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									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.
• 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,

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

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

• 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

• 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,

• 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

• 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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