100 Years of Achievement: AU CADC Celebrates Past, Present, Future
It’s been 100 years since Auburn University first established an architecture program and thus the official founding of the College of Architecture, Design and Construction—that fact was celebrated in April during a two-day gala event that brought some 300 alumni, former and current faculty and other supporters to Auburn to reminisce about the past.
"The event was a feast of memories," says Dan Bennett, Dean of the AU College of Architecture, Design and Construction, "but it was also a chance to look ahead to the future."
Bennett, who has been Dean since 2000, is particularly proud of the advancements the college has made in recent years. His personal history with Auburn goes back to the 1960s when he came here as a student.
A native of Tennessee, Bennett initially looked at Auburn because it had a reciprocal agreement with the state of Tennessee for architecture students to pay in-state rates. He ultimately chose Auburn because, on his first visit to the Loveliest Village, he fell in love with the place.
He went on to serve in the military after graduation and work both in the private sector and in academics. He also earned a master’s of architecture in Urban Design from Rice University in 1974.
Before coming back to Auburn in 2000 as Dean, Bennett served as Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas for nine years (two of those years he also served as interim vice chancellor for Academic Affairs) and also had academic appointments at Louisiana State and Mississippi State universities and at the University of South Florida. In addition, he served as a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge in England in 1986.
One of Bennett’s primary goals when he came to the CADC as dean was to better integrate the various disciplines represented in his college.
That goal is being achieved now as, more and more, students in architecture, building science and industrial design are working together on class projects and learning how each entity is vital to one another, both on campus and in the "real" world.
Another of Bennett’s priorities is to strengthen the graduate programs in the college, which is already happening and which will continue to be a focus of Bennett’s tenure. Most recently, CADC also became the proud parent college for AU’s graphic design program, an addition that Bennett thinks will further strengthen the college.
"I have the best job in the world," he says of his deanship, adding that he is looking forward to the next few years with a new AU president and so many opportunities for further growth.
The College of Architecture, Design and Construction welcomed eight ninth, tenth, and eleventh graders from Alabama and Georgia for two weeks this summer in the Academic Success Action Program (ASAP). The goal of ASAP is to develop students’ academic skills in trigonometry, physics, drawing and sketching. Students spent an intensive week working in a design studio with instructors who introduced them to basic design concepts, culminating in a design project. Week two of the program brought additional students to Auburn for one of three camps in architecture, design and building construction, which featured guest speakers from each of the disciplines, hands-on projects and a field trip to visit two architecture and construction firms. Eighteen participated in building construction camp, 45 in architecture camp and 35 in design camp.
Fifteen ASAP scholarships were provided through the college’s Donor Scholarship Initiative which focuses specifically on increasing the participation of minorities and females in the fields of architecture, design and construction. Since 2007, the number of students benefitting from the initiative has increased from five to 15.
For more information on ASAP or to sponsor at student for the 2010 camps, contact Carla Jackson Bell at 334-844-4549 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The CADC would like to recognize the following ASAP instructors, mentors and donors:
- Dr. Royrickers Cook, AU Assistant V. P. for University Outreach, Primary Donor
- Jeremy Clark, Building Construction Camp Instructor and McWhorter School of Building Science Professor
- Ben Farrow, McWhorter School of Building Science Professor
- DeLisa Stringer and Charles Parker, ASAP Camp Counselors
- Amanda Nelson and Bobbi Curry, AU Graduate Teaching Assistants
- Dr. Marlin Simon and Erica Snipes , Auburn University College of Sciences and Mathematics
- Auburn University Construction Industry Fund (CIF)
- Dr. Barbara Miller (AU Asst VP, Development) and the Pitts family
- Representative Richard Laird, 37th District (Chambers, Clay and Randolph)
- Vernell Barnes, AIA, Architect
- Robins and Morton, Birmingham, Ala.
- Matrice Jackson, Kimberly-Clark Corp., Atlanta, Ga.
- Major Holland, A.I.A., Architect
- Kippy Tate, A.I.A., ASU's Vice President for Buildings and Grounds
- Nick Dill, Ashley Dyer, Brian Hale, Robins and Morton
- Robyn Foster, A.I.A., RF Innovations
- Brandon Riddick-Seals, Brasfield & Gorrie
A team of Auburn University students won a competition January 15, 2010 for the design of a pedestrian bridge that Volkswagen Group of America will build as part of its new assembly plant in Chattanooga, TN. Of eight awards given, Auburn Design-Build students won four.
Volkswagen announced the winners on Friday at the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga. AU’s first place team received $2,500. Three other teams received awards, including $1000 given by the Chattanooga chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and two honorable mentions worth $500 each.
A student team from the University of Tennessee won second place, followed by a Georgia Tech team with third.
