Spring 2006
The Nautilus

School of Architecture news

School of Architecture Reception at the AIA National Convention, June 8

Please join Dean Vogel and Design Center Director Dan Pitera in Los Angeles for a joint reception sponsored by AIA Michigan, University of Detroit Mercy, Lawrence Technological University and the University of Michigan. Enjoy good food and good company with other School of Architecture alumni and friends and find out what's going on at the University.

Thursday, June 8 at 5:30 p.m.
444 S. Flower Street
Suite 4700
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Alumni Reception reunites alumni, current students and former faculty

The School of Architecture held its annual Alumni Reception on April 27 in the Warren Loranger Architecture Building. This year's event was attended by over 150 alumni and featured a visit from some of the School's beloved former faculty members, including Bob Tucker, Nick Chatas and John Loss.

Dean Stephen Vogel: Expert designer of… chili?

Dean Vogel
Dean Vogel receives contest trophy from Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Barbara Schirmer.

Even though Architecture Dean Stephen Vogel was the supreme chef and winner of the University's second annual Dean's Chili Cook-off, don't expect him to reveal his secret recipe. Dean Vogel and the University's other deans each prepared his or her favorite chili recipe and served it to alumni at the Alumni Tailgate party in the Engineering Building high bay prior to the February Men's Titan Homecoming game against Butler. The Titans won, and Dean Vogel was presented with the Chili Cook-off trophy during half-time.

International programs return

After a year of analysis and financial and program restructuring, the School of Architecture has reinstituted the program in Poland and Italy.  The Polish Exchange Program is virtually unchanged and we currently have 12 students in Poland with adjunct instructor Fred Bidigari.  The Italian program has been changed to ½ semester in Volterra and ½ semester in Detroit.  We currently have 13 students in Volterra with Associate Professor Amy Deines.  By shortening the time in Italy, we have lowered the cost of the program.  This was especially critical given the Euro/Dollar exchange rate.  Students were still given the opportunity to travel before the program began. See the story below of one UDM student, Jake Gehring, in Poland.

Students anxious to see design transformed into real-life house

Nine UDM Architecture students have created a design for a house, the recycled materials for which would come from a historic mansion in Highland Park, Ill. Once they have a buyer, the house will be built in Detroit's Woodbridge neighborhood. Read the Detroit Free Press article (pdf) on these industrious students.

Alumni Council elects new officers

At its final meeting of the year on May 17, the School of Architecture Alumni Council elected new officers replacing long time Council members Steve Sussman '79, and Ron Titus '83, '92. The new officers are Wayne Chubb '00, president; Bridget Shelton '01, vice president; and Robert Brown '04, '05, secretary/treasurer. Thanks to Steve and Ron for their commitment and service to the Council. Both will continue to stay active in the affairs of the Council.

Architecture student "blogs" his experiences in Poland

Jake Gehring
Jake Gehring in Poland

The School of Architecture's study abroad program in Poland has been running since 1980, and likely, today's students are having much the same experiences as the program's first students. You can relive your own first impressions of arriving in Warsaw, Poland, meeting the Polish students and professors through Jake Gehring, a fourth-year architecture student's web log, or "blog." Jake, who returned to Michigan in May, blogged throughout his time in Poland. You can read his comments on his UDM blog.

Faculty search extended again

For the second year in a row, the search for a new full-time tenure-track faculty ended without a selection. Over 40 applications were reviewed and four candidates were interviewed. A consensus of who would fit best with the needs of the School was not achieved. This position will be filled with a one-year contract faculty while the search continues.

Faculty notes

Dan Pitera, associate professor of Architecture and director, Detroit Collaborative Design Center, was recently featured in the National Catholic Reporter in the article "Creating Dignity by Design." Pitera was also a finalist for the "James Stirling Memorial Lectures on the City" competition for his research on Detroit.

Julie Kim and Paul Matelic, both Architecture faculty, participated in a symposium and exhibited selected works of their practice at an invited show entitled "Building.Practice." at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. The exhibit is scheduled to move to I-Space in Chicago, Illinois in January 2007.

Amy Green Deines has been granted tenure by the University and promoted to associate professor, effective August 16, 2006.

Will Wittig has been granted tenure by the University and promoted to associate professor, effective August 16, 2006.

Giving to UDM

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Jesuit founders Loyola, Faber, and Xavier

Sept. 25 – Oct. 7: UDM will celebrate Founders Week and Jesuit Jubilee, including a visit from the Superior General of the Jesuit order, The Very Reverend Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J.
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