UWM Research Report 2012
UWM faculty, staff and students are following many paths to creating new knowledge in diverse fields.
Mutual inSPiRatiOn H aving a national leader in the use of a relatively new architectural software right here in Milwaukee presents an opportunity for UWM architecture students, one that the firm Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA) has embraced. EUA is known for innovative uses of virtual 3-D modeling called Building Information Modeling (BIM), which allows all the different professions involved in a construction project to work together in real time. Skill with the software is essential for new architecture graduates because it helps contain project costs, but few have the opportunity to test the limits of it in a professional setting. Until now. The firm sponsors a course “studio” at UWM’s School of Architecture & Urban Planning (SARUP) that focuses on the accomplished use of Revit software, a brand of BIM. It appears to be working. Close and extended work among architects and students has formed a kind of incubator for creativity and has resulted in two national honors for SARUP. “Students are experiencing a very real design process,” says EUA senior design architect TJ Morley, “where they are faced with maintaining the strength of an idea under the weight of real-world influences.” EUA is only one of several commercially sponsored studios at SARUP that have been described in the trade press as “an amazing symbiosis between practice and education.” The National Architectural Accrediting Board specifically identified the studios as being models for other schools. “By working directly with our colleagues in the professions, the school becomes relevant to the needs of the built environment and provides a unique educational experience for all the participants,” says SARUP Dean Robert Greenstreet. In the last five years, SARUP has offered nine commercially supported studios, from its first sponsor, Spancrete Industries, to its most recent, Bradley Corp. P o w e r f u l i d e a s . P r o v e n R e s u l t s . • 23 tJ Morley of Eppstein Uhen architects (left) with student Sara Maas and associate Professor gil Snyder