Florida A & M University
School of Architecture Fall 2003
First SOA Alumni Reunion Scheduled
All SOA graduates are cordially invited to attend the first-ever SOA Alumni Reunion scheduled
during the 2003 FAMU Homecoming week.
The reunion is the alumni’ 2003 hard work have culminated in a plan that
Connecting event— the second activity in should prove entertaining, nostalgic, and
the School’ three-year plan.
s (The inspiring for all who participate. Our Johanna Flores
Alumni Exhibition during last year’s sincere thanks to each person on the B.S., 1998;
Homecoming was the 2002 Pre-Connect Committee who has moved the reunion
Staff Architect, Wolfberg
event.) from concept to reality. They are: Alvarez & Partners
The first reunion activity will be an
informal mixer on Thursday evening,
Oct. 23, where alumni will have an
opportunity to become reacquainted with
Sam Andras, Chair Nate Goldberger
old friends and faculty. The mixer will
B.Arch., 1993 B.Arch., 1993
be followed by a full day of activities on Principal, 2WR/Andras President, Nate
Friday, Oct. 24. For a detailed listing of Architects Goldberger, Inc.
all activities, see the Reunion Schedule Columbus, GA St. Augustine, FL
on p. 11.
Initiated and spearheaded by Sam
Andras [B.Arch. ‘88], a small group of Blakely Bruce B.S., 1978;
alumni volunteers formed the Alumni M.Arch., 1983 M.Arch., 1984
Reunion Organizing Committee in 2002. Architect, Clemons Principal, Manausa-
Rutherford & Associates Lewis Architects, Inc.
The Committee has been meeting
Tallahassee, FL Tallahassee, FL
periodically for over a year. One of the
group’ goals was to make the entire
Alumni Reunion as open, inclusive, Dean Perkins
participatory, and fun as possible, and we B.S., 1979;
think they’ve done an excellent job of Jeff Bush M.Arch., 1983
B.S., 1995; M.Arch, 1998 ADA Coord./Rest Area
creating a plan to reach that goal.
Project Architect, HKS, Program Mgr., FDOT
Inc. Architects Structures Design Off.
Each Committee member has taken on Orlando, FL Tallahassee, FL
specific responsibilities to make the
reunion a success. Hours and hours of
Pages 10-11: More Elizabeth Chase
reunion information. B.S., 1983 M.Arch., 1991
Page 6: Piccola Architect, Barnett
Peterson Assoc., Inc.
Randolph retires. Tallahassee, FL Tallahassee, FL
FROM THE DEAN 2
“SO A Alumni, “Your fellow alumni representing “As you glance through this
Where Are You?” I the classes of 1978, 1983, 1988, issue of our newsletter, I am
chose to borrow 1993, 1998 along with the faculty, sure you will agree that these
from the popular TV staff, and friends of the School are exciting times in the School,
series title from the have worked tirelessly to plan an and we welcome your
early 1960s (Car 54, exciting palette of activities for participation.”
Where Are You?) to solicit help from each you.”
of you to sign up for the first-ever SOA
Alumni Reunion during this year’ FAMU
Homecoming. Please also encourage each over the summer to develop the program for join Professor Richard Rome in our
of your classmates to attend with you. a one-week project. It will be introduced to efforts to build the Master of Landscape
the student body on Monday, October 13 Architecture toward full accreditation.
Your fellow alumni from the classes of and collected October 20. You have an
1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, and 1998 along opportunity to serve on one of the three Donald Gray, a 2001 FAMU SOA
with the faculty, staff, and friends of the juries to select the award winners or to graduate, is back in the School after
School have worked tire-lessly to plan an participate in the jury discussion groups, having completed his M.Arch. degree at
exciting palette of activities for you. both held throughout the School on Friday the University of Michigan; he will teach
However, all SOA graduates are invited to afternoon. All alumni attending are invited part-time as an adjunct faculty member
participate in the reunion. The true success to vote on the “Alumni Choice Awards.” in the area of computer applications.
of this important event in the School’s Returning to provide additional program
history can be measured only by your I encourage you to go to the FAMU SOA support is William Huston in structures,
presence and participation. Web site and register today for the reunion. Jeff Caster in site design, and Jorge
Because of Homecoming and a home Mateo in the first-year design studio.
Among the planned activities are social football game at FSU, hotels are filling up Professors Peter Stone, George Dombek,
events on Thursday and Friday evenings, fast. So, let us know WHERE YOU ARE. and Ron Shaeffer will be on phased
October 23 and 24. The first will be a retirement this fall with the prospect of
mixer at the firm of Huffman/Tarmey Several changes have occurred in the each teaching during the spring semester.
