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Auburn University

September 16, 2013

APLA alum Nicholas Holt (‘93) was recently named a Senior Fellows of the Design Futures Council by the Design Futures Council (DFC). Technical director at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s New York office, Holt was one of thirteen inductees named for “significant contributions toward the understanding of changing trends, new research, and applied knowledge that improve the built environment and the human condition.” (

Professor Christian Dagg, AIA, has been named as Program Chair for the Master of Integrated Design & Construction program, a collaborative academic program between the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture and the McWhorter School of Building Science.  Dagg has been on the faculty of Auburn University’s School of Architecture since the fall of 2000, where he has served in several leadership positions, including Program Chair for Interior Architecture and a year level coordinator for Second and Fourth Year Design Studios in Architecture.

A retrospective of the work of Professor Emeritus, Robert L. Faust will be hosted by the Department of Art in the College of Liberal Arts at the Biggin Art Gallery, Biggin Hall, Auburn University during the month of December. Drawings, photographs and models of Faust’s work as an architect will be featured. The exhibit is curated by APLA’s Professor Christian Dagg.

An integrated studio of third and fourth year Interior Architecture students has mounted an exhibit cataloging design possibilities for the Atlanta Central Library in Atlanta, Georgia. Commissioned in the late 1960's but not completed until 1980, the iconic downtown library is the final building by celebrated modern architect Marcel Breuer (1902-1981). Using the work of Breuer as a guide, the studio led by Kevin Moore and Nathan Foust has re-imagined the expansive public interior by developing meaningful luminous and acoustic variety. The exhibit of student work is on display in the Dudley Commons Gallery, at Auburn University’s College or Architecture Design and Construction, weekdays until September 30.

The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture’s Rural Studio has been awarded a $42,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the documentation of the Rural Studio’s 20 years of bringing quality design to rural Alabama. The project will include the creation of a documentary and social media campaign that highlights Rural Studio's anniversary project to build eight 20K House projects. Art Works grants support exemplary projects in thirteen artistic disciplines and fields: arts education, dance, design, folk and traditional arts, literature, local arts agencies, media arts, museums, music, opera, presenting, theater and musical theater, and visual arts.

OCUS 11 ante litteram, an exhibition of new works by Margaret Fletcher, Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, will open on Saturday, September 14, at Sandler Hudson Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia. An opening reception will be on Saturday, September 14 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Fletcher will deliver an artist talk on Saturday, October 12 at 2 p.m.

The 2013 Lecture Series of the Auburn University School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture is entitled “Renegades + Outlaws: Design Thinking at the Edge.”  The series is conceived as a way to consider perceptual outliers within the design profession. Wide interpretation of the lecture series theme is encouraged, from practitioners that rely on collaborative practices of art, architecture, filmmaking, and design to practitioners that engage in significant contextual work designed to profoundly affect the essential community in which it resides. Lecturers will elaborate on projects, processes, research, motivation, missions, etc. that have evolved within their practices and have created moments that we can identify as driven by designers who are outlaws and renegades. Details for about the lecturers and the lecture calendar can be found at:

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