The American Institute of Architects Students at FAU, together with the University Galleries in Boca Raton, proudly present the 2017 Fall Semester architecture student work. The unprecedented 120-foot exhibit in the University Galleries of the Dorothy F Schmidt College of Arts and Letters is on display until Thanksgiving week.
Exhibiting student work has profound pedagogical value because it informs and inspires the architecture student community and broadcasts its talents to the public. FAU Architecture graduate Jonathan Villaman, from the Emerging Professionals of the AIA, Palm Beach, joined the students in reviewing the exhibit, part of an effort of bridging academic and professional realms.
Twenty-five fifth-year students traveled with Professors Jeffrey Huber and Andrew Hayes to Los Angeles to research mixed-use housing and transit-oriented development as part of their Advanced Architectural Design 1 coursework. Students spent five days studying various projects and visiting the architecture offices of Koning Eizenberg, Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects, and Morphosis Architects. They also visited the Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc) and the University of Southern California School of Architecture. This research provides the foundation for their design studio projects, which focus on creating transit-oriented development concepts for downtown Fort Lauderdale.
AIA Florida awarded Salty Urbanism: A Sea Level Rise Adaptation Framework for Urban Areas the 2017 Merit Award for Unbuilt Design and AIA Fort Lauderdale awarded it the 2017 Unbuilt Project of the Year, the highest honor bestowed on unbuilt work. Salty Urbanism is a research platform directed by Assistant Professor Jeffrey Huber, an interdisciplinary collaboration between FAU and the City of Fort Lauderdale, and is funded through a Florida Sea Grant. Salty Urbanism creates a framework for adaptation strategies at the scale of the neighborhood, block, and street, which couples ecological water management, landscape architecture, architecture, urban design, and infrastructure design.
Stefani Spence (2018), Kyle Roethlisberger (2019), and Ekaterina Bagicheva (2018) are the three recipients of the 2017 AIA Fort Lauderdale Student Scholarships. The scholarship is given to a student who demonstrates great potential and promise as a future architect. They were honored at the 2017 AIA Fort Lauderdale Design Awards Gala on October 5, at the Westin, on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Since 2013, AIA Fort Lauderdale has awarded scholarships to Florida Atlantic University School of Architecture students.
Wanda Liebermann presented a paper at the 2017 Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference, in London, last August. Her paper “Someone to watch over me: Smart homes, disability, and aging in place” explored the discourses of wellness, smart cities, and social sustainability that intersect in so-called “sentient” home test environments developed by four U.S. university research projects: the Aware Home Research Initiative (AHRI) at Georgia Technical University, the Gator Tech Smart House at the University of Florida, Gainesville, the Place Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Center for Advanced Studies in Adaptive Systems (CASAS), at Washington State University. These collaborations between computer and social scientists create networks of monitoring, persuading, and other assistive technologies to enable older and disabled people to live independently at home. Her paper argued that the way that users’ sentience and agency are spatialized in the imagination of the researchers constitutes the task of caregiving as a solely technological problem, thereby ignoring the complex web of new social and technical relations that these smart homes produce. Her article is included in a proposal for a special issue submitted to the European Journal of Aging.
Mikael Kaul AIA, Visiting Professor and coordinator of the lower division architecture program, hosted Explore FAU Architecture on Saturday October 14 at the Boca Raton Campus. He was joined by enthusiastic first-year students who explored proportions of the human body, using studies of the Vitruvian figure, Le Corbusier’s Le Modulor, and Neufert’s Data for Architects through tracing, measuring, and rendering their own bodies. Dedicated teaching assistants Maria Sierra and Montiero Lamont, who are completing their final year in the School of Architecture, aided Professor Kaul in this public event. Professor Kaul received the 2016 AIA Palm Beach Educator of the Year award and this October served as Juror for the AIA Fort Lauderdale Design Awards.
Earlier this semester, FAU Associate Professor Vladimir Kulic and Martino Stierli’s MOMA exhibition was awarded a prestigious Graham Foundation Grant for Advanced Studies of the Fine Arts to support their work through the 2017 grant cycle. On November 3, Professor Kulić will give a talk at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in relation to the exhibition of architecture in socialist Yugoslavia, which he co-curates in collaboration with Martino Stierli, the Philip Johnson Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA.
Professor Kulić has been elected a member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton for the Fall 2017 term. While in Princeton, he will work on his next book titled Spaces of Non-Alignment: Architecture and Geopolitics in Socialist Yugoslavia.