Friday Apr 11 2014

Recap: NYC alumni event at CityLore Gallery 4.2.14

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our annual alumni event in New York City on April 2, 2014 at CityLore Gallery in the Lower East Side. Over 60 alumni from all years got to enjoy a sneak preview of the exhibit “Moving Murals: Henry Chalfant and Martha Cooper’s All-City Graffiti Archive.” Dean Kim Tanzer gave an update on the School, and alumna and host, Molly Garfinkel (MAH ’10) talked about CityLore and her work there.

A very special thank you to Molly Garfinkel and everyone at CityLore, as well as alumni Colin Curley and Daphne Lasky for making the connection to the venue. It was a great evening in New York City and we look forward to coming back in the Fall.*


*If you or your firm would like to host our next New York City Alumni Event, or know of a great venue or exhibit/show that fellow alumni would enjoy, please contact Kim Wong Haggart, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, at Thanks!

Recap: Philadelphia Alumni Event at the Barnes Foundation 4.1.14

Thank you to everyone who joined us in Philadelphia on April 1, 2014 for two very special tours of the Barnes Foundation. Bill McDowell gave a pitch perfect talk about the architectural history of the Barnes Foundation – from Dr. Barnes’ collection to the Merion location and the new building by Williams and Tsien in the heart of Philadelphia. That was followed by a docent led tour of the impressive collection. Over 40 alumni from all years, enjoyed drinks and snacks at the Kite and Key Bar down the street, as Dean Tanzer gave a quick update on the School.

A very special thank you to Courtney Kapp (BAH ’83) for organizing and sponsoring the special tours of the Barnes. It was a great day in Philadelphia and we look forward to coming back in the Fall.*

*If you or your firm would like to host our next Philadelphia Alumni Event, or know of a great venue or exhibit/show that fellow alumni would enjoy, please contact Kim Wong Haggart, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, at Thanks!


Save the Date: NYC A-school Alumni Event at City Lore, 4.2.14

Join Dean Kim Tanzer and the U.Va. School of Architecture Foundation for our Annual Spring New York City A-school Alumni event. There will be an update about the School from Dean Tanzer and introduction of Scott Karr, Assoc. Dean of Development and Exec. Dir. of the SARC Foundation, as well as a short presentation from Molly Garfinkel (MAH ‘10), Director of the Place Matters program at City Lore. It will be a fun evening to celebrate Dean Tanzer’s deanship, reconnect with fellow alumni and enjoy the exhibit “NYC’s Moving Murals: Henry Chalfant’s All City Graffiti Archive”. With special thanks to Colin Curley (BSArch ’11 and AYAC member) for his help in organizing the evening and to City Lore for opening up their new gallery space for the School.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

City Lore Gallery
56 East 1st Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
Lower East Side, New York City

(A block from the 2nd Avenue F stop or 2 ½ blocks from the Bleecker Street 6 train stop and Broadway-Lafayette BDFM stop)

RSVP to Kim Wong Haggart by Monday, March 24, 2014 / 434.982.2761

AYAC in Boston – Shigeru Ban lecture and reception THANK YOU

Last Thursday, February 27, 2014, the AYAC in Boston hosted young alumni for the Shigeru Ban lecture at MIT followed by a reception at Middlesex Lounge. The lecture was fantastic and covered not only Ban’s more iconic work, but also his humanitarian design initiatives in disaster relief. Afterwards, we (14 in all) met up outside the lecture hall and walked over to Middlesex Lounge for drinks and appetizers (sponsored by the SARC Foundation). The evening was a great success and everyone had a wonderful time!

Thank you to everyone who came out!  We look forward to seeing you on March 13th for flatbread and candlestick bowling!!

A-school Alumni Event in Philadelphia – Barnes Foundation Tours and Happy Hour

Join Dean Kim Tanzer and the UVa School of Architecture Foundation for our Spring Philadelphia alumni event with a special architectural tour and presentation of the Barnes Foundation by Bill McDowell, Senior Building Project Executive, and a private docent-led tour of the Barnes Collection. Afterwards, there will be a happy hour at The Kite and Key next door, with an update about the School from Dean Tanzer and introduction of Scott Karr, Assoc. Dean of Development and Exec. Dir. of the Foundation, as well as a short student presentation by Nancy Takahashi’s first year landscape architecture studio. Feel free to come to just the tours or the reception or both! Tickets to the Barnes tours are limited and open to A-school alumni only. They will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.  A very special thanks to Courtney Crenshaw Kapp (BAH ‘83) for helping to organize and sponsor the special afternoon at the Barnes Foundation.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

