Department of Architecture and Interior Design Annual Report Academic Year 2001-2002 I. The Year in Perspective: Accomplishments and 2001-02 Highlights Faculty and Staff Achievements • Tom Dutton: awarded “Certificate of Merit for Building Community” from the Division of Student Affairs, April 23, 2001. • Tom Dutton was the principal author of a grant written to the President’s Fund for Academic Enrichment to support the newly created Miami University for Community Engagement in Over-the- Rhine (see below under National Prominence and Departmental/Program Achievements). The grant as well as the center is broadly supported across the campus (Student Affairs, Women’s Center, Center for American and World Cultures, Black World Studies, Education and Allied Professions, College of Arts and Science, School of Interdisciplinary Studies) • Murali Paranandi: notification of an award of distinction for the presentation of his paper at the eCAADe conference last year and invitation to present another paper at the forthcoming eCAADe conference in Warsaw in September 2002. • Jinbae Park: Awarded honorable mention for Le Club de Vin (a project realized in Seoul, Korea) in the annual competition sponsored by the Interior Design Educators Council at the IDEC International Conference, Santa Fe NM in March 2002 • John Reynolds: presentation of the CDMH Museum Memory Wall to the city of Dudelange and HRH Princess Maria Teresia of Luxembourg, May 2002; installation of the Memory Wall to take place with students Michael Gibson and Jeremy Little at the same time • Sergio Sanabria: Extension of the project begun last year with the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies. Last year, 2nd-year architecture students built a group of some 15 models of Russian architecture designed between 1917and 1937 by the Constructivist group. This year, the Sanabria studio designed a response to Vladimir Tatlin’s Monument to the Third International of 1919 and then constructed it in stainless steel using arc-welding techniques. The site chosen for the project which, if built would be about 1300’ high is just off the coast of Manhattan Island, near the Ground Zero site. The students saw the project in part as a memorial to the 9-11 tragedy. • We conducted two searches and offered positions to three of the candidates. The first search was to fill our position designated for a landscape architect. Kimberly Hill (M.L.A. Harvard) who has taught as visiting faculty for two years, was hired. The second search sought to replace Ann Cline, to broaden the theory base of the department and to strengthen the graduate as well as undergraduate curricula. Two positions were offered: Diane Fellows (M.Arch. University of Oregon) brings an important element of diversity with her based on research she conducted in Denver on the ethnic Chinese community of railroad builders there. Bennett Jacks (M. Arch., University of Pennsylvania), a registered architect and also a visitor for two years, was also hired. Ben brings interests and experience in design and human behavior, the psychology of place, the problems of domesticity, and the ability to teach programming through writing. His unique ability to move laterally between the undergraduate programs as well as vertically between graduate and undergraduate programs was considered highly desirable. Books • Jinbae Park: Design in Film, English edition, fall 2001 • Gerardo Brown-Manrique and John Weigand are working to complete book manuscripts for submission to publishing houses. Refereed Articles and Chapters •Thomas Dutton: 1 chapter: “Affiliated Practices and Aesthetic Interventions: Remaking Spaces in Cincinnati and Los Angeles” in Localizing Globalization: Spatial Situatedness in Global Context (ed. Arvidson and Cullenberg) proposed to the University of Texas Press; 1 article in The Nation (18 June 2001) 6-7, 23; 1 article in CRIT Magazine (April 2002) 40-43. • Jinbae Park: 3 articles in Design magazine, Seoul, Korea; 1 article in Interiors magazine, Seoul, Korea Articles in Proceedings: • Murali Paranandi: 6 (proceedings of Solar 2002 Convention of the American Solar Energy Society, proceedings of the national conference of the American Society for Engineering Education, proceedings of the conference on Computer Aided Architectural Design and Research in Asia, the proceedings of the national meeting of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and the proceedings of the International Conference on Information Technology in the Built Environment at Kharagpur, India) Juried Scholarly Presentations • Linn Song: “Culture, Identity and a Progressive Sense of Place: A Case-Study of the