Dean's Letter

Dean's Letter, Fall 2016
College of Architecture
Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design
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The Future of Architectural Education

Two weeks ago I represented the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) at the NCARB Licensing Advisors Summit in Chicago. It was one of my first responsibilities as president of the organization. There were more than 260 advisors, practitioners, and state board members in attendance. Along with representatives from the AIA, NCARB, NAAB, and AIAS, I participated on a panel that addressed the future of architectural education. I had five minutes.

Here it is:

The future of architectural [design] education is dynamic.

The diversity of our schools, programs, degrees, and approaches is a strength.

The lack of diversity in our student bodies, faculty, and profession is not.

Technology is always the answer, but the question is uncertain.

Design is a hot topic. It is not just a process, but also an expertise that involves experienced judgment. That's why we practice.

And finally: We need to figure out why the world does not know we think it needs us...or does it?

As it turns out, that was only three minutes, and I welcome suggestions.

In addition, I offered the following reasons that I am optimistic about the future of architectural education:

Hand drawing is coming back (trust me).

Experiences of engagement have never been stronger as our students demand relevance.

As a corollary, international experiences are being seen as necessary.

There is an expanding intelligence of heart, hand, and mind that comes from new ways of making things.

While we value the studio as a powerful pedagogy, there is a growing awareness about the things that are wrong with studio culture, and we are working to build a learning culture.


John Cage said, "I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I am frightened of the old ones."

On September 9, 2016, the Sam Fox School will celebrate its 10th anniversary. It is worth remembering the founding vision of the School with the next 10 years in front of us: The university is charged with the responsibility to embody minds with futures informed by new knowledge. Art and design are a necessary part of a research university. Art and design project a future reality for new knowledge based on our shared humanity—the result being new knowledge that makes a difference beyond the university.

Visiting Faculty

Ruth and Norman Moore Professorships: Established in 1986 through a gift from Ruth and her brother Norman Moore, the Ruth & Norman Moore Endowment supports the Ruth and Norman Moore Chaired Professorship, currently held by Robert McCarter, as well as a Visiting Professorship. We are pleased to welcome Jennifer Yoos, FAIA, of Vincent James Associates Architects (VJAA) in Minneapolis as this fall's Ruth and Norman Moore Visiting Professor. Jennifer is a principal and president of VJAA and will teach a graduate architecture option studio. Jennifer received her graduate diploma in design from the Architectural Association in London and her professional degree in architecture from the University of Minnesota, where she also teaches. In 2002-03, she was a Loeb Fellow in Urban and Environmental Studies at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. VJAA is known for its innovative and research-based approach to architectural practice that encompasses urban and environmental design. VJAA received the 2012 National American Institute of Architects Firm Award.
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PXSTL: Architect Amanda Williams and artist/educator Andres L. Hernandez join us from Chicago to lead a graduate option studio along with faculty member Jonathan Stitlelman as part of the PXSTL project in partnership with the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. Amanda and Andres won the international competition for the 2015–17 iteration of PXSTL, a design-build commission for a temporary structure that will transform a vacant lot in Grand Center into the site of community-based programs and events. The project will be constructed in the spring 2017 and will open to the public in May.

For nearly two decades, Amanda has focused on how combining art and architecture can promote thriving cities. She creates projects that center on color, race, and space. A graduate of Cornell University's architecture school, Amanda is an adjunct professor at Illinois Institute of Technology.
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Andres works with youth and adults to interpret, critique, and reimagine their physical, social, and cultural environments. A co-founder of Revival Arts Collective—a network of citizen activists committed to using arts and culture as a catalyst for community redevelopment in Chicago—he earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and a Master of Arts in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Art Education. View Andres' complete bio here>>