3-4PM               Architectural Tour with Bill McDowell
4-5:30PM          Docent led tour of Barnes collection
5:30-7:30PM      Reception at The Kite & Key

Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130

The Kite & Key
1836 Callowhill St
Philadelphia, PA 19130

(Parking is available for a fee at the Barnes, as well as at local garages. For more information about transportation to the Barnes, visit

RSVP by Friday, March 14th to Kim Wong Haggart // 434.982.2761

Monday Feb 17 2014

Alumni survey – The Practical Imagination: Design Thinking and the other 50%

Calling all A-school Alumni…we need your input!

This year’s University of Virginia School of Architecture Colonnade magazine will focus on “The Practical Imagination: Design Thinking and the Other 50%”. We are looking for anecdotes on how you have used your A-school education – this process of design thinking – in your daily life, especially in your professional life in domains outside of architecture. We want to hear from those who practice architecture/landscape architecture/history/planning, as well as the 50% of our alumni who explore fields beyond the School’s disciplines but continue to draw lessons from their days in Campbell Hall. We would greatly appreciate it if you could answer this alumni survey before Friday, March 7, 2014.

Herbert Simon defined design as the “changing of existing situations into preferred ones”. Design Thinking is a creative process, a way of problem solving for real solutions, and a system of methodologies and observations to create new ideas to improve the human experience. It revolves around seven key phases along the innovation continuum: define, research, ideate, prototype, choose, implement, and learn. These phases are non-linear – they can occur concurrently or be repeated – and are often times simplified to three major milestones: inspiration, ideation and implementation. Design thinking is inherently taught at Architecture Schools and Design Schools but is also appreciated and implemented by many professional domains outside of design, such as business, healthcare, community engagement and communications/media.

If you have any questions, contact Kim Wong Haggart, SARC Associate Director of Alumni Relations, at

Recap: AYAC in NYC externship happy hour on 1.8.14

On Wednesday 1/8/14, AYAC NYC sponsored a happy hour event consisting of more than 30 NYC-based young alumni and student externs at Old Town Bar in the Flatiron District of Manhattan.  Seven enthusiastic externs and two dozen alumni attended the event to share their personal and professional stories in the lively venue, and we’re proud to say it felt much like a night out on The Corner.  Looking forward, we’re excited to have many more current students in the city following the Spring semester as summer internships kick off and graduating students launch their careers.  Special thanks to the many NYC-based firms that participated in the 2014 extern program, which is undoubtedly one of the most successful career development  programs offered by any architecture school in the country:

Nelson Byrd Woltz, Snohetta, Jaklitsch/Gardner, SCAPE, Lewis Tsurumaki lewis, Dland Studio, Slade Architecture, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architecture, morphosis, OMA, SPG, Perkins Eastman, Eisenman Architects, Dirtworks, WORKac, SITU Fabrication, BIG, Thomas Phifer and Partners, Elmslie Osler Architects, Laura Heim Architect, HLW International, FXFowle, West8, SOM, AECOM, ARO, SHoP, Ryall Porter Sheridan Architects, Balmori Associates and Ennead Architects.  Thank you to our externship hosts in New York!

Wheelwright Prize – applications now accepted through March

Calling all young architects:

Harvard GSD’S $100,000 Wheelwright Prize, 2014 Edition Launches in January

Harvard GSD is pleased to announce the second edition of the Wheelwright Prize, a $100,000 traveling fellowship open to talented early-career architects worldwide proposing exceptional itineraries for research and discovery. Available to architects practicing anywhere in the world, the Wheelwright Prize recognizes the importance of field research to professional development, and reinforces Harvard GSD’s dedication to fostering investigative approaches to contemporary design.

Learn more

Upcoming Richard Guy Wilson Lectures in NYC and Kentucky

Commonwealth Professor of Architectural History and Chair of the Architectural History department, Richard Guy Wilson, has lectures open to the public in New York City and Kentucky.  Full details and information on how to RSVP to these talks are in the invites below.

January 22, 2014 at the Governor’s Mansion in Frankfort, KY 

January 29, 2014 at Avery Hall, Columbia University in New York City.

January 30th at the Dominican Academy in New York City