The Master of Design Build program is an interdisciplinary post-professional graduate degree aimed at preparing architecture and construction management students for practice in integrated project teams. The program is delivered via a partnership between the School of Architecture and the McWhorter School of Building Science. Each of the five Auburn teams was comprised of two students from each disciplinary “track” within the program. The first place team members were Michael Glenboski and Dylan Cook (Design Track) along with Ben Loftin and Ty Maloney (Construction Track). The students worked under the direction of Prof. Joshua Emig.
Dean of the Auburn University College of Architecture, Design and Construction Dan Bennett has been selected for induction into the Alabama Construction Hall of Fame by the Alabama Associated General Contractors (AGC) in January 2011. Bennett, a 1968 CADC graduate, has served as Professor and Dean since 2000. His professional expertise is the area of urban design and residential architecture, and his practice has been recognized with over a dozen state, regional and national design awards. In 1996, he was elected to the American Institute of Architects Fellows.
The Alabama Construction Hall of Fame honors and recognizes “outstanding individuals in the construction industry who are held in esteem by their peers and who have demonstrated their professionalism through active support of the industry through their civic and community involvement.” To be eligible for induction into the Alabama Construction Hall of Fame, “an individual must have served the Alabama construction industry – as a general contractor, a specialty contractor or supplier, an architect or an engineer – for at least 25 years.”
Bennett will be inducted into the Alabama Construction Hall of Fame at the Alabama AGC Build Alabama Awards Banquet in Birmingham on January 14, 2011.
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Daniel D. Bennett, FAIA, Dean of the College of Architecture, Design and Construction, was selected one of DesignIntelligences Most Admired Educators of 2011. Each year, DesignIntelligence compiles a list of the 25 top professors and education leaders who exemplify excellence in design education leadership. This list is chosen by the DesignIntelligence staff with input from hundreds of design professionals, educators and students. Bennett has served as CADCs dean since 2000; he will retire in 2011. He will be inducted into the Alabama Construction Hall of Fame in January 2011.
College of Architecture, Design and Construction to Hold 20th Annual Pumpkin Carve on Halloween
The College of Architecture, Design and Construction (CADC) will hold its annual Pumpkin Carve on Friday, October 31, beginning at 9 a.m. in the courtyard of Dudley Hall.
The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) sponsors the event, which is in its 20th year. More than 400 pumpkins, many with intricate designs and current event themes, will be judged on creativity, appearance and craftsmanship.
Festivities begin at 9:00 a.m., with pumpkins going on sale for $4, and carving will begin. At noon, hot dogs, burgers, chili and drinks will be on sale and the student costume contest will be held. The public is invited to carve from 3:00-6:00 p.m. At this time, there will also be face painting, cookie decorating, games and other community activities, with the children’s costume contest to begin at 6:00 p.m. A trio from Auburn’s music department will provide music throughout the day.
At 6:00 p.m., carving ends, the pumpkins will be lighted, and the judging of pumpkins carved by CADC students will begin at 6:30 p.m. Awards will be presented at 7:00 p.m., and the carved pumpkins will be available for purchase for a minimum donation of $5 to AIAS beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The Dudley Courtyard is located between Dudley Hall and Dudley Commons, which is adjacent to Graves Amphitheatre.
The CADC offers degree programs in Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Community Planning, Building Science, Industrial Design, Graphic Design and Design-Build. The components of the CADC are annually regarded and ranked among the best in their respective disciplines nationally for the quality of education and quality of students.
The College of Architecture, Design and Construction and the College of Business are currently working to launch a Master of Real Estate Development Program at Auburn University. The joint venture will provide a balance of business-based real estate concepts with the core legal, planning, and physical design and construction aspects of development.
“The curriculum emphasizes an understanding of and engagement with best practices in the areas of finance, marketing, planning, design and construction,” CADC Dean Dan Bennett explained. “The program is designed to place importance on the practice of ecologically sustainable development in the context of ongoing challenges facing real estate development professionals in Alabama and the region. Importantly, the program will offer direct exposure to significant real estate development projects both in the United States and abroad.”
The MRED program emphasizes best development practices related to environmental sustainability, economic resilience, social responsibility, financial feasibility and design excellence, and is aimed at practicing professionals with a minimum of three to five years in real estate development or related fields such as real estate or mortgage brokerage, architecture, landscape architecture, community and urban planning and building construction. While the focus of the curriculum is on the entrepreneurial role of the real estate developer in society, this collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach to education touches on the best practices of business, physical design and planning, construction, finance and sustainability.
