Elizabeth K. Meyer has been appointed as the dean for the University of Virginiaâ€™s School of Architecture. Her two-year term starts July 15th. Meyer received both her bachelorâ€™s and masterâ€™s degree in landscape architecture from UVA before going on to teach at Harvard for four years. In 2012, President Obama selected her to serve on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. Meyers was the only landscape architect on theÂ panel of seven.
Of her new position, Meyers said in a statement thatÂ she is â€œoptimistic that the next two years will be a period of tremendous innovation as we form new creative habits and collaborative relationships amongst ourselves, and with colleagues across the University and beyond.â€
In the second significant departure this week from theÂ Syracuse University School of Architecture, professor Jonathan Massey has been named theÂ Director of Architecture at California College of the Arts (CCA). Massey, who chaired the Bachelor of Architecture program at SyracuseÂ from 2007 to 2011, succeeds Ila Berman in the position.
Chicagoâ€™s topÂ art school announced big changes in its design department this morning.
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Thursday announced their selection of Jonathan Solomon as the new Director of the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects (AIADO).Â Solomon, who comes from his position as associate professor and associate dean at the School of Architecture at Syracuse University, assumes the job officially on August 1.
A group of Cooper Union professors, alumni, andÂ students has filed a lawsuit against the schoolâ€™s Board of Trustees over its decision last spring to start charging undergraduate tuition at the school. At the time, the board said the cash-strapped institutionÂ had no choice but to break their long-held tradition of offering free arts and architecture education. They announced that the change would go into effect this coming fall, and that tuition would be set on a sliding scale.
The Glasgow School of Artâ€”considered Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s masterworkâ€”has caught fire, and early reports indicate that a large section of theÂ building has been destroyed. Considered a “total work of art,” Mackintosh fused arts and crafts elements with a robust, almost industrial structure, which, in many ways, presaged the development of modernism. Steven Holl Architects recently completed an addition to the building, which ANÂ just reviewed. Holl and design partner Chris McVoy released the following statements.
As the Rebuild By Design jury mulls over a winner of its resiliency-based design competition to re-imagine the East Coast in light of Hurricane Sandy, students in Harvardâ€™s Graduate School of Design have been creating their own ways to protect against the Next Big Storm. While their studio, titled â€œDesign and Politics,â€ was purely academic, it was modeled on the Department of Housing and Urban Developmentâ€™s official competition. The Dutchman in charge of Rebuild, Henk Ovink, oversaw the interdisciplinary teams of students, and representatives from half of Rebuildâ€™s final tenÂ teams served as jurors at the studio review.
The NewSchool of Architecture & Design (NSAD) in San Diego has a new president. Gregory J. Marick is a career educator and former president of the Orange County and Hollywood divisions of the Art Institute of CaliforniaÂ (AIC).
â€œThis is an exciting time for NewSchool of Architecture & Design. We’re creating a dynamic, interdisciplinary environment that provides opportunities for students to specialize not only in architecture, but in other related design fields such as game programming and interior design,â€ Marick toldÂ AN.
The California College of the ArtsÂ (CCA) was founded in 1907 by Frederick Meyer, a German arts and crafts cabinetmaker and did not have an architecture program until the 1980s. However it has been making great strides in the past 10 years to become more of a presence on the international art and design stage. But like all schools it struggles with rising fees and costs to educate young people so it has come up with Blueprints, Blue Jeans & Bluegrass,Â a fundraiser that will take place in its fantastic San Francisco campus.
The party will honor Art Gensler the founder of the San Francisco firm that bares his name. All net proceeds from the gala will go to scholarships for talented and deserving students at CCA. The event takes place on March 26 and features a complete dinner, fancy cocktails and Bluegrass music. I want to fly out to San Francisco just to attend the Blueprints.
Add one more opening to the list of dean, director, and curator positions that need to be filled. Adele NaudÃ© Santos is stepping down as dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT after 10 years at the helm. During her time as dean, Santos consolidated the school from six locations to improve faculty interactions. She hired more than 40 percent of the current faculty and has also overseen a dramatic increase in applications for all the school’s programs.
In his school project, Puzzle Facade, Spanish designer Javier Lloret decided to transform the exterior of an Austrian museum into an interactive piece of architectural entertainment: a giant Rubikâ€™s Cube. Lloret wirelessly connected a 3D-printed handheld cube to a laptop responsible for controlling colors on the facade of a nearby building roughly shaped like a cube: the Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria. The building proved to be an ideal canvas for the project as it was already furnished with an LED-lit media facade.