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P     ratt’s graduate program in inte-
      rior design was recently ranked
                                                                                             ing to both their design and
                                                                                             computer application skills and       DESIGNINTELLIGENCE
first in the country for the second                                                          third according to their comm-        2010 RaNKINGS
year in a row, based on surveys com-                                                         unication skills.
pleted by industry professionals and                                                              Pratt’s graduate interior        GRaduaTE INTERIOR dESIGN
made available through monthly                                                               design department was ranked          1. Pratt Institute (same as 2009)
architecture and design journal,                                                             second according to a survey con-
                                                                                                                                   uNdERGRaduaTE INTERIOR dESIGN
DesignIntelligence (DI). Pratt’s under-                                                      ducted among deans and chairs
                                                                                                                                   1. University of cincinnati
graduate interior and industrial                                                             of interior design academic pro-      2. Pratt Institute (same as 2009)
design, graduate industrial design,                                                          grams from across the country,
and undergraduate architecture                                                               and was cited for its excellent       GRaduaTE INduSTRIal dESIGN
                                                                                          Courtesy of design intelligence ®

                                                                                             faculty, innovation, and access       1. Art center college of design
programs were ranked 2, 5, and 15,
                                                                                                                                   2. Illinois Institute of technology
respectively.                                                                                to excellent design profession-
                                                                                                                                   3. rhode Island school of design
     The undergraduate interior                                                              als. The undergraduate interior       4. school of the Art Institute of chicago
design program was ranked second                                                             design program was ranked sec-        5. Pratt Institute (down from #3 in 2009)
for a third consecutive year. Pratt’s                                                        ond according to a similar survey,
                                                                                                                                   uNdERGRaduaTE INduSTRIal dESIGN
undergraduate industrial design pro-                                                         and was cited for its distinguished
                                                                                                                                   1. Art center college of design
gram moved up to second place from                                                           reputation and faculty and great      2. Pratt Institute (up from #6 in 2009)
its sixth place ranking in 2009 and                                                          skills development.
its graduate industrial design pro-                                                               The rankings are part of DI’s    uNdERGRaduaTE aRCHITECTuRE
                                                                  2010 “America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools”            1. cornell University
gram was ranked fifth in the country after ranking third in
                                                                                                                                   2. syracuse University
2009. The undergraduate architecture program was ranked           issue, which it has published annually since 2000. The jour-
                                                                                                                                   3. california Polytechnic state
15th in the country after being ranked 12th in the nation         nal ranked design programs from throughout the United                University, sLO
last year.                                                        States based on surveys completed by professionals in archi-     4. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and
     The report also provided skills assessments of recent        tecture and design firms. They are the only school rankings          state University
design program graduates from hiring firms in the industry,       based exclusively on companies’ perceptions of how well          5. University of texas, at Austin
                                                                  schools prepare their graduates for professional practice.       6. Kansas state University
which were ranked according to the following four catego-
                                                                                                                                   7. University of Oregon
ries: Communication, Design, Computer Applications, and               DesignIntelligence is issued by the Design Futures
                                                                                                                                   8. rhode Island school of design
Sustainable Design Practices and Principals. Pratt’s indus-       Council (DFC), a global network of design community pro-         9. rice University
trial design program ranked high in all four categories, with     fessionals, including leaders of architecture and design         10. University of southern california
graduates first in the nation according to their communica-       firms, manufacturers, and service providers. Founded             11. Pennsylvania state University
tion skills, second according to their design and sustainable     in 1995, the DFC aims to advance the design commu-               12. carnegie Mellon University
design practices and principals skills, and third according       nity by exploring trends, changes, and new opportunities         13. Auburn University
                                                                                                                                   14. Illinois Institute of technology
to their computer application skills. Recent graduates from       in design and architecture. For more information about
                                                                                                                                   15. Pratt Institute (down from #12 in 2009)
Pratt’s interior design program were ranked second accord-        DesignIntelligence and the DFC, visit

