105th ACSA Annual Meeting
| Brooklyn says "Move to Detroit"
March 23-25, 2017 | Detroit, Michigan
Co-chairs: Luis Francisco Rico-Gutierrez, Iowa State University & Martha Thorne, IE University
Host Schools: University of Detroit Mercy
, Lawrence Technological University
, University of Michigan,
& Cranbrook Academy of Art
Tau Sigma Delta GOLD MEDAL & OPENING KEYNOTE
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Maurice Cox is the Tau Sigma Delta (TSD) Honor Society in Architecture and Allied Arts 2017 TSD Gold Medal.
Maurice Cox, newly appointed Planning Director for the City of Detroit is an urban designer, architectural educator and former mayor of the City of Charlottesville, VA. He most recently served as Associate Dean for Community Engagement at Tulane University, School of Architecture and Director of the Tulane City Center, a university-affiliated practice operating at the intersection of design, urban research and civic engagement throughout the New Orleans community. Cox has taught at Syracuse University, the University of Virginia and Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. His experience merging architecture, politics and design education led to his being named one of “20 Masters of Design” in 2004 by Fast Company Business Magazine. He served as Design Director of the National Endowment for the Arts from 2007-2010 where he led the NEA’s Your Town Rural Institute, the Governor’s Institute on Community Design, the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, and oversaw direct design grants to the design community across the U.S. In 2013, Cox was named one of the Most Admired Design Educators in America in the annual ranking of Design Intelligence.
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Blair Kamin, Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago Tribune architecture critic, is one of the nation’s leading writers on architecture and urban design. Born in Red Bank, N.J., Kamin is a graduate of Amherst College and the Yale School of Architecture. He also has been a Nieman Fellow at Harvard and holds honorary degrees from Monmouth University and North Central College. Kamin has lectured widely and has discussed architecture on programs ranging from NPR’s “All Things Considered” to “CBS Sunday Morning.” The University of Chicago Press has published two collections of his columns: "Why Architecture Matters: Lessons from Chicago" and "Terror and Wonder: Architecture in a Tumultuous Age" In addition, he edited “Gates of Harvard Yard,” published by Princeton Architectural Press. Kamin is the recipient more than 40 awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for criticism, which he received in 1999 for a body of work highlighted by a series of articles about the problems and promise of Chicago's greatest public space, its lakefront. Among his other honors are the George Polk Award for criticism, the American Institute of Architects' Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement, and the AIA's Presidential Citation. Kamin also serves as a contributing editor of Architectural Record magazine and was part of a team of editors, writers, photographers and critics for the magazine which in 2003 won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence.