In the first installment of Class Acts, a series celebrating the Class of 2019, seniors Marissa Lerner and Alexis Vidaurreta share their optimism and respective visions, from different fields of study, for cities that protect people and resources.

The annual DesignIntelligence survey of America's Best Architecture & Design Schools is open through May 31. Hiring professionals, current students, and recent alumni are asked to complete the surveys, which provide a resource for evaluating architecture and design programs on their ability to prepare graduates for professional practice.

Los Angeles sculptor Elana Mann (BFA03) and Chicago public artist Erik L. Peterson (BFA04) have won the 2019 Stone & DeGuire Contemporary Art Awards, each receiving $25,000.

Lily Zhang, an architectural designer based in New York, has been awarded the $50,000 grant—among the largest U.S. architecture awards—for her proposal “Revealing Storage: The Stuff of Architecture.”

This fall, the Sam Fox School will unveil two major new capital projects designed by KieranTimberlake that will transform the campus, reshape the visitor experience, and firmly establish the prominence of its art museum on campus. The renovated Kemper Art Museum will open to the public on September 28, and a dedication for the larger East End transformation, which encompasses eight components, will take place on October 2.