While other universities in the region offer graduate programs in real estate, Auburn’s program is unique in that it emphasizes a real estate development curriculum that balances the offerings of both the CADC and the COB, and is the only program offered in an “executive” distance format. The degree will require 39 hours, or six semesters, to complete course requirements, and is set up to allow participants to continue their existing professional careers, combining a short-term residential requirement of approximately seven days on campus, an intense distant learning component and a week-long field trip each semester.
The program will also provide a potential opportunity in the Southeast to create a center of excellence in real estate development. The goal of the Institute for Real Estate Development (IRED) is to advance real estate knowledge, inform business practice, and address issues that impact the real estate industry, the natural and urban environments and general public policy. “We expect that the institute will extend the educational mission of both the College of Business and the CADC through a unique combination of academic research and public service outreach initiatives and programs,” Bennett said. “Our goal is to deliver a solid graduate level education experience intended to provide the leadership skills and professional background to ensure more responsible and sustainable real estate development methods and processes.”
The program proposal was approved in the spring by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, and initiation of the program is scheduled to take place in May 2010.
The Auburn University School of Architecture and the McWhorter School of Building Science are coming together in a new way this fall as they reintroduce the Master of Design-Build in the CADC. The program will feature distinct tracks in design and construction: one based on a studio teaching format and designed for graduates in a design-based career path, and the other grounded in construction management and designed for graduates interested in a construction-based career path. It will also include significant collaborative opportunities in the studio and classroom and will be team taught by faculty from each discipline.
“The program is focused on an emerging point of view in the design and construction industry that designers and builders can both do their jobs more effectively if they are very effective at leveraging the best skills out of their partners,” School of Architecture Head David Hinson explained. “It’s also based on the premise that there are some technological advances that are occurring out there, particularly in what we have begun to call ‘collaborative technologies,’ that are creating new tools for collaboration, new areas of collaboration, that have not been as accessible to design teams before.”
Design-Build targets students who are on either a construction management or design leadership career path and gives them an intensive 12-month long graduate experience that focuses on how to do those jobs well.
"The program will draw on many of the strengths of the existing program, including the integration of students from multiple disciplines as well as offering preparatory certification for those who wish to sit for the certification exam for the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA),” McWhorter School of Building Science’s Paul Holley said. “It will do so, however, with a cohort of students who all come from educational and/or professional backgrounds specifically in architecture and construction management. The program will focus on multiple methods of integration in project delivery, and will leverage high performance technologies such as building information modeling."
“We describe it as a ‘career slingshot’ program,” Hinson said. “We’re not trying to convince people to become architects or construction managers. We’re trying to take people who’ve made that choice and realize that leadership in those industries is happening on this particular front, and give them a concentrated graduate study experience that is going to accelerate their careers into leadership roles in design practices and construction firms where this type of practice is being pushed.”
Design-Build consists of 36 hours of classes, studios and labs, and brings together students with backgrounds in design, engineering and construction. The program is unique in that it is one of the first to be structured with this type of collaborative agreement, and is possible because of the structure of the CADC and the strength of the relationship between the School of Architecture and the McWhorter School of Building Science.
“We are thrilled with the response to the new direction of the program,” Holley said. “Out of over 100 inquiries and over 40 applicants to the program, we have invited 20 students to be in the 2009-2010 cohort of students. All 20 have accepted, 13 of whom are coming to Auburn from undergraduate programs elsewhere."
“One of the pleasant surprises has been that when we go out into meetings with industry groups and design firms and explain what we’re trying to do, the practitioners get extremely excited about it,” Hinson said. “They really understand that this is one of the key challenges that they face in their practices and are both a little surprised and excited to learn that Auburn is getting out there and engaging in the question in a way that they think is going to, at a minimum, generate a group of graduates who are going to be extremely valuable in their practices. They are also excited about Auburn’s involvement from a research perspective and the program’s ability to help them make sense out of all the forces that are currently pushing and shaping the profession.”
As part of the largest in-kind gift ever made to Auburn University, the College of Architecture, Design and Construction (CADC) has received $15.3 million of the $195.5 million Siemens PLM Software in-kind software grant. This in-kind grant was made through the Siemens PLM Software Global Opportunities in Product Lifecycle Management program and includes product development software, training and specialized software certification programs.
“This generous gift will help to keep our students globally competitive,” says CADC Dean Dan Bennett. “And it is a compliment to the quality of our programs that we were chosen along with some of the finest programs in the United States to receive this state-of-the-art software.
Other leading institutions joining Auburn University in partnering with Siemens PLM Software on this innovative software include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California Berkeley, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State University, Purdue, Arizona State University, Rutgers, Michigan State University, Brigham Young University, and Carnegie Mellon.
The range of software included in the in-kind gift includes Siemens PLM Software’s Teamcenter software, Tecnomatix software, and Solid Edge.