Architecture, P.A. on Thursday, and the School since our last newsletter. Professor Both Professors Dombek and Shaeffer
second will be an Awards Reception at the Arleen Pabón will serve as Interim are entering their last year in this
historic Brokaw-McDougall House on Associate Dean during the 2003-2004 program.
Friday. Both events will offer academic year. Associate Professor
opportunities for you to reminisce about Andrew Chin will serve as Interim Director As you glance through this issue of our
the days gone by with your colleagues, of the Graduate and Professional Programs newsletter, I am sure you will agree that
SOA faculty and staff, and friends. We in Architecture. these are exciting times in the School,
will also hold the first SOA Alumni and we welcome your participation.
Organization meeting at lunch on Friday, We are also pleased to welcome Assistant Enrollment is up at both the undergradu-
October 24. Professor Elizabeth (Beth) Dobson to a ate and graduate levels. What better way
permanent position on the architecture to heighten the energy level in the
For the featured daytime activity on faculty. Beth holds a M.Arch. from School than to have you present during
Friday, we enlisted the help of two area Washington University and is licensed in Homecoming?
architects (Brad Innes, Elliott Marshall the State of Florida. Professor Dobson has
Innes, P.A. and Monty Stark, Hicks/ served in a visiting capacity off and on for I hope to have an opportunity to greet
Nation Architects, Inc.); a landscape the last eight years. Also new to our faculty each of you and to have your share you
architect (Sheba West); and our own is Matthew Powers, a landscape experience and, of course, wisdom with
sculptor (Deborah LaGrasse) to design a architecture graduate and Ph.D. candidate our current students.
School-wide sketch problem for an all- from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Rodner B. Wright, AIA
student competition. They worked hard State University. Professor Powers will Dean
3 New Faculty
The nationwide search for new faculty ended with the appointment of Elizabeth Dobson in the architecture
program and Matthew Powers in the landscape architecture program, beginning fall 2003.
Elizabeth Dobson, R.A. has been Matthew Powers, ASLA has been
teaching in the architecture program at appointed as Assistant Professor in the
the SOA off and on since 1986. Since Master of Landscape Architecture Program.
2000 she has been a regular part of the Mr. Powers will complete his Ph.D. in
SOA teaching staff serving as a visiting Environmental Design and Planning from
faculty member. She has taught first-, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State
second-, and third-year design studios, University (VPI), College of Architecture
Introduction to the Technology of and Urban Studies this winter. He holds his
Architecture, graphics, and The Building MLA from VPI also and his BSLA from
Arts. West Virginia University.
A native of Tallahassee, FL, Professor Dobson earned her B.A. His research focus has been on student performance and learning
degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA in 1974 strategies within design curricula. He has presented papers on his
and her Master of Architecture from Washington University in research at both Architecture Research Centers Consortium
St. Louis, MO in 1982. While at Washington University, she (ARCC) and Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture
worked for the campus architect and later when in New (CELA) conferences. He has won awards and commendations for
Orleans again worked for the Nathaniel Curtis Firm. She his work including an American Society of Landscape Architects
currently maintains her professional license in Florida, which (ASLA) Merit Award and the Outstanding Graduate Teaching
she has held since 1984. Assistant Award for the year 2000 from the VPI Department of
Beth’ favorite hobbies are travel, painting, and walking the
beach. With four children (two in college), a stepdaughter, and Professor Powers will teach a landscape architecture studio. He
a new grandson, her spare time is rare. She is married to recently married Melissa Minton who is studying law. Powers
Stephen Dobson, a criminal defense attorney. enjoys the outdoors and athletics, particularly fishing and running.
SOA Facility Broadly Used
Other units on campus have now discovered that the newly expanded facility has flexible and functional
spaces that fit many of their needs.
