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The Nautilus - Fall 2005

Message from the Dean

Dear Alumni(ae):

It is hard to believe but we are again entering the holiday season. We have many things to be thankful for—another phase of renovation is nearing completion, enrollment with extremely well qualified students is the highest in school history, and we continue to maintain an outstanding faculty. I am also happy to announce that we have reinstated our international programs to both Poland and Volterra, which were on hold last year. After restructuring the financing of the programs, we have left the exchange in Warsaw virtually intact. Volterra has undergone some structural changes that have students taking coursework both in Volterra at the beginning of the summer and in Detroit at the end of the summer.

In addition, the School was co-host with Lawrence Technological University of the central regional ACSA conference. Presentations of papers from 50 faculty from around the country were the highlights of a two and one-half day conference which included a “BBQ” dinner sponsored in part by the SOA Alumni Council. We have received numerous compliments and kudos from the attendees.

This season is also a time of giving and I again ask you to consider a gift to the School of Architecture Annual Fund before the end of the year. Your contributions at every level allow us to build upon the strengths of our faculty and students. Last year, for example, Annual Fund gifts helped provide supplemental funding for faculty attendance at conferences for the sharing of ideas and methods of teaching and learning, as well as allowing the presentation of papers that are important to their professional development. Annual Fund gifts were also used to help foster innovative faculty research. In addition, these funds helped send two students to the national meeting of the AIAS in Washington, D.C.—an invaluable experience from which they came back brimming with ideas to regenerate the AIAS. Funds were also used to allow the entire first year class to visit and tour an architecture firm in the area and to gain knowledge about the profession they are working to enter. In today’s challenging world, academic and technological growth is ongoing and annual giving helps keep the School and its faculty current and challenging for students. I hope you will consider making a gift today by visiting our web site, or contacting Enid Grauer, director of Development, School of Architecture at or 313.578.0329.

Hopefully, by now, each of you has received a poster of this year’s lecture series. We have an exciting line up of speakers including one this fall and four next spring concluding with Billie Tsien. Please attend and pick up AIA Continuing Education Credits in the process.

The Alumni Council will be planning an event this spring that will include a tour of the latest phase of construction. Look for the date for that in the near future.

Happy Thanksgiving and Season’s Greetings. 

Stephen Vogel, Dean