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University of California, Berkeley

September 21, 2011

Dana Buntrock has been promoted to Full Professor.

Professor Rene Davids has been selected for a Fulbright Specialist Grant in Urban Planning as a guest of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Chile. He will be spending 6 weeks in his native Chile giving lectures and organizing seminars around the country in the late Fall. During the summer Davids was invited to chair a panel and give a conference paper entitled “Designing for a Global Context: The Impact of New Technologies in Architectural Education” at the 3rd annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies held in Barcelona, Spain; he discussed in part his experiences in conducting architectural studios abroad.

Professor Harrison Fraker is the Ax:son Johnson Visiting Professor for Lund University Master’s Program in Sustainable Urban Design (SUDes).  His duties include lecturing, conducting workshops, participating in conferences, advising thesis students and the development of a case study research agenda on best practices of sustainable urban design from around the globe. Fraker is concurrently a faculty leader in an interdisciplinary team of UC Berkeley faculty and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories staff working in collaboration with Tianjin University faculty on the development of a new “green,” zero-carbon campus for Tianjin University. Finally, Fraker reports that he is an advisor to India’s TATA Management on how to make Jamshedpur’s urban services more sustainable, preparing a detailed report on thirteen strategies to achieve zero-carbon operations and services.

In June, Professor Margaret Crawford gave a paper, “The Paradoxes of Public Space,” at symposium “Thinking Architecture, Technology, Culture: A Conversation” at the Bavarian-American Academy in Munich, Germany.  Crawford also contributed a catalog essay on the entries to the Chengdu Biennale, held in Chengdu China from late September to late October.  Crawford also published an essay, “Temporary Urbanisms,” to the catalog accompanying the “Reclaim Market Street” exhibition at SPUR, the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association. The exhibition, which opened in early September, will run through January of 2012.  Finally, Crawford was also a juror for the new “Pro Bono” category of the SF AIA Honor awards.

Recent work by Professor Richard Fernau’s firm Fernau & Hartman and Associate Professor Mark Anderson’s partnership, Anderson Anderson Architecture is featured in the book, Nature Framed: At Home in the Landscape published by Monacelli Press.  (For more on the book, go here: http://www.metropolismag.com/pov/20110819/qa-framing-nature)

Assistant Professor Ronald Rael has renewed his research partnership, managed through UC Berkeley’s Industry Alliances Office, with the IT group Luxology. The partnership allows Rael and his students to test Luxulogy’s 3D modeling tool, called “modo.”

Professor Mary Comerio was invited to speak at the Yale School of Architecture symposium, “Catastrophe and Consequence: the Campaign for Safe Buildings” in November.

Associate Professor Lisa Iwamoto’s partnership, IwamotoScott, was included in an exhibition “Architecture of Consequence: San Francisco” held from late August through the end of October, at the Center for Architecture + Design Gallery and sponsored by AIA San Francisco.

Associate Professor Raveevarn Choksombatchai participated in a panel on architectural education, organized by swissnex San Francisco and AIA San Francisco.  Choksombatchai discussed a workshop she led at Thammasat University in Bangkok.

Professor Galen Cranz was keynote speaker on “The chair Conundrum and the Challenge of Sitting” at the Australian National Feldenkrais Conference in Brisbane, Australia in August.   She also lectured in Sydney at the architecture firm BVN and in Melbourne at the Alexander Centre.

Professor Susan Ubbelohde was a panel member on “The Edge of Design” at the AIA Women's Leadership Summit, in Kansas City in September.

“FRAMES FOR LIVING: The Life and Work of William Wilson Wurster” is the inaugural exhibit for the new Wurster Hall Gallery. The exhibition includes images by nationally recognized artists never before seen and others from the College’s Environmental Design Archives and coincides with publication of a book by the same name, authored by Caitlin Lempres Bostrom (M. Arch ‘90) and Professor Emeritus Richard C. Peters, FAIA. The exhibit and the book illustrate the impact of Wurster’s work on the practice of architecture today, and document how his designs and educational philosophy continue to inspire architects and those who occupy his buildings. The show will run through November 15 of this year.

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