P     ratt’s Department of Industrial Design has partnered
      with the Folkwang Academy, a college of art and design
in Germany, to exhibit chair designs as part of the renowned
                                                                  Ingrid Fetell, Michael Roopenian, Thomas Stern, and Tawny
                                                                  Hixon. Designs include a wide variety of seating made of
                                                                  wood, metal, and recycled materials.
international furniture and interior design fair imm cologne            Goetz will represent Pratt at the “Take a Seat” booth in
in Cologne, Germany from January 19–24, 2010. It is the           Cologne. Folkwang Academy has offered to house the nine
first time that Pratt will exhibit in this international venue,   selected Pratt students for two weeks around the time of the
which is one of the largest and most respected fairs of its       fair. “We are excited for our students to meet and exchange
kind in the world.                                                ideas with the fine students at the Folkwang Academy,” said
     A total of 18 students from Pratt Institute and              Goetz. “The Cologne Fair has grown to become one of the
Folkwang will show chair designs in an exhibition, titled         world’s most important venues to view new ideas in fur-
“Take A Seat,” which will display the best in chair design        niture. This opportunity is a testament to Pratt’s growing
                                                                                                                                                                                 COURTESY OF ARTIST

from each institution. Mark Goetz, a Pratt alumnus and            reputation in the international design community.”
professor who is serving as faculty advisor on the proj-                imm cologne is traditionally the first furniture and
ect, selected the nine most innovative and stunning chair         design trade show of the year and one that predicts design
designs from the Institute’s undergraduate and graduate           trends for the coming months. The fair presents the world
programs for exhibition in the fair. The students from Pratt      of furnishings of the future to approximately 100,000
                                                                                                                                   Michael Chuapoco’s SRR Lounge Chair,
whose work will be represented include Michael Chuapoco,          visitors from 113 countries. For more information, visit         among nine chair designs by Pratt students
Binh Dang, Evan Dewhirst, Sara Ebert, Christina Fesmire,                                             in the “Take a Seat” booth at imm cologne
   faculty and staff focus
   Ágnes Mócsy, Assistant Professor of Physics, Math and science Department
                                                                   Tell us about your course on the                                            poking a thermometer in it. Instead, I try to pre-
                                                                   physics of design.                                                          dict which particles in the matter will melt. When
                                                                   It is a physics course for designers and artists.                           the “little bangs” no longer emit certain particles, it
                                                                   My goal is to introduce some of the physics con-                            means the matter has reached the melting tempera-
                                                                   cepts that penetrate our lives and, ultimately, for                         ture for these particles.
                                                                   my students to achieve science literacy. I think it’s
                                                                   important for everyone to have some understand-                             Have your students been involved in your
                                                                   ing of how nature works and how science is being                            research?
                                                                   done. I also want to introduce students to some of                          Yes, collaborations between artists and scientists
                                                                   the major questions physicists are working on and                           are natural. Both are familiar with the concept of an
                                                                   hope some of my students will eventually find they                          elegant solution and with abstraction. I’m currently
                                                                   can use concepts from physics in their work.                                working with illustration student Alex Doig on a
                                                                                                                                               project called “The Sound of the Little Bang,” which
                                                                   You’re also conducting research in theoreti-                                presents an analysis of the acoustic signatures left
                                                                   cal nuclear physics. What specifically do                                   over from the “little bangs.” By shifting the fre-
                                                                   you hope to accomplish?                                                     quencies to an audible range, we allow the audience
                                                                   My research involves working with the theory                                to hear the evolution of the little bangs created in
                                                                   that describes the forces between the fundamen-                             the laboratory. We therefore are able to present an
                                                                   tal building blocks of matter that everyone and                             acoustic picture of the collisions. This is a first; it
                                                                   almost everything is made of. I’m trying to under-                          has never been done. Alex is making scientific illus-
                                                                   stand what happens to nuclear matter when it is                             trations based on accurate physics and data on the
                                                                   heated to temperatures a hundred thousand times                             acoustic signatures. The results of the project will
                                                                   greater than those at the center of the Sun, which                          be presented at the upcoming American Physical
                                                                   was the temperature of the universe one microsec-                           Society meeting in Washington D.C.
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                                                                   ond after the Big Bang. Scientists can use particle                              I’m also working to involve students at Pratt in
                                                                   accelerators that collide large nuclei, like gold or                        science visualization through collaborations with
                                                                   lead, to recreate very small systems with a den-                            scientists at nearby universities and laboratories,
   You came to Pratt in fall 2008 from the                         sity and temperature similar to the density and                             which will give students experience in commu-
   Department of Energy’s Brookhaven                               temperature of the universe when it was a micro-                            nicating complex ideas and will expose them to
   National Laboratory, Long Island.                               second old. These collisions, which are sometimes                           cutting-edge physical sciences research. These col-
   Yes, coming to Pratt gives me the chance to teach               called “little bangs,” create a small speck of matter.                      laborations will give the scientists an opportunity
   physics and astronomy to a much broader audi-                   I’m trying to provide experimental physicists with                          to develop better ways of communicating about
   ence. This is important to me because knowing                   a way to measure the temperature of that matter.                            their research visually, which is crucial to improv-
   what’s happening in the sciences, which impact                       This is actually much harder than it sounds                            ing communication about science in general.
   everyone’s life every day, can only benefit people              because the matter they create only exists for one
   outside the sciences. I’m also confident that what              thousandth of one billionth of one billionth of a sec-                      What do you do for fun?
   I teach can in some cases directly benefit my stu-              ond, and it’s also only one thousandth of one tril-                         Dance. Rock climb. Chill in the shadow of
   dents in their work.                                            lionth of a meter in size. So we’re not talking about                       palm trees.