Posted: Monday, November 29, 2010
By: Stephanie Bond, CADC Communications
|2/24/2010||2/24/2011||CADC| Date Posted:2/24/2010
The February 2009 edition of Print uses the Urban Studio’s poster idea as a lead into its story titled “Extreme Makeover, Main Street Edition” by William Bostwick. Morgan had time to discuss the coverage and the origins of the poster idea with the School of Architecture’s beat reporter, Stephen Stock.
Q: What is the most positive feedback you have received from a poster?
Morgan: On more than one occasion people have said something to the effect: "Could our town look like that?" We also regularly have people say: "We brought out the plan and they were hooked!"
The posters get put in people's offices, behind secretary's desks, etc. in places outside the towns - department offices in Montgomery or DC - and someone with connections to the town will see the poster and reconnect with their hometown.
Q: Does this type of coverage help or hinder your work?
Morgan: We encourage any news coverage. Particularly with a local newspaper, it’s important for them to get involved with the process; if they will champion the project/work it makes a huge difference. They can have a huge impact on the numbers of people who participate or feel involved even if they can't participate.
Q: How much difference does good design make in an urban setting?
Morgan: We believe that we are working with and crossing paths with communities who historically would have rarely sought out the services of planners, architects and designers. Traditionally, these services were seen as mainly for bigger towns.
So, when we go into a smaller community, we are often introducing them to the idea of good planning and good design. We can show them – through our illustrative master plans – that value can be added to the community, and that good design and “a plan” can help make the community more competitive: whether that’s when they are seeking a grant or foundation funding, or recruiting a new business or industry. The plan gives these potential partners confidence to engage with and invest in the community. The plan is one of the important first steps.
This introduction to the value of design also cultivates the ground for future professional projects in the community. When we identify an opportunity for a greenway or library, say, in the master plan, there is a realization that these projects are future commissions for a professional design firm. We think this will lead to, and it already has, led to jobs for Auburn graduates and our state-wide professional constituents in communities that may have never sought out their services before.
Q: In terms of the Print article, do you ever get tired of the national attention?
Morgan: Well, we don’t get that much national press coverage. For us, it is really nice because Print gets some international recognition. We tend to get more coverage nationally from other sister university programs that share or seek to emulate our models, methodologies or posters.
The poster is something that gets people’s attention every time I go to a conference or have contact with another program. There are a lot of schools that have outreach work with their local communities or with under-served areas in their region. But the poster is something that we specifically have brought to the table. It is so effective in building support in communities with local constituencies and in promoting and recruiting for the town. It keeps the plan visible – literally! Most other planning documents end up in a drawer or on a shelf and you forget that is the operating manual for your town. The poster goes up at the post office, at churches, at schools – in shops, in places where people see it everyday!
Q: Where did the poster idea come from? Was it your idea?
Morgan: It was pretty much my idea. It was an interesting result from two or three different things. One was a lot of work I had done in professional practice. Having a poster-like set of illustrations helped us talk with our clients about character, sense of place and materiality very early in the development of a building design: important components in a good design. Some of that success, that professional memory, was with me.
In the early days of the Small Town Design Initiative we did books that published our work. They were tabloid-sized booklets about twenty pages in size. But they were very tedious to produce and we could not afford to do them in color. In addition, many of the strong ideas simply did not command attention in black and white. At some point, it became a question of, ‘How can we report our work?’ Is there a way we can pull color into what we are doing? Working with our printer, we figured out that we could publish a full-page color poster for the same price of the tabloid. That kind of sealed it. It was more efficient to design. It saved time and cost no additional money. Also, when you have 20-24 pages you”talk too much!” You are not self-editing enough. What are the most important things that need to be communicated? The poster forces you to do that. It really creates a very important reason to be thoughtful, concise and focused on the concepts.
DesignIntelligence: 2011 America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools has been published, and once again the Auburn University College of Architecture, Design and Construction’s faculty and programs have done well. This research is conducted on behalf of the Design Futures Council, an interdisciplinary network of design, product and construction leaders, and ranks undergraduate and graduate programs from the perspective of leading practitioners. In addition, deans and program chairs as well as students are surveyed.
Two of DesignIntelligence’s 25 “Most Admired Educators of 2011” are from the Auburn University College of Architecture, Design and Construction (CADC). Dan Bennett, FAIA, CADC Dean, and Randall Bartlett, Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial and Graphic Design were selected by hundreds of design professionals, academic department heads, and students because they “exemplify excellence in design education leadership.” This is the second year in a row that Randall Bartlett has been named to this list.
In the Architecture Dean’s Survey, Auburn’s Bachelors of Architecture program was rated #1 in “Most Admired B. Arch programs” for its “exemplary engagement of students, its integration with the Rural Studio, and a highly focused curriculum.” This survey reflects the opinions of 70 architecture deans and department heads.
