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The Nautilus - Fall 2005

School of Architecture News

News briefs from the School:

Enrollment highest in School’s history
At 252 students, the SOA’s fall 2005 enrollment is the highest in the School’s more than 40-year history. Overall, ACT scores for freshman who entered the University in fall 2005 averaged 22.6, the highest score since consolidation. This is clearly reflected in the quality of students in the School of Architecture, whose ACT scores continue to be above this average.

Pitera returns from Loeb Fellowship
Associate Professor of Architecture Dan Pitera returned from his sabbatical as a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He will continue as the director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center.

Workers build a conference room in the relocated School office.

Marble slabs from the previous women's restroom were cleaned, polished and reconfigured for the new, renovated women's restroom.

Renovation continues in Loranger Architecture building
The renovation of the School of Architecture—funded in part by a major gift from Warren Loranger ’51—entered its third phase last summer and will continue through the winter semester. Construction continues on the complete renovation of the administrative offices and the Design Center on the first floor of the building. As with the earlier renovation phases, the building’s interior features an “open” industrial architectural style that allows the building’s inner workings to be visible to students. This approach was meant to show students firsthand how electrical, plumbing and heating and cooling function as they learn how to design buildings themselves. A new/renovated tile roof project was also completed. To date, approximately two thirds of the building has been renovated.

Fr. Sunghera returns to Design Center

Gilbert Sunghera, S.J., returned to the Design Center on Sept. 1, 2005 as a design fellow. Sunghera had previously served in the same capacity at the Design Center from 1998-1999. In addition to teaching and providing community design services, Fr. Sunghera will launch a liturgical (church design) consulting practice. He hopes to eventually provide this service on a national scale. A member of the California Jesuit Province, Fr. Sunghera has a B.A. in social ecology from the University of California Irvine and an M.A. in architecture from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. At Loyola High in Los Angeles he directed the community service program, worked in campus ministry, and taught theology. He designed the interior renovation of a church in West Oakland and is involved with Jesuit building projects. Sunghera has recently written numerous articles, and he recently presented “How to Bury Arnold Schwarzenegger: A look at the Los Angeles Cathedral designed by Rafael Moneo.”

Vogel moderates talk by Daniel Libeskind

Dean Stephen Vogel was invited to moderate a talk given by world-famous architect Daniel Libeskind.

Dean Stephen Vogel was invited to moderate “An Evening With Daniel Libeskind” at the Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield on Nov. 8. Dean Vogel had met Libeskind several years ago at Cranbrook, where Libeskind once taught and developed designs for some of the school’s buildings. Known worldwide for his designs including museums, concert halls, universities and shopping centers, Libeskind discussed several of his projects, including his winning design for the World Trade Center site in New York City. More than 500 people attended the event, including SOA students, alumni, faculty and staff.

SOA faculty participate in panel discussion on community development

Community Development panelists (left to right) Dean Stephen Vogel (moderator), Nancy Calley, Mohammed Kraba, Dan Pitera and Terrence German.

The School of Architecture participated in a symposium on community development that was offered to the community during the University’s Founders Week celebration in September. Following a keynote address by Henry Cisneros, chair of American City Vista and former secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the School hosted a panel discussion that was moderated by Dean Stephen Vogel. The panelists included Terrence German, a member of the Heidelberg Board of Directors, The Heidelberg Project; Nancy Calley, assistant professor of Counseling and co-chair of the UDM Master of Community Development program; Mohammed Kraba, from the U.S. Islamic Relief; and Dan Pitera, associate professor and director of the UDM Detroit Collaborative Design Center, who further discussed Cisneros’ talk on what a university’s role is in community development.

Wanted: co-op students who will brave Alaskan cold

Jerry Neubert ’70, interviews students at the UDM Career Expo.

Despite the often sub-zero temperatures in Alaska, Jerry Neubert ’70, seems to have little trouble recruiting SOA students to his USKH architecture firm which has offices located in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Wasilla, and Juno. During last year's winter and spring terms, Neubert had five UDM students on his staff: Andrea Baird, Kimberly Lis, Jared VanderWeele, Rachel Clark and Jason Wah. He returned to the University in October to recruit more students during the Career Education Center’s Career Expo. Alumni who wish to hire UDM co-op students, can call 313-993-1017 or visit the Titan Career Link web site.