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Design and Health VOLUME XXVII, SUMMER 2013
Letter From the Dean
Design and Health
City and Region
Year of Water
Design and Health Exhibitions
Design and Health: the Future
Faculty and Staff Notes
Externship Program Update
Profile in Giving
Lectures and Exhibits
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Letter from the Dean The winds of change continue to blow across the University of Virginia and through Campbell Hall. We witness paradigms shifting and new patterns emerging as higher education and our own professions continue to respond to global changes. Here at the A-School we are well positioned to take advantage of one of these emerging global trends — the increasing importance of healthcare — capitalizing on the work of our Center for Design and Health, the focus of this issue of Colonnade. You may recall that last year’s Colonnade was titled “Engaged Scholarship in the Civic Realm.” Capturing this momentum, the School has created a second interdisciplinary research center, the Community Design and Research Center, directed by Suzanne Moomaw. This Center will support and focus our School’s nationally-recognized community design and engagement efforts, while adding an important research component to the work. We have also received the exciting news that our Ph.D. in the Constructed Environment has been approved by the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia. We will spend the coming year preparing to admit our first class in Fall 2014. This accomplishment required the efforts of many, but special credit goes to Kirk Martini, Associate Dean for Academics, who spearheaded the effort. Our international efforts continue to flourish. Our Veneto offerings will expand in Fall 2013 to include the School’s first semester-long program in Venice in many years. Valmarana Professor Cammy Brothers has organized the effort, and Anselmo Canfora was selected to teach this important inaugural semester. In 2012-13 we welcomed new tenure-track and visiting faculty — 13 in all! At the same time, professors beloved by alumni across the years continue to teach, research, and serve the School and University. In addition, four A-School faculty members have been tenured and/or promoted by the University, Beth Meyer, Bill Sherman, Nana Last, and Sheila Crane. The year also saw a number of transitions. Louis Nelson recently became the School’s Associate Dean for Research, following Phoebe Crisman’s successful three-year term in the School’s inaugural research appointment. And Teresa Galí-Izard will begin her term as chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture, following Nancy Takahashi’s pivotal two-year term. Warren Buford has left the University to become Associate Head at a local independent school, and we are searching for his replacement. June Yang joined the
development team, with a focus on Annual Fund and major gifts, while Kim Wong Haggart continues to work with us on alumni relations, event planning, and special projects. Seth Wood and Cally Bryant joined us as communications coordinator, and designer and web content manager, respectively. We spent the 2012-13 academic year reinforcing our interdisciplinary strengths through three School-wide initiatives, all focused on water. We dedicated much of our lecture and exhibition series to water, publicized through a poster playfully titled “drink.” The year’s School-wide charrette was titled “The Rivanna River Vortex,” focusing on the portion of the river that separates the City from the County. Robertson Professor Adrian Geueze led the charrette in January, and local planners and neighbors benefited from the ideas presented during the 10-day event. And four cross-grounds dialogues, called “After the Deluge: Reimagining Leonardo’s Legacy,” focused on the ecology of water. Finally, I write to note that several of our programs were recognized with high rankings in the annual Design Intelligence survey (our M. Arch and M.L.A.) and our Urban and Environmental Planning was similarly recognized in their national survey, conducted by Planetizen. And Campbell Hall was recognized among the best-designed architecture schools in the country by the Architizer blog. Individual faculty and student accomplishments are too numerous to mention here, but they can be found in other parts of this issue of Colonnade. In the coming year we look forward to seeing you in Charlottesville, around the country, and across the world. Sincerely,
Kim Tanzer, FAIA Dean and Edward E. Elson Professor of Architecture
Design and Health
— Kim Tanzer, FAIA, Dean and Edward E. Elson Professor of Architecture
To heal is to make whole
The root of the word heal comes from the Middle English noun, “hele,” or “whole.” But what does “to make whole” mean? Most of us understand health as the absence of disease, and throughout our lives we have sought health care when we were already sick. But is sickness only the absence of disease, or the absence of wholeness? The University of Virginia’s Center for Design and Health takes a broad approach. Grounded in the work of all disciplines found in the School of Architecture, along with public health, nursing, medical humanities, and public policy, among others, our Center focuses on the important, and obtainable, goal of “making whole” through environmental design and planning. While some of the teaching and research done at the School, and shared on the pages that follow, concerns traditional healthcare settings, we expand the definition of health to include personal health, public health, and planetary health. This issue of Colonnade is organized in the same way, starting with health-promoting buildings and landscapes, then moving out in scale to neighborhoods and beyond, like ripples in a pond. To make whole, I would argue, is to provide balance, or completeness. We might think of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, beginning with basic shelter and providing for physiological needs (food, breathable air, drinkable water, restful sleep), then the need for safety and security, then love and belonging, then the psychological need for self esteem and mutual respect, and finally what Maslow described as self-actualization, 2
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(creativity, morality, and the need to realize one’s potential). Might this describe a kind of wholeness? What role might the human environment play in supporting and shaping such wholeness? Clearly we hope our built environment provides, at a minimum, basic shelter. A well-designed neighborhood or city might also provide fresh local foods, and should certainly provide clean air to breathe and clean water to drink. Safety, within our homes or in alternative shelters, is partially the obligation of the built environment. Security also has a significant design component, made prominent through the crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) movement. Many but not all birth families provide a meaningful sense of belonging. Families of choice, created in community centers, churches, or recreational facilities, often supplement or replace primary family structures. Self-actualization, reaching one’s potential, can happen anywhere — playing in the woods, composing music, reflecting on the meaning of life, helping others. Each of these acts literally “takes place” in a physical setting. The built environment often provides the spatial context for these most satisfying individual experiences. The Center for Design and Health, with its distributed focus ranging from healing in healthcare environments to the design of healthy neighborhoods, cities, and regions, sees opportunities in all these arenas. Our focus is on finding appropriate approaches, and when possible, transferring knowledge from one scale to another.
For instance, can we understand the role of calming vistas by studying a highly controlled hospital environment, and apply what we have learned to schools, or multi-family housing? Can we draw conclusions from a demographic study of food deserts in an urban environment and use this knowledge to design individual gardens? Can strategies that help us age in place also help those with life-long disabilities move through their environments? Can safe spaces ease the psyches of those with life-threatening illnesses just as such secure environments might comfort scared children? Can walking paths that provide exercise for young urbanites also provide safe routes to elementary schools? And, importantly, can we use the critical feedback of research to do more of what we have learned works well? Our nation and our world are entering a period of particular urgency with regard to healthcare, in the traditional sense of relief from sickness. As our population ages, and the costs of healthcare increase, new approaches are essential. A built environment that promotes wholeness is a smart, cost-effective, and humane approach. And an environment that is healing for individuals is also, we believe, healthy for the planet. As you will see in the pages that follow, the School of Architectureâ€™s Center for Design and Health has much to contribute. Image: Strolling Garden, Reuben Rainey
— Schaeffer Somers
Lecturer, Architecture and Public Health Sciences
Image (left): Initiative reCOVER’s “Breathe House” in St. Marc, Haiti, by Anselmo Canfora and students. Image (right): Short Stay Facility, Phoenix, AZ, Schaeffer Somers and students.
The United States is experiencing an epidemic of obesity and chronic disease. Public health research is beginning to reveal the role that our sprawling built environment plays in shaping our health and well-being. Forward-thinking cities like San Francisco and New York are playing a crucial role in translating scientific evidence into action through interdisciplinary and community-based processes. A key tool in this emerging toolbox is San Francisco’s Sustainable Communities Index, which provides a system of performance measures for monitoring urban health and informing the development of a more livable, equitable, and prosperous city. As a learning application in the Phinney-Somers studio, the Sustainable Communities Index provided a template for mapping the health environment of Baltimore, revealing food deserts, health disparities, and ecotones where demographics and communities meet and overlap. This mapping work became the logic for student group projects for a local food hub and community art network and center.
Another important tool is New York’s Active Design Guidelines, which goes beyond LEED to create a handbook of specific recommendations for urban design and architectural practice. On the surface, evidence-based resources like the Active Design Guidelines can read as intuitively obvious concepts, yet they contain a universe of possibilities that can be explored in the studio and practice. For example, a practical application is positioning the main stair in direct proximity to the entry and subordinating the elevators, reversing the typical hierarchy. However, adding a social program to the stair can further nudge us towards a more dynamic use as public space. And how the stair is made as a structure, surface, and detail can generate excitement and delight as a further attractor for engagement. A practitioner of this strategy is U.Va. alumnus, Adam Yarinsky of ARO, who has designed exemplary stairs that combine a material and structural agenda with transparency and public program.
The Waldman-Somers studio explores these concepts in a workshop that analyzes and builds models of case-study structures that promote health and well-being. The upcoming Fall 2013 studio will focus on stairs and pedestrian bridges as structural systems that can catalyze semester-long group projects in an extensive network of healthcare and housing program dispersed through the city of Charlottesville. Within the networked program of the studio, students will design a new center of complementary and alternative medicine called the Center of Well-Being, Health, and Happiness in partnership with the U.Va. School of Medicine. The diagnostic and therapeutic modalities specific to the Center will include elements essential to whole-person wellness including mind-body-spirit practices such as stress management, resilience training, massage therapy, acupuncture and appreciative practice. The Center is entering an active phase of fundraising and the studio can play a role in its inception by developing a range of building types from small retreat cabins to larger public structures testing the Active Design Guidelines and other evidence-based models.
Short Stay Facility, Phoenix, AZ Schaeffer Somers and students
Although integrating health in the built environment may in part seem like a return to timeless principles, what is truly new is the confluence of interest in “intersectoral collaborations” across city governments, public health sciences, and the design and planning disciplines. This is a rich time of renewed interest in human mobility, public space, and translating research into community-based solutions in the form of policy, planning, and design. The School of Architecture is operationalizing this through its learning applications in studio and work across all departments with communities from local to global.
Souza Azevedo. The team is grateful for the support of
The U.Va. School of Architecture was selected as one of four universities to participate in the annual Student Design Charrette held in conjunction with the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health’s Fall 2012 Conference. Schaeffer Somers led an interdisciplinary team of graduate and undergraduate students from the departments of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban & Environmental Planning. The charrette and conference in Phoenix, AZ focused on the design of a Short Stay Facility intended to respond to a variety of patient and hospital requirements, while acting as armature for a phased campus master plan. The team’s solution integrated the existing medical center program in a design that responded to the site and climate of Phoenix and generated a typology of patient rooms and gardens to provide a wide range of options for patient-centered care. Student participants: Rachel Stevens, Paul Golisz, Sonad Uygur, Christopher Chu, and Victor Hugo de Ray Pentecost.
Eye Contact in Exam Rooms Daniel Becker
Structure and Health Danielle C. Eads
Initiative reCOVER Anselmo Canfora
With the arrival of the electronic medical record (EMR) and a computer screen on every desktop, the conversation between doctor and patient is often a threesome. While talking and listening to the patient the doctor is looking at the EMR and typing. The patient often feels left out.
The research agenda of the Structure + Health studio lies at the intersection of architecture, urban planning, and public health sciences and explores relationships between the built environment and health. The program called for a Center for Integrated Medicine & Well-Being on a large farm estate located adjacent to the City and University. Danielle’s project re-inhabits an old Sears Roebuck barn as the center of a new Tibetan Medical practice of alternative medicine.
The Initiative reCOVER project focuses on the design, fabrication, and evaluation of transitional housing solutions. ReCOVER partners with nonprofit organizations involved in humanitarian efforts to assist disaster victims and marginalized communities, and is developing a prefabricated, panelized recovery housing system deployed as a flat-packed unit.
Becker’s Center for Design and Health fellowship work is focused on researching the EMR’s effect on communication documents, reduced eye contact, and reduced psychosocial content in the medical record. These findings mirror anecdotal findings from just about any doctor or patient who has been in an exam room with the EMR. Becker’s project will test the hypothesis that a redesign of the seating arrangements, desk contour, and computer station in the exam room will improve doctor-patient communication and patient satisfaction. The design intervention will be modular and will not raise any facility management issues. The experimental desk prototype was designed and built by U.Va. alumnus Roger Sherry (MLAR ‘98) with input from Becker’s colleague Ira Helenius and School of Architecture professors emeritus Theo Van Groll and Reuben Rainey. Daniel Becker, MD, general internist at U.Va. and Design and Health Fellow.
Light, tenuous design interventions within and around the barn act as structural and programmatic scaffolding for an herb garden and healing spaces. The scaffolding structure creates shade for the Southern and Eastern sides of the original barn structure. The herb garden provides the raw ingredients for natural remedies to be synthesized into products to support the Center. A catwalk in the sky extends out of the western facade towards the Blue Ridge Mountains to provide landscape views for visitors. The integrity of the original braced rafter gable construction is preserved, but punctured strategically to insert new transparent volumes for a laboratory, exams rooms, and floating tea rooms. The reimagined structure is intended to rejuvenate the entire barn complex and provide the context for the melding of East-meets-West medical practice. Danielle C. Eads, BSArch ‘13 Peter Waldman and Schaeffer Somers, Instructors
U.Va. architecture and engineering students coordinate conventional construction methods and new digital fabrication technologies to produce a product of higher quality and efficiency, with less waste. Working with industry partners, reCOVER is developing state-of-the-art, production-ready building systems and products. The purpose for developing these transitional housing prototypes is threefold: first, to address the need for safe and healthy temporary housing for protracted recovery periods; second, to provide students with an opportunity to learn from the hands-on experience of working on community-based, applied research design/build problems; and third, to develop a transitional housing design that combines the quality of off-site fabrication with effective and sustainable processes of on-site construction, integration of local materials, and direct involvement of the community. Anselmo Canfora is Associate Professor of Architecture and Director of Initiative reCOVER.
