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Illinois Institute of Technology

October 4, 2012

Professor Harry Mallgrave will be awarded an honorary fellowship from the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) Council.  The twelve fellowships announced on September 27 reward individuals from a diverse spectrum of backgrounds, including the worlds of education, sustainability, engineering, property development, journalism, politics and the wider built environment industry.  The 2013 RIBA Honorary Fellowships will be awarded on Wednesday, February 6, 2013.

RIBA Honorary Fellowships are awarded annually to people who have made a particular contribution to architecture in its broadest sense. This includes its promotion, administration and outreach, and its role in building more sustainable communities and in the education of future generations.

Harry Francis Mallgrave is an architect, scholar, editor, and professor of history and theory at Illinois Institute of Technology.   After several years in architectural practice, he took his doctoral studies at the University of Pennsylvania in 1983 under the supervision of Stanford Anderson.  His dissertation topic -The Idea of Style: Gottfried Semper in London -presaged his focus on German theory in his early career.  This phase of his work culminated in the intellectual biography Gottfried Semper: Architect of the Nineteenth Century, which won the prestigious Alice Davis Hitchcock Award from the American Society of Architectural Historians.

He has written numerous books and articles on the history and theory of architecture including: Modern Architectural Theory: A Historical Survey, 1673-1968, and An Introduction to Architectural Theory: 1968 to the Present.  In recent years Mallgrave’s interests have broadened, as indicated by his book The Architect’s Brain: Neuroscience, Creativity, and Architecture.  He has more recently followed up on this study with Architecture and Embodiment: The Implications of the New Sciences and Humanities for Design, to be published in 2013.  It appeals to the emotional process of embodied simulation, rejects overly conceptualized approaches to theory and the objectification of design (viewing buildings as objects), and argues for a return to the focus of design to where it formerly resided -the human experience of inhabiting the world.

Adjunct Associate Professor Amanda Williams will be featured in the new Dreams in Jay-Z Minor exhibition at the Blanc Gallery as part of a series of exhibitions for Chicago Artists Month. Williams and fellow Chicago artist Krista Franklin drew on a series of mutually recurring dreams as inspiration for their work.

The exhibit explores notions around dream states, hyper-reality, upward mobility, hopes and aspirations of African Diasporic peoples, black opulence, black excellence, and excess.

Using a variety of mediums, from paintings, handmade paper, print, altered books and collage, Dreams in Jay-Z Minor is a visual metaphorical play of installation, 2D, and 3D works.

Master of Architecture alumna Diane Hoffer-Schurecht has received the AIA Chicago's 2012 Chicago Award for Architecture. Select area architecture schools are invited to participate in this annual award and each are allowed to nominate five students to compete. Competition entries are school studio projects that are submitted at the end of the spring semester. As the first place winner, Hoffer-Schurecht will receive the Benn-Johnck Student Award of $500.

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