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Miami University

March 25, 2013

The Department of Architecture and Interior Design is pleased to announce Mary Ben Bonham and John Humphries have been promoted with tenure to the rank of Associate Professor.

Associate Professors Mary Ben Bonham and Scott Johnston won the 2013 Interior Design Educators Council Media Award. “Lighting Across the [Design] Curriculum, “ a multi-disciplinary, multi-university approach to lighting education initiated by a group of educators and funded by the $50,000 Twentieth Anniversary Grant awarded by the Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education. The Nuckolls Fund awarded a total of more than $695, 000 to institutions and individuals to support and encourage lighting education in the US and Canada. Bonham and Johnston collaborated with the following colleagues nationally: Katherine S. Ankerson (project lead) and Neal Hubbell of Kansas State University; Betsy Gabb, Lindsey Ellsworth-Bahe, Timothy Hemsath, Clarence Waters and Nate Krug, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Nancy Kwallek, University of Texas at Austin.  “Lighting Across the [Design] Curriculum” supports lighting as critical to all aspects of design, and especially promotes early engagement of lighting issues in student design education. The program is comprised of seven interactive modules (applicable to architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture as well as to architectural engineering), content, examples, definitions, and educator resources are provided, supplemented with animations, audio, and other interactive features. ACSA colleagues are invited to start using the site, accessible at

Department Chair John Weigand was invited to join the AIA Ohio Board of Directors as representative of the four accredited Ohio schools. In this role, Weigand will be asked to keep the board apprised of activities within the schools and to help to better connect the profession with education. Professor Weigand’s article ““Rethinking Professional Identity in Interior Design.” is published in Meanings of Designed Spaces, edited by Tiiu Vaikla-Poldma. New York: Fairchild Books, 2013. 

John Blake, DesignBuild Studio Coordinator for the Center for Community Engagement in Over-the-Rhine, was quoted in the January 2013 issue of AIArchitect. The feature article, “Urban Reinvestment and Development Efforts” refers to several of the department design build initiatives in the Over-the-Rhine community. The DesignBuild studio has a semester long residency program and recently received accolades in the national competition for the C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award.

The Department of Architecture and Interior Design was recognized with a "Presidential Citation in Recognition of Exceptional Service to the Profession and Society" at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Ohio awards conference in Cleveland. The department received the award for the Ghana Design-Build Studio created by Associate Professor Emerita Gail Della Piana, and currently facilitated by J. E. Elliott.

Alumni Chuck Armstrong, Director of Design for Corgan, and Mike Hemme, BA ‘04, of the Corgan Mission Critical studio hosted a weeklong design workshop in Dallas, TX for the second year graduate studio.  As part of the Traveling Studio experience facilitated by Graduate Director Craig Hinrichs, the studio designed a series of buildings for retail, residential and office use on a 2-acre site in the West End Historic District of Dallas.

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