      FaCulTY aNd STaFF NOTES
Adjunct Associate Professor, Film/Video and                       of Evolution: Charles Darwin and Visual Cultures” in                               of Landscape Architects for her roles as vice presi-
Photography, Perry Bard’s participatory experi-                   London this July.                                                                  dent of the Public Design Commission and co-chair of
ment in database cinema Man With A Movie Camera:                                                                                                     the Mayor’s Green Codes Task Force on site and
The Global Remake was installed at Shedhalle Zurich                                                                                                  storm water.
in the exhibition [Im/Possible Comm-unity] Nov.
                                                                                                                                                     Mendi oBadiKe, assistant professor, Humanities
7–Jan. 2010, and at the International Documentary
                                                                                                                                                     and Media Studies, gave talks and a performance at
Film Festival Amsterdam, Nov. 19–29. She co-curated
                                                                                                                                                     the Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois,
with Berta Sichel “Multitude: Singular El Arte de
                                                                                                                                                     Urbana-Champaign in September. She also exhib-
resistir,” a program of film, video conferences, and
                                                                                                                                                     ited in “On-Screen: Global Intimacy,” which is at the
performance at the Reina Sofia Museum Madrid
                                                                                                                                                     Krannert through Jan. 3, 2010.
from Oct. 14–Dec. 12.
                                                                                                                                                     TiMoThy McMahon, visiting instructor and
ToM dolle, adjunct professor, Graduate Comm-
                                                                                                                                                     technician, Fine Arts Jewelry, exhibited work at
unications/Package Design, is quoted in the Design
                                                                                                                                                     SOFA Chicago, the critically acclaimed Sculpture
Annual 50 Nov/Dec 2009 issue of Communications
                                                                                                                                                     Objects and Functional Art Fair. Last September, his
Arts, in the article “Believe in Magic” by D.K. Holland.
                                                                                                                                                     work (shown below) was included in the exhibition
ToM KlinKowSTein, adjunct professor, Grad-                                                                                                           “Evoking Mystery,” featuring 22 international jew-
uate Communications/Package Design, lectured                                                                                                         elry artists focusing on the mystery of content, use
at the University of East London on Nov. 12. The                                                                                                     of material and/or technique at De Novo Gallery in
                                                                                                                            COURTESY OF THE ARTIST

lecture, “Design: State of the Art, 2009, 2029”                                                                                                      Palo Alto, Calif.
speculated on the cultural, professional, and
technological issues for designers now and in the
mid-term future.
                                                                  Exhibition catalog for “Darwin: Art
MarSha MorTon, professor, History of Art and                      and the Search For Origins”
Design, published two articles this year in accordance
with the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth              Signe nielSen, adjunct professor, Undergraduate
and 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin            Architecture, co-authored The Sustainable Site Design
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of Species: “Nature and Soul: Austrian Responses to               Manual published by the NYC Department of Design
Ernst Haeckel’s Evolutionary Monism” in the exhibi-               and Construction. This year, Nielsen and her firm
tion catalog (shown right) and “From Monera to Man:               were recognized with three awards from the Amer-
Haeckel, Darwinismus, and Nineteenth-Century                      ican Society of Landscape Architects and the
German Art.” Morton also delivered a paper on art’s               Waterfront Center. She will receive the first Service
competition with nature at the conference “The Art                Award from the NY Chapter of the American Society                                  Jewelry designs by Timothy McMahon
                                                                                M.F.A. OPEN stUdIOs
 student spotlight                                                              Pratt’s Department of Fine Arts presented an exhibition of over 100 works in painting, sculpture,
                                                                                photography, drawing, collage, printmaking, installation, video, and performance to the public on
                                                                                November 13 and 15 under the coordination of Pratt Artists League student leaders Komail Aijazuddin
                                                                                and Veronika Szkudlarek. In conjunction with this biannual event, all five of the graduate fine arts stu-
                                                                                dios were open to the public including the studio of M.F.A. candidate Issac Williams (pictured below).
                                                                                Concurrent with the exhibition, Pratt’s Pressure Print Collective held a Print Sale where lithographs,
                                                                                woodcuts, etchings, and more were available for viewing and purchase.