Eastside Recreational Center Craig Borum with Jen Maigret and Maria Arquero Craig Borum and a team of University of Michigan architects and their graduate students were asked to envision an interdisciplinary urban strategy to establish major design parameters for a mixed-use recreation center on a site on the Huron River, immediately adjacent to downtown Ypsilanti, MI. Economic desires are sometimes seen to be at odds with environmental sensitivity; however, in the case of the recreation center, the challenge of working along the river and within a portion of a flood plain represented an opportunity to create a building that is a model of sustainable urbanism. For example, this included an approach to water management and infrastructure that accommodated rainwater as a resource rather than “waste.” Beyond the personal health linked with active fitness programs, the recreational center aims to bring people together and create a sense of social health and community. At the heart of every great city, Borum notes, lies a commitment and vision for civic, public space that fosters connections between its people and the natural systems of a place. This new recreational center, by attracting a wide range of use, has the potential to serve as a new civic anchor for the community. Craig Borum, BSArch ‘88, MAR ‘96, established PLY Architecture.
Princeton School of Architecture Adam Yarinsky
Healthy Schools Bob Moje
The addition and renovation of the existing 1963 building are transformational, strengthening the School of Architecture’s connection to the surrounding campus. Both a threshold and a window, the glazed addition re-centers the program, linking the two-story south wing, where administrative offices and library are located, to the studios and classrooms in three-story north wing.
VMDO Architects specializes in designing environmentally responsible, active learning environments that seek to develop the whole child. “School,” as VMDO interprets it, is a healthy learning environment, a gateway to knowledge and connections, a tool to elevate the spirit and open children up to the world around them. VMDO transformed Buckingham County, VA primary and elementary schools to address the growing concerns of student health and well-being. The team worked collaboratively to create a total learning environment to support learning both inside and outside the traditional classroom.
Making use of residual space between the wings, the addition contains a new lobby, student lounge, and elevator wrapped by a cantilevered steel plate stair. It is clad with large glass panels that enable views into and out of the building. The curtain wall’s varying ceramic frit patterns relate to the proportions of the existing building and provide greater density for solar shading on the south and west exposures. Renovations throughout the existing building address new program requirements such as a digital fabrication lab, life safety and accessibility while preserving elements such as the open concrete stair serving the studios. Adam Yarinsky, BSArch ‘84, is principal and co-founder of Architectural Research Office (ARO). Image: Packard Hall, by Elizabeth Felicella
For example, the enhanced programming includes a teaching kitchen, innovative food and nutritional displays, an open servery to promote demonstration cooking, a food lab, a small group learning lounge, scratch bakery, dehydrating food composter, ample natural daylight, flexible seating arrangements, and outdoor student gardens. To study the impact of these healthy design features, VMDO is teaming with public health scientists, including Matthew Trowbridge from U.Va., to study how health-promoting educational design strategies can support active communities and reduce childhood obesity. Bob Moje, BSArch ‘76, MArch ‘80, is a founding principal of VMDO Architects. Image: by Alan Karchmer
â€” Reuben M. Rainey
Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture and Co-Director of the Center for Design and Health
Image (left): Terence Cardinal
Cooke Health Care Center, Joel
Schnaper Memorial Garden, New
York, NY, designed by David Kamp, BSArch â€˜78. Image (right): Site
plan and render, drawn by Kaitlyn Badlato and Sarah Miller.
Landscape architects, architects, and urban and environmental planners are physicians of the landscape. They practice a healing art that envisions, creates, protects, and restores places of well-being. To heal means to make whole, and places of well-being catalyze wholeness. Such places are a tapestry of biodiversity, cultural identities, the nurturing power of community, and the aesthetic delight sustaining mind, body, and spirit. They often foster immersion in the restorative and quickening presence of nature. Examples grounded in a comprehensive understanding of sustainability include gardens, park systems, urban plazas, parkways, farms, nature preserves, memorials, and historic sites, to name but a few.
Today new discoveries in neuroscience, cognitive and evolutionary psychology, epistemology, environmental science, and digital technology are offering important new insights into the form and dynamics of places of well being. Healing gardens are returning to hightech hospitals, the quest for healthy food is creating new forms of urban parks, and poisoned Superfund sites are ingesting the antidote of bioremediation. These new discoveries are a complement to creativity. They sharpen our ability to create places of well-being through energetic and sustained cross-disciplinary explorations with students and colleagues within our school and across the university and beyond.
Remembrance Garden Nancy Takahashi and students What are the necessary qualities and elements for a healing garden in which to grieve the death of a loved one? An interdisciplinary group of students from the Architecture School and the College of Arts and Sciences consulted with faculty experts across the university to tackle the question of how a garden can foster the difficult emotional and psychological recovery of individuals and a community when a fellow student dies. The project for a memorial garden on the Grounds of U.Va. came at the request of Student Council, following the tragic and heavily publicized events of student deaths over the last two years. Spearheaded and brought to the attention of Nancy Takahashi on the Landscape Architecture faculty by third-year Architecture student Matt Wertmann, the Remembrance Garden is to be a permanent place on central Grounds for healing and commemoration. Research into the history of student deaths at U.Va. and the administration’s protocols when a student dies reinforced the need for the garden. The team learned that on average seven students die annually due to terminal illness, suicide, accidents, and homicides. After studying precedents for memorial gardens on other college campuses, and participating in an emotion-filled session with doctors and the chaplain at the Medical Center on the process of grieving, ideas began to emerge on how the space could facilitate healing. Located on a site between Newcomb Hall and Clemons Library, the garden is a planted retreat with benches, text inscriptions, special lighting, and a slate chalking wall for notes. Essential to the design is its openness and inclusivity that acknowledges how — for young people especially — “grief
is seldom an individual thing. It has a community feel to it.” (R. Haines). At the same time, students sought to create a place clearly set apart, defined by entry thresholds, differentiated paths, and plantings that allow for separating out a momentary place of introspection and emptiness. The students selected poetic texts to line the garden walks, drawing visitors’ attention and offering ways to think of living and dying in a larger sense. The garden centers on a backlit slate board and shelf attached on an existing brick wall. The surface allows a place for students to communicate by chalking a note or leaving behind a personal item of meaning. Through these features the design team expressed their desire to “make a place for people to travel in memory, feel sad, but perhaps also just smile and connect with those no longer with us.” Student Design Team: Kaity Badlato BSArch ‘13, Joshua Bland CLAS ‘13, Sarah Miller MLA/MArch ‘15, Matt Wertmann BSArch ‘14, Hongfat Wu MLA ‘13, Jessie Zhong MLA ‘14. Faculty Advisors: Nancy Takahashi, Chair, Landscape Architecture/ Helen Wilson, Landscape Architect Office of the University Architect; Reuben Rainey, Professor Emeritus and Director, Center for Design and Health; Mary Hughes, Landcsape Architect, Office of the University Architect; Marcia Day Childress, Professor Bio-Medical Ethics and Humanities; Richard Haines, former Chaplaincy Services, U.Va. Medical Center; Daniel Becker, Professor, Dept of Medicine; Aaron Laushway, Office Dean of Students; Patricia Lampkin, VP and Chief Student Affairs Officer; Charles Rush, Director, Business Services and Operations Newcomb Hall.
Nancy Takahashi is Distinguished Lecturer of Landscape Architecture.
Camphill-Ghent: Holistic Site Planning for Elders, David Kamp
ParadoXcity Jorg Sieweke
Orongo Station Nelson Byrd Woltz
Camphill-Ghent, in Chatham, NY, responds to the need for a new care model for older adults. The project continues the care of the frailest members of Camphill Village, a neighboring community that works with people with developmental disabilities. The design included the siting and organization of buildings, roads and paths, planting strategy, and guidelines for future amenities. The project also included a series of smaller-scale outdoor living spaces, including a village green, a kitchen garden, and a secured strolling garden.
Design /Research Studios investigate Delta Cities in their inherent challenge of an unstable location subject to ongoing change. The objective of the comparative research is to understand the implications of residing on unstable swampy ground.
The owners of Orongo Station, a 3,000acre sheep station in New Zealand, hired Nelson Byrd Woltz (NBW) to set in motion a bold, decade-long design effort. Sustainable agricultural practices would be interwoven with extensive restoration ecology for threatened flora and fauna — connected by the thread of design and the location’s historic narrative; the Station having been the landing point not only for the Great Migration of Maori people in 1100, but also for subsequent colonization, starting with Captain Cook seven hundred years later.
Camphill communities worldwide are based on Anthroposophy, a philosophy of Rudolf Steiner. The design interprets this philosophy to support individual dignity and accomplishment within a context of vibrant community life and stewardship of the natural environment. The design facilitates informal interactions and support among neighbors, and promotes a sense of individual agency and connection to the natural world. A hierarchy of engaging paths, from fully accessible to mown grass, connecting the entire community and surrounding meadows and woodlands, encourage exercise through walking and foster a sense of immersion in nature. The layout of buildings, roads, and paths maximizes the enjoyment of views and minimizes disturbance to the site and its hydrology, tree cover, and wildlife corridors. David Kamp, BSArch ‘78
Delta Cities have been impelled to manage the instability of shifting deltaic environment in order to access benefits and services provided by the deltaic ecosystem. Similar patterns of modernization can be found in their asynchronous historic development, for example in the rise and fall of New Orleans and Venice. Both former empires are sinking and shrinking as a consequence of losing their adaptive capacities to the particular environment. Their urban morphology is originally informed by a careful reading of the particular geographic setting. How can these cities sustain a state of stability and not risk to decay into stagnation? Delta Cities have been and will be the avant-garde in adapting to economic, ecologic and socio-cultural changes imposed on other cities as well. How can the holistic perspective of landscape architecture be empowered to help develop strategies that mediate the ongoing process of modernization and urbanization in Delta Cities and beyond? Image: Mapping the Venice lagoon: ParadoXcity studio Venice 2011, student Jennifer Lynch
Jorg Sieweke is Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Director, ParadoXcity.
Throughout, the desire was not to replicate nature but to use scientific data as a basis for artful landscape architecture. One element was creating a functioning wetland that — while clearly a work of artifice rather than nature — provides vital ecological services to the region. At the Homestead, the Station’s residence, NBW designed a collection of seven gardens narrating New Zealand’s environmental history, distilling the primary forces in the landscape and recomposing them in a contemporary design language. They tell a concise story that provides a visual introduction to the culture and ecology of a unique landscape. Orongo Station has recently become recognized as a national example of sustainable agriculture. Thomas L. Woltz (BSArch ‘90, MAR ‘96, MLAR ‘97) and Warren T. Byrd, Jr., (MSArch ‘78) are principals of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects.
Healing Spaces Reuben M. Rainey
Paradise Creek Phoebe Crisman
Geriatric Garden in Spain Teresa Galí-Izard, Jordi Nebot
Students from Landscape Architecture 4200/5200, “Healing Spaces,” produce a wide range of projects applying principles of evidence-based design to various types of healthcare facilities, parks, and memorials.
A design research studio investigated the complex relationship between human inhabitation, environmental restoration, and sustainability education through the design of a 40-acre public wetland park along a tributary of the Elizabeth River in Portsmouth, VA.
Developed with architect Manuel Ocaña, the goal of the project was to build an optimistic building with neither corridors nor any architectural barrier in a single floor. The garden is the core of the building. Rooms and collective spaces have direct access from (and towards) the garden, which as a sort of ‘lobby,’ also acts as direct access towards (and from) the collective spaces. Architecture is generated from the interior, avoiding intentionally its representation in the façades, to a peaceful central space: the garden.
In the years since he began the course, Reuben Rainey has taught hundreds of students from across U.Va., drawing interest and hard work from undergraduates and graduates from arts and sciences, nursing, engineering, commerce, and, of course, architecture. The course itself has become a prototype for a project-based curriculum in design and health. One design team designed a small community clinic for a village in Honduras. Another created two museum exhibition models for sight-impaired individuals depicting buildings exhibiting contrasting expressions of spatial organization — U.Va.’s Rotunda and Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion. Another student designed a park and terraced garden for a small community hospital in Texas. A memorial in Los Alamos to the use of nuclear energy depicting its danger to public health as well as its positive uses was included, as well as the redesign of a site plan for an existing housing complex for the elderly in Roanoke, Virginia. Reuben Rainey is Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture and Co-Director of the Center for Design and Health.
The goals were: design a green place that increases the sense of well-being, economic vitality and outdoor exploration; design green pavilions, a playground and other structures that educate visitors; make a place where citizens may rediscover the healing respite of a healthy, living river; and create strategies for industry and a natural ecosystem to co-exist in harmony. The studio designed several structures that engage urban kids in hands-on exploration and learning, including two classroom pavilions, a playground, treehouse, kayak launch, and a landing stage for the Learning Barge. The park site, containing one of the river’s last stands of mature forest, co-exists with “Superfund” industrial cleanup sites and the economically challenged, racially diverse neighborhood of Cradock. The research continues a six-year study that produced the award-winning U.Va Learning Barge and Money Point Sustainable Revitalization projects.
This central space is composed of three “leaves” which join in a central point. Each leaf is defined by a composition of shrubs and trees which bloom blue, white and yellow. The composition of plants is a mixture of evergreen, perennials and annuals. Users are actors and not mere spectators, and take care of the garden — planting, harvesting and gardening — throughout the different seasons of the year. Teresa Galí-Izard is Associate Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture and principal of ARQUITECTURA AGRONOMIA. Jordi Nebot is Lecturer, Architecture and principal of ARQUITECTURA AGRONOMIA.
