Breaking> Nader Tehrani named dean of Cooper Union School of Architecture

Nader Tehrani

Nader Tehrani

New York City’s Cooper Union finally found a new leader. Nader Tehrani has been appointed dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture. He joins the school this month, taking over where Anthony Vidler left off. Tehrani, formerly of Office dA, is now principal of NADAAA.

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University of Miami’s School of Architecture trades outdated building for sleeker, modern design

(Courtesy University of Miami)

(Courtesy University of Miami)

The School of Architecture at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, is updating its historic-though-outdated building with a sleek new edifice featuring an asymmetrical draped roof. The current all-white building, which boasts an arched portico, occupies post-war barracks that were turned into graduate student housing.

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Höweler+Yoon combine cutting-edge tech and age-old craft to complete the Sean Collier Memorial at MIT

Sean Collier Memorial. Photo by Scott Newland. Courtesy Howeler + Yoon.

Sean Collier Memorial. (Scott Newland / Courtesy Howeler + Yoon)

On April 18th, 2013, the Boston Marathon bombers went on a crime spree that included the killing of Officer Sean Collier who was shot in the line of duty on the MIT campus. In honor of the slain MIT patrol officer, the university commissioned Boston-based Höweler+Yoon Architecture to design the Sean Collier Memorial—a somber, grey stone structure that marks the site of the tragedy. The heaviness of the unreinforced, fully compressive masonry structure is meant to convey the concept of “Collier Strong,” or strength through unity.

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On View> Architecture students to fill Museum of Contemporary Art St. Louis with plastic bubble clouds

Art, Dean's List, Midwest, On View
Friday, April 3, 2015
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(Washington University)

(Courtesy Washington University)

Graduate students at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts of Washington University in St. Louis are bringing to life a cloud of plastic bubbles in a show they’re designing, building, and calling ACCUMULUS—a portmanteau of the words ‘Accumulation, Cummulus, and Us.’

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Chicago’s Harrington College of Design to close its doors, merge with Columbia College

Art, Dean's List, Design, Midwest, News
Thursday, April 2, 2015
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(Harrington College of Design)

(Harrington College of Design)

Chicago’s Harrington College of Design on Wednesday abruptly announced it will merge with Columbia College.

Jim McCoy, Harrington’s vice president of operations, told AN the school will no longer accept new students, but won’t shut the door on its existing student body.

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Sir Peter Cook Provides Worthy “Audience” At Woodbury Thesis Exhibition

Architecture, Dean's List, West
Friday, March 20, 2015
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Arthur Nesterenko, degree project (Arthur Nesterenko)

Arthur Nesterenko, degree project (Arthur Nesterenko)

Earlier this month AN West Coast Editor Sam Lubell joined Sir Peter Cook and Woodbury University students and faculty at WUHO Gallery in Hollywood for Drawing Room: An Audience with Sir Peter Cook, an exhibition of thesis and degree projects and an informal discussion.

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Cross-disciplinary students at Stanford build a light-filled pavilion from high performance glass

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The pavilion lit at night. (Nick Xu)

Stanford students have taken on an interesting new challenge: creating an edifice that disappears. A just-completed studio, “Transparent Structures,” taught by architect Beverly Choe and structural engineer Jun Sato, investigated glass as a structural system using engineered, high-strength glazing. Thanks to a donation from Asahi Glass, students got to build a pavilion using chemically treated glass usually made for smartphones. (Similar to Guerrilla Glass, the best-known smartphone cover.)

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Washing your hands will never be the same with this award-winning faucet’s swirling lattice of water

(Courtesy Simin Qiu)

(Courtesy Simin Qiu)

If you’re trying to up your faucet game and new fixtures just aren’t doing the trick—we’ve got the perfect piece to impress your dinner guests when they visit the powder room. Simin Qiu, a student at the London Royal College of Art, has designed a faucet that releases water in an elegant latticework pattern. Finally, water from the tap won’t just lazily fall into your sink basin, resigned to its dreary passage into the sewers; it will do it with pizzaz!

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ARO, KieranTimberlake, Mack Scogin Merrill Elam make shortlist for Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University's campus. (Trevis Rothwell via Flickr)

Washington University’s campus. (Trevis Rothwell via Flickr)

Washington University in St. Louis on Monday announced the three finalists competing to design a new building for its Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. Read More

Minneapolis college wants to accredit architecture students in just five years

Architecture, Dean's List, Midwest
Thursday, February 19, 2015
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(Robert Francis)

(Robert Francis)

Minneapolis architect John Dwyer is the latest on a growing list of educators hoping to streamline the path from architecture student to practicing designer—an odyssey of classes, vocational training, and rigorous licensing requirements that can top the time it takes to become a medical specialist. Read More

Wrapping up CCA’s Data Clay Symposium on combining experimental form with new materials

Architecture, Dean's List, Technology, West
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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Radical Craft's CNC molded "Tectonic Horizons." (Radical Craft)

Radical Craft’s CNC molded Tectonic Horizons. (Radical Craft)

With the scent of wet St. Louis clay wafting through the air, the Data Clay Symposium kicked off at CCA last weekend. Hosted by the Architecture & Fine Arts Divisions at CCA, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and the CCA Digital Craft Lab, the event joined architects, artists, designers, makers, critics and creators to discuss and display their latest syncretic experiments and the possibilities of the seemingly disparate mediums of data (i.e. computation) and clay.

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Frank Lloyd Wright School calls for cash to save its accreditation

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)

In August, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture found its accreditation in jeopardy, following a rules change by their regional accrediting board, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Now the institution needs to raise $2 million before the end of 2015, or it will lose its standing once the new rules take effect in 2017.

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