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                  Dave IrwIn
           Undergraduate architecture

Tell us about the Copenhagen/denmark institute                                  tHE PrAtt FAMILY HONOrEd BY PrEsErVAtION
for Study abroad that you participated in
last summer.
                                                                                LEAGUE OF NEW YOrK stAtE
The Copenhagen furniture program was an amazing opportu-                        The Pratt Family was honored by the Preservation League with The Pillar of New York Award on
nity to discover a culture from the inside out. Danish culture                  November 18 for its proud tradition of stewardship and preservation of New York’s irreplaceable
has embedded within it a keen sense for design and form.                        buildings and landscapes. The Pratt Family was celebrated for their leadership in the founding and
There is also a much smaller time lapse between design and                      preservation of the Pratt Institute campus as well as for design excellence and landscape protection.
implementation, so every aspect of your day has in some way
been made nicer by a current innovation in the field of design.
In New York it is a struggle to get innovative designs out in
public at a decent pace. Participating in this program gave me
the opportunity to see how Scandinavian design feeds back
into its own culture.
you designed a chair named linneballe while you
were in Copenhagen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Joe Rosen/PhotoBuReau, Inc.
Studying architecture, I strive to design with an acute respect
for the individual experience. In Copenhagen I felt that
designing a chair did just this at the most local of levels. My
chair is a combination of my own aesthetic and functional
ideas intertwined with the experience of living and interact-                   L-R: Jay DiLorenzo, president, Preservation League of NY State; Mike Pratt, chair of the Pratt
                                                                                Board of Trustees; Anne H. VanIngen, Pratt family member, director of NYSCA's Architecture,
ing with every aspect of Copenhagen—including meeting                           Planning, and Design Program; David P. Hunt, Pratt family member, chair of the Board of
my Danish ancestors, the Linneballes. It is clear that we are                   Trustees of Charles Pratt & Co.; Arete Swartz Warren, chair, Preservation League of NY State.
related in drive and creativity. In fact, my uncle Johan stud-
ied architecture at the Danish Academy and graphic design in
graduate school, and went on to open his own graphic design                     PrAtt dEsIGN stUdENts EXHIBIt cOPENHAGEN WOrK
firm, Scandinavian Designs. After seeing his accomplish-
                                                                                Students who attended the study abroad program for Copenhagen/Denmark Institute for Study
ments and the drive that took him there, it was clear to me
                                                                                Abroad (DIS) during the summer 2009 exhibited their furniture and textiles from November 9–13 in
that he wanted to make his mark in design culture. I named
                                                                                the Juliana Curran Terian Design Center Gallery.
my chair Linneballe in his honor.
you’re doing another study abroad program in
the spring. what draws you to these international
For me, designing is a non-linear process. It is a synthesis of
experiences and interactions one has had through their lives.
I see study abroad programs as opportunities to experience
new cultures first hand. This, I believe, is integral to becoming
a good designer no matter what the discipline.
last year you interned for architect david rockwell,
recently honored as a Pratt legend. how did your
Pratt education contribute to that experience?
David Rockwell has designed at a variety of scales ranging
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from buildings, to kitchen equipment, to lighting design.
Coming from Pratt, I feel that I was able to work very well in
a multidisciplinary environment. Attending an art school, I

am privileged to have colleagues and friends in a wide range                                                                                          Office Of Public RelatiOns
of creative fields. Creativity for me comes from an apprecia-                                                                                         and cOmmunicatiOns
                                                                                                                                                      divisiOn Of institutiOnal advancement
tion of all fields in design. Of course, I have a bias based on                                                                                       PRatt institute

my education in architecture, but this does not stop me from
                                                                                   Todd Michael Galitz vice president for institutional advancement
doing illustration, photography, or anything else that I feel is                   Mara McGinnis executive director of public relations and communications
a medium for expressing an idea.                                                   Josh Graver GrapHic desiGner
                                                                                   Diana Pau pHoto manaGer
what would be your ideal creative assignment?                                      Adrienne Gyongy writer/copy editor
To see my website, continually grow. It is a                       Kate Ünver coordinator
collaborative project to which more than 45 artists contribute                     Amy Aronoff, Chanice Greenberg, Charlotte Savidge contributors

