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University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

March 25, 2015

ACSA News – 3.18.15

Abbas Aminmansour was selected for the 2015 American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Special Achievement Award.  Per AISC’s web site, “A Special Achievement Award provides special recognition to individuals who demonstrated notable singular or multiple achievements in structural steel design, construction, research or education. This award honors living individuals who have made a positive and substantial impact on the structural steel design and construction industry.”  The award will be presented at the opening plenary session of the North American Steel Construction Conference (NASCC) on Wednesday March 25, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.   

Associate Professor Randy Deutsch AIA, LEED-AP received a UIUC College of Fine and Applied Arts Creative Research Award in late 2014; served on the 2015 American Institute of Architects National Technology in Architectural Practice Innovation Awards Jury in February; published a book review on BIM Design in The International Journal of Architecture, Engineering and Construction (IJAEC) in February; will be giving a TEDx Talk, “Creating Career Control Joints,” in April; will be presenting a paper, Leveraging Data in Academia and Practice: Geometry, Human- and Building-Performance, at the Architecture Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) 2015 in Chicago in April; has an article, Who Will Lead Our Industry’s Data-Driven Future?, in DesignIntelligence in May; will be delivering a talk, “AESOP: The Data-Centric Practice of the Future,” at KA Connect 2015 in San Francisco, CA in May; will be presenting Leveraging Data Across the Building Lifecycle on data-informed design at the International Conference on Sustainable Design, Engineering and Construction (ICSDEC) in Chicago in May; wrote a new book, Data Driven Design and Construction: 25 Strategies for Capturing, Analyzing and Applying Building Data, to be published by Wiley in the Fall, foreword by James Timberlake FAIA of KieranTimberlake; has papers accepted and will be presenting at the Building Technology Educators Society (BTES) Conference, presenting in Salt Lake City, UT in June; developing an online course ARCH 164: Architecture as a Second Language; contributed to an article in Architect Magazine on Best Practices in BIM, integrated design and leadership.

Kevin Hinders will be giving a paper alongside Michael Loganbill at the upcoming AIA conference describing the Chicago Studio- its pedagogy and practice.

Paul Kapp has published his latest book:  The Architecture of William Nichols: Building the Antebellum South in North Carolina, Alabama, and Mississippi, has been released by the University Press of Mississippi. 

Joy Monice Malnar’s co-authored book, New Architecture on Indigenous Lands received excellent  reviews in a diverse range of publications from the Canadian Architect (November 2014, page 46), to the Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change ( to the First American Art Magazine (No. 5, Winter 2014, page 68). She is currently teaching in the ISoA's new Chicago Studio program established with the support of the Chicago architecture firm VOA.

Polygon Sculpture Studio, designed by Professor Jeffery Poss and two recent ISoA graduates at Workus Studio, received 2014 Merit Award for Architectural Design from the American Institute of Architects Central Illinois Chapter.  The studio is perched at the top of a steep lakefront property overlooking Lake George in upstate New York.  

Faculty within the detail+FABRICATION Program of the Illinois School of Architecture are exploring the role of fabrication and making in an exhibit entitled “Speculative Visions of Pragmatic Architectures” at the Krannert Art Museum in Champaign.  Rather than privileging finished products, objects, or built work, these designers are placing an increased focus on the process of making as a means for surveying alternative outcomes.  The exhibit is curated by detail+FABRICATION program chair Professor Jeffery Poss, and features the work of Associate Professor Erik Hemingway, Fabrication Coordinator Hugh Swiatek, and Visiting Faculty Brian Vesely and Camden Greenlee. The exhibit runs through the summer of 2015.

In recognition of his work in Haiti following the 2010 Haitian Earthquake, Assistant Professor Mark S Taylor has been awarded a University of Illinois’ 2014-2015 Campus Award for Excellence in Public Engagement.

In 2014, the Urban Communication Foundation selected Thérèse Tierney’s book, The Public Space of Social Media: Connected Cultures of the Network Society, as a finalist for the Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Award.  Also that year, Tierney’s essay, “Reappropriating Social Media: Internet Activism, Counterpublics & Implications,” won Honorable Mention for “Best Faculty Research in the Humanities” by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. More recently, she published on digital topics such as "Crowdsourcing Crisis Response: Mobilizing Social Media for Urban Resilience," European Business Review (7/2014) and “Will 3D Printing Revolutionize Architecture?” BIF Design Education (2/6/2014). This April, Tierney is curating an exhibition, “Building the Future: Interaction Design” sponsored by [co][lab] in Urbana, Illinois.


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