Architecture Faculty's Busy Year
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Here are just a few of the varied activities in which the faculty are engaged:
Ajla Aksamija Ph.D. co-authored a book chapter, "“Research Mechanisms and Projects at Perkins+Will”, in The Changing Shape of Practice - Integrating Research and Design in Architectural Practice, and has published several research journal articles ("Design Methods for Sustainable, High-Performance Building Facades" in Advances in Building Energy Research, “A Strategy for Energy Performance Analysis at the Early Design Stage: Predicted vs. Actual Building Energy Performance” in the Journal of Green Building, and “Regenerative Design of Existing Buildings for Net-Zero Energy Use” in Procedia Engineering). She presented a keynote presentation “Innovations in Architecture: Materials, Design and Technology”, at SpArc Canada in Toronto. Her Graduate Design IV course participated in the New York Professional Outreach Program (NYPOP), where she organized four two-days trips for students to engage with architectural practitioners, visit various design firms, and participate in seminars relating to architectural profession.
Caryn Brause AIA was honored by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) with a 2016 ACSA/AIA Practice and Leadership Award for her project Voices from the Field. Brause presented this work at the 104th ACSA Annual Meeting. Brause’s spring community engagement studio (Design VI), worked with students from the Lighthouse in Holyoke to envision new uses for their outdoor space and to prototype digitally fabricated furniture elements.
Carey Clouse AIA has continued her work as a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in the Indian Himalayas. This past spring, she presented at the National Conference for the Beginning Design Student, the Himalayan Studies Conference and the Council for Educators in Landscape Architecture Conference. Her most recent paper on this work, entitled “Frozen Landscapes: climate-adaptive design interventions in Ladakh and Zanskar” was published in Landscape Research this month.
Sandy Litchfield was recently selected for a commission through the NYC Public Art for Public Schools: Sites for Students, a percent-for-the-arts program. She also received the Marion and Jasper Whiting Fellowship for her project "Glass and Mosaic Expressions in Public Art and Architecture" for which she will travel and collaborate with Franz Mayer of Munich: The Studio for Artistic Mosaics, Stained Glass and Art in Architecture. Last spring, she presented papers in London at the Bartlett School of Architecture's aae2016 conference, and in San Luis Obispo at Cal Poly Tech's NCBDS conference. She also has two solo shows scheduled to open in September - at Carroll and Sons Gallery in Boston and at Garvey | Simon in New York City.
Naomi Darling AIA presented a paper entitled "Tea House Design/Build: Integrating history and cultural studies into the design studio" at the National Conference for the Beginning Design Student. She is working with the Tanzania School Foundation, started by UMass Alumni Christine Lott, to develop a master-plan for the school’s campus as well as a performance pavilion. This summer, construction will begin on her design for a one bedroom living unit and library for a private client in CT. Darling will be traveling to Finland this fall to carry out research funded by the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Grant for a proposal entitled: "Investigating Wood in Finnish Architecture through the work of Alvar Aalto."
Joseph Krupczynski was awarded a 2016 Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Travelling Fellowship for his project, “Transformative Engagement: Innovative Social Practices and Architecture in Latin America” and, in February, traveled to Colombia and Ecuador to investigate participatory processes used in community-based projects. As a director of the Center for Design Engagement (CDE), he opened a new storefront studio in Holyoke, MA to continue his collaborative community-based design practice. He also developed two CDE projects for Springfield MA, the design for the Go Fresh mobile food market and community-responsive design elements for a proposed pedestrian underpass in the North End neighborhood. Due to Professor Krupczynski’s long-standing commitment to community partnerships and engaged teaching, he was selected to become the director of the UMass office of Civic Engagement and Service Learning (CESL) starting in September 2016. The mission of CESL is to promote learning for life-long, engaged citizenship, partnering with communities on and off campus to work collectively for a more just society.
Kathleen Lugosch FAIA, was recently honored by the UMass Amherst Alumni Association with their Distinguished Faculty Award. In 2015, she was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity and the University of Massachusetts Graduate Mentor Award. Lugosch also won one of the top two spots in the U.S. Green Building Council West Branch Bi-annual ‘Green Giant’ awards in education. A practicing architect and a ceramic artist, she recently exhibited her work at the Northampton A.P.E. Gallery in the juried show, ‘Art by Architects.’
Ray Mann AIA is nearing completion of two high-performance homes--the first, a compact home prototype and the second a Japanese-inspired work/live space--while continuing her research and writing about the re-invention of the Middle Class. In May, building on her previous work with the Nipmuc Native America Tribe of Central Massachusetts, she kicked off a BSA Foundation-funded "Design for Empowerment" series of regenerative hands-on workshops that will continue over the next year. Students in her Graduate Design II course were commissioned to design a new Graduate Commons on the second floor of the DuBois Library, to be implemented in 2017, and also developed and submitted a team-based design proposal for the Obama Presidential Library Competition.
Max Page PhD is putting the finishing touches on two books on the future of historic preservation, both of which will be out by the fall of 2016, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, the federal law that established our system of historic preservation. The first, is a volume co-edited with UMass History Professor Marla Miller entitled Bending the Future: 50 Ideas for the Next 50 Years of Historic Preservation, which offers innovative ideas from fifty leading thinkers and practitioners. The other book, Why Preservation Matters (Yale University Press), is his gentle manifesto for a progressive preservation movement that embraces difficult sites, places preservation at the heart of a sustainable future, and demands that preservation be a force not simply for economic development but for economic justice.
Sigrid Miller Pollin FAIA, Professor of Architecture, gave a lecture in our Fall 2015 Women in Designlecture series entitled “Why are We Not Surprised by Everything; Structures and Patterns”. Construction began on the net zero 16,500 sf building she designed for an economics campus at the southern edge of the UMass campus. In the fall semester her graduate students exhibited projects in the atrium of the studio arts building focused on materiality and making in architecture. One of her completed residential projects in Ware, MA was published in the magazines Living Spaces and Boston Home.
Department of Architecture faculty are also involved in a number of fruitful collaborations:
Max Page, Joseph Krupczynski, and the Center for Design Engagement have been working with a UMass President’s Creative Economy grant to develop community-based cultural events that will take place at key sites in the future of development of Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Ray Mann and Naomi Darling continued their Mellon-funded “Bridging Studio” this year. Intended to bridge the curriculums between the liberal arts Five College Architectural Studies program and UMass’s professional program, the studio focuses on the question of how to embed cultural awareness and study into the design process, with research and design projects based in Japan.
Joseph Krupczynski and Caryn Brause presented their project, ‘Arrivals,’ at the 104th ACSA Annual Meeting in Seattle in the Architecture in an Expanded Field session. Additionally, they hosted two paper sessions entitled Divergent Modes of Engagement: Exploring the Spectrum of Collaborative and Participatory Practices at the Annual Meeting.