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.
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.
The CMU SoA is pleased to announce that Dana Cupkova has been promoted to Associate Professor and awarded indefinite tenure. She previously held an Assistant Professorship at the SoA, and is Track Chair of the SoA’s Masters of Science in Sustainable Design (MSSD) program.
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.
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.
CMU recently received gold status from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), surpassing its silver rating in 2015. The assessment cites several School of Architecture courses and degree programs that contributed to the rating.
Adjunct faculty member Paul Ostergaard accepted the 2019 Arthur Ross Award for Community Design, Civic Design, and City Planning on behalf of Urban Design Associates on May 6.
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.
Professor Emeritus Ömer Akin has been selected to present his paper entitled “Precedent-Based Learning: An approach for studio pedagogy in the early years” at the 2019 ACSA/EAAE Teachers Conference being held June 29-29, 2019 in Antwerp, Belgium.
The SoA congratulates adjunct Christine Mondor, FAIA, LEED AP for being named one of the 25 Essential Pittsburghers by NEXTpittsburgh. Christine has been a thoughtful local leader in promoting and implementing sustainable and equitable development in Pittsburgh.
Assistant Professor Dana Cupkova delivered a concluding keynote titled “Shape Matter” at the Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design (SimAUD) at the Georgia Tech School of Architecture in Atlanta April 7-9, 2019.
Assistant Professor Dana Cupkova received the 2019 ACADIA Teaching Award of Excellence. This award recognizes innovative teaching in the field of digital design in architecture, particularly teaching approaches that can be adopted by other educators.
Teaching Professor Kristen Kurland was recently selected by Esri, Inc. as one of 23 women globally to be featured in the book Women and GIS: Mapping Their Stories . Her chapter "The Heart of a Giving Teacher" includes her work in GIS and Urban Design at CMU.
Adjunct faculty member Andrew Moss, owner and principal of mossArchitects, was recently featured in Dwell Magazine for his firm’s distinguished work on the adaptive reuse project The Detective Building in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood.
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.
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.
Penn State’s Stuckeman School faculty within the Department of Architecture to host Dana Cupkova, SoA assistant professor and co-founder and design principal of EPIPHYTE Lab, as a keynote speaker on Thursday 18 April.
The SoA is pleased to welcome Charles S. Klee, AIA, LEED AP as an adjunct faculty professor this semester. Charlie holds a Master of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University and is a principal at Payette, where he leads the firm’s Research Initiative with the Building Science Group.
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.
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.