Gone are the days when SOA students and Administrative Suite (the old computer
faculty rarely saw anyone from across the lab) is also soughtafter. President
campus in their building. Other units on Gainous chose it for his first President’s
campus have now discovered that the Brown Bag Luncheon, a forum for the
newly expanded facility has flexible and expression and discussion of faculty
functional spaces that fit many of their concerns. So many people attended,
needs, and the SOA welcomes their however, that the room was not large
presence and use of the building. enough. Fortunately, the new, large
classroom (Room 121) was available, and
The North Atrium is especially popular the group simply moved downstairs into
because it is both large and adaptable to that space.
multiple uses. Since April 2003 alone, the
space has been used by the Delta Sigma Other groups to use the conference rooms
Theta Sorority for its Information Seminar and/or classrooms include the National
on Economic Development, the Black Alumni Association for its Annual
Male College Explorers Program for a Conference/General Membership Drive,
banquet, the Student Government the Sociology/Criminal Justice Dept. for a
Association for its Annual Sports Awards, Banquet in the North Atrium
Criminal Justice Final Forum, the
the Department of Psychology and Student Orientation Program for its Fall Environmental Science Department for an
Interdisciplinary Planning Committee for Orientation Reception. Environmental Science Conference, and
an Awards Banquet during the Student several University-wide committees for
Research Conference, and the New The large conference room in the their meetings.
Interim Administrators Appointed by Dean 4
Two interim administrative appointments for the 2003-2004 academic year have been made.
and as State Historic Preservation Officer. B.Arch. Program. Associate Professor
Dr. Pabón is a trustee of the Conservation Andrew Chin will serve in the position
Trust of Puerto Rico and was President of during the 2003-2004 national search.
the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture. She
has been on the board of the National Trust Professor Chin earned both a Bachelor of
for Historic Preservation and on the Puerto Science and a Master of Architecture
Rico Architects and the Landscape degree from the University of Florida. He
Architects Examining Boards. is currently working toward a Ph.D. at the
Georgia Institute of Technology College of
Dr. Pabón’ books include: Una promesa Architecture in Atlanta. Chin joined the
inconclusa: Apuntes socio-arquitectónicos faculty at the SOA in 1992 as the
Arleen Pabón, Ph.D. and Andrew Chin sobre el Hospital de Nuestra Señora de la Coordinator of the SOA Student Retention
Concepción el Grande (1999); Guánica: El Program. In 2000, he was appointed as
Professor Arleen Pabón, Ph.D. will origen de su memoria (1997, co-authored); Coordinator of the professional Bachelor
assume the position of Interim Associate Arquitectura, Historia y Patrimonio (1994, of Architecture program.
Dean, and Associate Professor Andrew co-authored); and “Els colaboradors d’en
Chin will serve as Interim Director of Gaudí,” published in Gaudí i el seu temps Professor Chin has taught first-, second-,
Professional and Graduate Architecture (1990), in addition to numerous academic and fifth-year design studios and various
Programs. During the year, a national articles. She has received several urban design electives. For six years
search will be conducted for both professional distinctions, including the during the summer, he has coordinated the
positions. National Park Service Historic Preservation summer program for high school students
Award (1995), the Special Year Dissertation interested in architecture commonly
Dr. Pabón joined the faculty in 1999. She Fellowship (Northwestern University, 1978- referred to as “CoFA— Connecting to
has taught History of Architecture, 1979 and 1977-1978), the AIA Medal to the Florida Architecture.”
Historic Preservation, and Architectural Highest Graduating Average (1974), and
Theory and Philosophy. Prior to joining lifetime appointment as Corresponding Chin is a member of the National
FAMU, she taught at the University of Academician of the Sant Jordi Royal Organization of Minority Architects
Puerto Rico where she also served as Academy of Arts in Barcelona. (NOMA) where he has served as a board
Associate Dean. Dr. Pabón runs a member. He has also served on numerous
consultancy in the fields of historic Dr. Pabón is a licensed attorney in Puerto School and University committees as well
preservation, historical research, and Rico. In her spare time, she travels, reads, as worked with various community groups
cultural interpretation. A native of San and writes, most recently delving into in public service. His current practice
Juan, she studied architecture at the historical fiction. She has one son, Frederic includes urban design services for the
University of Puerto Rico before earning Jorge. cities of Dunnellon and Panacea, FL. His
her Ph.D. at Northwestern University. research focuses on issues of race,
The Director of Professional and Graduate segregation, and the American city.
In addition to her academic and Architecture Programs is a new position at
consulting work, Dr. Pabón has engaged the School that combines the responsibili- Chin and his wife Sandra recently
in public service, notably as Advisor to ties of the previous Coordinator of Graduate celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary.
Governor Pedro Rosseló of Puerto Rico Programs and the Coordinator of the He enjoys travel, golf, and quiet time.