Muenster City Library” to be presented at the 34th International Making Cities Livable Conference, Salzburg/Alpach, Austria, Fall, 2002 • John Weigand (with Sara Butler): “Integrating Textiles into an Architectural materials class”, International Textiles and Apparel Association, Kansas City MO, fall 2001, and the IDEC National Conference, Santa Fe NM, March 2002 Creative Work • Hayden May: • Fox/Layman House, Oxford, OH, revision, construction completed • Harris House, Sonoma, California, renovation and adaptation; on-going project • Jinbae Park: • Min’s Club restaurant, Seoul, Korea • Club de Vin wine shop, Inter-Continental Hotel, Seoul, Korea, completed • Honorable Mention, IDEC International Conference Design Competition, Santa Fe NM, 2002 Exceptional Student Achievements • Lauren Lynn (B.A. Arch. ’02) and Mike Gibson (B.A. Arch. ’02) receive Provost’s award for academic excellence at the Fall Convocation; they also mount a joint exhibit of their three-semester research project on the theme “Passages” in the Cage Gallery • Lauren Lynn and Andrews Davis (B.A. Arch. ’03) are Scholar-Leaders • Elissa Van Houte (B.A.Arch. ’05) will be a Scholar-Leader in the coming academic year • Meghan Feran (B.A. Arch. ’04), and Kristen DeLap (BFA ’05) were appointed CLAs in the Western College Program • Daniel Mazzarini (B.F.A. ’03) was invited to participate in “Steelcase University,” a leadership and professional training summer experience for 25 students from all over the United States and 3 from international locations, sponsored and financed by Steelcase, Inc., of Grand Rapids, Michigan, a leading producer of commercial furniture. • Kristina Kay (B.A. Arch. ’02) and Darin Piippo (B.F.A. ’02) received University recognition for student service • Scot Teti (B.A. Arch. ’04) was selected to participate in the Leadershape program in August 2002 • Sarah De Stefano (B.A. Arch. ’04), Malika Kirkling (B.A. Arch. ’03), Melissa Woehr (B.A. Arch. ’04), Abby Hoicowitz (B.A. Arch ’03), Georgia Wang (B.A. Arch. ’04) • Two undergraduates submitted and presented research posters at the OAST Undergraduate Research Fair in April 2001 • Former M. Arch. student Wayne Johnson (’99) had an article published in a peer reviewed journal in Luxembourg: “Adaptive Reuse of America’s Industrial Sites” Galerie: Revue Culturelle et Pedagogique 19 (no. 3)357-368. The article was based on work Johnson accomplished in the Luxembourg Honors Studio under John Reynolds. Teaching Awards/Recognition • Murali Paranandi received the Fuller and Jane Moore award ($1000) to recognize faculty distinction. Global Leadership • Craig Hinrichs: Trustee of the International American University, Cyprus National Prominence • John Weigand submitted the Internet Studio (funded by a $100,000 grant from the OBOR in 2000 to the NCARB Prize for Creative Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy competition. Miami was named as one of six programs (out of 48 entries) that won a prize of $7,500 and is in the running for the grand prize of $25,000 to be announced in late June. (The other five universities were Arizona State; Auburn University; North Carolina State; University of Detroit Mercy; and the University of Pennsylvania. • Tom Dutton has been invited to Ball State University, Penn State University, Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute and Montana State University to present the work of the Miami University Center for Community Engagement in Over-the-Rhine. (See below under Departmental/Program achievements.) • Sergio Sanabria is a member of the editorial advisory board of Technology and Culture • Robert Benson was one of two program administrators or faculty invited to make a presentation at the Issues Forum held in conjunction with the NeoCon trade fair in Chicago. (The other presenter was David Matthews, Ohio University, who holds the M. Arch. from Miami.) Benson was asked to make a PowerPoint presentation about our interior design program as an example of cutting-edge interior design pedagogy. The Issues Forum is organized as an informational discussion about the relationship between interior design education and the profession. The organizers represent the principal bodies that govern, regulate, accredit, publish, and monitor interior design programs in the United States and Canada. Representatives from the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC), the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research (FIDER), the National Council of Interior Design Quality (NCIDQ), the Journal of Interior Design Education, and their Canadian counterparts were in attendance. Departmental/Program Achievements • Creation