In the Architecture Skill Assessment, which is based on the hiring experience of 220 firms surveyed on the preparedness of recent graduates in vital skills, Auburn was one of five programs listed strongest for Sustainable Design Practices and Principles.
For the sixth year in a row, the undergraduate program in the School of Architecture has been rated in the top 20 Architecture Programs for 2011. It was ranked eighteenth for 2011.
In the student survey, 76 percent of CADC’s architecture undergraduates rated the overall quality of the program as excellent, and 100 percent believe that they will be well prepared for their profession after graduation.
For the fourth year in a row, the CADC Industrial Design undergraduate and graduate programs have been ranked. The Industrial Design undergraduate program was ranked tenth for 2011; its graduate program was ranked seventh. In the rankings of the strength of their industrial design skills, based on the hiring experience of firms surveyed, Auburn’s Industrial Design recent graduates were ranked third for computer applications and for sustainable design practices and principles, fourth for communication, and fifth for design.
The president of Auburn University recently identified raising funds for 81 endowed professorships as a key strategic initiative for the university. Professorships reward faculty with exceptional merit. These funds offer a huge morale boost by providing salary enhancements to faculty who stimulate young minds and contribute to building programs that enhance the university.
Professorships can be established for $150,000, half the normal amount, from now until September 30, 2009. Auburn will match the annual spendable funds ($7,500) into perpetuity.
For more information about these professorships, please contact Tara Jones at 334-844-1161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo, L-R: (Front Row) Carla Jackson Bell (Director Multicultural Affairs), Elizabeth Ballard, Kymlyn Owens, Jeremy Duff and Natalie Atkins (Summer Camp Counselor). (Back Row) Tara Jones (Development Officer), Jonathan Tubbs, Yesufu O'ladipo.
Five high school students from the Black Belt region of central Alabama spent a week developing their creativity and technical skills after receiving scholarships to attend the School of Architecture's Summer Camp at Auburn University.
Scholarships were provided by Dick Danner Construction, Vernell Barnes, Dr. Barbara Miller, Pitts Family Foundation, Joseph Bynum and Pamela Dorr. The donors worked with the College of Architecture, Design & Construction's Director of Multicultural Affairs, Carla Jackson Bell, and the Office of Development in creating the scholarships. The donors focused specifically on students in Alabama's Black Belt and surrounding communities.
The donors' commitment to provide scholarships for Black Belt students ties in with Auburn University's long-standing relationship to bring educational resources and opportunities to the region. The College of Architecture, Design & Construction has played a vital role in that relationship, assisting with personal development and exploring strategies to improve community and economic development.
Students Elizabeth Ballard (Huffman High School/Birmingham, Ala.), Jeremy Duff (Ramsey High School/Birmingham, Ala.), Kymlyn Owens (Valley High School/Valley, Ala.), Yesufu O'ladipo (Ramsey High School/Birmingham, Ala.), Jonathan Tubbs (Southern Academy High School/Greensboro, Ala.) each received full scholarships that covered the cost ($545) of attending the camp. Duff, Owens and O'ladipo will return to the Auburn campus as freshmen this fall.
The students spent an intensive, exciting, week at the workshop that introduced the students to basic design concepts and ended with an architectural design project. The students had hands-on exercises in design studios, technical demonstrations and professional guest speakers as part of their daily experience.
To sponsor a student for the 2008 Summer Camp, please contact Tara Jones by email at email@example.com
or by phone at 334-844-1161.
The School of Architecture is housed in the College of Architecture, Design & Construction. The CADC offers degree programs in Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Community Planning, Building Science, Industrial Design, Graphic Design and Design-Build. The components of the CADC are annually regarded and ranked among the best in their respective disciplines nationally for the quality of education and quality of students.
Auburn University is a comprehensive research institution with more than 23,000 students and 6,500 faculty and staff. Ranked among the top 50 public universities nationally, Auburn offers more than 230 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs.
The College of Architecture, Design, & Construction’s annual Pumpkin Carve has been featured in the magazine Phyllis Hoffman Celebrate as a part of their November 2010 Halloween issue, on pages 30-33. This year’s 22nd annual Pumpkin Carve will showcase more than 400 pumpkins carved by students from the College of Architecture, Design & Construction as well as pumpkins carved by students from other fields and members of the community. The carved pumpkins will be judged and honored in categories including creativity, appearance and craftsmanship; judges will include university, civic, and business leaders from the Auburn-Opelika area. Other activities available throughout the day will include games, face painting, the sale of food and baked goods, music, a children’s costume contest and pictures with Aubie, the lighting and viewing of the pumpkins, and the sale of the carved pumpkins for a $5.00 donation to the American Institute of Architecture Students, the student organization responsible for Pumpkin Carve every year.
