January 2015 AYAC Externship/Winter Break Happy Hours

Calling all students and young alumni – join the A-School Young Alumni Council (AYAC) for our 4th annual Externship Week/Winter Break Happy Hour – in a city near you!  These events are open to all students in town for their externship, as well as students home for winter break and young alumni in the area. It is a great opportunity to meet fellow alumni in the area, network, and get to know a city you may be testing out.

Please contact Kim Wong Haggart, Associate Director of Alumni Relations for the A-School, kimwong@virginia.edu, to RSVP for one of the following events.  You must be 21+ to attend any of the events in a bar.

  • New York City – Tuesday, Jan 6th from 6-8PM at location TBD
  • San Francisco  - Wednesday Jan 7th from 6-8PM at Mikkeller Bar (34 Mason Street in the Mission)
  • Boston – Wednesday, Jan. 7th from 6:30-8:30PM at The Field Pub (20 Prospect Stree in Central Square, Cambridge)
  • Philadelphia – Thursday, Jan 8th from 5-7PM at DIGSAU office (340 N 12th Street, #421)
  • Washington DC – Thursday, Jan 8 from 6-8PM at Drafting Table (1529 14th Street NW, near Logan Circle)
  • Seattle – Thursday, Jan 8 from 5:30-7:30PM at Alstadt (209 1st Ave South (Pioneer Square)

We look forward to seeing you all in January!

A-School in DC: Prof. Tim Beatley to speak at WWF on 12/11/14

Join Chair of the UVa School of Architecture department of Urban and Environmental Planning, Tim Beatley, Heinz Professor of sustainable communities, next Thursday, December 11th at the WWF (1250 24th Street NW) for a talk about “Urban communities inspired by nature: connecting people and the planet”.  Details below.

World Wildlife Fund’s Kathryn Fuller Science for Nature Seminar Series

Can urban biophilia drive global conservation by bringing nature into everyday life? 

Join WWF and our speakers to discuss if biophilic cities can drive global conservation.

Who: Tim Beatley and Stella Tarnay. Moderated by Kerry Cesareo.
When: December 11, 2014 at 4:30 pm
Where: 1250 24th St NW, 2nd floor conference center

Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

Register now!

Urban communities inspired by nature: connecting people and the planet

As urban populations continue to grow, how do we create a vision for sustainable communities that integrates nature and its value into urban life? Can a deeper link between urban communities and nature drive global conservation? Biophilic cities are those with abundant nature where citizens are connected to local biodiversity and ecological processes and understand the impacts of their community on the natural world. UVA School of Architecture professor Tim Beatley spearheads The Biophilic Cities Project, an initiative to provide people in urban areas the ability to have close contact with nature. Through a conversation with Prof. Beatley and urban planner and local green building specialist Stella Tarnay, we will learn how to embrace the idea of biophilia and implement urban conservation right here in D.C, as well as the impact this concept could have on conservation around the world.

About the Speakers

Timothy Beatley is Chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning and Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where he has taught for over twenty-five years. His primary teaching and research interests are in environmental planning and policy, with special emphasis on coastal and natural hazards planning, environmental values and ethics, and biodiversity conservation. He has published extensively in these areas. In recent years much of his research and writing has been focused on the subject of sustainable communities, and creative strategies by which cities and towns can reduce their ecological footprints, while at the same time becoming more livable and equitable places. His books that explore these issues include Biophilic Cities, Resilient Cities, and Green Urbanism (Island Press).

Stella Tarnay is the Chair of Education for Dumbarton Oaks Park, a historic woodland landscape in Washington, DC. She serves as advisor to City Wildlife and the Sustainable Landscape Design Program at George Washington University. Before working with natural systems, she was the Senior Policy Officer for Green Building in the District of Columbia Department of the Environment. She was a participating member of the Nature and Green Economy working groups for Sustainable DC.

Kerry Cesareo leads WWF’s strategy and work related to forest conservation to produce measurable results in mitigating and reversing the impacts of the forest sector as a driver of biodiversity loss, particularly in WWF’s priority places. In 2006, Kerry successfully launched the North American program of WWF’s Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN), forging partnerships with P&G, Kimberly-Clark, Walmart, Williams-Sonoma, Inc., and others. She also managed project start-up for the Sustainable Forest Products Global Alliance, a public-private partnership with The Home Depot and USAID, and served as Operations Manager for GFTN globally. She currently serves on the board of the Forest Stewardship Council U.S. Prior to WWF, Kerry worked as an environmental scientist, a forest inventory researcher, an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer, and a U.S. PIRG Field Manager.

