Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture Kofi Boone was selected this year’s recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award for the College of Design.
Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture Fernando Magallanes is the college’s recipient of the 2011 Board of Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Both gentlemen will be honored at the Annual Outstanding Teachers Awards Luncheon hosted by the Vice Chancellor on Friday, April 8, 2011.
Artist and Associate Professor of Graphic Design Scott Townsend currently has an exhibition at the McColl Center for Visual Arts in Uptown Charlotte that will run through April, 2011.
Moving away from the typical “object driven” goal of making art for profit, Townsend exhibits work to create a more conceptual and interactive environment. In his work, collective identities are questioned while challenging comfort levels about private and public space.
The City of Raleigh Arts Commission, in partnership with Capital Area Transit (CAT), has selected 12 original designs by local artists for the third round of the City’s public art project, ART-ON-THE-MOVE.
The group of artists — which includes Associate Professor of Art + Design Pat FitzGerald — has created a virtual art gallery on wheels with a wide range of imaginative designs, including a tribute to North Carolina’s jazz greats and a colorful representation of the Pullen Park carousel.
The designs will be revealed in May, 2011, at the opening of the new Transit Operations Center. The original art will be on the sides of the buses for six months.
For more information please visit: http://www.raleighnc.gov/arts.
Several NC State School of Architecture faculty have shared advances in scholarship recently:
Robin Abrams, Head of the School of Architecture, has been chosen as a professional advisor to the American Architectural Foundation’s Sustainable Cities Design Academy (SCDA). AAF created the academy in partnership with the United Technologies Corporation (UTC) to support and advance sustainable design practices among local government, business, and community leaders and developers. Learn more at: http://www.archfoundation.org/aaf/aaf/Programs.SC.htm
Professor Thomas Barrie continues to explore the intersections of architecture and spirituality. His article, “Symbols of a Sacred Landscape: Tongdo Zen Buddhist Monastery, Korea,” was published in Faith and Form (No. 3, 2010). Barrie also lectured at the Department of Architecture and Interior Design, University of Idaho, as part of their Fall Lecture Series. The event included a book sale and signing of his recent publication The Sacred In-between, The Mediating Roles of Architecture (Routledge, 2010).
In her continued work at strengthening practice between architecture and community, Professor Georgia Bizios recently led the ARC 590 Practicum, titled “Architecture in the Public Interest.” Her students conducted design charettes with members of a Durham, N.C., neighborhood who are looking for ways to honor the legacy of Pauli Murray, an accomplished African-American attorney and activist whose home is being re-imagined as a center for learning. Bizios discusses her approach to practice in “Real Houses for Real People,” published in the October 2010 print edition of Inform Magazine. In April 2010, Bizios, with Research Associate Katie Wakeford, profiled Tonic’s design of a sustainable, energy-efficient home: http://readinform.com/feature/design-between-the-lines/
Assistant Professor David Hill was recently awarded an NC State Strategic Research Initiatives Grant with NC State Civil Engineering Professors Joe DeCarolis and Ranji Ranjithan, for a study titled: “Building Design Process Innovation for Enhancing Energy and Environmental Sustainability.” Graduate students Janelle Hygh (Engineering) and Maria Papiez (Architecture) have assisted with the project that focuses on energy modeling during the early phases of design.
Professor of Architecture Patrick Rand, whose research mainly centers on sustainability techniques in architecture, recently co-authored a book, Detailing for Landscape Architects, which has recently been published by Wiley. Collaborators were Edward Allen, FAIA, and Thomas Ryan, FASLA. The book approaches the subject of detailing in a systematic manner, and provides a balanced framework for design and workmanship that should be useful to students as well as practitioners.
Associate Professor of Architecture Wendy Redfield has directed and produced a short-form documentary film titled “The Banks of Smithfield.” The film was featured in a public screening Dec. 12, 2010, at the Neuse Little Theatre in Smithfield, NC, and was presented again on Feb. 25, 2011, at Duke University. The Asheville Preservation Society hosted a longer version of the film in March. The film examines issues of preservation and cultural memory by focusing on historic bank buildings’ importance to small North Carolina towns. The film features interviews with College of Design Professors Paul Tesar and Kristen Schaffer.
Associate Professor Kristen Schaffer spoke at the conference “The Cult of the Grand City Plan around 1910,” held at the Center for Metropolitan Studies of the Technical University of Berlin in November, 2010. Her talk focused on the 2009 Chicago centennial celebration and the enduring legacy of the Plan of Chicago. Dr. Schaffer also contributed to the catalogue of the associated exhibition, Stadtvisionen/City Visions 1910-2010: Berlin Chicago Paris London. Her article is titled “The Plan of Chicago: Published, Unpublished, and the Treachery of Images.”
Katrina Stoll, a 2010-11 Teaching Fellow at the College of Design, had a recent project, Infrastructure Proposition 2100, showcased at the 2010 Venice Biennale in Australia. IP2100 was noted in the November 2010 issue of Wallpaper magazine, as well as the Fall/Winter 2010 edition of eVolo and the June/July 2010 issue of Mark. Stoll is the co-editor of Infrastructure as Architecture: Designing Composite Networks. The book will be officially released in the United States in Spring 2011. It can also be purchased at: infrastructureasarchitecture.com. Stoll will deliver a public lecture and book signing at the College of Design on April 4, 2011, at 6 p.m. in Burns Auditorium as part of the School of Architecture’s Home and Housing lecture series with AIA Triangle.