The Japanese retailer Uniqloâ€”a favorite among budget conscious designers and studentsâ€”has announced a new scholarship fund for Japanese students accepted into programs at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Harvard Business School. The retailer will provide $600,000 in funding over the next three years. We think itâ€™s a smart move on their part, though we wish the funds werenâ€™t only for Japanese students! Have you seen the numbers for our national student debt lately?!? Too bad American Apparel is brokeâ€¦
It’s the end of summer and again time for architecture students and faculty to return to studios and classrooms all over the country. There are several new high profile architecture Deans facing their first week of dealing with academic regulations, nervous students, and lack of classroom space. In addition young new faculty are preparing for their first lectures and several well known senior faculty have transferred institutions. Pratt Institute for example, has just announced two high profile additions to its faculty.
USC School of Architecture has announced that Hadrian Predock will serve as itsÂ next director of undergraduate programs. Starting this fall he will take over the position fromÂ Alice Kimm, who served for four years. â€œIâ€™m thrilled,â€ said Predock. â€œThis is an exciting time as architecture continues to pull out of the recession, and Iâ€™m looking forward to helping position the school in larger conversations about where the profession is going.â€
Frank Lloyd Wright, who founded the Taliesin Fellowship in 1932, can’t beÂ pleased about the latest news from the school. Architectural Record reportedÂ that in 2017 the Taliesin School of Architectureâ€”which currently offers Masters of Architecture degrees at its campuses in Scottsdale, Arizona and Spring Green, Wisconsinâ€”will lose its NAAB accreditation.
The 2014 European Solar Decathlon has come to an end, and the international student competition to design cutting edge solar houses has produced a winner: Team Rhome of UniversitÃ¡ Degli Studi di Roma TRE. Their house, calledÂ Rhome for denCity, received a mark of 840.63 out of 1,000 maximum points, edging out the runner-up proposals by a slim margin.
A collection of anonymous students at SCI-Arc calling themselves SCI-Arc Community have taken to Tumblr to express their concern over the hiring process for future school director Hernan Diaz Alonso. Their biggest complaint: the “extreme secrecy of the Director Search Committee.”
It’s not official, so don’t tell anyone we told you it was. Butâ€¦ It looks like SCI-Arc Graduate Programs Chair and Principal of Xefirotarch Hernan Diaz Alonso is going to be the next director of SCI-Arc, taking over for Eric Owen Moss in September 2015. According to SCI-Arc spokesperson Georgiana Ceausu, the school’s Executive Search Committee yesterday recommended Diaz Alonso to the school’s board, which is now “in the process of making the decision.” There won’t be any official appointment until July or August.
Speaking of directors stepping down, it appears the unspoken rumor that weâ€™ve been forbidden to share for so long is now all-but official. Eric Owen Moss is indeed stepping down as the head of SCI-Arc, and a committee is in session to choose his replacement. This being SCI-Arc, everyone has an opinion about who should step in; but we wonâ€™t share anything else until we find a ripe, unsubstantiated piece of gossip telling us who it might be.