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Olga Mesa Joins SAAHP

October 17th, 2016 by mroscoe921

Olga Mesa joins SAAHP as Assistant Professor of Architecture, after extensive recent teaching at RISD, MIT, Harvard, the Universidad Tecnologica Equinoccial (UTE) in Ecuador and Northeastern University, and as a Research Associate at Harvard’s Material and Performance Systems Group. Mesa will be teaching an Arch 515 Graduate Design Studio and Arch 287 Computer Applications in Architecture in Fall 2016.  Mesa has worked for Gensler in Boston, 3SIX0 and Friedrich St. Florian in Providence, Lorcan O‘Herlihy and Gensler in Los Angeles. She received her MS in Design Studies at Harvard in 2015, where she won the Daniel Schodek Award, and her B.Arch. from RISD in 2000, where she won the Henry Adams AIA Medal as the top graduating student. Mesa was part of many award winning projects at 3SIX0, and has exhibited her work with colleagues at Harvard and RISD.

Goody Clancy, Boston Fall 2016 Teaching Firm in Residence

October 17th, 2016 by mroscoe921

Goody Clancy, Architecture Preservation Planning from Boston is a Fall 2016 Teaching Firm in Residence. The firm has won more than 150 design awards, including 6 AIA national awards, in work that “connects people in ways that incite creativity and collaboration, and builds social, economic and environmental value, striving to impact society, elevate aspirations, create with purpose, and generate renewal.

Ginette Wessel Joins SAAHP

October 17th, 2016 by mroscoe921

Ginette Wessel, Ph.D., joins SAAHP as Assistant Professor of Architecture, and will be teaching coursework in Site+ Environment, Urban and Regional Planning in Fall 2016. Wessel received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, following achieving her M.Arch. and MS in Geography with a Concentration in Community Planning from UNC Charlotte (where she won thesis awards in each discipline), and BS from Southern Illinois. Wessel has taught at UC Berkeley including as the Director of the (IN)CITY Summer Institute in Planning and at San Jose State University. Her scholarship will be included in an upcoming book from MIT Press. Wessel received several fellowships and teaching awards while a Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley.

Joeb Moore Partners, Greenwich Fall 2016 Teaching Firm in Residence

October 17th, 2016 by mroscoe921

Joeb Moore Partners Architects (JMPA) in Greenwich, CT is a Fall 2016 Teaching Firm in Residence. The firm’s work has received more than 50 national, regional and state awards through creating precise and creative buildings, landscapes and environments that explore the interface between the social and physical, convention and invention, and sensitive responses to nature and the ecologies of place.
JMPA’s studio will focus on “Food Networks + Community-Based Design”, at a site in Stonington, CT, and investigate issues and questions centered around Historic Preservation, ecological systems and landscape, and community based design within an architectural design project. The studio will take up this project which JMPA and landscape architects Reed Hildebrand have been working on.

2016 SAAHP Endowed Award and Scholarship Winners Announced

October 17th, 2016 by mroscoe921

Supported through the generosity of numerous donors, 2016 SAAHP Endowed Award and Scholarship winners are announced:

Thomas A. Fitzgerald Awards in Visual Arts Studies
First Place: Samara Hanon, $500
Honorable Mention: Emily Adler $250, Kayla Catanzaro $250
Thomas A. Fitzgerald Awards are supported by the Fitzgerald Family, are given annually to three students who display excellence in Visual Arts Studies, and is open to majors and non-majors.

2016 Kaestle Boos Associates Scholarship in Architecture
Austin Scott $1600
The Kaestle Boos Associates Scholarship is supported by Charles Boos, AIA, principal at Kaestle Boos Architects, New Britain, CT and Foxboro, MA, and given annually to a graduate student in Architecture for academic and design excellence.

Andy Cole, Tremco Sustainable Practices Prize Winner Announced

October 17th, 2016 by mroscoe921

Andy Cole, is the 2016 winner of the 2016 Tremco Sustainable Practices Prize. This $1,000 award is given to a Master of Architecture student whose work is distinguished through a demonstrated devotion to technical excellence, innovation and sustainability. 

2016 RWU AIA Rhode Island Scholarship Winners

October 17th, 2016 by mroscoe921

Two RWU Architecture students have won 2016 AIA Rhode Island Scholarship:
Joel Rosa, BS in Architecture fourth year student
Mariam Yaqub, Master of Architecture 6th year student
Rosa is a fourth year BS in Architecture student, Yaqub is a second year Master of Architecture student. Each scholarship provides $1500.

RWU Hosts AIA Rhode Island at New Providence location

October 17th, 2016 by mroscoe921

The American Institute of Architects Rhode Island chapter has moved its headquarters to Roger Williams University’s new Providence location at One Empire Plaza, from its prior location at RWU’s former facility at 150 Washington Street, Providence. AIA Rhode Island has been located at RWU’s Providence locations since 2007, when the AIA RI Window on Architecture became one of only three AIA Chapter headquarters nationally to be established at an educational institution, and the only one in an urban location. AIAri’s new space on the ground floor and additional space when needed supports regular educational seminars, chapter and board meetings, and temporary exhibits. AIAri and Roger Williams University’s partnership on space for the chapter received an AIA national award in 2010.

New Graduate Students

October 17th, 2016 by mroscoe921

SAAHP welcomes 45 new graduate students for Fall 2016. Master of Architecture students enter from Roger Williams University, and from University of Rhode Island, Long Island University, UMASS Amherst, University of Edinburgh, Clemson and Kent State universities.
MS in Historic Preservation student enter from Roger Williams University and from Connecticut College, College of Charleston, William Smith College, Iowa State and James Madison universities.

Dermody at 3rd International Conference on Structures and Architecture

October 17th, 2016 by mroscoe921

Associate Professor Robert Dermody chaired a paper session “Educating Architects and Structural Engineers”, and presented a paper “A Survey of Structures Education in North American Schools of Architecture”, at the 3rd International Conference on Structures and Architecture “Beyond the Limits in Guimaraes, Portugal in July 2016. the paper was co-authored with UNLV faculty member Deborah Oakley.