February saw the Design 6 students and their faculty, Professors Deirdre Hardy and Jean Martin Caldieron, make their annual visit to Savannah, Georgia. On the seven-hour bus trip students could observe the changing terrain, from the sub-tropical part of Florida to the northern Florida pine lands, and culminating in Georgia’s beautiful marshes, also known as the Low Country, of which Savannah is the queen city.
Saturday morning, Christian Sottile and Marilyn Armstrong of the Savannah College of Art and Design hosted the FAU contingent at its new national-award-winning museum. Christian, of Sottile and Sotille, the design firm responsible for the museum, explained to the students how designing to five design principles produced a building that harmonizes well with its surroundings. Moshe Safdie’s new Jepson Art Center in Telfair Square was another design lesson in responding to context.
Thanks to Professor Hardy’s intimate knowledge of Savannah’s unique and pedestrian friendly city, students were led to understand how influential urban design can be. They visited two sites with significant level changes, where students conducted careful analysis of the physical, historical, and environmental conditions. For students accustomed to flatness of South Florida’s terrain, this was challenging. In addition, the students explored the ramparts of Fort Pulaski, a pre-civil war fort along the Savannah River. A demonstration of the time-consuming early wool spinning process made students appreciate life in the 21st century!
American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) President Kimberly Jaar and Assistant Professor Jeffrey Huber, current president of the Fort Lauderdale Chapter of the AIA, attended Florida Legislative Day, in January. On Legislative Day architects and architecture students from around the state descend on Tallahassee to meet with state legislators and advocate for issues relevant to the profession of architecture. This critical role of the AIA ensures that the voices of architects and allied professionals are heard in the development of legislation that will affect the building professions. Jaar, who had never dealt with the political side of architecture before, commented that, “it was quite an experience; I didn’t know what to expect.” Participating in Legislative Day made Jaar aware of the importance of politics to the architecture profession. She added, “I would highly recommend others attend the event in the future,” so that Florida Atlantic University and Fort Lauderdale are represented. Moreover, she observed, it’s a great opportunity to network and meet other AIAS members and architects from around Florida.
Fifteen fifth-year students traveled to Los Angeles and San Diego as part of their Comprehensive Studio. Organized by Assistant Professor Jeffrey Huber, the students visited multiple firms and housing projects as part of their design research for their semester project. The high-profile projects visited included work by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects, The RED Office, Ted Smith Design, Jonathan Segal Architect, Koning + Eizenberg, Brooks + Scarpa, and Michael Maltzan Architects. Students met and toured with the architects and designers of several projects.
Assistant Professor Jeff Huber has received the 2017 National Young Architects Award from the American Institute of Architects. This award is bestowed on individuals who have demonstrated leadership in design and advocacy within the first ten years of licensure. This year, Huber is one of thirteen others who will be honored at the National Conference on Architecture in Orlando, in late April. Huber is also receiving a National Institute Honor Award for Architecture for his work on The SIX, an affordable housing project for disabled veterans in Los Angeles, with Brooks + Scarpa Architects.
Accompanied by Associate Professor Emmanouil Vermisso, FAU School of Architecture’s Design 7 Studio visited Chicago from October 21 st to October 23rd to study an urban location selected for a museum project on Urban Perspective. Read more
Gabriela Fernandez, a senior in the School of Architecture recently presented her competition project for a K-12 School at the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA) International Conference in La Jolla, California. Read more
Assistant Professor Jeffrey Huber was invited to present his research in Agricultural Urbanism during the Builders Sustainability Forum at this year’s GreenBuild International Conference and Expo in Los Angeles October 3-7th. Read more
Assistant Professor Jeffrey Huber recently participated in the East Regional Session of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD) as one of eight resource team members. The MICD session was hosted by the City of Miami Beach and Florida international University College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts, and included mayors from North Miami; Schenectady, NY; Fall River, MA; West Haven, CT; Pleasantville, NY; College Park, MD; Salisbury, MD; and Greenville, SC. MICD is a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the American Architectural Foundation and the United States Conference of Mayors. Since 1986, MICD has helped transform communities through design by preparing mayors to be the chief urban designers of their cities. MICD achieves its mission by organizing sessions where mayors engage leading design experts to find solutions to the most critical urban design challenges facing their cities. Every year partner organizations host eight MICD sessions nationwide. Each session is limited to eight mayors and eight resource team members, where resource team members are recognized as outstanding design and development professionals with national expertise.
The MetroLAB is currently exhibiting work by its freshman and sophomore classes. School of Architecture Visiting Instructors Mikael Kaul and Lizette Rios worked with students and selected projects for the exhibit following only one month of coursework. The exhibit introduces the public to foundational level architectural drawings and models and exposes FAU’s architecture students to the importance of public discourse about ideas and concepts, formal thinking and making.
Assistant Professor Jeffrey Huber was bestowed two national design awards recently.
Congratulations to Dogus Oren on receiving the Thesis Award for Spring 2016. Modulus was completed in Assistant Professor Huber’s Comprehensive Design Studio and presented for final reviews on April 20, 2016. Read more
Smartgeometry 2016: Hybrid Domains
This spring, a team consisting of one faculty member and two undergraduate students from the FAU Department of Architecture were accepted to the peer-reviewed specialist workshop and conference organized by “Smartgeometry” in Gothemburg, Sweden. Read more
Bachelor of Architecture graduate, Heather Akers, won FAU’s Undergraduate Research Award for her work on investigating responsiveness of architecture on various scales from buildings down to wearable accessories. Read more
The AIA Fort Lauderdale Chapter and SOPREMA have sponsored the AIAS of Florida Atlantic University in the 2016 Canstruction Build at the Westfield Mall.
Hosted this weekend by the HOPE Outreach Center, Canstruction is an event where teams from local businesses create structures made entirely out of canned goods. After being assessed by a panel of judges and voters, all cans are donated to local food pantries. This year’s theme is ‘Best of Florida’, and members of the AIAS at FAU have chosen to re-create the best of Broward’s architecture, the Sea Tower. Read more
Dr. Henning Haupt has been awarded a Residency at the Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass-at-Aspen, Colorado for the spring semester. During his semester leave of absence, he will also be traveling to Germany where his work will be exhibited at the Wenzel Hablik Museum in Itzehoe, Germany. The title of the exhibit “Farbraume” features Dr. Haupt’s recent research on color + space and furthers the perceptual and experiential understanding of the role of color + space in architectural design. Wenzel Hablik’s painting, design and architectural works during the early twentieth century addressed similar issues.
Associate Professor Emmanouil Vermisso has been awarded the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture 2016 Creative Achievement Award in Teaching. Read more
Funded by the Clinton Global Initiative, the project, “The Absence of Food in Urban Design and Planning” addressed new development that aimed towards enabling the City of Fayetteville, Arkansas to sustain its food budget through a local urban agriculture network. The project team consisted of faculty and students from ecological engineering, agriculture and food law, and food science in addition to architecture. The team collaborated with local nonprofits, the Local Food Code Task Force, FEED Fayetteville, and the Fayetteville Forward Local Food Group to formulate a planning toolkit, develop demonstration projects, and enact enabling land-use reform adopted by the city council in 2014. Food City is an applied research tool in the statewide effort to correct misalignments between food production and consumer access through policy/development reform. Urban farming groups and food banks are now commissioning new food production projects modeled on the plan, including a crowd-funded teaching urban farm.