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University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

March 15, 2012

A student competition called The Architecture and Engineering of Sustainable Buildings has been organized by Associate Professor Abbas Aminmansour.  The competition is scheduled for the spring 2012 semester and will be conducted by the Association of Collegiate School of Architecture (ACSA) across the United States and Canada.  Visit the ACSA Competition Web Site for more information. 

Associate Professor Abbas Aminmansour presented a paper titled “Tall Buildings and Sustainability - - An Integrated Approach” at the 2011 World Conference by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).  The conference was held in Seoul, Korea October 10- 12, 2011.

Assistant Professor Mark Taylor received the 2011 AIA Central Illinois Outstanding Educator Award.

Associate Professor William Worn presented a paper titled “Post-Industrial Transformation and the Obesogenic City” at a 2-day architectural symposium held at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, Britain, on November 22-23, 2011.

Professor R. Alan Forrester, Director of the School of Architecture from 1981-1998, passed away on November 23, 2011. His family is planning a memorial to be announced at a later date. 

Michael J. Plautz, ’67 graduate of the University of Illinois School of Architecture, passed away on January 6, 2012, at the age of 68. 

Assistant Professor Therese Tierney has signed a book contract with Routledge for her book titled Public Space/ New Publics: Connected Culture of the Network Society. Her essay titled “Accessing Urban Information: [i-metro] as a locative media commons” will be published in the Leonardo Journal ISAST: Environment 2.0  in 2012.  Prof. Tierney will also be presenting a paper titled “Intelligent Infrastructure: Mobile Networks as Tactical Transportation” at the ACSA Conference in Boston March 1-3, 2012. 

The School of Architecture, in conjunction with the School of Landscape Architecture, announces the Spring 2012 Lecture Series. Lecturers include:  David Salmela, Salmela Architecs; Brad Lynch, Brininstool + Lynch; Florian Idenburg, Solid Objectives; David Brown, National Trust for Historic Preservation; Rahul Mehrotra, Harvard University; Christopher Leong, Leong Leong Architecture; Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Atelier Bow Wow; Marvin Trachtenberg, New York University Institute of Fine Arts; Craig Schwitter, Buro Happold Consulting Engineers; and Ken Smith. 

Professor Kathryn Anthony has designed two new iPhone apps titled “Design Student Survival Guide” and “Student Survival Guide,” and was featured in an article through the CITES Academic Technology Services website at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign at

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