Architecture Events in DC – “The Future of Architectural Journalism” – 12/3/14



You are Invited—Panel Discussion / Q+A

The Future of Architectural Journalism

Wednesday, December 3, 6:00-7:30pm

AIA|DC—District Architecture Center, 421 7th Street NW, Washington, DC
Space is limited. Light refreshments.
1.5 LUs: Participants must attend the entire session to receive continuing education credit.

Architectural journalism provides an important filter for public understanding of the built environment and for architectural firms to communicate with the communities that they work in. The changing media landscape, however, has made it difficult for this filter to function as well as it has in the past, and this panel of writers, editors and industry leaders will discuss what they see as the future of architectural journalism (and criticism), and what that means for practitioners as well as the public.

Presented by FXFOWLE and AIA|DC

Thomas Fisher is a Professor in the School of Architecture and Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. A graduate of Cornell University and Case Western Reserve University, he has written 7 books, 47 book chapters or introductions, and over 325 articles in professional journals and major publications. Named a top-25 design educator four times by Design Intelligence, he has lectured at 36 universities and over 150 professional and public meetings in the U.S. His most recent book, Designing to Avoid Disaster, The Nature of Fracture-Critical Design (Routledge, 2012) looks at failures across an array of systems and argues for a more ecologically based way of thinking about the infrastructures we all depend on.

Alan Brake is the Executive Editor of Architect’s Newspaper. He has written about architecture, design, and urbanism for Architecture, Architectural Record, Azure, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Metropolis, The New York Times and other publications. He studied architectural history and urbanism at Vassar College and Yale University, where he earned a Masters in Environmental Design. He is the recipient of a research grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Ned Cramer is the Editor-in-Chief of Architect magazine, the official publication of the American Institute of Architects. Prior to joining Hanley Wood, Cramer was the Executive Editor of Architecture magazine. Previously, he served as the first full-time curator of the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), where he organized public programs and exhibitions. A recipient of an Arts Administration Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Cramer has held positions at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Menil Collection in Houston.

Meghan Drueding is the Managing Editor of Preservation, the magazine of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Before joining Preservation in 2013, she spent 16 years as an award-winning architectural journalist for magazines such as Residential Architect, EcoHome, and Custom Home. Meghan is accredited as a LEED Green Associate and lives in a Midcentury Modern building in Washington, D.C.

Robert Ivy, FAIA, is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects. Since assuming management responsibility, Ivy initiated two important investigations—one in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative—into the role of architects in society and the future of architecture practice. Previously, Ivy was Vice-President & Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction and Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record, where he also oversaw 16 print and 17 digital publications. Through his long tenure, Ivy has established himself as a spokesperson for the profession on important issues, such as the effect of architecture on climate and social and political questions involving the built environment.

Roger Lewis, FAIA, is a practicing architect and urban planner, a professor emeritus of architecture at the University of Maryland College Park, a writer and a cartoonist. Since 1984, The Washington Post has published Lewis’ thematic, illustrated column, “Shaping the City,” about architecture, planning and urban development. Lewis is the author or co-author of numerous journal articles and books, including The Growth Management Handbook and Architect? A Candid Guide to the Profession, first published in 1984 by MIT Press (third edition, 2013). Since 2007, he has appeared regularly on the Kojo Nnamdi radio show, broadcast and podcast by WAMU-FM, American University’s NPR affiliate in Washington, DC.

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A-School in NYC – Karen Van Lengen “Conversations on Steinberg: Between Art and Architecture”

Conversations on Steinberg: Between Art and Architecture

At the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place [Directions]

Karen Van Lengen, FAIA, William Kenan Professor of Architecture, University of Virginia
Christian Rattemeyer, Harvey S. Shipley Miller Associate Curator of Drawings, Museum of Modern Art in New York
Organized by: Center for Architecture with The Saul Steinberg Foundation

Price: Free

Join us for a conversation on the occasion of Saul Steinberg Drawings | Architecture Public Space, an exhibition in celebration of the centennial of Steinberg’s birth presenting a selection of drawings that explore the themes of architecture and public space.

We will be joined by Karen Van Lengen, FAIA, and Christian Rattemeyer, for a conversation that will explore Steinberg’s drawing practice as it relates to the intersection of art and architecture.

This program is an initiative of the Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, 2014 Presidential theme “Civic Spirit: Civic Vision.”

Saul Steinberg Drawings | Architecture Public Space is on view at the Center for Architecture through January 3, 2015.

