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Woodbury University

September 25, 2014

Barbara Bestor recently completed the headquarters for beats by DRE in Culver City.

Ewan Branda was the co-investigator in a research group that received a $30,000 NEH grant for developing an international, multilingual index for electronic literature.

Articles celebrating the ACE Center, led by Professor Jeanine Centouri, were published in the LA Times and LA Curbed and showcased on KCET’s Artbound. The “Cabin Project” a 1% AIA Strategic Alliances Case Study, was published online by Public Architecture and the AIA. The City of Los Angeles presented a Certificate of Recognition to the ACE Center for their contribution to Watts and the small businesses on Wilmington.

Mark Ericson’s drawing from the “Euclid’s Wedge” will be published Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities. Another drawing from the  “Domestic Inversion” was published in Log 31.

Along with Michael Sorkin and Carol McMichael Reese, Anthony Fontenot, edited and contributed to the text New Orleans Under Reconstruction: The Crisis of Planning, published by Verso. He co-wrote the essay, “Reconstructing Kabul: Past, Present, and Future” in Volume #40: Architecture of Peace Reloaded 2014. Anthony was an invited participant in the Office US Issue: Crude Ideals panel discussion and also the Beyond Environment panel at the Venice Biennale.

Norman Millar was honored as the educator of the year by the LA AIA. A private residence in Sea Ranch, designed by Millar, was published in Dwell magazine.

Eric Owen has been appointed to full Professor.

Michael Pinto and Helena Jubany have merged their practices. Together they will manage a practice in Los Angeles and be part of a network that now has additional offices in Seattle, Spokane, and Denver. The pair was recently interviewed on NPR’s Marketplace and discussed the design of schools in the 21st century.

Maxi Spina was promoted to Associate Professor; his recently finished Jujuy Redux Building in Argentina was a finalist at the Architizer A+ Awards and has been published widely. In addition, Spina's chess set entitled "In Turn" was exhibited at the A+D Museum and Jai&Jai Gallery, and appeared on and Architizer. Maxi also presented a project at the annual ACSA conference in Miami entitled "Rhythmic Space: Structure and Texture in Vault Design" which showcased his research and teaching on representation and generative design methods.

Along with Del Harrow, Joshua Stein received a Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Award for the development of Data Clay: Digital Strategies for Parsing the Earth symposium (at CCA in Feb 2015) and exhibition (at SF Museum of Craft and Design, Jan-April 2015). Along with Iker Gil, Joshua organized the After the City, the City: Water in Chicago panel discussion series in 2013/14.

Linda Taalman was a panelist, at the Serra dei Giardini, in the Venice Biennale. She was the keynote Speaker, Pakhus 48: 3daysofdesign in Copenhagen and also presented on the work of Ray Eames at the Art Center College of Design.

Marc J Neveu was appointed as Chair of the Woodbury School of Architecture in Los Angeles in August. An essay was recently published in Log #31.

Patrick Shields continues working on PORT JOURNEYS Project and has recently returned from Yokohama, Japan (September 10-15) where he presented and exhibited his San Diego–Yokohama Bay project.

Adam Grove (with Luce et Studio) has recently received an AIA San Diego Honor Award for Commercial Project, for Machine in a Box

Miki Iwasaki continues making significant contributions to San Diego’s public art landscape: In July 2014 Miki installed "Astralgraph" at San Diego International Airport, Terminal One. In June 2014 the "Wind Vessel" art installation marked the culmination of a project for Creative Catalyst Fellowship with the San Diego Foundation. Last October 2013 At The New Children's Museum, San Diego, "Stacked Stories", a news children's library was mounted with Woodbury Students at The New Children's Museum, San Diego. This project was produced during a Third year UG design-build studio. Finally in January 2014, Miki was Finalist for public art installation with Ocean Discoveries Institute in City Heights neighborhood of San Diego. Project ongoing. 

Hector M Perez recently received an AIA San Diego Merit Award for La Jolla Shores Lifeguard Station (with RNT Architects) and an Orchid Award (by SD Architectural Foundation) for LA ESQUINA Mix Use.

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