Master’ Symposium s
Visiting Master’ Lecture
Each year, the graduate program research and practice interests and to Visiting Professor Karl Thorne, FAIA
organizes and implements a series of lead the discussions after their s
gave this year’ Visiting Master’ s
symposia that are open to all students presentations. The faculty presenters Lecture. His topic was “ The Graduate
and faculty. Guest speakers are and their topics were: Experience and Practice.” The
invited to present ideas relevant to presentation and lecture defined the
architecture and to discuss these Professor Peter Stone core architectural values that
Design and Context
ideas in a roundtable setting with Professor Thorne developed in
graduate students and faculty. Professor Laverne Wells-Bowie graduate school that have evolved
Tropical Paradigms into a set of seminal concepts that
This year, three of our own faculty still inform the making of his
members were invited to make Professor Andrew Chin architecture today, decades after his
Urban Design Strategies
presentations about their ongoing graduation.
5 Integral 2003: Summer Session in Cuba
On May 17, FAMU architecture students embarked on a four-week summer session in Cuba.
On May 17, FAMU architecture students unique opportunity of working with six
Kirsten Dahlquist, Daisy-O’ lice Cuban architecture students (CUJAE) in
Williams, and Karen Williams, along doing collaborative fieldwork
with Cassi Pittman of University of investigations. The group worked under
Pennsylvania, embarked on a four-week the additional guidance of CUJAE
summer session in Cuba under the architect, sculptor, and professor, Emilio
leadership of Prof. LaVerne Wells-Bowie. s
Escobar. Sites chosen in Havana’ Vedado
They were joined by University of neighborhood were analyzed to reveal
Kentucky (UK) professor, Michaele Pride- how reflections of history, politics,
Wells and UK students Brad Correa, ideology, economy, identity, and culture
Shannon Hensly, Portia Shields, Adam were manifested in the built
Phillips, and Stephen Lannen. Other Cuba program students relaxing. (l-r) Cuban friend s
environment’ past and present, as well as
affiliated Kentucky professionals were and student at CUJAE, Shannon Hensly, Cassi thoughts on the future.
Pittman, Brad Correa, Stephen Lannen, Daisy-O’ lice
Frank Walker, Andrea Tapia, and Doreen
Williams, Adam Phillips, Karen Williams, and Kirsten
Maloney. Collective efforts of the groups were
celebrated at the end of the four weeks
The two-course session focused on with digital and two-dimensional graphic
architecture, urbanism, and visual art in During the second week, the group departed presentations in both English and Spanish
Cuban and Afro-Cuban culture. Selected Havana for a cross-country tour that to CUJAE students and faculty and local
writing, visual media, history, contempo- stopped in various cities including professionals. However, the culminating
rary politics, urban theory, and personal Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Camaguey, and project of the expedition that synthesized
experience became sources for Santiago. The tour afforded students the readings, field analysis, and experiences
interpreting and documenting the chance to visualize and understand the in Cuba was completed after returning to
architectural and cultural landscape character, scale, and culture of Cuba in the U.S. Each student submitted an in-
through photographs, drawing, watercolor, broader terms. This provided a physical and depth report that illuminated a specific
and writing. social context for later interpreting La topic of interest documented in the
Habana. The remaining two weeks were physical or cultural landscape.
The students began their studies with used for exploring and documenting the
intensive day-long workshops in Spanish urban and cultural qualities of the capital Overall, the four-week summer session
speaking as well as weekly dinner city at a more involved academic level. allowed students to gain an advanced
discussions with renowned environmental understanding of the cultural context of
professionals, scholars, and artists. These Over the course of the trip, each student Cuba and Afro-Cuban traditions. In
included Mario Coryula, architect and maintained a sketchbook diary that included addition, students acquired an enhanced
author; Manuel Mendive. Artist of the a collection of notes, thoughts, sketches, appreciation of cultural differences and
State; Salvador Gonzalez, resident artist of images, and found objects as a record similarities expressed in the shape and
colorful Callejon de Hamel; Choco documenting activities, observations, content of the built environment.
Eduardo Salazar, renown visual artist; and experiences, and questions. During weeks
Gloria Rolando, film director. three and four, students were granted the
Joint Course Developed
The course spans the period from prehistory through the Medieval Period.
Professor Arleen Pabón and Associate The course is designed to initiate student they are being designed to foster a high
Professor Richard Rome have developed interest and scholarship in the ideas, level of engagement between the students
a joint course for graduate students in the individuals, and designed objects that and the subject matter.
