Message from the Dean
A new academic semester has begun, and good news continues to come to the School of Architecture. As noted in this issue of the Nautilus, we received notification in July that our professional degree will be fully accredited for six years without any restrictions or focus visits required. This allows us to complete the transition to the Masterís of Architecture degree over the next several years. It was gratifying to hear the positive reactions from the Visiting Team and to read the team report. The report validates the hard work the faculty and students have done to continue to make this an outstanding program.
The news about accreditation was preceded in June by the announcement that the SOA has won the first NCARB prize for $25,000. This prize recognizes the work of the Design Center and the SOAís focus on partnering with the profession. Response to the prize announcement has brought recognition and acclaim from all over the country. As alumni, you should be proud that your School received this distinction and stood out as a small, private, urban school competing against large state universities.
This acclaim has led to numerous speaking engagements on the national forum. Associate Professor Dan Pitera will be a keynote speaker at the national AIAS convention. Associate Dean Steve LaGrassa will present the Design Center at the ACSA national architecture deanís meeting in San Diego. Last summer, I presented the School and its approach to urban issues to the national ACSA Teacherís Conference.
Finally, Warren Loranger (í51) has made another gift to the School that will complete the first floor renovations. We are now finalizing the work from his previous gift. Since the completion of much of the infrastructure in the building, the renovation work is becoming more visible. Alumni visiting the School have made many positive comments about its dramatically different appearance. Watch the web site for updates on construction and design of succeeding phases.
We are wrapping up The Legacy Campaign and wish to finalize pledges before the end of the year. Please support the Alumni Council Scholarship Fund with a gift that can, if you desire, be a multi-year pledge. See the related announcement in this Nautilus. There are still naming opportunities available as part of the renovation program at the School. If you have interest in this aspect of the campaign, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit our web site at http://arch.udmercy.edu/.
Yours for a Happy Holiday Season!
Stephen P. Vogel