gateway t h e c o m m u n i t y n e w s l e t t e r o f p r at t i n s t i t u t e VOLUME 20 | NUMBEr 5 dEcEMBEr 21, 2009 dESIGN PROGRamS HIGHlY RaNKEd IN DESIGNINTELLIGENCE SuRvEY ® GrAdUAtE INtErIOr dEsIGN rANKs FIrst AGAIN; UNdErGrAd INdUstrIAL ANd INtErIOr dEsIGN rANK sEcONd 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 www.di.net. INduSTRIal dESIGN STudENTS TO EXHIBIT WORK aT INTERNaTIONal dESIGN FaIR IN GERmaNY 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, www.imm-cologne.com. 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. DIANA PAU 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 COURTESY OF THE ARTIST 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. DIANA PAU DIANA PAU 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 experiences? 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 DIANA PAU 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 gateway 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, organicMobb.com 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 http://www.pratt.edu/pr-comm# To submit information for Gateway, please contact Mara McGinnis on the project fulltime and see where it goes. at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 gateway p r at t i n st i t u t e FIrst cLAss MAIL U.s. POstAGE PaId ENFIELd, ct 2 0 0 w i l lo u g h by av e . b r o o k ly n , n y 1 1 2 0 5 PErMIt NO. 22 EXHIBITIONS aNd EvENTS ENGINEERING BuIldING BROOKlYN CamPuS ROOm 317 200 WILLOUGHBY AVENUE tUEsdAYs, 12:45–1:45 PM 2009-2010 vISITING aRTIST PRESIdENT’S OFFICE GallERY lECTuRE SERIES MAIN BUILdING, FIrst FLOOr 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 DIANA PAU Vintage African textiles employed by Max Osterweis of SUNO PRaTT maNHaTTaN GallERY sEcONd FLOOr tUEsdAY–sAtUrdAY, 11 AM–6 PM OFF CamPuS 145 PALIsAdEs AVENUE 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 DIANA PAU 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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