SOA’s first professional degree programs collectively influenced the determination of
in architecture and landscape architecture. the built environment as we know it today. Additional linked courses are planned
The course links the early histories and that address the areas of urban design,
the generative theories of the two The course is one of several under research methods, computer applications
disciplines within the Western tradition. It development that are designed to link the in design, and professional practice. All
is a survey course that spans the period graduate programs within the SOA by of these courses came out of recommen-
from prehistory through the Medieval encouraging interdisciplinary scholarship at dations made by the Curriculum
Period, and it concentrates on seminal, the graduate level. The courses will be Committee under the leadership of
architectural monuments of selected great offered exclusively to students enrolled at Professor Larry Peterson, Chair.
civilizations and their defining epochs. the graduate level within the university, and
FACULTY AND STAFF 6
Piccola Randolph Retires
The unthinkable has happened. Piccola “Mrs. Randolph was one of the five
Randolph has retired after 43 years at people who opened the doors of the
FAMU; 28 of those years were at the
School in 1975, and she has been an
School of Architecture. Mrs. Randolph
integral part of its operations ever since.”
was one of the five people (four faculty
members) who opened the doors of the
School in 1975, and she has been an the job, and expressed gratitude for her
integral part of its operations ever since. loyal service. Her husband and long-time
friend of the School, Willie Randolph, was
On June 30, her last day in the office, the also recognized at the affair.
faculty and staff honored Mrs. Randolph
with a luncheon held at the School. On A larger retirement event is being planned
behalf of the faculty, staff, and students, by a faculty group and will be held some
Dean Rodner Wright expressed time during the fall semester. An exact
appreciation for the many contributions date has not been set as we go to press.
Mrs. Randolph has made to the School For more information, please check our
over the years. Others present reminisced Web site (www.famusoa.net) or call the
about the early years, noted special School’s receptionist at 850.599.3244.
attributes that Mrs. Randolph brought to
White Spends Summer in Europe
“White taught two courses through the
FSU Summer Abroad Study Center in
Leysin, Switzerland— ‘
Environment’and ‘ Studio Art
Professor Tim White and his wife, painter
Barbara Lester, spent two months in
Europe over the summer. Tim taught two
courses through the FSU Summer Abroad
Study Center in Leysin, Switzerland—
“Sketching the Environment” and “Studio
Art Practices.” Leysin is a small village
located at 4,000 ft. Before this summer,
the Study Center had been the sole
province of FSU’ hospitality program.
“It was a joy to be with these hospitality
people because our field trips were to five-
star restaurants and world-class hotels,”
Tim said. “They were amazing hosts.”
While there, Tim and Barbara traveled to
Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland; St.
Petersburg, Russia; and Tallin, Estonia.
All the while, both were capturing the
environment through art. Tim produced
50 new pen-and-ink sketches (that will
eventually be in a new book), and Barbara
focused on oil paintings.
Steetscape in Montreaux, Switzerland by Tim White
7 FACULTY AND STAFF
Faculty and Staff Activities
scheduled to appear in an upcoming issue Robles was also an invited panelist at the
of Surface Design Magazine. Prof. Good- “Identities and Chilean Cities”
Two new faculty (Elizabeth Dobson and s
win’ work was also recognized in the conference. Held in June 2003, the
Matthew Powers) have been appointed online magazine Art-Is-Life.Com where the conference was organized by the
to the architecture and landscape archi- quilts Mach I and City Grid I were noted in Corporación de Desarrollo de Arica y
tecture programs respectively. See p. 3. an article titled, “Architects and Professors Parinacota (a governmental Development
Make Quilts.” Corporation for Arica and Parinacota),
Two interim administrative appointments the Colegio de Arquitectos de Chile sede
have also been made: Prof. Arleen Upcoming for Goodwin is coverage in Arica (the equivalent of the AIA, Arica
Pabón, Ph.D. will assume the position of Fiber Arts Magazine of her original quilt chapter), and the Centro de Estudios y
Interim Assoc. Dean, and Assoc. Prof. Riverside Settlement that was exhibited at Desarrollo Regional de la Universidad de
Andrew Chin will serve as Interim Quilt National ‘03, an international juried Tarapacá (the Center for Study and
Director of Professional Graduate and competition dedicated to promoting the Development of the University of
Architecture Programs. See p. 4. contemporary quilt as an art form. This Tarapacá). The conference was attended
exhibition in Athens, OH is considered to by most of the local architects,
be one of the premier art quilt exhibits held anthropologists, archeologists, and
Promotions in the U.S. The quilt was one of 81 out of directors of development institutions as
Huimin (Pat) Ding was promoted from 1,452 selected for exhibit. well as representatives from universities
Computer Research Specialist to Research and museums. Prof. Robles spoke about
Associate. Mr. Ding is responsible for the the identities in Latin America, the
development and maintenance of the architectural and urban inheritance from
School’ computer hardware and software
s Prof. Tom Martineau presented a paper at Spain, and later influences from other
as well as the establishment of a local area the 36 th International Making Cities Livable European countries. Included were cities
network in the new facility. Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico, April in Chile, particularly port cities, and
13-17, 2003. His paper was titled, The Arica because of its geographical and
Metamorphoses of Munich’ Marienplatz: historical positions.
