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American University of Sharjah

November 14, 2011

The Department of Architecture welcomes Assistant Professor Jason Ward to the faculty.  Jason joins the faculty following a year as a visiting assistant professor and he will be coordinating the 3rd year Design Studio as well as teaching courses in materials, technology and structures.  Jason holds an M.Arch from Harvard University and a B.Arch from the University of Arkansas.  In 2004 he was a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome.  He has practiced architecture in New England, Canada and the southwestern US with such high profile firms as MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects and Marlon Blackwell Architect.  He has previously taught at the University of New Mexico and co-taught a design studio at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia with Brian MacKay-Lyons.

In addition, the Department of Architecture welcomes new visiting faculty members Joe Collistra, George Newlands, and Faysal Tabbarah.

Joe Collistra joins the faculty as a visiting assistant professor and is teaching in the 4th year Design Studio.  He received his M.Arch from the University of Colorado and has a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Miami University in Ohio.  He has previously taught at the University of Colorado in Denver where he has been Principal Architect at ISD Architecture since 2002.  His firm specializes in environmentally and socially responsible design.  

George Newlands joins the school as a visiting assistant professor this year.  He holds both a BFA and an M.Arch from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque where he has lived and worked for over 25 years.  George was a project architect in the office of Antoine Predock Architect, and since 2006 he has maintained his own architectural practice.  He has previously taught at the University of New Mexico.

Faysal Tabbarah holds a B.Arch from the American University of Sharjah and an M.Arch from the Architectural Association in London.  He is the first alum of AUS to return to the school as a full-time faculty member and thus marks a new milestone for the Department.  While in London Faysal worked in the Design Research Laboratory, a collaborative and research based program that focuses on exploring analogue and digital forms of computation to generate scenario and time-based systemic design applications.

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