School and faculty news
Dedication of the Peter Peirce Interactive Learning Center
The Peter Peirce Interactive Learning Center, located in the Warren Loranger Architecture Building, was dedicated on Sept. 25, 2009. Thanks to generous donations from Cherry Peirce, Warren Loranger '51, Paul Britten '85, and other classmates of Peirce, UDM was able to build this multi-purpose space in Peirce's name to recognize his untimely death in the Lockerbie, Scotland plane disaster. The space will be used for small lectures, large seminars and for juries.
As stated on the plaque that hangs near the new Center: "Peter attended the SOA from 1981-1985. Like many who have walked the halls of the Architecture building, Peter built many great relationships through the camaraderie of vigorous late night debates, a shared passion for craft and hard work. His thirst for life and discovery drove Peirce to continually search for the root of inspiration. Peter finished his degree overlooking the banks of the Arno in Florence, Italy. Peter and his beloved wife, Cherry, an interior designer, founded Peirce Design Group. This award-winning firm brought a fresh and innovative approach to design and construction to Northwest Ohio. While returning from graduate school, Peter's life, along with 270 others, was taken in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, on December 21, 1988. He was 40 years old. Adventurer, Entrepreneur, Friend, Father, Husband and Architect. Peter loved life and life loved Peter. May those that follow, complete the dream of this Renaissance man and old-fashioned gentleman." See photos from the event.
Student scholarships presented at All School Event
Four SOA students received scholarships during the All School Event in September:
Visit the new SOA web site
The School recently launched a newly designed web site, arch.udmercy.edu. The site, designed by Associate Professor Wladek Fuchs, contains the latest news and events, as well as information on academic programs, service and research, students and alumni.
The School welcomed new faculty members Claudia Bernasconi, assistant professor of Architecture, and Chandra Moore, assistant professor of practice, with the start of the school year.
Stephen Vogel, dean of the School of Architecture, was quoted in the Sept. 25 Detroit News article, "Spending habits put Main Street at risk." Vogel has lectured nationally and internationally on urban redevelopment and the phenomenon of shrinking cities.