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January 17, 2017

CADC faculty and students exhibited their creative scholarship and work in “Showcase: The Work of Creative Scholarship” at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art in Auburn, Alabama, from September 17 through October 2. The “Showcase” exhibition was held in conjunction with Auburn’s “This Research: Faculty Symposium 2016” and included works in the fields of fine art, the performing arts, creative writing, applied design and other related disciplines.

Read more, here. To view the Showcase, click here.

DesignIntelligence Quarterly has released its annual rankings “America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools 2016–2017,” and Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction programs are once again ranked among the best in the nation. These rankings are based on annual surveys of leading practitioners in these fields. CADC’s undergraduate program in architecture is ranked ninth, and its graduate program in landscape architecture is ranked eighteenth. The School of Industrial and Graphic Design’s graduate program industrial design continues be ranked third in the nation, and its undergraduate program is ranked fifth. There are no new rankings for Industrial Design this year. 

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Architect: The Journal of the American Institute of Architects has named Marlon Blackwell Architects “The Top Firm in Design” in its annual Architect 50 ranking. Principal and Founder Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, who is 1980 graduate of Auburn’s architecture program, is the E. Fay Jones Chair in Architecture and a Distinguished Professor in the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas.

For the full story in Architect and to view a portfolio of Marlon Blackwell Architects’ work, click here.

The College of Architecture, Design and Construction celebrated the accomplishments of faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends at the Annual Awards Banquet on Thursday, October 20, at the Hotel at Auburn University. Special guests included Jane DiFolco Parker, Vice President for Development and President, Auburn University Foundation and Bill Parker; Dr. John Liu, Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Research and his wife Dongya Gao; Dr. Gregg Newschwander, Witt Professor and Dean of the School Nursing; Jim Carroll, Auburn University Architect, and Kathleen Carroll; and the CADC Executive Board.

For more, read here.

Charlene LeBleu, FASLA, will serve as the Interim Head of the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture effective January 1, 2017, announced Vini Nathan, Dean and McWhorter Endowed Chair in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction. She will serve in this position while a search is taking place for the permanent school head.

For more, read here.

Can something as simple as placing chairs around campus improve the quality of social life? That’s what Magdalena Garmaz’s ENVD 4010 “Elements of Design Thinking and Visual Communication” class set out to discover. The Auburn Chair Project studied whether the introduction of a simple, inexpensive, and movable element—a chair—can improve the quality of life in the built environment, specifically, the Auburn campus. 

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Harold “Hal” Goyette, a 1950 graduate of Auburn’s Architecture program was honored with the College of Architecture, Design and Constructions Distinguished Alumni Award during the college’s annual awards banquet on October 20. The criteria for this recognition includes: a graduate of one of the CADC programs; at least 50 years of professional distinction and leadership; and support of the advancement and continued excellence of AU or their profession. 

For more, read here.

Read the Winter Issue of the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture’s newsletter StudioAPLA.

APLA Fall Lecture Series, Unfolding Narratives, Continues January 23—3:30 pm with Timothy McDonald, Founding Principal of Onion Flats.  Events are held in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture at Dudley Hall, Dudley Commons Parker Auditorium, B6 and are free and open to the public.

Read about enterprising alum, Wanona Satcher, and her nonprofit, called Rejuvehere.

In the Architect's Journal you can view a #greatdetail as described by Piers Taylor, of Invisible Studio, on the Glass Chapel at Mason's Bend.

The 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, where the Auburn Rural Studio was a participant, has come to an end. Of note:

-The event had over 250,00 visitors

-The RS installation, the "theater of the useFULL” was taken down last week and absolutely all the materials are continuing to help two outstanding Venice organizations in their objectives of offering shelter for the winter homeless and refurbishing much needed affordable housing.

Read more here.

This is Alabama features the Rural Studio in This is Rural Studio - Auburn University.

In a past issue of StudioAPLA Danielle Willkens, Assistant Professor of Architecture, was featured as a recipient of the SAH Brooks Travelling Fellowship. Follow her discoveries and read the chronicle of her journey through monthly blog posts on the Society of Architectural Historians’ website. Read more here.

Prof. and former Head of APLA, David Hinson was profiled on THIS IS AUBURN.

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