work from a variety of disciplines. After Pratt I hope to take                     View Gateway online at
                                                                                   To submit information for Gateway, please contact Mara McGinnis
on the project fulltime and see where it goes.                                     at
      EYE ON alumNI
Alumnus Sean Mellyn, B.F.A. ’87, has been                      Most recently, Mellyn was selected for the Art-
creating his hyperrealist paintings and post-Pop          ists at Giverny Residency Program in collaboration
assemblages nationally and internationally for more       with the Monet Foundation in Giverny, France, where
than two decades.                                         he made the untitled work with dinner plates (shown
    Born in Rhode Island to a family of artists who       behind him) in summer 2008.
attended MassArt, Mellyn broke with tradition to               His work appears in numerous public and
attend Pratt because he wanted to be in New York.         private collections, including the Whitney Museum
“I was a punk-rock kid,” recalls Mellyn, who took a       of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art in
minor in Art History, “and the Island of Misfits was      New York, the New York Public Library, the Museum
a great inspiration to me. I had to be where it was all   of Fine Arts in Houston, the Progressive Corporation
happening. Art ideas like Pop, Ab-Ex, and Minimalism      in Ohio, and the Logan Collection in Vail, Colorado,
were over in my mind and I had to come here to figure     to name a few. To date, Mellyn has had 12 solo shows
out why. There were some great teachers at Pratt; I was   and is represented by the Anna Kustera Gallery in
lucky to have Rudolf Baranik and Diana Pachukis.”         Chelsea. He also teaches part time at the School of
    In his senior year, Professor Amy Brook Snider        Visual Arts.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Sandra Hamburg
helped him find a job in a Noho framing shop, where            Mellyn works from a studio in DUMBO and
he was able to work with many artists, such as Jasper     advises students, “Go to as many galleries, museums,
Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, among the shop’s           and openings as you can. Otherwise there are really
many clients.                                             nice, sunny campuses in Florida.”                                    Sean Mellyn

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                                                           2009-2010 vISITING aRTIST
PRESIdENT’S OFFICE GallERY                                 lECTuRE SERIES
MONdAY–FrIdAY, 10 AM–4 PM                                  Olaf Breuning — Jan. 26
                                                           David Salle — Feb. 2
GEORGE HIROSE PHOTOGRaPHY                                  Elizabeth Neel — Feb. 9
Ongoing through February 19, 2010
                                                           These lectures are free and open to the public.
The adjunct associate professor exhibits images
from his new book BLUE NIGHTS: Photographs by
George Hirose, introduced by the late Norman Mailer        maNHaTTaN CamPuS
(Provincetown Arts Press, 2008).                           144 W. 14tH strEEt
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                                                                                                                               Vintage African textiles employed
                                                                                                                               by Max Osterweis of SUNO
                                                           PRaTT maNHaTTaN GallERY
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                                                           tUEsdAY–sAtUrdAY, 11 AM–6 PM                                        OFF CamPuS
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                                                           ETHICS + aESTHETICS =
                                                           SuSTaINaBlE FaSHION
                                                                                                                               145 PalISadE
                                                           Ongoing through February 20, 2010                                   145 PALIsAdEs AVENUE
                                                                                                                               MAIN FLOOr, sUItE 200, dOBBs FErrY, N.Y.
                                                           This survey of the work of artists and designers who                MONdAY–FrIdAY, 2–7 PM
                                                           seek ways to integrate sustainable practices into the
Garden Party, 2007
                                                           fashion system is guest-curated by Francesca Granata                dOBBS FERRY FaIRYTalES: vISIONS FOR
                                                           and Sarah Scaturro.                                                 THE dOBBS FERRY WaTERFRONT
                                                                                                                               December 6, 2009–January 10, 2010
                                                                                                                               Opening Reception: Sunday, December 6, 5–8 PM
                                                                                                                               Pratt Architecture Professor Dan Bucsescu and eight
                                                                                                                               students from his summer design studio in the School
                                                                                                                               of Architecture will present and exhibit their designs
                                                                                                                               for a proposed ferry terminal, boat building school,
                                                                                                                               yacht club, restaurant, and marina along the Dobbs
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                                                           Various pieces from new clothing label
                                                                                                                               Ferry Waterfront. The exhibition is supported by the
Full Moon and Window, Provincetown, Mass., 2005            Slow And Steady Wins the Race                                       Rivertowns Arts Council.

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