of the Miami University Center for Community Engagement in Over-the-Rhine: What began as a studio offering, has been converted into an official University center by action of the Council of Academic Deans and through the support and encourgagement of Dean Fox. The center has a permanent presence in a converted storefront at 13th and Vine (one block from where Timothy Thomas was shot to death in April, 2001). Studio activities were led by Thomas Dutton and visiting instructor John Blake (M. Arch. ’99). The center was envisioned by its founders as a site of interdisciplinary, community based, and outreach focused teaching and learning. Projects have already begun with the Cincinnati Art Academy and Earlham College. Much broader participation by other departments and programs at Miami has begun and will continue. • Accreditation of the Interior Design degree by the Foundation for Interior Design Research (FIDER) of Grand Rapids MI: The interior design program and the department were visited by a three-member team of design professionals and educators in January 2002. Although we still await official notification of the program status by the FIDER Board, the review went extremely well and the team was highly complimentary about the program, its faculty, curriculum, achievements, and especially about its integration with the architecture program. • The Visiting Critics Program with support of the Sheriff Fund invited a significant number of scholars and practitioners to campus for studio interactions: Christian Kandzia, principal in Behnish + Partner Freie Architekten, Stuttgart, taught in the Luxembourg Honors Studio with John Reynolds Robert Irwin (environmental artist), James Hillman (Psychologist) (Reynolds and Jacks Graduate Studio) Ruth Berktold (Visiting Professor, served as respondent to papers presented by Master’s candidates in the Graduate Program) Jonathan Benson (Furniture Designer, to conduct a charette with Jinbae Park’s furniture design class) James Adamson (Ghana Service Learning Studio visiting critic, summer 2002) • The Maxfield Memorial Lecturer was internationally renowned Antoine Predock of Albuquerque NM • The Ghana Service Learning Project at Abrafo Odumasi will undertake construction of a reading room as an addition to the library they built there in the summer of 2000t. The project will be led by Gail Della Piana with visiting critic James Adamson of the architectural firm Jersey Devil of Miami, Florida. • Alumni Traveling Studio under leadership of Craig Hinrichs engaged alumnus John Conley of Hellmuth Obata Kassabaum (HOK), in Los Angeles • Continuation of student initiated end-of-semester Open Houses in order to exhibit all design work in all studios on the last Friday of the semester, organized by Kimberly Hill II. Advancing “First in 2009” Goals Goal 1 – Strengthen the academic profile of entering students • Undergraduate recruitment (managed by John Weigand and Robert Benson) focused on bringing in students with the highest possible level of academic achievement without compromising talent. In this year’s class of 60 incoming high school students, 30 were from out of state, 5 were valedictorians, 1 was a salutatorian; 8 were in the top 1%; 9 were in the top 2-5%; 6 were in the top 6- 10%; 9 were in the top 11-15% and 3 were in the top 16-20%; 13 were at 30 ACT or higher; 18 were at 28 or 29 ACT; 10 were at 26 or 27 ACT. (Rank in class is not necessarily equivalent with ACT score, thus some students may stand in one group but not in both.) This year, all four of our first choices for the $7000 four-year renewable scholarships confirmed; and due to the overbooking policy, we got one extra scholarship than we would have been able to use in the past. For the coming academic year, demographics are about the same. Our benchmarking studies are beginning to indicate that this is a fairly impressive performance given the low level of scholarship aid that Miami offers in comparison to our peer and aspirational institutions. At the graduate level, John Reynolds, newly appointed DGS, has raised the bar for graduate applicants by requiring them to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination. He has also actively recruited international students. This coming year, three entering students are from Brazil, China, and India. Goal 2 – Strengthen the academic profile of new faculty and the academic support for existing faculty New hires this year came from the best institutions and programs in the country: Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Oregon. All new faculty on tenure track are required to develop a research/creative work plan for the purposes