Read more about the ongoing construction at www.paradisecreekpark.org. Phoebe Crisman is Associate Professor of Architecture. Colonnade
Community â€” Tim Beatley
Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities and Chair, Department of Urban and Environmental Planning and CoDirector of the Center for Design and Health Image (left and right): Forney TX, the Forney Studio developed strategies for high-density housing and programmable public space.
It is at the scale of the neighborhood that we tend to live our lives, and design and planning for neighborhoods has special power to influence the conditions for health and well-being. Work at the U.Va School of Architecture is exploring through research, practice, and teaching what constitutes a healthy neighborhood, and what its essential qualities and characteristics are.
There are clear health implications associated with this kind of sprawl design and these kinds of car-dependent, suburban neighborhoods. A preponderance of research shows that sprawling land use patterns are associated with rising obesity and a host of chronic health problems including asthma, hypertension, arthritis, chronic lung disease, and headaches, among others.
Much of our contemporary neighborhood design and development practice has been characterized by the sharp separation of uses and activities, and by a heavy dependence on automobile mobility. It is not a surprise that many Americans lead highly sedentary, car-dependent lives. We get little exercise during the course of our normal day, and no wonder, given the lower-density of our suburban neighborhoods and spread-out nature of our land use pattern.
But it does not have to be this way and there are basic neighborhood design principles that when applied can result in safer, healthier environments. Neighborhoods can be designed to be more compact and walkable, allowing for a dynamic mix of uses and activities â€” providing opportunities for children to walk to school, and for their parents to walk to work and to shopping. Sidewalks are essential, as are connected streets, and street networks that make it both possible and interesting to get around on foot.
And healthy neighborhoods must provide access to nature, not as an afterthought, but as a central design priority. This nature at the neighborhood level can take many forms: trees, pocket parks, community gardens, bioswales and rain gardens that celebrate rain water rather than treating it as something to be engineered away. In a healthy neighborhood, residents have access to affordable, healthy food, and even the opportunity to grow some of their own food. There are grocery stores in nearby walking distance, as well as farmers’ markets and corner vegetable stands. Healthy neighborhood design must also help to foster social interaction, and the formation of friendships, for instance, by providing adequate public areas and community gathering spaces. Mounting evidence suggests the important health benefits of social connectedness, and the value of deep and extensive friendships (reduced mortality rates for cancer patients with extensive friendship networks). And many of these neighborhood design elements can help in multiple ways to create healthy lives: the presence of trees and greenery in a neighborhood, for instance, will directly lower stress, but will also encourage more walking, and greater social interaction in a neighborhood. All of these design features will help to enhance the resilience of individuals and families in the face of future natural disasters, economic downturns and other community shocks.
Forney, TX Iñaki Alday and students Third-year students produced a design for a new city — Forney, Texas — on an almost 1,000-acre site just outside Dallas. They worked with developer and alumnus Taylor Armstrong, who is developing what is currently agricultural land into a new city based on its relation with the landscape and nature. The students were challenged to include what cities need — schools, housing, commercial and civic buildings, as well as a medical center — while taking into consideration mobility, health, water, energy use and “walkability.” Iñaki Alday, Architecture Chair and studio instructor with lecturer Tat Bonvehi, said the projects provided new opportunities for new development that could be different and better. “One of the problems we architects will have to face is not only small interventions, but the problems of changing and creating cities, integrating buildings, public space and landscape” he said. The students researched and adapted prototypes for housing, civic buildings, senior residencies and medical facilities with an eye to creating healthy environments. One plan was based on the natural topography of the land and the flow of water. In another project, students used ponds and a “greenloop” of walkways to help foster community. A third project took an abstract approach to exploring the infrastructure, developing a plan that could be translated into a built form. Another project wove farming zones of various sizes into the design. Iñaki Alday is Quesada Professor and Chair, Department of Architecture.
Community Gardens at U.Va. Tim Beatley
Contemplative Spaces on Grounds Guoping Huang and students
Walkability, Neighboorhood Crime, and Health, Pam De Guzman
The U.Va. Community Garden is “housed” within the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning. The faculty advisor for the garden is Timothy Beatley, the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities and the author of several books about sustainability.
The map of Contemplative Spaces on Grounds is the result of a collaboration between the Contemplative Sciences Center (CSC) and an advanced GIS course in the Urban and Environmental Planning Department.
Pam DeGuzman’s Center for Design and Health fellowship work is focused on exploring the impact of perceptions of neighborhood crime on the health of women living in highly urban, low-income United States neighborhoods.
The CSC needed a spatial resource that could be used by interested practitioners to find practice spaces. Students in the GIS course created an online survey for students in Professor David Germano’s Introduction to Buddhist Meditation class in order to identify the most popular locations for contemplative practices. Data was collected for both indoor and outdoor spaces.
DeGuzman’s research looked at the common assumption that walkability characteristics — e.g., residential density and distance to public transportation — are predictors of health. Although it is difficult to isolate specific factors influencing health, especially at the neighborhood scale, the research indicated that these walkability factors had no effect on health.
While many spaces were only mentioned by one survey respondent, a few were mentioned by multiple users. Survey data was then turned into spatial data points. The map displays that data, categorized by the type of practices done in each spot, as well as the popularity of the spots.
Instead, the data found that “neighborhood problems” related to crime and perceptions of crime significantly correlated with physical and mental health.
Started by a student initiative, U.Va.’s Community Garden is a space for Charlottesville and the University to learn more about organic gardening. Keeping with the agricultural traditions of Thomas Jefferson, the garden is a place to foster the growth of community as well as food. The objectives of this garden are: -To provide U.Va students, faculty, and staff with the opportunities to work on a farm and to learn the skills needed to produce food, experiencing its joys and challenges. -To serve as a resource and link to the greater Charlottesville community. -To model the most economically, socially, and ecologically sustainable farming practices available to us, while preserving an integral part of the landscape and the local economy. -To make U.Va. a model of organic gardening and sustainability. Tim Beatley is Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities and Chair, Department of Urban and Environmental Planning and Co-Director of the Center for Design and Health.
Student contributors: Margot Elton, Wendy Phelps, Abbey Ness, Matthew West, and Chelsea Zhou.
Guoping Huang is Assistant Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning.
This indicates that efforts intended to improve health must expand beyond walkability characteristics, and should include actual and perceived crime in poor urban neighborhoods. Perceived crime, in fact, had a much stronger correlation to health, suggesting that interventions such as increasing green space, reducing vacant space, and reducing the appearance of urban deterioration may be most effective. Pam De Guzman is Assistant Professor, School of Nursing and Design and Health Fellow.
Velotelier Jake Fox and David Tucker
Virginia Food Heritage Project Tanya Denckla Cobb
Accessible Porch Improvements John Quale
Jake Fox and David Tucker formed Velotelier to empower the bicycle community at the A-school and around the Arts Grounds. They hosted a series of workshops on bicycle repair and maintenance, sponsored rides, screened bike-nerd movies and more. In addition, they also purchased a mobile tool kit and stand available for general use by students.
Tanya Denckla Cobb directs the Virginia Food Heritage Project alongside a collaboration of humanities scholars, historians, community planners, food enthusiasts, conservationists, and many others. The project seeks to gather knowledge about local agriculture and food heritage, to inform decisionmaking that will shape our landscape and economy for years to come.
ecoREMOD, at the intersection of sustainable design and affordable housing, is a U.Va. initiative focusing on regenerating existing homes. ecoREMOD (the sister project to ecoMOD) is working with the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program to improve housing conditions in a twoblock area of Charlottesville’s 10th and Page neighborhood.
Tucker and Fox host a series of workshops and social rides focused on promoting cycling through educating people on how to maintain their bicycles and using them to safely explore Charlottesville.
This is a unique effort in Virginia, developed and led by U.Va.’s Institute for Environmental Negotiation. The initial focus is conducting a pilot project in the city of Charlottesville and surrounding counties. Ideally the project will grow and be replicated in other regions in the state.
During the summer of 2013, a design studio designed and built ‘quality of life’ interventions on three homes. The efforts included creating a shade device for a home with too much heat gain, enclosing a porch to become an in-home day care center business, and renovating a kitchen.
Food heritage is viewed as an evolving aspect of cultural identity and therefore encompasses the region’s historical and newly emerging food traditions. The project’s core activity is to gather, document and publish information on food heritage, including: -Place-based foods characteristic of the central Piedmont. -Old and new heritage food sites, such as old mills and new cideries. -Stories, photos, videos, recipes, and memories of culturally significant food and agriculture practices.
At a circa-1917 home on Page Street, accessibility was an issue for a disabled resident. The narrow doorways were widened to allow for passage on her scooter. The culmination of this project was the creation of an accessible deck and a shading structure that will allow both members of the household to enjoy their outdoor space.
Visit the Food Heritage Map, submit information, and read more at vafoodheritage.com.
Margot Elton (MUEP ’13), and Billy Glick
The skills gained have increased people’s self-sufficiency and confidence, and their ability to keep riding, minimizing the need for automobiles and expensive bike repair bills. Beyond the workshops, Tucker and Fox have hosted short educational and recreational bike tours through parts of Charlottesville, utilizing the knowledge of knowledgeable locals and U.Va. professors as guides. And they have engaged other community groups, sending riders to the weekly C’ville Social Bike Ride. Future plans include more repair classes in addition to workshops, and longer social and fitness rides. Jake Fox, MLAR ‘13 David Tucker, MAR ‘15
Tanya Denckla Cobb is Associate Director, Institute for Environmental Negotiation.
The team included architecture, planning, engineering and landscape architecture students. Project managers: Christy Depew (MArch ’14), (MArch ’14).
Associate Professor John Quale led the studio, and Distinguished Lecturer Nancy Takahashi advised the landscape team.
City and Region â€” Tim Beatley
Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities and Chair, Department of Urban and Environmental Planning
Image (left and right): Details from Biophilic Cities partner, Portland, OR. (left) A piece of Stormwater art, designed by Buster Simpson. (right): 10th@ Hoyt Apartments, a project that celebrates rain water.
City and Region
Design for health can best be thought of as a multi-scaled challenge, with the essential nesting of buildings and urban neighborhoods within cities and larger regions. The city and region set the broader context, patterns, conditions, and infrastructural investments, necessary for healthy conditions at smaller scales. Equally true, many of our toughest health challenges faced today, from air quality to natural disasters and climate change, will require concerted and coordinated action at these larger scales. City planning and design impact health in profound ways. The larger health and functioning of watersheds, and the water quality of the rivers, streams and hydrology are essential to healthy places. Many cities and metropolitan areas suffer from hazardous levels of air pollution and polluted surface waters, for instance from combined-sewer overflow (CSO), a problem that bedevils many American cities. Cities will face in the future even more serious challenges in responding to the long-term health and safety issues presented by climate change. Cities like New York, San Francisco, and Miami will need to confront more frequent storms and flooding, and the need to find ways to creatively adapt to long-term sea level
rise. Our faculty in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban and Environmental Planning are advancing the knowledge base and design palette for adapting to these changes and imagining in the future resilient cities and regions. Similarly, cities will face heat waves, drought and other impacts of climate change that threaten health and require concerted action at the city-wide or region-wide scale. Providing sufficient sources of long term drinking water, treating and reusing waste of many kinds, tackling air quality problems associated with car-dependent commuting patterns, all demand investments and coordination at a city- and region-wide scale. City and regional investments in such things as public transit, for instance, and in networks of connected bicycle trails and pathways, can do much to shift away from the use of private automobiles, a major culprit in the bad air quality that exists in many American cities. For example, investments in a city-wide system of bike sharing, and in safe, extensive networks of bike lanes and bikeways and other bike infrastructure, make it possible to live a more physicallyactive lifestyles.
It is often at the city level that many of the necessary policies, plans and strategies to advance healthy design of the built environment must be put into place. From the mandating of green rooftops, living walls, trees, and permeable paving to control storm water runoff and to cool down our hot cities, to the implementation of citywide tree-planting programs, the city often holds special sway in creating healthy places. Cities (and regions) can do many things to conserve and restore nature and to foster greater connectedness to the natural environment, also essential to human health. Studies show definitely that green urban environments reduce stress, enhance enjoyment, and introduce an essential element of wonder and meaning in urban living. Here in the School of Architecture we increasingly speak in term of biophilic cities (building on the concept of biophilia, or the human affiliation to nature), or cities that contain abundant nature and opportunities to enjoy nature daily or even hourly. Sometimes that natural experience is a walk in a forest, sometimes a view of a distant mountain or a vertical garden, sometimes it is seeing and hearing the abundant bird life and other biodiversity in cities. Cities can do many things to protect and expand this urban nature essential for health and wellbeing: establishing urban trails for walking and hiking around cities and connected systems of parks and green spaces that make this possible, providing new points of access to shorelines and water bodies (as cities like New York have done), creating programs that allow camping in urban parks, and programs that educate children through outdoor learning and urban field study programs in the city, among many others.
Biophilic Cities Tim Beatley The Biophilic Cities Project begins from the premise that nature is essential to urban life, and that future cities must provide opportunities for daily contact with and deep connections to the natural world. Funded through a $120,000, two-year grant from the Washington, DC-based Summit Foundation, the Biophilic Cities Project aims to explore how cities can integrate nature into their design and planning, and in the process foster deep connections to the natural world. Much of the work of the project has occurred through the study of, and collaboration with, partner cities around the world, including San Francisco, Portland, Milwaukee, Singapore, Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain), Birmingham (UK), and Wellington (NZ), among others. Deliverables for the project will include a case book of best urban practices, including analyses of the accomplishments and urban-nature innovations in each city. We are also developing an urban-nature index as an aggregate measure of connections to nature, and as a way of comparing exposure to nature across cities. Through this work we also hope to be able to offer insights about the minimum daily amount of nature needed in cities. Tim Beatley is Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities and Chair, Department of Urban and Environmental Planning.