Awards Exemplary Adaptability in the Face of
Asst. Prof. Valerie Goodwin was one of Changing Times. The paper traced the
eight FAMU faculty to receive a “Teacher historic uses of Marienplatz (Munich’ s
of the Year” award for 2002-2003. The public square) over a period of approxi- Prof. LaVerne Wells-Bowie accompa-
$2,000 cash award recognizes outstanding mately 800 years. Remarkable adaptive nied students from the SOA and taught in
contributions in teaching, her teaching growth and change took place as the a six-weeks program in Havana, Cuba.
philosophy, and support of students. community grew from a few hundred to See p. 5.
over 2.3 million people and survived the
Admin. Asst. Piccola Randolph received impacts of wars, occupations, pestilence, Over the summer, Prof. Tim White
an award for life-long service from the and social and technological revolutions. taught two courses through the FSU
Society of Design Administration. Summer Abroad Study Center in Leysin,
The paper was also presented at the 37 th Switzerland— “Sketching the
Assoc. Prof. Eduardo (Lalo) Robles Conference in Siena, Italy, July 15-19, Environment” and “Studio Art Practices.”
received a Faculty Service Award from the 2003. While there, Prof. Martineau See p. 6.
University for his role as Curator of the translated into English from the original
2002 Alumni Exhibition. German a poetic/prosaic observation by the
Austrian poet Christof Wilhelm Aigner
titled, “By Their Place-Making We Shall s
Asst. Prof. Valerie Goodwin’ original
Publications Know Them.” He and Aigner gave the art quilt, Organic Grid II, was one of 33
Recognition of the work of Asst. Prof. results in a bilingual reading during the pieces of art selected from 500 entries for
Valerie Goodwin has been noted in opening day of the conference. display in the 12 th Annual All-Florida
several recent periodicals. Her original Juried Exhibition. The show was at The
quilt Ground Zero was featured in Assoc. Prof. Eduardo (Lalo) Robles Arts Center in St. Petersburg, FL May 9 -
American Craft magazine (Aug./Sept. presented a paper at the “2003 Cities, June 28, 2003.
2003), Niche magazine (Summer 2003), Citizenship, and Urban Growth” Program
and the Studio Art Quilt Association sponsored by the Latin American Studies Ground Zero, another original quilt by
journal (Vol. 13, No. 2). Its entry in the Association (LASA) in Dallas, TX. The Goodwin, was one of 47 selected from
“Art Quilts at the Sedgwick” exhibit at the paper was part of the panel on “Negotiating over 600 entries worldwide for exhibit in
Sedgwick Cultural Center in Philadelphia Urban Spaces: (Trans)national Politics in the juried “Art Quilts at the Sedgwick
brought Prof. Goodwin the Surface the Chilean City” and was titled “Punta 2003” in Philadelphia. While the quilt
Design Award conferred by the Fabric Arenas: The Identity of a City at the End of
Please see page 8.
Workshop and Museum. The work is also the World.”
FACULTY AND STAFF STUDENTS 8
ACTIVITIES, continued from page 7. Jacksonville Studio 2003
was on exhibit, it received the “Surface
Design Award” sponsored by the Fabric
Workshop and Museum (FWM) in
Philadelphia. The FWM is the only non-
profit arts organization in the United States
devoted to creating new work in fabric and
other materials in collaboration with
emerging nationally and internationally
Assoc. in Arch. Deborah LaGrasse
participated in the exhibition, “Artist in our
Economy: An Exhibition of Tallahassee
Talent” for a retreat of 350 members of the
Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce in
Panama City, July 10-14, 2003.
Jurors and Students. 1st row (l-r): Martin Wander, Ricardo Quinones, William Bishop, Karl Wilson, Alan Wilson.
Service 2nd row (l-r): Rossina Alva, Scott Parker, Bao Kim Pham, Shani Chambers, Shane Moniz, Mark Hatcher, Chinh Cao.