of moving through the tenure process with effectively developed materials. New faculty are encouraged to avail themselves of all research and teaching support opportunities and are given limited amounts of release time in order to accomplish their plans. Continuing faculty are encouraged to seek outside funding for research and creative projects and to consider internal funding to be seed money rather than grant money. The chair offers to help any faculty member write grants and seek outside funding. Goal 3 – Develop a curriculum for the 21st century at both the undergraduate and graduate levels • Gail Della Piana: taught a series of three sprints in Ghanaian culture and language to prepare students for the experience of the Ghana summer Service Learning Studio • Thomas Dutton: The American City since 1940 and Architecture and Society seminars stressing the social responsibility of architecture within the context of urban issues, especially within the inner city. • Linn Song: taught a course in the notion of cultural memory and urban morphological change in preparation for his summer studio workshop in Germany. The class focuses on the politics of memory, changing ethnicity and demographics and their expression in built form. • Jinbae Park: Junior Interior Design Studio project brought student designers to a project with Korean benefactors so that the students had to interact with the benefactors as clients. • The department faculty agreed to increase the intellectual demands of our design instruction by requiring that all studio offerings include a serious theoretical component and follow the interactive model of the Capstone Studio offerings. Under the leadership of Ben Jacks and John Reynolds, the department invited Carolyn Haynes and the staff of the newly created Center for Writing Excellence to consult with the faculty on ways to improve writing across the curriculum, especially in the graduate program. Robert Benson and Kimberly Hill participated in a faculty workshop for improving writing. Several faculty began using new techniques to improve writing across the curriculum at the undergraduate as well as the graduate level. The results have been very impressive. Goal 4 – Strengthen academic standards and enrich campus intellectual and cultural life • The Visiting Critics Program underwritten by the President’s Sheriff Fund continues to stimulate debate and dialogue within the department and the University. • Sergio Sanabria collaborated with the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies during the Spring Semester by producing a series of 15 models of Constructivist architectural designs that were displayed in the lobby of Harrison Hall • Jinbae Park: Junior Interior Design Studio project brought student designers and student playwrights together for a joint project in which the students performed their work against sets designed by our students in the cage Gallery • Robert Benson participated in the Imagining Russia spring course offered by the Havighurst Center Goal 5 – Increase the diversity of the faculty, staff, and student body Hired Diana Seah, Asian female at Assistant Professor rank (after the report was turned in last year); hired Diane Fellows, female at Assistant Professor rank; both were part of a concerted effort to improve gender balance as well as further diversify the ethnicity of the faculty Faculty and staff whose presence brings ethnic diversity and/or gender balance to the department include: Gerardo Brown-Manrique, Gail Della Piana, Diane Fellows, Kimberly Hill, Murali Paranandi, Jinbae Park, Sergio Sanabria, Diana Seah, Linn Song; Ted Wong (unclassified staff) Initiated visitations to Ohio high schools for the purposes of diversifying the pool of applicants by helping students understand and create portfolios of creative work Exactly half of our incoming first-year students were out-of-state or international in the fall of 2001. This year’s demographics look similar. Goal 6 – Enhance campus facilities, buildings systems, and technology The decision was made to require all incoming students to bring a standard computer with them that they must purchase through the book store at a price we have negotiated with Apple and with pre- loaded software. We are installing air ports in the first- and second-year studio in order to make networking simple and effective. All of this will enhance and support our newly inaugurated five- semester graphics curriculum. Goal 7 – Strengthen the university revenue base Alumni traveling studios organized by Craig Hinrichs make sustained contact with alumni in important architectural firms across the country. This year’s studio