Resilient Communities Ellen Bassett, Louis Nelson
Regeneration Comes in All Sizes Julie Bargmann
Reforming Planning Law and Practices in Kenya, Ellen Bassett
Rapid urbanization around the world has created challenges for residents, leadership, and governments including massive demands for housing, access to potable water and sanitation, and transportation and energy infrastructure.
The Big Mud Action Plan, led by Julie Bargmann’s D.I.R.T. studio with the participation of U.Va. students, proposes a strategy for a city-wide landscape recovery maneuver in New Orleans. The project links science with art and design, focusing on leaded soils and the development of healthy landscapes for NOLA residents. A network of city sites comprises an urban landscape framework for the distribution of remediation materials at the nested scales of the Big Mud system. Beginning with extra large industrial scaled ‘Mud Depots,’ the active ingredients of sediment, phosphate amendments and plants are stockpiled, then trucked into lead-laden neighborhoods.
Cities across Sub-Saharan Africa suffer from overcrowded and substandard housing, inadequate infrastructure, traffic congestion, and degraded natural resources. While there are many culprits responsible for Africa’s dysfunctional cities, poor urban planning is undeniably part of the problem. Much urban development, particularly the growth of slum housing, takes place without government oversight or sanction, while plans for future urban growth — when they exist — are largely ignored.
The disruptions associated with rapid urbanization are exacerbated by climate change. Our nation’s recent experience with Hurricane Sandy graphically illustrated how climate change, rising seawater and severe weather events threaten coastal communities across the globe. The Resilient Communities project, supported by grants from the School of Architecture’s Rucker Fund, explores the impacts of climate change on the rapidly urbanizing cities of the global south, examines the idea of resilience, and explores the various ways governments and global stakeholders are working to manage climate change and enhance community resilience. Students on the Semester at Sea voyage read and debate scholarship on resiliency, climate change, and rapid urbanization. Students will use in-port time in 3 to 4 cities to undertake on-site data collection/analysis relative to the built and natural environment. This data will serve as a foundation for a longitudinal research project on urban resiliency. Ellen Bassett is Associate Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning. Louis Nelson is Associate Professor of Architectural History and Associate Dean for Research and International Programs.
City and Region
Large storm-damaged sites such as schoolyards are strategically targeted for soil remediation and replanting. At neighborhood ‘Mud Markets,’ unemployed storm survivors would learn to remediate lead soils, and join a work force for the city’s larger recovery plan. Medium ‘Mud Squares’ and Small Demonstration Lots play a central role in neighborhoods where residents can have their soil tested, and have the Big Mud recipe demonstrated for use on their extra small yards. The Big Mud Action Plan is also conceived as a social network for uniting community action and dispersing information about improving the environmental health of New Orleans. Julie Bargmann is Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture.
One obstacle to effective city planning is the legal/institutional framework. In recent years, the Government of Kenya has dramatically revised its framework with the adoption of a new Constitution and a new Land Act; it has also passed new legislation that has resulted in a dramatic devolution of power to the local level. Yet the Act that enables and sets the direct parameters for urban planning is untouched by the reform process. A critical question, thus, is how land use and physical planning will change. This research project examines the prospects for planning law reform and changes in the way planning is practiced in Kenya in light of these reforms. It builds upon Bassett’s previous research on slum upgrading, land tenure security, and comparative living conditions of the urban poor in African cities. Ellen Bassett is Associate Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning.
Re-Stitching the City through Transparent Food Practices Phillip H. Redpath and Joy Hu High contrast seams in population age, income, education, housing vacancy, and open/green space in Baltimore were framed as ecotones. The designers’ interest in mapping food accessibility exposed a food desert and negative health outcomes. In response, a program was imagined to adapt vacant lots and abandoned buildings in the city for urban farming. Five principles guided the development of the program: social cohesion, transparency, modularity, education, and sustainable farming. These principles took form as an extensive urban farm, in which intensive aquaponic farming units occupy abandoned rowhouses throughout the city. These farming units feed a central food hub, which makes food practices transparent and accessible to Baltimore residents. The food hub consists of restaurants, education kitchens, and market stalls to provide a setting for social interaction among area residents, enabling the exchange of skills between different groups. The food process from cultivation to preparation is exposed and integrated with the public program. This provides educational opportunities for residents to learn and engage in the process of food production to preparation to the table. Joy Hu, BSArch ‘13 Phillip H. Redpath, BSArch ‘13 Lucia Phinney and Schaeffer Somers, Instructors
Landscapes of Longevity Asa Eslocker and Harriett Jameson
Paradox City and the River Victor Hugo de Azevedo
Though living longer than previous generations, senior citizens are plagued with chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and diabetes. In contrast, the vernacular landscapes of longevity — places with high life expectancy — have shaped cultures whose daily work, diet, and social routines enable citizens to live measurably longer, healthier lives and work well into old age.
Victor Hugo’s undergraduate thesis is a critique and response to the urban renewal developments in Manaus, a metropolis of two million people in the very heart of Brazil’s Amazon jungle. The urban slums of Manaus populate the watery edge of this city bordered by the Negro and the Amazon Rivers. Over time, these urban settlements have become part of the urban networks of the city.
With the support of the 2013 Howland Fellowship, MLA students Asa Eslocker and Harriett Jameson have explored public landscapes in three locations characterized by extreme longevity — Loma Linda, California; the central highlands of Sardinia, Italy; and Okinawa, Japan. Through a cultural landscape perspective, they are researching the physical aspects of the landscape that enable healthy communities and the importance of a “sense of place,” in order to understand how public places can shape cultures of healthy aging.
The project proposes a model that keeps the slums’ population in place, and that is sensitive to the health of these settlements and to the natural environment: the creation of extensions of the formal city grid through the slums and over the river. The resulting piers would become destinations where different social interactions occur. These extensions are also hubs of infrastructure: they bring potable water to the slums and collect grey and dark water, and harvest solar energy.
Their goal is to research and document the connections between the people and their vernacular landscapes and public places. By examining these places and interviewing their residents, this research can illuminate the nature of vernacular landscapes that reify identity and well-being and show ways that contemporary communities can improve their own health and longevity. Asa Eslocker, BSArch ‘14
To further explore how design can improve the quality of life in emerging economies, Victor is spending a year in the Megacity of New Delhi working as an Architect Trainee at architecture practice Vir.Mueller Architects. He plans to return to the United States to pursue his Masters in Architecture and base his practice and lifelong research primarily in Brazil’s Amazon region. Victor Hugo Azevedo, BSArch ‘14
Harriett Jameson, BSArch ‘14
Year of Water How can we imagine the blue planet in equilibrium, with adequate water where we need it, when we need it?
Drink Water defines the blue planet, Earth. Its surface is 71% water; our bodies are roughly 60% water. But water’s distribution is uneven and unfair. Even in climatically stable times, parts of the planet receive less or more rainfall, leading to deserts and rain forests, each with inventive human adaptations. In today’s time of rapid change, evidenced in sharp population increase and mass migrations, dramatic resurfacing of lands through deforestation and erosion, and catastrophic weather events, water can amplify this destabilization. Often negative impacts disproportionately fall to those least able to protect themselves: many of the world’s poorest people live in flooding deltas; others drink polluted water; and millions walk miles daily to find it. But not always: hurricanes do not avoid wealthy communities, polluted or drying aquifers serve the rich and poor alike, floods ravage lakeside vacation homes, and tidal surges wash out everything at the water’s edge. Nonetheless, it is often said that a small minority of the people on the planet use the vast majority of its resources, water included. How can we imagine the blue planet in equilibrium, with adequate water where we need it, when we need it? How can we re-imagine the theoretical and physical construction of adaptive water infrastructures, equitable distribution systems, and daily individual practices? Can water be safe to drink and to bathe in and, very selectively, to use for irrigation? What can we learn from the past and from cultures beyond our own? Can we envision preferred futures in which the constructed environment is part of the solution? How can we hold in our minds and practices the paradox that water is equally a design element, a valuable resource, and a dangerous threat? At the School of Architecture we focus on water in our daily actions, in our teaching, and through our research. From the rain garden at Campbell Hall, designed by Nelson Byrd Woltz as part of the Campbell Constructions, to a study-abroad 20
Year of Water
program in India and a recent alumni project based in Cape Town, Ghana, to a longtime focus on coastal resilience and clean water, faculty, students, staff, and alumni have concentrated on the importance of water on the blue planet. A Zen saying tells us, “If you want to understand the teachings of water, just drink.” At the School of Architecture, we do. -Kim Tanzer, 2013
After the Deluge Observing how water changes the landscape, Leonardo DaVinci was presented with the vexing visual problem of speed. Perceiving phenomena that are fleetingly transient or imperceptibly gradual led Leonardo to divergent modes of representation, one analytical, the other poetic. In his study of water and the landscape it creates, Leonardo records — and transforms — his firsthand observations through his drawing practice. After the Deluge, an ongoing theme during the 2012-13 academic year, focused on water and environmental sustainability through an exhibition, two gatherings, and four panel discussions: Reimagining Leonardo’s Legacy, The Rising, The Contaminated, and The Disappearing.
Rivanna Vortex In 2013, as a part of an ambitious weeklong design workshop, nearly 400 U.Va. architecture students, from second-year undergraduates to the master’s graduating class, gathered from architecture, landscape architecture, urban and environmental planning and architectural history — to explore the subject of water.
The “Rivanna River Vortex All-School Workshop” was in response to local planning initiatives begun the previous summer, when Charlottesville and Albemarle County officials announced their commitment to work together on a plan for the Rivanna River — specifically, a three-mile corridor running through Charlottesville — as a site for new building, public spaces and green infrastructure. The Rivanna collects much of the area’s stormwater runoff, and much of Charlottesville’s water supply is taken from the river. “The weeklong workshop addresses an important connection between the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, and furthers our school’s yearlong focus on water,” said Dean Tanzer. Students were organized into 30 interdisciplinary teams, including graduate and undergraduate students as well as faculty advisers. They focused on
designing a Rivanna riverfront that would connect the city, county and river.
voting on the designs, and an awards ceremony.
Adriaan Geuze, Jacquelin T. Robertson Visiting Chair and founding principal of West 8, led the workshop. Throughout the week, Geuze floated around the school and advised the teams about their designs and agendas.
“The exercise was an opportunity to leverage the talents of so many people on one issue,” city planner Brian Haluska said. “It would probably take our office years to put in the amount of man-hours that the Architecture School students have spent this past week alone.”
“He brought an extraordinary energy to everything, from his spontaneous mid-week lecture to the poetic vision he articulated in team meetings,” said Katherine Cannella, a master’s student in landscape architecture. Teams were encouraged to work in collaboration with city and county planners, as well as local constituencies such as developers and neighborhood associations. At the end of the week, the boards and models for the presentations were moved to Charlottesville’s Key Recreation Center for a public opening,
For the Architecture School’s part, the workshop helps prepare students professionally in addition to making an immediate difference in the community. Fourth-year undergraduate architecture major Roderick Cruz agreed that the challenge of coordinating multiple ideas within a relatively large team over a short time period will be good preparation for any field of work. “This sort of intense design charrette is something that usually happens as students are finishing up the semester,” he said. “Placed at the beginning of the semester, it’s the sort of ‘welcome back’ architecture students might expect from a demanding design culture.” Image (top): An architecture student explains the design, “Reclaiming the River,” which won both the student and public awards. Image (bottom): Dean’s Gallery exhibit, “AQUIFERious VIRGINIA,” Margaret Ross Tolbert.
Design and Health Exhibitions Exhibitions focused on Design and Health held in the Elmaleh Gallery and Dean’s Gallery
Intersections: Health + the Built Environment
Shared Doings and Sayings
In 2012, the exhibit Intersections: Health + the Built Environment, featured student work that explored links between design of the built environment and public health. Projects were selected from a range of courses and presented based on the work of Schaeffer Somers, who teaches undergraduate architectural design and an interdisciplinary design-thinking course, Health Impact + Design.
Shared Doings and Sayings was a project organized by Lauren Catlett (BA ’10 A&S), who designed a series of art and conversation sessions with residents at four Charlottesville memory-care communities. Two U.Va. professors advised Catlett on this project: Professor Dean Dass who teaches printmaking in the Art Department, and Associate Professor Sanda Iliescu who teaches painting and design at the Architecture School.
The exhibit was organized using concepts and tools imported from Health Impact Assessment (HIA). The HIA is a combination of procedures, methods, and tools that systematically judges the potential and sometimes unintended effects of a policy, plan, program, or project on the health of human populations. The Sustainable Communities Index developed by the San Francisco Department of Public Health is a framework of health indicators and performative measures for the health of a city. The categories and indicators of the Index were used as a way to ‘tag’ the projects featured in the exhibit with issues that were part of the research and solutions explored in the student work.
Supported by a grant from the Center for Undergraduate Excellence, the project encouraged participation through speaking, drawing, painting, or simply looking and listening. Catlett brought art supplies as well as various prompts such as poems, photographs, fruits, and flowers, which were often inspired by the previous week’s session. She invited families, staff, and others to join in. Shared Doings and Sayings encourages communication and establishes connections through shared experiences for persons with dementia, their families, and caregivers. It seeks to raise awareness of dementia by affording us a way of engaging in the world of persons with dementia. www.arch.virginia.edu/projects/ lauren-catlett-shared-doings-and-sayings Image: “Shared Doings and Sayings”, a project by Lauren Catlett, BA ‘10 A&S.