Michael Clay, director of the College of Architecture, Design and Construction’s Urban Modeling Lab was recently interviewed by a consulting firm which is producing a study to develop a synthesis of advanced practices in travel forecasting for the National Academy of Sciences. The research includes interviewing agencies that apply advanced models, including activity-based, land-use and freight models.
Thanks to efforts of more than 100 College of Architecture, Design and Construction graduate and undergraduate students, children at the Boykin Community Center now have a more beautiful place to play and the Saugahatchee watershed is healthier. This Green for Life! demonstration project created by the CADC students was awarded the Best Community Design Award by the Alabama Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects in Birmingham on March 26, 2011 and received the Outstanding Team Project Award from the Alabama Chapter of American Planning Association in Eufaula on April 1, 2011.
For the last two years, teams of students from various CADC programs have been working with the Boykin Community Center on the Green for Life! demonstration project that corrects a stormwater runoff problem and provides a watershed education program. Fixing the erosion and drainage problems on the playground and in landscaped areas has created a more attractive and usable place for children to play and stops sediment from polluting the Saugahatchee watershed. While the green watershed curriculum is creating environmentally aware citizens, Boykin residents are also seeing sustainable planning in action.
Working under the direction of Charlene LeBleu, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Rebecca O’Neal Dagg, Interim Dean of the CADC, and Carla Jackson Bell, CADC Director of Multicultural Affairs, three graduate students took a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to solving the Center’s stormwater runoff problems. CADC Landscape Architecture graduate students Matthew Biesecker and Josh Lamberth, and Michael Glenboski, a CADC Design-Build Masters student, planned, designed, and implemented a Low Impact Demonstration (LID) site and a water shed education program.
A Landscape Architecture graduate class in Stormwater Design, volunteers from the CADC Green for Life! Learning Community, and Boykin community residents assisted in the project. Their finished LID project uses multiple Best Management Practices (BMPs) to address the stormwater runoff problems. They installed two bioswales, three rain gardens and four 1,000 gallon cisterns.
The project integrated their design with a watershed education program, Green for Life!, and educational signage around the community center. This curriculum targets after-school students, GreenKidz for Life! for grades K–8 and GreenTeenz for Life! for grades 9–12, by providing special indoor and outdoor classroom field days that offer green educational opportunities in a non-traditional environment.
“Rebecca O’Neal Dagg, Carla Bell and I nominated this project for the Outstanding Planning Student-Team award because we were so impressed by the ability of such a large group of students to work collaboratively to make this project a success,” says Charlene LeBleu, CADC Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture. “We know of no one else in Alabama who has created such an innovative and comprehensive project. “
The Outstanding Student Team Award is part of the ALAPA awards program that “recognizes contributions of individuals, agencies, organizations, local governments or private companies within the State of Alabama who have completed outstanding programs or projects, or have made notable contributions.” ALAPA is non-profit public interest organization, dedicated to urban, suburban, regional and rural planning. It comprised of professionals such as planners, landscape architects, environmental scientists, professors and students who are dedicated to sound planning practices.
For more information about the School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture in Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction, go to http://www.cadc.auburn.edu
The Master of Building Construction program, a non-thesis master’s degree program, is accepting applications for the 2008-2009 academic year and you can help!
The MBC program began in 1993 and has, during the last 14 years, enjoyed a 100-percent job placement rate for its graduates. It prepares professionals from other disciplines to transfer their skills into the construction industry by providing a comprehensive understanding of construction operations and issues. Enrollment in the program is limited in order to provide sufficient faculty support to students while meeting their educational and research goals.
We are asking alumni to refer potential graduate students who do not have undergraduate degrees in construction or a related field, but have a keen interest in the construction industry to the program. Of course, alumni who are interested in obtaining a master’s degree are also encouraged to apply.
In the past two years, 90 percent of our graduate students came from a background other than construction. Students with an undergraduate degree in another discipline, such as business or liberal arts, and trying to enter the construction industry, have found the program to be a perfect fit.
The MBC program is designed to be completed in one calendar year for students with a construction background. Students without a construction background are required to complete a series of Foundation Courses during their first summer semester. An option to pursue a graduate minor in Community Planning is also available to students.
Along with completion of their coursework, students also work on a capstone project with the assistance of a faculty advisor. Students without construction work experience are encouraged to work for a construction company on an internship basis during their second summer. Opportunities for summer internships are available through the BSCI placement office.
