and projects that have transformed communities across the region.

Professor Emeritus Ömer Akin Publishes Paper in Encyclopedia of Creativity, Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Professor Emeritus Ömer Akin recently published a paper titled "Creativity in Puzzles, Inventions, and Designs: The Sudden Mental Insight Phenomenon" in the Encyclopedia of Creativity, Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship on Springer's publication platform SpringerLink.

PhD-AECM Candidate Lipika Swarup Presents Paper at ACSA/EAAE Teachers Conference

PhD-AECM Candidate Lipika Swarup recently traveled to the 2019 ACSA/EAAE Teachers Conference in Antwerp, Belgium to present the paper “Precedent-Based Learning: An Approach for Studio Pedagogy in the Early Years” written by School of Architecture Professor Emeritus Ömer Akin.

Nathalie Frankowski and Cruz García Receive 2019-20 Ann Kalla Professorship in Architecture

The SoA is pleased to announce that Nathalie Frankowski and Cruz García have been selected for the 2019-20 Ann Kalla Professorship in Architecture. The duo will deliver a lecture during the Fall 2019 Lecture Series and teach an ASO studio and spring seminar in spring 2020.

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.