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University of Washington

August 26, 2011

Associate Professor Brian Johnson was awarded the prestigious ACADIA Society Award last fall.  This award recognizes extraordinary contributions and service to the ACADIA community, and was presented at the ACADIA 2010 "Life in:formation" conference at The Cooper Union in New York City (October 21-24, 2010).

Sharon Egretta Sutton was chosen to receive the 2011 Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award by the American Institute of Architect's Board of Directors at its December meeting. One of the Institute's highest honors, the award recognizes Sutton's commitment to advancing  minority participation in the design professions and advocating for environmental and social justice.  An ACSA Distinguished Professor and fellow in the American Institute of Architects, Sutton served on the faculties of the University of Michigan, University of Cincinnati, Pratt Institute, and Columbia University before her joining the faculty of the University of Washington in 1998. In addition, Sutton is co-editor of a new book, The Paradox of Urban Space: Inequity and Transformation in Marginalized Communities (Palgrave Macmillan). 

UW Faculty and students won awards this year at the Living City Design Competition juried in Vancouver BC. This was a major international competition focusing on how cities might become communities that reach the goals of the Living Building criteria for sustainability. Second place went to UW students Andy Brown, Rob Potish, Jonathan French and Ryan Heltzel-Drake taught by Affiliate Professor David Strauss, with the name Atelier.  The GU Team made up of Assistant Professor Gundula Proksch, Josh Brevoort, Lisa Chun, Mac Lanphere (recent UW graduate), Lauren McCunney (recent UW graduate), & Cameron Hall, won the “Images that Provoke Award”.  The jury commented on how the submission “makes the viewer feel physically transformed into an imagined reality”. 

Associate Professor Rick Mohler's firm, Adams Mohler Ghillino, was recently recognized through several awards and publications.  The Wall House was named the Home of the Year by Seattle Homes and Lifestyles magazine and was recognized in the AIA Seattle/Seattle Times Future Shack program.  It was featured in the Nov/Dec 2009 issue of SH&L and the 9/12/2010 issue of Pacific Northwest Magazine. The firm's View Residence was featured on the cover of the Jan/Feb issue of Seattle Homes and Lifestyles. The Flip/Flop House(s) was featured in the July issue of the national trade magazine Builder in an article on housing innovation and was the AIA Seattle/Daily Journal of Commerce Project of the Month for September with a feature in the DJC on 9/15.

Professor Steve Badanes was an invited speaker at the International Forum on New Regionalism in North america at the University of San Francisco in Quito, Ecuador in March 2011. In February, Badanes was  a juror for the Jeff Harnar Award for Contemporary Architecture in Sante Fe NM, and delivered a lecture at University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. In November he spoke at University of Hawaii, Manoa, and he will be the keynote speaker at the Timber Framers Guild of North America conference in Port Townsend WA in may.

Senior Lecturer Elizabeth Golden presented two papers at ACSA in Montreale this year, “Traditional Translations: the Universal Optimizing the Handcrafted” and “Following the Berlin Wall”.  Assistant Professors Gundula Proschk and Rob Corser also presented in Montreale.

Assistant Professor Kathryn Rogers Merlino presented at the Revitalize Washington Main Street Conference with a paper entitled “Sustainability and Preservation for Washington State: Challenges and Opportunities” and  a paper for ARCC in Detroit entitled “Urban Grain and Neighborhood Vibrancy.”  Merlino and Professor of Architecture / UW College of Built Environments Dean Daniel Friedman were invited participants at the 25th Mayor’s Institute on City Design National Summit in Chicago on April 25-27.

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