Kim (photo right), associate professor,
had two project proposals chosen by the ACSA to be funded with the
East Central Collaborative Project Grant. The proposals, developed
in collaboration with architects from other universities from around
the country, focus on “building and strengthening the east
central school network by encouraging joint projects across schools
in the region.”
Kim’s first project, “Studies in Vehicular Culture,”
is a joint course between UDM and Lawrence Technological University
that focuses on ways that texture in Detroit’s landscape has
been impacted by the placement of the John C. Lodge expressway.
The course will examine the roadway as a barrier both physically
and perceptually. The project will result in an exhibition to be
shown at both schools with an accompanying publication.
The second project, “Mediations: A Traveling Exhibition,”
involves developing an exhibition of work by faculty and student
teams within the ACSA East Central region. The individual projects
will examine the role digital media and technology play in architectural
education and practice. The exhibition will travel to UDM, the University
of Michigan, Ball State University, Ohio State University and the
University of Kentucky.
Kim also presented the paper “If You Could See the World
Through My Eyes: Investigations of Electronic Teaching and Learning”
at the ACSA East Central Regional Conference at Ball State University
and the paper “Down the Rabbit Hole and Out Again: Reflections
on the Master’s Studio” at the University of Florida
at the ACSA Southeast Regional meeting.
Steve LaGrassa, associate dean, met with alumni
in the Chicago area at a reception in October. The reception, hosted
through the generosity of Michael Szkatulski ’76, was held
at the offices of Miserow Financial. The group discussed the Vision
2020 proposals for the McNichols and downtown campuses and the continual
improvements to the Loranger Architecture building. Attendees included
Timothy Desmond ’75, Nicholas Juhasz ’01, and Eric Stackhouse
Lagrassa was also recognized by UDM in November at the Colleague
Recognition Program for having reached his 30th anniversary of service
to the University.
Pitera (photo right), associate professor and director,
Detroit Collaborative Design Center, and Andrew Sturm,
Design Center project manager, were invited to be keynote panelists
at the New York City satellite of the 53rd Annual International
Design Contest in Aspen, Colo. Sturm and other Design Center staff
members also made presentations at the Association for Community
Design in Baltimore, Md.
Steve Vogel, dean, was recognized by the University
in November at the Colleague Recognition Program for having reached
his 10th anniversary of service to the University.