SOA Updates

The Nautilus, Winter 2002

• SOA celebrates 40th anniversary

The Alumni Council and the SOA is planning a celebration of the School’s 40th anniversary in association with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the next phase of construction. This celebration will occur next spring or early summer. Watch for an email that establishes the date.

• Student Advisory Group (SAG) initiated

A student advisory group has been created as a result of student focus group conversations with Dean Stephen Vogel. This group meets with the dean on a regular basis to discuss issues and establish new initiatives that directly affect students. Membership includes a representative from each studio, AIAS, NOMA and Dichotomy.

• National Park Service organizes student studio

The National Park Service organized a summer studio for students from around the country at the SOA last summer. The studio completed Historic American Engineering Records of the Globe Trading Company historic building on Detroit’s east riverfront. Included in the studio were three UDM SOA students as well as architecture students from other schools in the United States and Europe and two historians. The Park Service intends to continue this successful program next year at UDM.

• Faculty offer on-line courses through SOA

The SOA offered three on-line courses in the past year including a course funded by “J-net”, a consortium of Jesuit universities. The course, “The City Viewed,” designed and taught by associate professors Julie Kim and Dan Pitera, explored urban issues in literature and film. Adjunct Professor Donald Fullenwider offered a course on the use of computers in architectural offices, and Adjunct Professor Bob Kraemer taught a master’s-level design studio online for out-of-state students. On-line courses will continue to be offered for students seeking their Master of Architecture. For more information, contact Associate Dean Stephen LaGrassa at 993-1149.

• Student’s work presented at AIA Michigan design retreat

Allyson Benford (AR ’01) presented her fifth-year project, entitled “Media Center,” at the annual design retreat for AIA Michigan. Students from Lawrence Technological University, University of Michigan and Cranbrook also presented.

• Adamah continues with new opportunities for community members

Those of you who saw the Metro Times article that featured the studio project, “Adamah: A New Equity for Detroit,” will be happy to hear that this vision for the lower east side of Detroit continues to be developed by a growing number of community participants and ongoing studios and directed studies at the UDM SOA. An Adamah list-serve has been established for those interested in issues of sustainability. Visit for more information.

• Annual lecture series to begin next spring

The Great Lakes Fabricators and Erectors Association has once again funded the SOA annual lecture series. Five lectures this spring will take place at UDM in the new Genevieve Fisk Loranger Architecture Center. Posters will be printed and sent out before Thanksgiving. If you do not receive one, contact the SOA at 313-993-1532. The lecturers include Jae Cha from Washington, DC; Liz Ranieri from San Francisco; Teddy Cruz from San Diego; Peter Pfau from San Francisco; and Thom Faulders from Berkley.

• Design Center wins international award

It was announced in October that the Detroit Collaborative Design Center has won the Dedalo Minosse International Prize for its design of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles. Homeboy Industries is a job-training center for east Los Angeles gang members and is run by Greg Boyle, S.J., who is also a recipient of the prize. Whitney Sanders, AIA of Los Angeles, partnered with the Design Center and was the architect of record. The prize will be given on December 12, 2002 at the Vincenza, Italy town hall, and an exhibit of the project will be on display at Basilica Palladiana until March 9, 2003.

• Books to feature Design Center

Princeton Press is publishing two books that feature the Design Center. One book covers the National Endowment of the Arts’ study on “community outreach design in the university context.” This book is just now hitting the bookstores. A second book is in the editing stage, but will be a compilation of the presentations made at two conferences on “Structures for Inclusion.” Associate Professor Dan Pitera was a featured speaker at the conferences.

Faculty News

Dan Pitera, associate professor, was elected as the 2003 president of the Association of Community Design at its annual meeting in Pittsburgh last summer. ACD is an organization of design centers across the United States. The Detroit Collaborative Design Center is a member of ACD.

Julie Kim, associate professor, has been selected by ACSA to organize and oversee the national meeting of schools of architecture technology sessions and paper presentations. She has also been selected to make a presentation.