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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

November 2, 2012
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture & Urban Planning (SARUP) welcomes 3 new faculty to the Department of Architecture: Jasmine Benyamin, Kyle Reynolds and Filip Tejchman. Benyamin and Reynolds join as Assistant Professors while Tejchman was awarded the inaugural Fellowship in the area of Innovation in Design.


Assistant Professor Benyamin’s interdisciplinary research focuses on architectural manifestations in contemporary art practice and popular culture. Benyamin’s doctoral dissertation addresses ongoing debates regarding the origins of the Modern Movement, by examining one moment in the much-contested relationship between architecture and photography. Her study aims to carve out a critical space of inquiry within which architectural and photographic practices collide with increased velocity at the turn of the twentieth century, thus expanding the framework from which re-evaluations of modernism are now.


Benyamin has presented her research at several national conferences including the Society of Architectural Historians and ACSA. A recipient of numerous awards including an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant, a Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) collection research grant, as well DAAD and Fulbright fellowships for her research in Germany, she is also the editor and translator of several books on architecture, including recently published monographs on Bernard Tschumi and Jean Tschumi. An essay on the work of artist Lara Almarcegui is forthcoming.


Benyamin’s paper entitled “Leftovers: Residual and Risk in “Our Digital Present,” which was presented last Spring as part of the ACSA 100 National Conference  was recently published in its proceedings. Her essay “Architecture Future Perfect: Lara Almarcegui and the Ghost of Content,” is forthcoming in Nora Wendl and Isabelle Wallace eds., Contemporary Art About Architecture: A Strange Utility. (Ashgate). In addition, a paper entitled “Towards a New Objectivity: Hermann Muthesius, Photography and the English House in Word and Image” will be presented in the upcoming Society of Architectural Historians annual conference to be held in Buffalo, New York in Spring 2013.


Assistant Professor Kyle Reynolds (BSAS 2003) is a co-founder of is-office, a design firm located in Chicago, IL. Reynolds was previously the Willard A. Oberdick Fellow at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and an Adjunct Assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture. He received a Master of Architecture from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture with a Certificate of Urban Planning, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Reynolds was awarded the Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) Foundation Traveling Fellowship in 2003. He investigated how cultural variables and limitations on available space provoke architectural innovation in the increasingly static fabric of Japanese cities. His work has been published in On Farming: Bracket 1, The SANAA Studios 2006-2008: Learning From Japan: Single Story Urbanism, Pidgin Magazine, Interior Design Magazine, Calibrations, and Licensed Architect. Reynolds work has been exhibited at The University of Michigan, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Chicago History Museum, Princeton University, Daley Plaza in Chicago, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.


Visiting Professor Filip Tejchman is the 2012-2013 SARUP research fellow in the area of ‘Innovation in Design’. He is also the Principal of Untitled Office, a multi-disciplinary design firm based in Brooklyn, NY. His design research and teaching will involve the relationship between energy and capital viewed through building mechanical systems. His work interweaves contemporary history/theory concerns with technical and tectonic exploration in an effort to reconceive and instrumentalize waste as a spatial project. He has taught undergraduate and graduate design studios at MIT and Pratt, where he was awarded a Development Grant for his contributions to the Language/Making program, a trans-disciplinary initiative between Architecture and the Humanities. Tejchman has also lectured on his research at RISD. His professional experience includes design and project management at Joel Sanders Architects, where he was involved in the design of several award-winning and internationally recognized projects, and at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, as a member of the Lincoln Center and Juilliard re-development design teams.


Also an active writer, Tejchman has served as a project editor for the Praxis Journal of Writing and Building and MUSEO. He has contributed essays to several monographs and exhibition catalogs. Most recently, his writing appeared in the Last Newspaper exhibition at the New Museum, NY and the Storefront for Art+Architecture. Tejchman graduated with a MSAAD from Columbia University and a B.Arch, from Cal Poly San Luis Opisbo. Tejchman’s guest lecture at SARUP will take place in the spring 2013.


One-year fellowships are awarded annually in the areas of design instruction and architectural research. The fellowships are geared toward focusing and expanding design research, energizing the architectural curriculum with current discourse, as well as confirming an academic career path for candidates in the formative stage of their professional lives. Innovative and emerging designers, practitioners, and scholars are encouraged to conduct design research and to participate in the SARUP community through the teaching of studios and seminars.


SARUP has appointed a new associate dean, beginning in Summer 2012. Associate Professor Mo Zell has been named as Associate Dean of Recruitment, Retention and Reputation. Zell teaches undergraduate and graduate design studios and a specialized seminar titled ‘Constructed Site’. She is co-founding principal of bauenstudio, a design and research firm located in Milwaukee, WI. Zell received degrees from Yale University and the University of Virginia.  She is the author of The Architectural Drawing Course published by Barron’s in the US and by Thames and Hudson in the UK. She has been awarded numerous grants that have been instrumental in her current research into the redevelopment of big box retail parking lots. Zell is a registered architect in Massachusetts. As Associate Dean, Zell will coordinate the new public relations material for the school; manage recruiting efforts for new students and faculty; and strengthen efforts to expand enrollments.

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