Design and Health Exhibitions
Beyond the Book, The Legacy of Rachel Carson + Silent Spring Marking a half-century since Rachel Carson penned her classic nonfiction work, the School of Architecture presented an interdisciplinary gallery exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. The exhibit explored the life, work, and impact of Rachel Carson through the lens of photography, cinematography, and text. Some of the topics being presented include a timeline of her life, critiques of her findings and revolutionary environmental ideas, international impacts, policy impacts, and design implications. Image: “Beyond the Book, the Legacy of Rachel Carson + Silent Spring”, an exhibit by Rachel Carson, Elmaleh Gallery.
Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals Massive mental hospitals were a prominent feature of the American landscape for more than a century. Once sources of civic pride before becoming human warehouses, the asylums were emptied towards the end of last century, and now sit crumbling, keeping their secrets. Many of them are already gone. From 2002 to 2008, Christopher Payne visited seventy institutions in thirty states, photographing palatial exteriors and crumbling interiors that looked as if the occupants had just left. Payne’s elegiac, haunting photographs of abandoned wards and peeling walls are a final, official record of a grand experiment gone awry.
Biophilic Cities Peer Network Launch
FitNation Coming in 2014
The October 2013 launch of the Biophilic Cities Peer Network will feature innovative planning and best practices from a host of international biophilic cities that contain abundant nature and that strive to foster deep connections and daily contact with the natural world. Biophilic urbanists will be in attendance from around the world.
The FitNation exhibit highlights case studies demonstrating strategies that promote health and well-being in urban design, architecture, and landscape architecture. Case studies generated by students in courses taught by Lecturer Schaeffer Somers and William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor Architecture Peter Waldman will be featured. The exhibit will run in Spring 2014.
The event will feature symposium-style presentations and Q&A with partner city representatives, an interactive exhibition featuring biophilic cities, and ample networking opportunities for urban and environmental planners, designers, elected officials, students and others with an interest in planning and designing for nature in cities.
Payne also lectured in the U.Va. School of Medicine’s Medical Center Hour, and participated in a cross-disciplinary roundtable on the design of mental health facilities sponsored by the Center for Design and Health. The roundtable included participants from the schools of Medicine, Law, and Architecture as well as representatives from local community organizations dealing with issues of mental health. Image: “Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals”, an exhibit by photographer Christopher Payne, Elmaleh Gallery.
Design and Health: the Future
— Tim Beatley, Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities and Chair, Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, Co-Director of the Center for Design and Health — Reuben Rainey, Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture, Co-Director of the Center for Design and Health
Collaboration across disciplines is embedded in the academic culture of our School, and we take pride in it. One form of this creative bridging and blurring of professional boundaries is an increasing focus on the design and planning of patient-centered medical facilities and healthy communities, cities, and regions. Teaching and research in these areas complements and enriches our School’s curriculum, and this trend will continue to develop. The three-year-old Center for Design and Health will continue to facilitate its cross-disciplinary programs through Faculty Grants and Fellowship initiatives supporting research with other departments in the University. It will also continue to jointly sponsor lectures, symposia, and exhibitions with the School of Medicine and other Schools. These programs were made possible by seed money provided by Dean Tanzer and by the generosity of alumnus Frank Kittredge’s Madison Lane and Rugby Road Charitable Trust. The School of Architecture’s Foundation Board and development staff have also provided valuable counsel for grant opportunities. Two recent events provide further impetus for such teaching and research. A newly endowed Chair in Design and Health will provide additional courses and research initiatives to the curriculum. A search is currently underway to fill this position and it should be in place by the fall semester of 2014. In tandem with this development is our School’s new Ph.D. in the Constructed Environment. While encompassing a wide range of advanced graduate work, this program will afford opportunities for doctoral work in design and health. Also, members of our faculty are creating new courses and concentrations in this area. The Department of Urban and Environmental Planning will continue to offer courses in design and health emphasizing “urban greening” and “biophilic urbanism.” It is also considering the implementation of a 15-hour concentration in this area of study built around 24
Design and Health: the Future
a new team-taught cross-disciplinary introductory course. In addition, the Department will sponsor in the Fall of 2013 a “Biophilic Cities Peer Network Launch” featuring planners from around the world concerned with integrating natural systems in urban design. Other future areas of research to be pursued by Planning faculty include “community food initiatives” and “coastal adaptation to sea level rise.” For example, faculty will investigate the impacts of climate change upon vulnerable communities in port cities of the Global South. The research will center on the question of how different communities adapt to the climate challenge and the extent to which they prove to be “resilient.” (And if they are resilient, what explains the ability to cope?) Design studios in Architecture will also explore various issues related to this emphasis. Peter Waldman and Schaeffer Somers will continue to teach their undergraduate design studio focusing on the design of healthy cities, healthcare facilities, and construction technology. Their upcoming project will be a center for complementary medicine designed in collaboration with members of the faculty of the School of Medicine.
Schaeffer Somers and Wendy Cohn, of the Department of Public Health Sciences, have created a new course, “The Built Environment & Public Health: Local to Global,” to be offered jointly by the School of Architecture, the Department of Public Health Sciences, and the School of Medicine. Schaeffer will also continue to teach his seminar “Health Impact + Design,” which applies tools of public health science to urban design. Faculty in the Department of Landscape Architecture will explore ways to incorporate issues of design and health in their curriculum as they have done previously in various studios and elective courses dealing with bioremediation, urban infrastructure, and healing spaces. In addition, the University’s newly established Center for Contemplative Sciences offers promising opportunities for collaboration on a number of research projects exploring design for stress reduction, effective learning environments, and other areas of mutual interest. A number of our faculty have initiated discussions with Center members. These are among the latest developments in this area of our School’s academic life. More are sure to come as our faculty and students respond to the challenges of an aging population, continued pollution of our air, water, and soil, disaster relief, the need for humane medical facilities, ever-increasing urbanization, and a host of other issues and opportunities.
Design & Health, not News to this School of Architecture Peter Waldman, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Architecture
At least 200 years ago, Thomas Jefferson started his day around a health regimen of plunging his feet into a bucket of cold water to get his pulse going, and ending his day with a healthy repast of vegetables and fruits from his own garden with meat used sparingly only to flavor them. After the decades of additions to Campbell Hall we now have three extraordinary stairs to exercise our aerobic needs all day long, up and down, in the course of our en charrette schedules. Design and health parameters have been symptomatic, if not infectious, in the curriculum and theses of our School for some time now. From the Foundation courses of Experiencing Architecture (Vickery), then Lessons of the Lawn (Waldman), and Lessons of Making (Iliescu), physical engagements with familiar and strange sites, materials and the cultures of communities have sensitized us to a capacity to integrate local conditions and traditions of western medicine with alternative practices of meditation yielding well-being with the world.
The Waldman-Somers Research Studio commenced in 2012 works with the Center of Design & Health and U.Va. Family Medicine, Nursing and the Aruna Institute of Contemplative Practices to render visible new programs of integrated Medicine for Westover last year, and now the Ivy Road Corridor and Emmet Street, designing places and paths that are not only appreciated at the pace of one’s pulse, but inspire us to reach out and leave fingerprints in the act of making. Recent student projects include Harsh Jain’s Generational City for Delhi India, and Victor Hugo de Souza Azevedo’s Manaus Brazil riverfront shantytown transformed into an economic productive garden for fish farming and social justice. 14 multidisciplinary students from the four departments projected healthy construction strategies for the former Safdarjung Airport site in the heart, liver and lungs of Delhi this summer, in the second year of the India Initiative with Crisman and Waldman. Finally U.Va. alumnus Pankaj Vir Gupta, ’93, introduced us to the paradigmatic projects of design and health in his Open House lecture in 2011 on Village Health Oasis Prototypes followed by the Golconde Ashram Exhibit in the Emaleh Gallery in 2011 as the Shure Professor. Image: Details from Biophilic Cities partner, Singapore. The Wave, one of Singapore’s most visually distinctine pedestrian bridges.
Student Notes Danielle Alexander, Jack Cochran, Nicholas Knodt, and Clayton Williams received the Student Design Merit Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects Virginia Chapter for their Design Publication: SNACK. Danielle Alexander, Harriett Jameson, Nick Knodt, Owen Larkin, and James Moore won the 2013 Presidential Research Poster Competition: Law, Business, Policy, & Education Graduate. Erica Anyango, Connie Trinh, Fortuna Gyeltsen, Sami Rivard, and Jessica Lee’s project A Taste of the Farm Local Food Education received the Crowd’s Favorite award in the 5th Annual Student Sustainability Project Competition. Kari Bjorlin, Yasmine McBride, Courtney Keehan, Joliza Terry, Adede Amenyah, Carly Gordon, Allen Ward, Holly Zajur, Kevin O’Hara, Becca Hightower, and Tyler Wood’s project Hydration, Education, Vegetation (Venable Schoolyard Garden Greenhouse) won Grand Prize in the 5th Annual Student Sustainability Project Competition. Brianne Doak received the 2013 Nix Travelling Fellowship to help her independent study of Architecture in France. Grey Elam received the Student Thesis Research grant to help her thesis project. Asa Eslocker received the Student Thesis Research grant to help his thesis project. Jake Fox and David Tucker received a U.Va GIFT grant for their Velotelier project. Velotelier is devoted to helping the bicycle community at the A-School and across U.Va. Velotelier also won Second Prize in the 5th Annual Student Sustainability Project Competition. Michael Geffel received the Student Thesis Research grant to help his thesis project. Paul Golisz received the 2013 Pelliccia Travelling Fellowship to help his independent study in Rome, Italy. 28
Jennifer Grayburn received the Robert Kellogg Fellowship and the Dumas Malone Fellowship to help support her Ph.D. work. Anna Yao Hong received the Student Thesis Research grant to help her thesis project. Catherine (Kate) Hundley received the Samuel Kress Fellowship. Harriett Jameson received the Student Thesis Research grant to help her thesis project. Harsh Jain received the Student Thesis Research grant to help his thesis project. Lain Lai Jiang received the 2013 Nix Travelling Fellowship to help her independent study of Architecture in France. Rosalyn Keesee, Lucas Lyons and Liz Russell won the 2013 Presidential Research Poster Competition: Arts & Architecture Graduate. Nicholas Knodt received the 2013 Nix Travelling Fellowship to help his independent study of Architecture in France. Lucas Lyons received the Appalachian Project Venture Grants to work with regional organizations to launch the Clinth River Youth Coalition to engage young people in the cultural and environmental heritage of the river. R. Mahtani, S. Rao, M. Wheeler, and S. Zomorodi won the 2013 Presidential Research Poster Competition: Performing & Fine Arts, & Architecture Undergraduate. Asher McGlothin received the Appalachian Project Venture Grants to help design a new comprehensive teen center for the town of Grundy.
Anna McMillen received the Hilton Worldwide Summer Internship. Katherine Miller received the Student Thesis Research grant to help her thesis project. Elizabeth Mitchell received the Student Thesis Research grant to help her thesis project. Timothy Morris received the Kyle Frances Kauffman Honorary Scholarship for his enthusiasm for architecture and dedicated service to his peers. Abigail Ness won 2nd place in the American Planning Association Student Case Study Competition. She also received the Student Thesis Research grant to help her thesis project. Sameer-Andrew Rayyan was awarded the Tappe-Barkley Fontainebleau Prize, as well as the 2013 Nix Travelling Fellowship to help his independent study of Architecture in France. Kelly Schantz received the Student Thesis Research grant to help her thesis project. Polly Smith received the 2013 Pelliccia Travelling Fellowship to help her independent study in Rome, Italy. Megan Suau received the Student Thesis Research grant to help her thesis project.
Images from left to right: (left page, top image) SNACK. (left page, bottom image) Timothy Morris, recipient of the Kyle Frances Kauffman Honorary Scholarship. (right page, middle image) Lunch 8, student-run journal.
Lunch: now available Lunch 8: Futures for Sites Unknown, the eighth edition of the School of Architectureâ€™s student-run journal, is now available. Information is on the Lunch website: www.arch.virginia.edu/lunch/purchase.html
(right page, top image) Selected work by Polly Smith, a recipient of the 2013 Pelliccia Travelling Fellowship. (right page, bottom image) Appalachian Prosperity Project Symposium, Addie Bryant, Masters student, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy; Asher McGlothlin, Second Year, Architecture; Lucas Lyons, Masters student, Urban and Environmental Planning; Elizabeth Russell, Masters student, Urban and Environmental Planning; and Jordan, Burnette, fourth year, Human Ecology, Distinguished Major.
Faculty and Staff Notes Ghazal Abbasy-Asbagh was awarded an award of excellence from the AIA-DC Unbuilt awards for her project, unFolding Muqarnas, a case study. Her article, “Size Matters,” was published in DIALECTIC, a referred journal of the School of Architecture, CA+P, University of Utah. She was accepted to the Fulbright Specialist Roster and will receive a Fulbright Grant to travel to Panama. She is the editor of the forthcoming edited volume “Catalyst: Conditions” published by ACTAR, Barcelona, as well as the editor of the inaugural volume of the student yearbook, Paper Matters.
tural Competition for their project, “Helsinki Link.” They were runners-up in the Museum of Modern Art PS1 Young Architects Program for “My Hair is at MoMA PS1.” They won a research grant from the U.Va. School of Architecture for their Arctic Initiative: Emergent Arctic City, presented papers at the Arctic Urban Sustainability Conference at George Washington University, and won awards from the Lausanne Jardins International Competition (Top Five, “ParkPark”) and the Danish Pavilion, The 13th Venice Architecture Biennale (“Greenland Mother Cloud”).