Admissions – ACSA virtual expo with UVA on 11.22.14

The ACSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture) is holding a virtual expo Saturday, November 22nd from 12-noon to 4pm.

This is an opportunity to virtually visit and chat with representatives from a variety of Architecture programs across the country. The U.Va. School of Architecture is participating. Therefore, please forward this information to anyone you know who is interested in the A-School undergraduate or graduate programs but who may be unable to visit Charlottesville. Student registration is FREE!

Visit the ACSA website to see the participating schools and to register.

Monday Nov 10 2014

LUNCH 10 – call for alumni submissions

When we cross frontiers, what do we meet? Modes of visual, verbal and data communication have brought forth feelings of both awareness and disunity. Across scales, aliens emerge from this discord.

The issue is not only of the alien or non­alien but of negotiated territory where the value of invasive species, hazardous materials and estranged forms comes into question. The enculturation of mobility, tourism, and surveillance is shifting self-perceptions and uprooting grounded relationships. What was once permanent can no longer be taken for granted.

As expanses shrink and technology enables, what aliens do we encounter and what are the rules of engagement? How do aliens operate within design? How are they agents of evocation, protocol, and myth? How are architects alien? What boundaries do we trespass?

ALIEN asks you to consider limits, permeations, the unfamiliar and the strange. Send us your declarations, pleas and confessions. We’re looking for tested stories, ponderings, theories, manifestos, proposals, mappings, interviews, graphics – a wide array of responses that will incite conversation and engage us in ways of seeing the alien in our world and beyond.

Abstracts are due November 14, 2014. Full submissions are due January 9, 2015. Please limit articles to 3000 words. Submit at lunchdesignjournal.submittable.com/submit and contact info@lunch.com with questions.

Copies of LUNCH 9 IN EXCESS are now available on Amazon.

Lunch is a design research journal edited and designed by students at the University of Virginia School of Architecture. Go to UVaLunch.com for past volumes and more information. 

SAVE THE DATE: NYC Alumni + Friends Reception with Dean Meyer, 12.10.14

Join the U.Va. School of Architecture in welcoming Beth Meyer, (BLA ’78, MLA ‘82) Merrill D. Peterson Professor of Landscape Architecture, as Dean and Edward E. Elson Professor of the School of Architecture at our New York City Alumni + Friends reception on Wednesday, December 10th at ARO from 6:30-8:30PM. Associate Professor Julie Bargmann will also be in attendance. Come, catch up with fellow alumni, and hear a short update on the School and thoughts on the next two years by Dean Meyer. With special thanks to Adam Yarinsky (BSArch ’84) and everyone at ARO for hosting us.

PLEASE NOTE that due to permit restrictions, we can only allow 75 RSVP’ed guests to this event/in the office. RSVP early since it will be first come, first serve and all other guests will be put on a waitlist.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Architecture Research Office (ARO)
170 Varick Street, 7th Floor New York, NY 10013 (map)

RSVP to Kim Wong Haggart by Wednesday, December 3, 2014
kimwong@virginia.edu / 434.982.2761

RECAP: 26th Annual Dean’s Forum Dinner, 10.11.14

Thank all of you for another memorable Dean’s Forum Dinner on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Old Keswick. It was a cool central Virginia Fall evening, but the tent was warm (maybe too warm?!) and the atmosphere was celebratory.  We were proud to honor Marion Weiss with the 2014 A-School Distinguished Alumni Award and to toast Beth Meyer, as our new Dean.

With very special thanks to Peggy Augustus for sharing her beautiful home and Clark Construction Group for being our 2014 Dean’s Forum Dinner Sponsor. And of course, thank you to each and every one of our Dean’s Forum members for sustaining the School and all of our top-notch programs, people and ideas every year.

HOLD these two dates for next year’s Dean’s Forum Dinner – Saturday, September 19, 2015 and Saturday, September 26, 2015 (the final date will be dependent on venue availability and the home-football schedule – so stay tuned).

SAVE THE DATE: UEP in Philadelphia Alumni Event, 10.31.14

Join the UVa School of Architecture Department of Urban and Environmental Planning faculty for an impromptu A-School Happy Hour in conjunction with the ACSP (Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning) Conference in Philadelphia, THIS FRIDAY, October 31st at 5PM at the Bank and Bourbon (1200 Market St).  Stop by before starting your weekend, look for the UVA banner, have a drink and meet some of the amazing, new UEP faculty (check them out!).  Costumes are 100% optional!

Many thanks to Carla Jones (BUEP ’10 + MUEP ’12) for organizing!