July 2016

Three Auburn alumni were among the 149 elevated to the American Institute of Architects prestigious 2016 College of Fellows: Larry S. Cash (Chapter: AIA Alaska, Firm: RIM Architects); Paula Burns McEvoy (Chapter: AIA Atlanta, Firm: Perkins+Will); and C. Al York (Chapter: AIA Austin, Firm: McKinney York Architects). “We are extremely proud of Paula, Larry, and Al,” says David Hinson, Head of the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture. “Elevation to the AIA College of Fellows is a fitting recognition of their positive impact on the profession and the benefits of their work to society. Their careers are a credit to Auburn, and our students and faculty are inspired by their example.”  For more, read here.

Josiah Brown, a fifth-year architecture student from Ashland City, Tennessee, is the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture’s first recipient of the Aydelott Travel Award. The Aydelott Travel Award was established by Alfred Lewis Aydelott, FAIA (1916–2008) and his wife, Hope Galloway Aydelott (1920-2010), to encourage architecture students to “become proficient in the art of architectural analysis.” The $2.4 million endowment established by this well-known Memphis architect and his wife creates a $20,000 travel award for architecture students at four universities: Auburn University, Mississippi State University, the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, and the University of Tennessee.  Read more here

The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture was well represented among the award winners at the “This is Research: Student Symposium 2016,” held on April 13 at the Student Center. Out of the more than 400 undergraduate and graduate students who competed from Auburn and AUM, APLA students, Abigail Katsoulis and Madeline Gonzales, fifth-year architecture students, took home two first place awards and one second place in the Research and Creative Scholarship in Design, Arts and Humanities category. Ryan Bowen, a dual Environmental Design/Master of Landscape Architecture student, won first place for his poster presentation in the undergraduate category, and Livia Lima, a first–year MLA student, won second place in the graduate Creative Scholarship category for her oral presentation. To read more about the research, read here.

The Design Museum Foundation has developed a major, nationally-traveling exhibition on the importance of play and how designers translate play objectives into innovative, extraordinary, outdoor play environments. The exhibit, called “Extraordinary Playscapes,” includes Rural Studio’s Lions Park Playscape as one of the selected contributors. Currently open in Boston, the exhibit will be in Portland, OR next.  Read more here.

StudioAPLA:  the Summer Issue, the newsletter for the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture’s, is available now.