Ellen Bassett was selected to receive an F. William Fulbright Scholarship under the African Regional Research Program. She will be in Kenya conducting research on planning law and practice reform subsequent to the passage of a new Constitution, the reformulation of the main legal institutions governing public and private land, and the adoption of a devolved local government system.
W.G. Clark was the advisor to the design team that won three first place prizes in Belmont Bridge Vortex 2012. He completed the Guest Quarters and Chapel for Mepkin Abbey Monastery in South Carolina with alumnus Joshua Stastny. His East Addition to Campbell Hall was named as one of six “legendary schools of architecture” by Architizer. His drawing exhibit “STUDIES” was displayed in the U.Va. School of Architecture Dean’s Gallery. His work was featured at the Venice Biennale, with a book of the exhibition in progress by Yale University Press. He gave an Evening Lecture, “CONSTRAINTS” at U.Va., and his Venice Biennale collection was displayed at U.Va.’s Emaleh Gallery.
Daniel Bluestone’s book Buildings, Landscapes, and Memory: Case Studies in Historic Preservation was awarded the Society of Architectural Historians 2013 Antoinette Forrester Downing Award. Bluestone also won the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society’s 1857 Memorial Fund Award “for excellence in research and writing local history.” Warren Buford departed after five years as Executive Director of the School of Architecture Foundation. We are fortunate to have Kim Gall from Central Development here in the interim. Anselmo Canfora was awarded a $42,990 grant for his Initiative reCOVER project, and was on a team that was awarded $150,000 to investigate nano-textured coatings for structurally integrated panels. He was nominated for the Rockefeller Next Century Innovators Program, and was invited to speak at two ACSA conferences as well as the University of Venda, South Africa. Leena Cho and Matthew Jull won Honorable Mention from the Helsinki Central Library International Architec-
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Tanya Denckla Cobb’s Reclaiming Our Food was named by Booklist as “one of the top 10 books on the environment in 2012.” The book was also awarded the Nautilus Award 2012 GOLD Award in the category of Green Living. Reclaiming Our Food was selected as a common reader for Southern Illinois University 1st year class in Fall 2013. Sheila Crane was awarded the Spiro Kostof Award from the Society of Architectural Historians for her book, Mediterranean Crossroads: Marseille and Modern Architecture, and she received a research grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Study in the Fine Arts for a new project, Inventing Informality. Phoebe Crisman won a $125,000 grant for the Wetland Learning Lab designed by her ARCH 4020 Paradise Creek
Leveraged Leadership Award from the National Consortium for Continuous Innovation in Higher Education (NCCI). After 7 years of field tests, Karen Firehock’s guide “Evaluating Green Infrastructure Across the Landscape: A Practitioner’s Guide” was published in December 2012. This guide describes how to utilize state models and other spatial data to map an area’s natural assets such as intact forests, rivers and wetlands, agricultural soils, and also landscape-dependent cultural features such as battlefields and historic sites.
Nature Park Studio in Spring 2012. Crisman concluded a term as Associate Dean for Research and International Programs. We appreciate her dedication and engagement with the school, leading efforts in sustainability and international initiatives. We look forward to working with her in the future as she returns to the full-time faculty. In the India Initiative Phoebe Crisman and Peter Waldman worked on studios and thesis on design and health, first at the scale of five enduring villages and now on the the scale of a large urban precinct, “health city,” on a catalytic site in central Delhi. Patty de Courcy, Administrative Assistant to the Chairs, has departed for another opportunity after 38 years at the University of Virginia, 14 of which were here at the A-School. A. Bruce Dotson, Emeritus Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, has been appointed to the Board of the Piedmont Virginia Community College for a four year term. He also serves as a member of the Albemarle County Planning Commission and the county’s Acquisition of Conservation Easements committee. Frank Dukes, Director of the Institute for Environmental Negotiation, received the 2012 Sharon Pickett Award in October from the Association for Conflict Resolution. He also was awarded a grant of $148,000 in December of 2012 for 2 years to continue the work of the University & Community Action for Racial Equity (www.ucareva.org). Dukes also led the development of the 2013 Virginia State Rural Health Plan in conjunction with a core planning team from the Virginia Rural Health Association, the Virginia Department of Health Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, and the Virginia Public Health Association. Two graduate planning students, one undergraduate from the college, and a nursing doctoral student were part of IEN’s team that worked on this issue. The U.Va. Bay Game / Global Water Games, with Eric Field and Bill Sherman as significant parts of the team, won the
Ed Ford was the Artist in Residence at the Cape Cod Modern House Trust as well as at the Grand Canyon National Park South Rim. His television presentation and interview, “The Ford House” was shown on the House and Garden Channel’s “Extreme Homes.” He received the AIA DC Award of Excellence: Washington Unbuilt Architecture for “Park and Recreation Structures Revised” and the Award of Merit: Washington Unbuilt Architecture for “Trinity +1.” The Chinese edition (translated) of Five Houses, Ten Details is forthcoming from the China Architecture & Building Press. His “VDL House” text will be included in the Wiley Encyclopedia of Architecture. He gave a lecture and book signing of The Architectural Detail at Boston Society of Architects, Author Series. He also gave a lecture, “An Alternative National Park Architecture” at the Grand Canyon National Park: South Rim. He also was featured in a print interview in Virginia Magazine’s Summer 2012 article, “Do You Know Your Columns?” Melissa Goldman co-led the teaching, design, and planning efforts behind The Stan Winston Arts Festival of the Moving Creature at U.Va. in April 2013. For the project, she was awarded a Jefferson Trust Grant and a U.Va. Parents Committee Grant. Andrew J. Greene, Sustainability Planner in the Office of the Architect, with co-authors Allison M. Leach, Ariel N. Majidi, and the Sidman P. Poole Professor of Environmental Sciences James N. Galloway, are set to publish “Toward Institutional Sustainability: A Nitrogen Footprint Model for a University” in the August 2013 issue of the journal Sustainability: The Journal of Record. David Neuman will present the Nitrogen Reduction Goal to the Board of Visitors for their approval in Fall 2013. Images from left to right: (left page, left) Ghazal Abbasy-Asbagh, Un-Folding Muqarnas, a case study. (left page, right image) Phoebe Crisman and student team, the Learning Barge. (right page, left image) Students participating in the Stan Winston Arts Festival of the Moving Creature, co-led by Melissa Goldman. (right page, right image) Biennale Box: W.G. Clark’s Collection, exhibit featured in the Elmaleh Gallery.
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MOLLY KROM, an international art gallery based in New York City and Berlin, Germany, has recently selected Sanda Iliescu as one of its featured artists. Iliescu’s paintings, drawings and collages will be shown in upcoming exhibits sponsored by the gallery. Teresa Gali-Izard was named the new chair of the Landscape Architecture, following the end of Nancy Takahashi’s term. Karen Van Lengen won an Arts Grounds Grant for 2012-3; an Institute for Advanced Technologies in the Humanities Fellowship for 2012-4; a Jefferson Trust Grant for 2013-14; displayed work at the Art by Architects Exhibition at the Virginia Center for the Architect, and published “Listen and Learn” in Dwell Magazine. Esther Lorenz published the peer reviewed journal paper “Real Image, Fake Estate” in The International Journal of Design in Society in March 2013. She also presented a paper, “Rivers and Lakes: Other Spaces of Hong Kong,” at the Spectacular/Ordinary/Contested Media City symposium in Helsinki in May 2013. Bill Lucy won the Citizen Community Service Award 2012 from the American Institute of Architects Central Virginia Chapter. Paxton Marshall retired after twenty-six years of dedicated service and hard work as an affiliated professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His hard work has introduced countless students to the joys and responsibilities of sustainability and global citizenry. In July 2013, Kirk Martini presented a paper and chaired a session at the the 2013 International Conference on Structures in Architecture, held in Guimaraes, Portugal. The paper is titled “Multimodal Structural Optimization for Conceptual Design.” Beth Meyer’s ongoing involvement with cultural landscape issues took several forms: publication of four essays 32
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in Nelson Byrd Woltz, Garden Park Community Farm; NEA-funded research for the What’s Out There Virginia digital inventory of historic landscapes; collaborating with The Cultural Landscape Foundation and VA Tech Associate Professor Brian Katen (GARC MLA 1983); and urban landscape advocacy, through the Charlottesville PLACES (Place, Livability and Community Engagement) task force. President Obama appointed Meyer to a four-year term on the US Commission of Fine Arts. She received a Sequicentennial Associate Grant (sabbatical leave), from the U.Va. School of Architecture (Fall 2013) and was promoted to Professor of Landscape Architecture in August 2013. David J. Neuman, Architect for the University, has recently completed Building Type Basics: Colleges & Universities, 2nd Edition, an in-depth reference textbook with essential information that architects, campus planners and administrators need to begin the planning process and successfully complete the design of college and university buildings. David J. Neuman and Professor Richard Guy Wilson represented U.Va. in Alcala, Spain in the signing of a declaration with three other World Heritage Site universities in an agreement to exchange ideas and technical data and pledge to work together to protect university heritage in general as well as their individual institutions. Also from David J. Newman and the Office of the Architect, the U.Va. Hospital Bed Expansion Project has received the Jurors’ Special Citation in the Institutional Architecture category for the from the American Institute of Architect (Northern Virginia Chapter). There are currently 47 LEED registered University projects, with 22 certifications to date. In the 2012-2013 academic year, 7 new projects were certified (2 Gold, 4 Silver, 1 Certified). John Quale’s ecoMOD South Project won the 2013 Architect Magazine Research and Development Award. Research assistants were Michael Britt, Elizabeth Rivard and Erik de los Reyes. Quale also won the Design Like You Give a Damn LIVE, Autodesk Sustainability Prize for ecoMOD / ecoREMOD as the best project focused on sustainability, presented at the third DLYGAD LIVE event in San Francisco, 2012. Lisa Reilly was a speaker at U.Va.’s Pedagogy summit in May 2012 at U.Va. on “Technology Infused Learning: On Haj with Ibn Jubayr: Reconstructing the 12th Century Mediterranean.” Reilly’s hajj site from her course, for which the students did the exhibits using neatline, a new online tool developed here, has been tweeted about by people in the field outside of U.Va.; and it was showcased
at the Technology Infused learning Ecologies digital poster session in May. Reilly was also awarded a Hybrid Challenge grant to revise ARH 1010 for the fall. Jeana Ripple was among a multidisciplinary team that won a Jefferson Trust Grant for their project, Replacing the Bar Graph: Tools and Principles for Representing Complex Systems. Jeana Ripple and Suzanne Moomaw were awarded an Arts in Action Project Grant. Bill Sherman won the National Consortium for Continuous Improvement in Higher Education, Leveraging Excellence Award, as well as the Preservation Virginia, Thomas Jefferson Branch, Historic Preservation Award for Rehabilitation.
Sciences Symposiumin April 2013 for a panel Dean Tanzer chaired. Cypress Walker has started a SARC Staff Walking Group in the style of the Steps@ program, a health effort created by U.Va. Hoos Well@. The group meets twice a week to walk with the purpose of refreshing and revitalizing our bodies and minds to be more productive, happy employees and human beings. We also use the stroll to reconnect to the physical structures and atmosphere that exude the essence of the University.
Jorg Sieweke curated the 2013 Woltz Symposium feb 2013. He also won the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) national design studio teaching award, and lectured at Bauhaus University as well as ICON-LA St Petersburg Russia.
Richard Guy Wilson published two books: Edith Wharton at Home (Monticelli, 2012); and University of Virginia Campus Guide, 2nd edition, with David Neuman, (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012), and appeared on the PBS TV program “America’s 10 Most Influential Buildings.” He also participated in the UNESCO World Heritage signing Alaca Spain in May. He gave 11 lectures at various universities and other institutions including the key note address at the South Easter Society of Architectural Historians in October, 2012.
Schaeffer Somers received a Hybrid Challenge Grant from the U.Va. Teaching Resource Center.
June Yang joined the School of Architecture Foundation as Associate Director of Development in November 2012.
Daphne Spain as been named the 2013 Cavaliers’ Distinguished Teaching Professor Chair. This award recognizes an eminent scholar for outstanding and enduring excellence in the teaching of undergraduates, and is the highest award the University of Virginia bestows on faculty members. Daphne is the first person from the School of Architecture to win this award. Thanks to Charles Sparkman, who has been an integral part of the School of Architecture, first as a graduate student and then as a lecturer, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses and studios, and serving as the editor of LUNCH, the student-run journal. Nancy Takahashi concluded a term as Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture. Her commitment to aligning design/build initiatives with curriculum has served to inspire students as well as her peers and colleagues. We look forward to continuing to work with her as she returns to teaching full-time. Peter Waldman has been collaborating with Schaeffer Somers and Reuben Rainey on the Fall Arch 3010/4010 Studio on Design & Wellbeing or Westover with U.Va. and Tibetan Arura counterpart. He made a presentation on Design & Well-Being for the South Asia Contemplative
Images from left to right: (left page image) 2013 Woltz Symposium, QuasiObjects/WorldObjects/HyperObjects: New Classifications for the Urban Metabolism, curated by Jorg Sieweke. (right page, top left image) Daphne Spain named the 2013 Cavalier’s Distinguished Teaching Professor Chair. (right page, top right image) John Quale’s ecoMOD South Project. (right page, bottom left image) Sanda Illiescu, KITCHEN TABLE COLLAGE (Collection of François Ilnseher, NY).
