John Peterson, founder of Public Architecture, to curate GSD’s Loeb Fellowship

Architecture, East, Media, Shft+Alt+Del
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
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John Peterson. (Courtesy GSD)

John Peterson. (Courtesy GSD)

Harvard’s Graduate School of Design has named John Peterson, founder of the non-profit Public Architecture, as the new curator of the Loeb Fellowship. The fellowship consists of architects, landscape architects, journalists, and more studying the built environment.

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SCAPE’s Kate Orff to take over GSAPP’s Urban Design Program

Kate Orff. (Courtesy SCAPE)

Kate Orff. (Courtesy SCAPE)

Kate Orff, the founder of SCAPE Landscape Architecture, will head up the Urban Design Program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

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George Ranalli on “administrative leave” from Spitzer School of Architecture

Architecture, East, Shft+Alt+Del
Thursday, April 9, 2015
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Ranalli. (Courtesy City College of New York)

Ranalli. (Courtesy City College of New York)

There has been a pretty big shakeup at the Spitzer School of Architecture. Last week, City College of New York President Lisa S. Coico announced in an email to the school that George Ranalli, dean of the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture was on administrative leave effective immediately. Professor Gordon Gebert has been named the acting dean in the meantime. City College did not respond to AN‘s request for comment on the change.

 

 

 

Pratt Professor David Burney named interim executive director at the AIANY

David Burney at an AIANY event. (Eve Dilworth Rosen)

David Burney at an AIANY event. (Eve Dilworth Rosen)

The AIA and Center for Architecture has just named David Burney former commissioner of New York City’s Department of Design & Construction and currently Pratt Institute professor as interim executive director of the AIA New York replacing Rick Bell.

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Henry Urbach leaves directorship of Philip Johnson’s Glass House

Henry Urbach at The Glass House. (Courtesy Paul Laster)

Henry Urbach at The Glass House. (Courtesy Paul Laster)

Henry Urbach, Director of the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, since 2012, has left the National Trust Historic site. Urbach came to the house from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He departed that job in 2011, in part to pursue a research project on the Johnson house, which he classified as “as a laboratory for curatorial experimentation.”

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AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell resigns, effective immediately

Rick Bell on the Brooklyn Bridge. (Zoë Seibel)

Rick Bell on the Brooklyn Bridge. (Zoë Seibel)

Rick Bell who has led the New York chapter of the AIA to period of tremendous growth since it moved into their storefront on LaGuardia Place has resigned.

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Aaron Betsky to Head Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture

A theater at Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright's home-studio and retreat in Spring Green, Wisconsin. (Chris Bentley)

A theater at Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s home-studio and retreat in Spring Green, Wisconsin. (Chris Bentley)

The search for a new leader of Frank Lloyd Wright‘s School of Architecture concluded today, as the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation named Aaron Betsky the new dean in charge of Taliesin. Read More

Elizabeth Chu Richter inaugurated as 2015 AIA President

2015 AIA President Elizabeth Chu Richter. (William J Stewart Photography . Courtesy AIA)

2015 AIA President Elizabeth Chu Richter. (William J Stewart Photography / Courtesy AIA)

At a ceremony held in mid-December, Elizabeth Chu Richter was inaugurated as the 91st president of the AIA. Richter was born in Nanjing, China, grew up in Hong Kong and Dallas, and holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas.

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Amid Upheaval at The New Republic Architecture Critic Sarah Williams Goldhagen Departs

Media, National, Shft+Alt+Del
Friday, December 5, 2014
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Sarah Williams Goldhagen.

Sarah Williams Goldhagen.

Just after celebrating its 100th anniversary, the owner of The New Republic, the esteemed magazine of policy and criticism, announced new editors and a new editorial direction. Existing staffers and contributors resigned en masse following a dramatic meeting with owner Chris Hughes and new leadership. Editor-in-Chief Franklin Foer resigned alongside 30 year veteran literary editor Leon Wieseltier, who led the magazine’s cultural coverage. The magazine’s longtime architecture critic, Sarah Williams Goldhagen, is also parting ways with the magazine.

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Robert A.M. Stern stepping toward stepping down at Yale

Yale's A+A Building with a Gwathmey Seigel addition at right (Peter Aaron/Esto)

Yale’s A+A Building with a Gwathmey Seigel addition at right (Peter Aaron/Esto)

Robert A.M. Stern has indicated he will step down as dean of the Yale School of Architecture in Spring 2016, according to the Yale Daily News. During his tenure, Stern has reinvigorated the School, restored its home, expanded its faculty, and brought through a roster of prominent guest critics from around the world. Stern has taken an eclectic view of architecture, bringing in practitioners of various styles and pedagogical viewpoints, and reinvigorated the study of architectural history with a new Ph.D. program.

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More Mergers> NAC Architecture and Osborn joining forces

News, Shft+Alt+Del, West
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Rendering of NAC's new LA offices. (Courtesy NAC)

Rendering of NAC’s new LA offices. (Courtesy NAC)

It’s no AECOM and URS, but NAC Architecture, which has offices in Spokane, WA, Seattle, Denver, and Los Angeles has merged with Southern California firm Osborn, and are moving their LA operations into new offices in the city’s Chinatown neighborhood. NAC’s 13,000 square foot LA office, to be located on the third floor of a historic building at 837 North Spring Street, will consist of 40 people, including all of Osborn and NAC’s current LA staffs.

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Late Summer Signings at Pratt Mark Beginning of Academic School Year

Dean's List, East, Shft+Alt+Del
Thursday, August 28, 2014
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David Burney (left) and Sanford Kwinter (right).

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.

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