traveled to Los Angeles to visit John Conley of Hellmuth Obata Kassabaum. Similar contacts have been made with alumni in Boston (Robert Stickles, Paul Lukez [3 times], John Zychowicz) and Newport RI (John Grosvenor, Mike Abbott, Glen Gardiner). In the fall of 2002, the Alumni Traveling Studio will work with a Miami Alum who is a developer (Tom Dunlap and Doug McKean) and in the fall of 2003, it will be engaged by Gary Haney, alumnus, who is Chairman of the Board of the New York office of Skidmore Owings & Merrill. Goal 8 – Develop improved benchmarking with peer institutions Our bench marking projects this year concern recruitment scholarships, graduate and undergraduate recruitment practices, and community outreach programs. B. Strengthening the Intellectual Climate • The department faculty revised the structure and curriculum of the Graduate Program under the leadership of John Reynolds, DGS, in order to raise the demands and standards of the program. Part of the change in standards was related to the improvement of writing across the whole curriculum. We took advantage of the new University Writing Center and several faculty members (Benson, Jacks, Hill, Reynolds, Brown-Manrique, Luce) began to alter the use of writing in their courses. This produced an innovation in the graduate program in which the development of the thesis proposal was treated as a writing problem. Jacks and Reynolds undertook this as a 2-hr overload; and the students have demanded that it be retained as a permanent feature of the M. Arch. curriculum. • Increasing numbers of faculty have taken training in Blackboard and are using it as part of their courses (Benson, Brown-Manrique, Hill, Paranandi, Reynolds) III. Future Goals and Challenges 2001-02 Using Benchmarks to measure attainment We will use benchmarking to study both graduate and undergraduate recruitment as well as our level of scholarship and program endowment Development Activities We plan to create development opportunities with our end-of-semester Open Houses and in conjunction with the opening of the Over-the-Rhine center. We also hope to find corporate sponsorship to fund additional library projects in Ghana. Advancing Faculty Teaching, Scholarship, and External Funding A number of research projects are currently being conducted by the faculty but are still incomplete and do not appear on this report. Books are being researched and written by John Weigand, John Reynolds, and Gerardo Brown-Manrique. Book proposals are being put together by Murali Paranandi and Jinbae Park. Scott Johnston, Director of the CBSR, has proposed a joint venture with Tom Dutton and the Center for Community Engagement for a Partnership in Advanced Technologies in Housing, a program of the National Science Foundation. Finally, the real focus of the new center in Over-the-Rhine is research. We hope to get funding to establish a center that would study Over-the-Rhine as an authentic, on-going community with its own history, present, and future by encouraging collaborative research between the discipline of architecture and such other disciplines as planning, political science, sociology, urban studies, history, and American Studies. Fulfilling the President’s Goals for 2009 We are seeking the general improvement of the academic and artistic level of our department and its professional status through continued discussion and implementation of program and curricular improvements. We believe that the Interior Design program has rapidly risen to the top of the heap among the 4-500 programs nationally. Not only is the program distinctive because of its presence within an accredited architecture department, but the emphatic interdisciplinary nature of the program has attracted better and better students annually. The cutting edge curriculum and the success of the graduates has brought attention to the program nationally within the industry, as well. After accreditation, our next effort will be to consider a small MFA program in Interior Design. The strategy would be to bring in up to 5 students each year in this proposed program, reducing the M. Arch. program by the same number and sharing resources and some support with it. This would increase the selectivity of the M. Arch. program and create a much-needed graduate level offering within Interior Design. We also believe that the Over-the-Rhine Center and the Ghana Service Learning Studio are unique programmatic features that are attracting wider and wider attention nationally and internationally. We plan to strengthen and refine these efforts through fund-raising and collaborative ventures.
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