Anne Fairfax (BSArch ’85) and Richard Sammons (MArch ’86) won the 2013 Arthur Ross Award from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. Hugo Fenaux’s (BSArch ’12) reBound project was featured in the 2013 AIA Emerging Professionals Exhibition in Washington, D.C. Three alumni were inducted into the AIA fellows in Denver: David H. Gleason, BSARch ‘69, MArch ‘72; Nan R. Gutterman, BSArch 1977; and Robert W. Moje, BSArch ‘76, MArch ‘80.
Alumni Notes Bill Beiswanger (BSArch ’69, MArch ‘77) retired as Director of Restoration at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello after more than four decades. Jay Brodie (BArch ’58) retired at the age of 75 from the Baltimore Development Corporation where he worked for 15 years. Before that he was President of RTKL and long-time director of the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation in Washington, DC. The PADC was responsible for implementing President Kennedy’s desire to return the area north of the Mall into a vibrant residential, office and retail area again. A big part of their work was creating a new public realm of streets and parks. They did! Brodie was on the first School of Architecture Alumni Advisory Board in the late 1980s, and is still involved in DC matters. Jack Coble (MArch, MUEP ’11) won the Creative Award for the entry, NYCLoop in New York City’s Reinvent Payphones design competition. Jack Cochran (MArch, MUEP ’12) won the Minneapolis Convention Center’s Creative City Challenge with his project, MIMMI, the Minneapolis Interactive Macro-Mood Installation. John Comazzi (BSArch ’93) authored Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012). The book has been the subject of numerous reviews (NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Dwell, Modernism Magazine, MN Architecture) and public lectures. More recently, the book was named by the Guardian UK as one of their “Best Architecture Books of 2012”, and was listed by the Library of Michigan as one of their “2013 Michigan Notable Books”. In 2012 he was granted a promotion to Associate Professor of Architecture with Tenure at the University of Minnesota, and is currently serving as the Director for the Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree program in the School of Architecture.
Two U.Va. School of Architecture alums will become Fellows at the November ASLA annual meeting in Boston: Eric Groft, MLA ‘85, principal of Oehme Van Sweden in Washington, DC and Pam Shadley, U.Va. BSArch ‘83 and Harvard GSD MLA, principal, Shadley Associates, Lexington, MA. Elizabeth Fain LaBombard (BUEP ’02), Associate, James Corner Field Operations, won the Prince Charitable Trusts Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture for her project Living on the Edge: Re-thinking Landscape on the Periphery of Rome. Thomas Kelley (BSArch ’06) Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago and Partner, Norman Kelley, LLC, won the James R. Lamantia, Jr. Rome Prize in Architecture for his project Economy of Illusions: A (re)Valuation of Rome’s Visual Culture. Judith K. Major (MLA ‘77) has published Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer: A Landscape Critic in the Gilded Age (U.Va. Press, 2013). Major is a Professor of Landscape Architecture at Kansas State University. Liz Sargent (MLA ’91) served as a panelist and presenter at the international conference “Cultural Landscapes: Preservation Challenges in the 21st Century” held at Rutgers University in September 2012. Sargent also recently completed an Earthworks Management Plan for Yorktown Battlefield in Virginia, which featured illustrations prepared by several U.Va. Architecture School alumni including Robin Hurst Hanway MLA ’91, Jennifer Reese MLA ’89, Jesus Najar MUEP ’10, and Sonia Brenner MLA’10. Dorothy Geyer, MLA ‘87, was also involved in the project as a National Park Service reviewer. Signs, Streets and Storefronts by Martin Treu (MARH ’86) was published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. The book has been called a “must-read.” Robert B. McKee (B.S. ‘70 Engineering, MLAR ‘78, and Lecturer at the School of Architecture from 1980-1988) announces Field Sport Concepts’ new branch office opening in Austin. Field Sport Concepts is an affiliation of highly trained environmentally friendly specialists in field sport and rural land conservation.
AYAC Spring 2013 Service Days Launched this spring, the A-School Young Alumni Council (AYAC) organized several service day events across the country in an effort to encourage the A-School young alumni communities to give back to their cities. On June 1, 2013, the AYAC in Boston met at the United Neighbors of Lower Roxbury Community Garden for some much needed spring cleaning. The group cleared two new garden plots, reorganized furniture and tools, and then headed to Parish Cafe to re-hydrate! Meanwhile, to encourage community participation in the Philadelphia region, the AYAC in Philly group signed on to support the Cavaliers Care Initiative, “Thirteen in 2013.” As the name implies, the group has committed to at least 13 hours of community service during 2013. Kicking off their service days with horticultural flair, alumni cumulatively volunteered 24 hours at the Philadelphia Flower Show, the world’s largest indoor horticultural exhibition. Since then, they have provided a wide array of volunteer opportunities to alumni, ranging from raising funds for the hungry through the Stroehmann 5K Walk to planting hardy native trees in the city. By keeping track of individual and group hours, they can share that they have thus far achieved a grand total of 84 volunteer hours. Through volunteering, the AYAC in Philly hopes to continue building and strengthening connections among the U.Va. Architecture school, A-School alumni, and Philadelphia residents. The first annual AYAC in NYC Service Day took place on June 16. In the spirit of the School of Architecture’s new Center for Design and Health, local AYAC members coated a Manhattan rooftop through the NYC-sponsored °CoolRoofs initiative. NYC °CoolRoofs is an exciting collaboration between NYC Service and the NYC Department of Buildings to promote and facilitate the cooling of New York City’s rooftops. By applying a reflective surface to rooftops, the AYAC in NYC helped to limit the heat absorbed by the city’s buildings, which not only reduces their cooling costs in the city’s hottest months, but also serves to reduce the heat
island effect and lower greenhouse gas emissions and smog, leading to a healthier city. As if that wasn’t enough incentive, this event could be used toward IDP’s “Professional and Community Service” hours requirement. On May 18th, the AYAC in DC+Baltimore volunteered their time cleaning up a local middle school with the organization, “Hands on DC”. A handful of young alumni from the DC-Baltimore metro areas joined together one rainy afternoon to paint and weed a fence surrounding the playground of Jefferson Middle School in southwest DC. Afterwards, they enjoyed a pizza lunch in the cafeteria and received a warm “thanks” from a student and the Principal of the School. To read more about the AYAC, visit the Connect Blog at www.arch.virginia.edu/connect. The A-School Young Alumni Council, now in its third year, would like to welcome our six new members! We would also like to thank Diane Moseley and Elise Mazareas for two great years of service to the Council and the A-School. To learn more about the AYAC, read our Spring 2013 newsletter, http://www.arch.virginia.edu/resources/ ayac-newsletter-april-2013 Ben Chrisinger: BUEP ‘10, MUEP ‘11 | Philly Gabriela Gutowski: BSAH ‘05 | NYC Joy Hu: BSArch ‘13 | Boston Brittany Johnson: BSArch ‘10 | Philly Torrey Law: BSArch ‘08 | DC Charles Sparkman: MArch ‘12 | Philly Image (left): Jack Coble’s design for New York City’s Reivent Payphones design competition. Image (above): AYAC members coating Manhattan rooftop through the NYC-sponsored °CoolRoofs initiative.
2013 Externship Sponsors OMA/AMO Ricci Greene Associates Ryall Porter Sheridan Architects Scape Smith Miller Hawkinson Snohetta Thomas Phifer TWBTA
Externship Program Update The School of Architecture Extern Program is an annual program that allows current undergraduate and graduate students at any level and in any discipline â€” architectural history, architecture, landscape architecture, or urban and environmental planning â€” to spend a week exploring a career interest in a realistic learning environment outside of the classroom. Over the past few years, a large and growing percentage of School of Architecture students have been submitting applications to participate in winter externships with sponsoring firms or organizations across the country. The total number of applications has risen from 80 students applying in 2010 to 113 students applying this year to participate in this historically very successful program. With this increase in applications, the number of students placed broke 100 in 2011 with a placement rate of 90%, and in the 2012-2013 Externship Program, there were a total of 102 firms or organizations hosting one or more of our students, with a placement rate of 91%. Thank you to all of our Extern Sponsors! To find out how your firm can participate in this valuable exchange in 2013, please contact Matthew Pinyan at email@example.com or (434) 924-7019. Image: (names from left to right) Alyson Tanguay, Tim Love, Jess Vanecek, Seth Riseman, Marilyn Moedinger, Boston Externship at Utile, Inc. Architecture and Planning.
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California Conger Moss Guillard Esherick Homsey Dodge and Davis (EHDD) Fougeron Architecture Gensler (San Jose) Mia Lehrer Page and Turnbull (San Fransico) Surface Design SWA Group
North Carolina Duda/Paine Oregon Architecture Building Culture THAArchitecture
Pennsylvania Bohlin Cywinsky Jackson Digsau KieranTimberlake MGA Partners Olin Richard Conway Meyer Architect
Florida Arquitectonica HKS Illinois American Planning Association (APA China Program) SOM (Chicago) Studio Gang Louisiana Eskew Dumez Ripple Maryland Biohabitats Ayers Saint Gross (Baltimore) David Jameson McInturff Architects Massachusetts Landworks Studio Leers Weinzapfel McGinley Kalsow and Associates Metropolitan Area Planning Council (Boston) MVVA Reed Hilderbrand Stoss Utile William Rawn Michigan Studio Durham
South Carolina EE Fava Texas HOK (Houston) RVI Planners (Austin) Virginia 3North Alloy Workshop Atwood Architects Bushman Dreyfus Dalgliesh Gilpin Paxton Formwork Franklin County, VA Planning and Community Development Geier Brown Renfrow Architects Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas Lessard Design Michael Vergason Moseley Architects (Richmond) Piedmont Environmental Council Charlottesville Siteworks SMBW VMDO
New Jersey ikon.5 Architects Phillips Preiss Grygielt New York American Littoral Society, Northeast Chapter ARO Balmori Associates BKSK Architects Chromat CR Studio Dean/Wolf Dirtworks Ennead Architects FXFowle LTL Architects Morphosis (NY) MVVA OMA
Washington Gustafson Guthrie Nichol LMN (Seattle) Miller Hull Partnership Mithun Olson Kundig Washington, D.C. Groupo 7 District of Columbia Office of Planning Lehman Smith McLeish McGraw Bagnoli Architects Mulvanny G2 NADAAA OTJ Architects Robert M. Gurney India Studio Mumbai (Mumbai India)
Profile in Giving
Taylor Armstrong (BA ‘71 A&S, MArch ‘76) Two studios of 12 students came to Dallas to study our site Foundation Board Member My relationship with the University of Virginia began with a high school paper I wrote on Thomas Jefferson. I was fascinated with this man and wondered what a university conceived, designed, built and staffed by one of history’s greatest men would be like. After my acceptance as a student, I visited the Grounds and the magic began. It is difficult to describe the University if you’ve never experienced it, but few are not captivated by its beauty and drawn to the thirst for knowledge that Mr. Jefferson still seems to be able to instill in the student body. As undergraduates we were offered the best the University had in faculty like Norman Graebner, Ken Elzinga and Raymond Bice. While that great faculty was teaching us to think critically, the student body presented challenging discussion of the material. But we learned more than academics, we also learned social skills, what true character is, and developed leadership skills that prepared us for our futures. In short, we received the well-rounded education that Mr. Jefferson envisioned when he established the University. After a stint in the Air Force, I returned to the University to be in the first class of the Graduate School of Architecture. All of us came from non-architectural backgrounds, and I am sure the faculty didn’t know what to do with us. Nevertheless, we received a wonderful education from professors like Mike Bednar and Carlo Pellicia who had vastly different approaches to problem solving. From that diversity we were able to take the best from each approach and develop our own methods. The jury system, a trial by fire that we all experienced, was remarkably similar to what I have encountered professionally. It taught me to think on my feet and prepared me well for practice. Theory was balanced with practicality, and each of our design problems had real sites that were being developed by someone in the real world. It was this experience that spawned my desire last year to have students from the A-School involved in the design of 1,000 acres outside of Dallas in which we are owners.
and spent a semester working on different approaches to its development. For me it was a special time to get to know the students and challenge them with the issues we were facing in the actual development of the property. While they were in Texas, we were able to share with them some of the world-class architectural projects that have been built here in recent years.
As a member of the School’s Foundation Board, I have gotten to know the faculty and have been impressed with their capabilities. They are worthy of the high-quality students they teach. The combination of faculty and students is what makes the A-School one of the best schools in the country. My hopes for the school are that we can build on its strengths as well as tap into the assets across the Grounds to instill in our students the importance of understanding architecture’s role in the broader category of real estate. We have done that in our sustainability work as well as the ecoMOD projects and others. If the School is able to demonstrate our relevance, it will go a long way toward returning the architect to his rightful role as a leader of the development team. Many of us have moved from the practice of architecture to related fields like real estate development. Because of the high caliber of our students, they will be leaders in whatever field they pursue. Our School would be wise to develop those leadership skills as part of our curriculum, and use what we are learning in Design Thinking to address problems outside of architecture. Our disciplined approach to the assimilation and synthesis of information affords us limitless horizons for application. My experience at the University and admiration for it are not unique. Virtually any graduate would say similar things. But for this institution to continue to be preeminent, it will take more financial support from its alumni. We have been forced to become a largely privately funded public university. I know that I can never repay what I have received from the University, but I can think of no more rewarding investment than in the future of our students. Image: by Andrew Shurtleff
Celebrating a Banner Year for the A-School The Foundation has far surpassed our $25 million campaign goal, with contributions from alumni, family, friends, and corporate and foundation partners only continuing to grow. Thank you for your generous support, which has made it all possible.