Admission is competitive and based on the undergraduate grade point average, test scores on the Graduate Record Exam, letters of recommendation and the candidates’ statement of purpose for applying to the program. Upon admission, candidates are once again competitively chosen for Graduate Assistantships. Graduate assistants receive a competitive monthly stipend, along with University-paid tuition for fall and spring semesters, while assisting an instructor in his/her teaching and research agenda. Additionally, graduate assistants are provided with office space in the Gorrie Center.
Auburn University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The undergraduate program in Building Science is also accredited by the American Council for Construction Education. Auburn has the second oldest construction program in the nation and was one of the founding members of the ACCE. Auburn University is an equal opportunity establishment and encourages women and minorities to apply.
Date Posted: 2/1/2008
A Longer Lasting Solution: Collaborative Effort Results in "Tiger Prints" Blueprints
today’s paper blueprints have a tough time on the worksite what with the constant onslaught of rain, coffee spills, sweat, wind and many other worksite "elements." In fact, they have such a tough time that paper blueprints often are replaced every two weeks, which means that important notations made on a blueprint have to be transcribed and risk being lost.
a joint effort by BSCI and a local business has developed a way to print blueprints on heavy-duty, moisture resistant paper—similar to the paper used to make those seemingly indestructible hospital bracelets—that results in an everlasting blueprint.
The idea took root when members of the BSCI Industry Council brought the blueprint dilemma to the attention of BSCI faculty. BSCI researchers Bruce Smith and Ben Farrow, along with graduate student Austin Walker, collaborated with a local businessman—Greg Sellers of Reprographics in Auburn—to develop a "blueprint" for a better blueprint.
The result of the collaboration is that, any day now, a new heavy-duty, long-lasting blueprint will be available to the construction industry. These tough new blueprints—called Tiger Prints— are more expensive than traditional paper blueprints, but compared to the cost of reissuing blueprints every two or three weeks, they are quite cost-effective.
This project represents the first time BSCI has partnered with a non-construction person or business, but it probably won’t be the last.
The partnership is a true win-win situation. The blueprint produced by Reprographics will help the local economy. Reprographics will, in turn, give a percent of the sales back to Auburn University, which helps the BSCI economy.
To learn more about these new blueprint options, go to www. auburnrepro.com
and click on "Tiger Prints."
Dr. Vini Nathan, Dean of the School of Architecture at Philadelphia University, has been named Dean of the College of Architecture, Design and Construction and McWhorter Professor, effective July 1.
To read the official press release from Auburn University, go to http://wireeagle.auburn.edu/news/3460
Gaines Hall, a 1961 alumnus of School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, has been named Associate Dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. After a forty-five year career of private practice in architecture, Hall was appointed as a full-time tenured professor in the School of Architecture at Illinois in 2008. He will continue to hold the title of Professor in the School of Architecture while assuming his duties as Associate Dean in July 2011.
Hall co-founded Spann Hall Ritchie Architects in Dothan, Alabama, in 1967 with Philip Spann, a 1959 graduate of the School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture. He practiced in Dothan until he moved to St. Louis in 1983 to become vice president of PGAV Architects and Planners, a 120 person architectural firm with three branch office locations at the time. In 1986 he joined the Chicago-based architectural acoustics consulting firm of Kirkegaard Associates as Vice President and Managing Principal, where he stayed until 2008 when he assumed his new role at the University of Illinois.
A member of AIA College of Fellows, Hall received the AIA Illinois Distinguished Achievement Medal in 1998. He is also a retired Colonel in the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Hall received the Bronze Star and induction into the United States Army Legion of Merit in 1991.
Gaines and his wife, Sharon, reside in Champaign, Illinois. They have three children and two grandchildren.
The College of Architecture, Design and Construction is sponsoring Miklos Oroszlany, Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher in Architecture, from Hungary. Oroszlany studied architecture and landscape architecture at the Budapest University of Technology. His architectural studies also included a one year scholarship at the Federico II University of Naples.
His specialization is architecture and materials, waste management in the field of architecture and research of building materials. Oroszlany began his Fullbright research on June 1 and will be conducting research and assisting Professor Sheri Schumacher with Fall Semester third year Architecture/Interior Architecture dual degree studio courses.
The Department of Industrial + Graphic Design welcomes Taotao Xiong as a visiting scholar in Graphic Design. Xiong is an associate professor in the School of Art and Design at Shenzhen Polytechnic in Shenzhen, China. His specialties are display design and visual communication. He holds two patents and has received numerous awards for his graphic designs. Most recently, Ziong won the Bronze Medal for the 2nd China Tour Souvenir Design Contest and the Excellence Display Award for the 6th China (Shenzhen) International Cultural Industries Fair.