Jeff Caster, Adjunct Asst. Prof. in the
MLA Program, was voted President-elect Led by Assoc. Prof. Eduardo (Lalo) city, its architecture, and its relationship to
of the Florida Chapter of the American Robles and continuing a long tradition of the river. The projects included a
Society of Landscape Architects. Caster the SOA, the first-year graduate students botanical garden by the river that
previously served as Tallahassee Section once again had the opportunity to explore connected to a park inland, a library, a
Chair and Member-at-large on the Florida architecture and urban design issues in the multi-purpose community/government
Chapter ASLA Executive Committee. city of Jacksonville, FL. Jacksonville is complex, a museum and apartment
split by the St. John’ River, and, like complex, an apartment tower and
Assoc. Prof. Eduardo (Lalo) Robles many others in the country, the city has entertainment/cultural center, a floating
served as a panelist for the 2003 come to understand the importance of the manatee aquarium, an environmental
International Cultural Exchange Panel of river front. This asset is slowly becoming research center in Exchange Island, and a
the Division of Cultural Affairs of the a strong visual reference and an element of satellite design center.
Florida Department of State. identity. It provided the basis for the
students’ first project: a floating stage Because of the unique nature of each site,
Assoc. Prof. and Director of the Landscape with the size limitations of a barge— 60' the studio developed a constant and active
Architecture Program Richard Rome was long by 30' wide. dialogue between the different sites and
an invited juror for the Hillsborough their particular conditions. The specific
County Planning Commission Design This exercise was to develop only a requirements of each project were
Awards Program that awarded 23 awards conceptual design for a flexible stage that developed in conjunction with its
from 40 entries. Five submissions received could be used for a variety of perfor- implications on the city as a whole and on
Awards of Excellence, six received Awards mances— a self-contained, collapsible the other selected sites. The dialogue
of Merit, and 12 received Awards of platform. It had to contain all the developed from this allowed each student
Recognition. An added benefit to the SOA necessary support for the performers and to observe the city from many different
from Rome’ participation is that copies of the performances including storage for perspectives.
all the submissions that received awards are props, equipment, lights, sounds systems,
being donated to the SOA Library. changing rooms, bathrooms, and The mid-term review and the final review
connections to outside electricity, water, at the new St. Joe Company Building
Prof. Ron Shaeffer is participating in the and sewer. The results of the barge included members of the AIA Jacksonville
Lightweight Structures Association investigations were expressed in model and representatives from The St. Joe
Conference on Fabric Structures in Las form and were displayed last April at the Company and the City of Jacksonville.
Vegas, September 30-October 1, 2003. As Brooklyn Art and Design Center in The students were: Rossina Alva, Chinh
a member of the Steering Committee of the Jacksonville. Cao, Shani Chambers, Mark Hatcher,
organization and the Technical Committee Shane Moniz, Scott Parker, Bao Kim
of the conference, he will introduce the The floating barge stage served as a warm- Pham, and Karen Williams. Jurors
keynote speaker, Prof. Kazuo Ishii of up exercise for the final project: a were: Ray Evans (ALS Architects), Alfred
Japan, and moderate the session on proposed comprehensive plan for the G. Battle, Jr. (Jacksonville Economic
“Materials.” development of the river front. Within the Development Commission), Melody
area of study, the students selected
individual sites for their ideas about the Please see page 15.
AIA/AAF Confers Scholarship to Greenaway Grad Student Receives Award
The American Khyati Dutt
Institute of “The $500.00 scholarship is awarded to experienced an
Architects (AIA) students who have ‘demonstrated unusual and dramatic
and the American academic excellence and professional introduction to the
potential’ United States in late
Foundation (AAF) summer 2002. She
selected Vanessa traveled from her
Greenaway [B.S. Vanessa Greenaway has a long list of extracurricular activities home in Gujarat, Khyati Dutt
‘03] as a recipient and awards. While at the SOA, she has India to enroll in
of an AIA/AAF Scholarship for First received the Lower Division Technology graduate studies at the FAMU SOA. Two
Professional Degree Candidates. The Award; participated in the friends who are students at the University
$500.00 scholarship is awarded to CANSTRUCTION fundraiser; is a of Florida in Gainesville met her at the
students who have “demonstrated member of the Virtuous Women airport. On their drive back, they came
academic excellence and professional Intellectual Committee, the Golden Key upon an automobile accident on the
potential” and is to be used for tuition International Honor Society, and Tau highway, and a car was in flames.
expenses during 2003-2004. Vanessa Sigma Delta Honor Society; was a founder Risking their own lives, the three friends
entered the graduate program in of the AIAS Store; and was President of worked together to pull the driver to
architecture this fall. AIAS. safety. “This was totally unexpected,”
Khyati said. “It was pretty shocking to
Originally from Antiqua and formerly a Our congratulations to Vanessa on all her have this accident there.”
business administration major, Vanessa accomplishments!
