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.
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 his 12th and final year as head during the 2019-20 academic year. University policy allows for a maximum of two five-year term lengths for heads of school; Lee has already served one year as interim head, two five-year terms as head, and will serve this additional upcoming year as the College of Fine Arts handles several other headship transitions within the college. 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 this new person on board with time to allow for a smooth transition into the next chapter of the school.
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 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 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.
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 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.