This fall the School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture is hosting seven students from Istanbul Technical University (ITU), led by Dr. Bahadır Numan of the ITU faculty. The ITU students and faculty are working with Auburn students led by Professor Tarik Orgen in the 3rd year architecture studio program and related classes. Auburn and ITU have been collaborating on international study programs since 2008. Under Orgen's leadership, fifteen Auburn architecture students spent the spring semester studying at ITU.
Two faculty members from the College of Architecture, Design and Construction will be awarded the Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Award from the Design-Build Institute of America. The co-directors of the CADC’s Masters of Integrated Design and Construction program (formerly the Design-Build program) Paul Holley and Joshua Emig will receive the Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Award in the Faculty category at DBIA’s Design-Build Conference and Expo in Orlando, FL on October 20.
Holley, Aderholdt Professor in the School of McWhorter School of Building Science, and Emig, Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture, will be recognized for their work in establishing the collaborative integrated design and construction program at Auburn. To learn more about CADC’s Masters of Integrated Design and Construction Program, visit http://apps.cadc.auburn.edu/design.build/.
For the annual survey, “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools 2012,” DesignIntelligence magazine has ranked Industrial Design and Architecture programs in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction in the nation’s top 20 degree programs in their fields.
The components of the College of Architecture, Design and Construction are annually regarded and ranked among the best in their respective disciplines nationally for the quality of education and quality of students. Nationally, Auburn’s Industrial Design program was ranked ninth best and its Architecture program 14th best.
Vini Nathan, dean of the College of Architecture, Design and Construction, said, “I am delighted that the recent rankings from DesignIntelligence confirm the academic rigor and professional relevance of the design programs in the CADC. The extremely strong reputation of our architecture, interior architecture and industrial design programs is testimony to the convergence of bright students, dedicated faculty and staff and supportive alumni, advisory board and industry partners.
Also recognized for excellence in the survey was Rod Barnett, associate professor and Chair of the Graduate Program in Landscape Architecture in Auburn’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, who was named one of the 25 Most Admired Educators of the Year.
The Industrial Design undergraduate program, in the Department of Industrial and Graphic Design, has been ranked in the top 10 industrial design programs for six consecutive years. Hiring firms ranked the department’s program as number five in communication and cross-disciplinary teamwork and number four in computer applications. Founded in 1945, Auburn’s Department of Industrial and Graphic Design is one of the country’s first industrial design programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
The undergraduate Architecture program, in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, was up four in the rankings from last year, and marked its seventh consecutive year in the nation’s top 20 architecture programs. It was ranked fifth in sustainable design practices and principles. The curriculum in architecture was established in 1907, making Auburn one of the first universities in the nation, and the first in the South, to offer architecture as a major.
Barnett was honored in a category that recognizes role models of excellence in education and education administration. He was cited by DesignIntelligence as having extensive experience in the development of landscape architecture degree programs and curricula and as having taught design studio at all levels, as well as history and cultural landscape courses and seminars.
The annual rankings by DesignIntelligence for architecture, industrial design, landscape architecture and interior design programs are based on input from the nation’s architecture, design and engineering employers, as well as deans and chairs of design programs.
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|12/7/2011||2/29/2012||CADC|Students and faculty in the Master of Integrated Design &
Construction program collaborated with Auburn University Hotel and
Conference Center in a service learning opportunity to help AUHCC expand
their holiday gingerbread village. Go
to http://ocm.auburn.edu/featured_story/gingerbread.html for the full story.
McAlpine Tankersley Architecture has been selected to be among the new AD100,
Architecture Digest’s magazine’s biennial list of the top talents
in architecture and interior design. Founded in 1983, Montgomery,
Alabama-based McAlpine Tankersley Architecture is a partnership of
Auburn Architecture graduates Bobby McAlpine ’81 Interior
and ‘83 ARCH, Greg Tankersley ’85 ARCH, John Sease ’92 ARCH, and Chris
Tippett ’92 ARCH. McAlpine Tankersley Architecture is part of the
McAlpine design umbrella that includes McAlpine Booth & Ferrier
Interiors with offices in Nashville, Atlanta, and New
York and McAlpine Home Furniture.
Daniel Bennett, Dean Emeritus of the College of Architecture, Design and Construction, was presented the Alabama Architectural Foundations Distinguished Architect Award Feb. 9 at the Alabama Council of The American Institute of Architects Awards Gala at The Country Club of Birmingham.
MID&C students have been invited back to Chattanooga by the Urban Design Forum to develop a vision for a Chattanooga Industrial Heritage Center. The proposed center will celebrate Chattanooga’s industrial history, as well as its continued industrial development which balances traditional manufacturing with high-tech startups and a strong ethic of sustainability and community. MID&C students will explore two sites along the proposed north and south extensions to Chattanooga’s River Walk. Industrial Heritage Center projects will combine newly constructed elements with re-use of existing structures.