To learn more about these and other select gift opportunities, please contact June Yang at the SARC Foundation at 434.243.2098 / firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Office of University Advancement at 434-924-7306 (toll-free: 800-688-9882).
Your support through the years has strengthened our ability to provide a wide range of global, interdisciplinary, and real-world learning experiences for students and alumni. The A-School retains its standing among all schools at U.Va. of having the highest percentage of student participation in international study programs. This past summer, students once again enjoyed a wide range of design and research opportunities in countries as diverse as Italy, India, China, and Switzerland. Our second annual All-School Workshop, held in January, focused on a host of design strategies for the Rivanna River corridor. Last yearâ€™s inaugural All-School Workshop, a collaborative reimagining of the Belmont Bridge, won for the A-School the Design Professional of the Year Award from the Charlottesville Planning Commission in February 2013. Moreover, we considerably expanded our roster of career development and alumni events. With the participation of the A-School Young Alumni Council, we hosted receptions across the country and placed 109 students in externships in architecture firms in 37 cities nationally and abroad.
With so much good news to share this year, we are excited to move forward and to express our sincere gratitude for your ongoing support and dedication. Thank you for all that you do for the A-School!
As we consider our future directions and possibilities for even greater success, connection, and growth, we remain committed to these four priorities in philanthropy and partnership for our School and Foundation: Enhancing engaged interdisciplinary research. Attracting and retaining the most outstanding faculty and students. Diversifying our community and increasing global experiences for our faculty and students. Pursuing new academic programs and expanding experiential learning opportunities.
Campaign for the University of Virginia Update At Final Exercises on May 19, 2013, President Teresa Sullivan announced that the Campaign for the University of Virginia had met and exceeded its goal of $3 billion. This campaign was one of the nationâ€™s most ambitious higher-education philanthropic efforts, raising $3,026,428,77 from more than 220,000 donors (individuals and organizations). More than 92,000 alumni have participated, as well as 29,000 parents of students and 2,600 faculty and staff members, both current and former. Campaign gifts have created more than 1,000 new endowments, including 514 endowed scholarships, 63 endowed professorships, and 97 endowed fellowships, all across Grounds. As of May 31, 2013, the U.Va. School of Architecture has raised $31,505,688 (126% achievement rate) in gifts, pledges, and planned gifts since the start of the campaign in 2004. Image: AYAC members Kathleen Smith, Elizabeth Milnarik, Renee Pean, Sara Harper, Steven Reilly and Jaime Norwood.
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A-School Annual Fund Our “25 Reasons to Give” Spring Challenge in support of the Annual Fund was a tremendous success. The Spring Challenge commemorated 25 years of the Dean’s Forum Giving Society. With a generous matching gift of $25,000 from an anonymous alumnus and donor, we began our Spring Challenge with a fundraising goal of $25,000 for the first 25 days of April, totaling $50,000 to the Annual Fund. In the opening week of the Challenge, alumni, families, and friends contributed a whopping $11,642.27. The initial fundraising goal was met and exceeded in just 18 days. To keep the momentum going, Dean Kim Tanzer and the Dean’s Advisory Board offered additional matching gifts totaling $10,000 and an extension of the Challenge through May 6. The new fundraising target was $35,000. That goal was also met before the end of the extended Challenge. On May 6, the Challenge closed with an impressive total of $59,786.39 from 246 donors, more than twice the original fundraising goal. With matching gifts, the grand total raised by the Spring Challenge for the Annual Fund was $94,786.39. Your phenomenal enabled the Foundation to surpass its goal for Annual Fund Giving in fiscal year 2013. With a fundraising target of $400,000, we raised $417,933 in unrestricted dollars, our largest Annual Fund total in at least nine years. Congratulations, and thank you for your generous commitment to the A-School! These gifts fill the gap left between tuition and increasingly minimal levels of state support. By making a commitment to the A-School Annual Fund, you are making a commitment to maintaining the operations of a top-ranked architecture school, to advancing our students and faculty to their fullest potential, and to having an immediate and lasting impact on the School and its success into the 21st century and beyond. Thank you for joining forces and showing us what we mean to you!
Twenty-Five Years of Giving Through the Dean’s Forum The Dean’s Forum recognizes leadership donors to the Annual Fund who have made an exceptional commitment to provide unrestricted funding. Dean’s Forum contributions have been essential in supporting and enhancing such initiatives as SARC Foundation operations, alumni receptions and networking events, student scholarship and travel fellowships, faculty research, Dean’s Forum lectures and exhibits, and student publications. There are several Dean’s Forum giving levels to fit your personal philanthropic goals: Partner: $5,000+ (gifts at this level are also recognized by the University’s Rotunda Society) Professional: $2,500 – $4,999 (gifts at this level are also recognized by the University’s Rotunda Society) Principal: $1,000 – $2,499 Associate: $500 – $999 (for alumni five to nine years following graduation) Intern: $250 – $499 (for alumni within four years of graduation) Members of the Dean’s Forum enjoy personal and exclusive correspondence from the Dean regarding A-School news and updates, special invitations to lectures, exhibits and events in Charlottesville and around the country, and recognition in the Dean’s Forum annual honor roll. This Fall, in collaboration with the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the SARC Foundation celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Dean’s Forum at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and Montalto for Dean’s Forum members. To learn more about the Annual Fund, or Dean’s Forum membership and Dinner sponsorship opportunities, please contact June Yang at the SARC Foundation at 434.243.2098 / email@example.com. To learn more about the Dean’s Forum Celebration, please contact Kim Wong Haggart at the SARC Foundation at 434.982.2761 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blair Phillips (BSArch ‘11)
Susan Nelson Fleiss (BSArch ‘98)
Blair Phillips passed away on January 19, 2013. A gifted student, musician, and architect, Phillips was above all a devoted son, brother, and friend who made an indelible impact on everyone he met. He was elected into U.Va.’s prestigious Raven Society and was a deeply committed member of the Academical Village People (AVP), a male a cappella group at U.Va.
Susan Nelson Fleiss passed away on April 18, 2011. After graduating from U.Va., Susan worked for several firms across the country and received her MArch from Princeton University, earning the Henry Adams AIA medal, awarded to the valedictorian of the class. She ultimately established her own successful private practice, Susan Fleiss Design. Susan married Eric Fleiss, the love of her life, and they have three children.
Blair Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund
To ensure that Phillips’s legacy endures at U.Va., his friends and family have created a memorial scholarship fund, with plans to endow it in perpetuity, benefiting students who embody Phillips’s traits and spirit. The fund will support two awards presented in the fall semester, one to a fourth-year architecture student and the second to a third- or fourthyear member of AVP.
Orlando Ridout (BAH ‘77) Orlando Ridout was my first undergraduate Architectural History student at U.Va. When I arrived in 1976 he was in his final year so already well-trained. He took several courses with me and impressed me from the very beginning with his knowledge, ability and especially his passion for the history of the built environment. I recall like yesterday a trip he and I took to visit an obscure house by John Lloyd Wright (yes, FLW’s son) located in rural Maryland. The trip took only 3 days since he had us stopping at various houses and sites in Maryland. Orlando went on to an important career as an expert on mid-Atlantic architecture and helped transform the field with his interest in the vernacular. He will be missed.
-Richard Guy Wilson, Commonwealth Professor and Chair, Department of Architectural History
Susan Nelson Fleiss Scholarship
Susan’s family, friends, and classmates have come together to establish The Susan Nelson Fleiss Scholarship, awarded annually on the basis of merit to exceptionally deserving undergraduate students at the School of Architecture. This award will honor a student whose love for the ageless process of construction — making architecture a reality — is paramount, but who also embodies the warmth in interpersonal relationships that made Susan so special. To learn more about the Fleiss Scholarship or the Phillips Scholarship, please contact Kim Wong Haggart at the SARC Foundation at 434.982.2761 / email@example.com.
Mr. Charles T. Peters, Jr. BUEP ‘67
Mr. William B. Alderman BSArch ‘52
Mr. Blair E. Phillips BSArch ‘11
Mr. L. Lowell Anderson BSArch ‘49
Mr. William J. Reese BSArch ‘71
Mr. Frank A. Chirico MArch ‘85
Mr. Orlando Ridout V BAH ‘77
Mr. Samuel E. Darnell BSArch ‘55
Mr. Michael J. Shearman BSArch ‘90
Mr. M. Stanley Krause, Jr. BSArch ‘56
Miss Deborah L. Shell BAH ‘83
Mr. John B. Melaugh MUEP ‘74
Mr. Joel H. Vicars III BSArch ‘72
Mr. John C. Page BSArch ‘41
Mr. Howard D. Whitmore BSArch ‘62
Mr. Donald M. Parker BSArch ‘67
Mr. John E. Whitmore II BSArch ‘48
Lectures and Exhibits (2012-2013) August 31 Final Friday: Framing India
September 7 Tech-Xpo: Melissa Goldman and Rebecca Cooper 14 India Initiative Symposium: Phoebe Crisman and Peter Waldman 17 Veneto Society Visiting Lecture Series: Vitale Zanchettin 19 Lecture: Val Bertoia 21 Dean’s Forum Career Panel 21 Veneto Society Visiting Lecture Series: Maddalena Scimemi 22 Veneto Society Workshop-Venetian Paster: Vitale Zanchettin 24 Howland Memorial Lecture, Kate Orff 28 Final Friday Exhibit: Rachel Carson 28 Final Friday Exhibit: Mara Marcu October 5 Faculty Design and Research Colloquium: The World in the School 10 Society of Architectural Historians Lecture: Calder Loth 12 Friday Faculty Talks: Suzanne Moomaw 15 Monday Lecture: Frank Dukes 22 Dean’s Forum Lecture Series: Katherine Rinne, “Plumbing Rome” 26 Friday Talks: Tim Beatley 26 Final Friday Exhibit: Hana Kim “Blue Bowls”, Dean’s Gallery 26 Final Friday Exhibit: Vicenza - Seeing + Drawing November 2 Friday Faculty Talks: Seth McDowell 5 Lecture: Andy Payne 9 Friday Faculty Talks: Jeana Ripple 12 HOK Lecture in Sustainable Design: Adam Yarinsky (Architecture Research Office) 19 Dean’s Forum Lecture: W.G. Clark 30 Friday Talks: Brian Osborn 30 Final Friday Exhibit Community as a Classroom: Urban Studio in Cape Coast Ghana Program January 14-21 All-School Workshop 14 Robertson Chair Visiting Lecture: Adriaan Geuze (West8) 25 Dean’s Gallery Exhibition: Hana Kim artist talk 30 After the Deluge: Reimagining Leonardo’s (Legacy Dialogue #1) February 1,2 Dean’s Forum Lecture & Workshop: Ramon Prat (ACTAR Publishers) 4 Michael Owen Jones Lecture: Hollwich Kushner (HWKN) 8,9 Woltz Symposium 2013 20 After the Deluge: The Rising (Dialogue #2) 21 Clark-Howe Colloquium, “CityCenterDC” 22 Final Friday: 2012 Sarah McArthur Nix and Pelliccia Travelling Fellowship Exhibitions, East Wing Gallery
Final Friday: Biennale Box: W.G. Clark’s Collection, Elmaleh Gallery Thaler Lecture Gallery Talk: Warren Byrd & Thomas Woltz, NBWLA Dean’s Forum Lecture: Iñaki Abalos & Renata Sentkiewicz (Abalos-Sentkiewicz Arquitectos & Harvard GSD)
March 4 Thaler Memorial Lecture: Warren Byrd (Nelson Byrd Woltz) Faculty Lecture: Manuel Bailo 8 19 Clark-Howe Colloquium, “The Essential and Necessary” 20 After the Deluge: The Contaminated 21 Clark-Howe Colloquium, “Linking Water with Development in the 21st Century” 22 Faculty Lecture: Matthew Jull 25 Thaler Memorial Lecture: Thomas Woltz (Nelson Byrd Woltz) 28 Clark-Howe Colloquium, “Hands-on Design” 28 Lecture: Greg Mella 29 After the Deluge: The Disappearing 29 Final Friday Gallery Talk: Margaret Tolbert “Aquiferious Virginia”, Dean’s Gallery April 1 INTENSITIES - Recent Work of Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis 3 SAH Lecture: Dr. Laurie Ossman 4 Visiting Presentations to “The Arts and The Environment” class 5 Dean’s Forum Lecture: Linnaea Tillett (Tillett Lighting Design) 5 Appalachian Prosperity Project Symposium 6 Workshop: Lighting Design by Linnaea Tillett 6 Contemplation and Medicine in South Asia and Beyond 7 Howland Fellowship Exhibition 8 Mabel Wilson Lecture 9 Visiting Performance to “The Arts and the Environment” Class 12 2013 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medalist Laurie Olin lecture, Old Cabell Hall 12 Drawing Workshop by Laurie Olin 18 Student Thesis Research Grant Recipients’ presentations 19 Plavnick Lecture: Sonia Hirt “Landscapes of Post- modernity: Changes in the Built Fabric of East European Cities Since 1990” 20 Stan Winston Arts Festival of the Moving Creature: The Creatures are Coming! 26 Painting the American Flag & Works on Paper, Reception and Gallery Talk by Sanda Iliescu 26 Final Friday Lecture: Howland Fellowship Projects Presentation May 1 Food Justice class presentation at Jefferson School 7 Spring 2013 Undergraduate and Graduate Final Reviews
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