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Nautilus, Summer 2002 issue


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Next phase of renovation begins

Another phase of building renovation will occur this summer thanks to a generous gift from Warren Loranger (AR '51) and other fund-raising efforts. The Genevieve Fisk Loranger Architectural Center will include a new student lounge and critique space and the complete renovation of the Jerzy Staniszkis Exhibition Hall. The facility will have a state-of-the-art exhibition and lecture space as well as a well-furnished student lounge where students may relax, work on their laptops or have small team meetings. You may view some exceptional images of the proposed work on the web at

Accreditation visit brings together faculty, students, alumni

The Visiting Team from NAAB reviewed the program in February. The five-person team praised the School on many levels, and, most importantly, showed compliance with all 37 of the student performance criteria. The final report has been reviewed for factual errors and submitted to the NAAB. The NAAB Board will decide in July on the term of accreditation. The maximum term is six years with the possibility of smaller focus visits that look at very specific aspects of the program. The visit was invigorating and uplifting, and the School is anxiously awaiting the results. Stay tuned!

  • Click here to see examples of work students developed for the accreditation visit.

    Alumni-designed projects were also on display throughout the building during the accreditation visit. A number of alumni attended a special alumni reception in February to meet with the accreditation team.

    SOA wins national NCARB Award

    The UDM School of Architecture and Detroit Collaborative Design Center are among six architecture schools to be named winners in the inaugural NCARB "Prize for Creative Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy." Each program will be awarded $7,500. There were 48 entries from architecture programs throughout the country. Award winners included UDM, Arizona State University, Auburn University, University of Miami (Fla.), North Carolina State University and Pennsylvania State University. A grand prize winner of $25,000 will be announced in June at the NCARB convention in Boston. NCARB has invited Dean Stephen Vogel and Design Center Director Dan Pitera to the convention.

    GM Foundation funds the Design Center

    The General Motors Foundation has given a $100,000 grant to the School of Architecture in support of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center and its work with the Livernois + McNichols Corridor Redevelopment project.

    This grant will enable the Design Center to develop a coalition of business associations and resident organizations to work together to help create an uplifting environment and enhance the quality of life in this and other Detroit neighborhoods.


    Pat Martinico awarded Honorary AIAMichigan Membership

    Former Assistant Dean of Architecture Patricia Martinico (UD BUS '85, UDM GR '92, 95) was named an honorary member of AIAMichigan at its annual awards ceremony in May. The award recognized Martinico's more than 30 years of mentoring future architects.

    Alumni Council Elects Officers

    The Architecture Alumni Council elected new officers for 2002-2003: Lee Mamola (AR '74, '76), chair; Steve Sussman (AR '77), vice chair; and Ron Titus (AR '92), secretary/treasurer. Two new members have joined the Council: Wayne Chubb ('00, '02) and Andy Sturm (AR '99), replacing departing Council members Elton Anderson (AR '72) and Dave Charette (AR '95).

    Alumni Annual Event and Show

    Utilizing the accreditation exhibitions of student, faculty and alumni work as a backdrop, the annual Alumni event occurred April 14, 2002 in the Loranger Building. Alumni Council Chair Robert Allen ('82) announced the new members of the Alumni Council. In addition to the exhibit, which filled the entire Loranger Building, the meeting included a silent auction for donated gifts. The auction raised more than $1,000 for the School and was attended by approximately 150 alumni, faculty and students.

    Alumni-sponsored Career Day is the first of its kind

    The Alumni Council, under the leadership of Steve Sussman ('77), conducted its first Career Day for high school juniors and their parents on March 23. The Saturday event included tours of the School, a discussion of the curriculum by Dean Stephen Vogel, a design "project" for students, and a discussion on careers in architecture by alumni panelists Lonny Zimmerman ('71), Robert Allen ('82), Julie McBride ('84), Kathy Reehil and Andy Sturm ('99). The event attracted more than 50 people. Thanks to all the alumni who participated. View images from the event.

    Orleans House Moves On

    The "24620" project, reported in the last issue of the Nautilus, which involved deconstructing and moving a full-size Detroit house to Orleans, France as part of the Archilab 2001 exhibit, is still on the move. The house was transported to two separate museums in Germany and is scheduled to go to Amsterdam. The project was conceived by Kyong Park, former visiting Chair of Urbanism at the School, and was executed by Associate Professor Dan Pitera and a studio of UDM students. The house “housed” a video entitled "Detroit: Making it Better for You" by Kyong Park. The house seems to have developed a life of its own, and may make further stops in Europe. We will continue to report on its progress.

    Faculty Note

    Julie Kim, assistant professor of Architecture, was invited to moderate a paper session on technology at the annual ACSA conference in New Orleans, La. Also, a paper on electrorganic landscapes she presented at the ACSA west central conference at the University of Kansas was selected to be presented at the annual conference. Kim was also promoted to associate professor beginning with the 2002-2003 academic year.