Emiliano López and Mónica Rivera join us again this fall to teach in the 419 graduate housing studio. They are founding principals of the architectural firm López Rivera Arquitectes SLP of Barcelona. Originally from Puerto Rico, Mónica received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Architecture from Harvard's Graduate School of Design. Born in Argentina, Emiliano grew up in Barcelona. He received his Doctoral Degree in Architecture from the Universitat Politèctina de Catalunya; a Master of Architecture from Harvard's Graduate School of Design; the Master "History: Art, City and Architecture" from the UPC, ETSA Barcelona; and his degree in architecture from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Vallès in 1996. The work of López Rivera Arquitectes has earned several honors, including the Young Architecture Award of the 10th Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism and the first award in the 7th Iberian-American Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism, among others.
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Philippos Photidas, architect and co-founder of 'we design', joins the faculty for the first time from Athens, Greece, to teach in the 419 graduate housing studio. The name 'we design' "describes exactly what [they] anything that can be designed." Since 2001, the creative office has recruited professionals from various relevant fields (typographers, engineers, manufacturers, designers, etc.) and completed a vast array of works, from corporate identities and product branding to functional and decorative objects, as well as houses. Philippos has a master's degree from Harvard's Graduate School of Design and an undergraduate degree from Rhode Island School of Design.
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Dongwoo Yim, principal and co-founder of the Boston-based architecture and research firm PRAUD, joins us again this fall to teach a graduate option studio. Dongwoo teaches studios and seminars at Rhode Island School of Design, where his research interests include integral urbanism and architectural typologies. Among other honors, he and partner Rafael Luna were awarded the Architectural League Prize in 2013. Dongwoo received his master's degree in architecture from Harvard's Graduate School of Design and his bachelor's degree from Seoul University.
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Elena Rocchi joins us for the first time to teach a graduate option studio. Elena is a visiting clinical professor at Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University and a PhD student in Theory and History of Architecture at ETSAB Barcelona,. Previously she was a teaching fellow at Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and a professor at the Architectural School at ESARQUIC, Barcelona, Spain. From 1995-2008 she was a senior architect and office director of Miralles Tagliabue Associated Architects in Barcelona.
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Antonio Sanmartín returns to the faculty this fall to teach Degree Project. A frequent visitor to the School, Antonio is principal of the Barcelona office aSZ arquitectes, along with fellow faculty member Elena Cánovas, professor of practice. Antonio earned a Master of Architecture from Harvard's Graduate School of Design and a Master of Architecture from the University of Buffalo; he was a Fulbright Scholar in 1983. Founded in 1996, aSZ arquitectes has won numerous awards and is "an open site and an empty book where to carry issues, matter, thoughts, and proceedings. Every project has a specific procedure, housing data, events, and incidents. There is no such a thing as the origin of a project. It is a myth. Every time a trasiego between systems is built we may find a tangible spark."
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Alumnus Andy Metter, FAIA, LEED AP, joins the faculty to teach an undergraduate option studio. Andy is director of design at Epstein | Metter Studio. His work has received design awards from Progressive Architecture magazine and the Architectural League of New York, as well as numerous Distinguished Building Awards from the Chicago Chapter of the AIA. His completed design of the Serta International Center received a Chicago Architecture Foundation 2008 Patron of the Year Award, a 2009 Chicago Chapter AIA Distinguished Building Award, and a 2010 National AIA Honor Award. Andy is also an adjunct professor at Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture.


We are pleased to welcome Xiaobo Quan as professor of practice and the inaugural director of the Center for Health Research & Design (CHRD). Xiaobo joins us from The Center for Health Design in Concord, California, where he was a senior researcher. He has both an undergraduate and a graduate degree from Southeast University in Nanjing, China, and practiced extensively in Shanghai before earning his PhD in Architecture with a Certificate in Health Systems from Texas A&M University.

In other faculty news, Kathryn Dean, the JoAnne Stolaroff Cotsen Professor of Architecture, will be on sabbatical for the year. Congratulations to the following faculty members, who were granted promotions—Patty Heyda (associate professor with tenure), Igor Marjanović (full professor), and Linda Samuels (associate professor with tenure)—along with Elena Canovas and Valerie Greer, who received professor of practice appointments.

Have a great semester.

Bruce Lindsey, AIA, Dean
E. Desmond Lee Professor for Community Collaboration