“On their drive back, they came upon
an automobile accident on the
highway, and a car was in flames.
Risking their own lives, the three
friends worked together to pull the
driver to safety.”
On February 18, 2003 Khyati and her
friends (Nishant Muley, Mechanical
Engineering and Umesh Tol, Computer
Science) were honored at a special
ceremony in Alachua County where the
accident occurred. County Sheriff
Stephen Oelrich presented each of them a
“Meritorious Service Award,” citing their
“acts of bravery while protecting the
citizens of Alachua County and in
recognition of your efforts to rescue an
occupant of a burning vehicle.”
Khyati has now completed her first year
as a graduate student in architecture. She
holds an undergraduate degree in
architecture from India. “This is the right
school for me,” she said. “My design
First-year class visits the talked with them about its origin and philosophy has definitely developed with
community of Seaside. history. He has built numerous houses Professors Tim White and Arleen
and other buildings at Seaside and at Pabón.” After completing her master’ s
Led by Professors Valerie Goodwin the nearby community of Watercolor. degree here, Khyati plans to earn a Ph.D.
and Beth Dobson, the first-year class Professor Craig Huffman was a in architecture but is undecided about
visited the community of Seaside, FL. visiting faculty member who has where she will study.
Peter Horn, a contractor with Artisan designed several projects at
Construction and past member of the Watercolor, including his own home, Our congratulations to Khyati and her
Town Council of Seaside, gave the and shared his knowledge and friends for this recognition of their
students a tour of the community and experience with the students. bravery and service.
2003 Alumni Reunion: Student Design Competition New Alumni
A L U M N I her or his choice of “Best in Show”
2002Pre-Connect at different program levels. Twenty-four students were
2003Connecting awarded degrees during the
2. Jury Discussion Group— If your
2004Connected interest is piqued and a more active
2002-2003 academic year. SOA
congratulates and welcomes
A significant activity of the 2003 Alumni involvement is your yearning, then
each of these students to the
Reunion is a student design competition. again, all alumni have the
All SOA students— first-year through opportunity to join in the lively Jury
ranks of the alumni.
graduate— w ill participate in a one-week Discussion Group and town hall
design problem just prior to the reunion. debates in the afternoon of Fri., Oct. Fall 2002
The competition will provide an excellent 24, the second day of the reunion.
opportunity for alumni to meet and interact Bachelor of Science in
with each other, faculty, and students and 3. Jury Facilitator Team— Up for a Architectural Studies
to have a lot of fun. greater challenge? Then the Jury Clancy S. Dunnigan
Facilitator Team is your calling.
Melinda A. Mynch
The unique and interesting design problem These are the hardened few assigned
Tennyson R. Wells
(can’t tell what it is!) was created by a to guide a roomful of successful
volunteer Design Sketch Committee made FAMU-graduate architects (the Jury
up of local professionals. Coming up with Discussion Group) in offering Bachelor of Architecture
a project that could be assigned across all concise, articulate, and meaningful Clancy S. Dunigan
student levels was quite a task, but this comments to our future colleagues Tennyson R. Wells
group stepped up to the challenge. Our (the student presenters). This group
sincere thanks to the members of that will come in early to review the Spring 2003
committee: projects on Thursday afternoon and
select those to be presented on
Bachelor of Science in
Brad Innes, Principal Friday.
Elliott Marshall Innes, PA
Deborah LaGrasse, Sculptor Awards will be presented at a reception on Azizi J. Arrington-Bey
School of Architecture Friday evening at the Brokaw-McDougall Kevin M. Foster, Jr.
Monty Stark, Architect House and Gardens. Jabari W. Garland
Hicks/Nation Architects, Inc. Vanessa P. Greenaway
Sheba West, Landscape Architect We expect the competition be an Sonya P. Hinds
entertaining and enlightening event, full of Dean E. Larremore
Every alumnus/a is invited to participate in fun, challenges, and lots of surprises. Adam K. Pelkey
jury duty in whatever capacity suits his/her Reunion Committee Co-Chair Beth Natasha S. Richardson
style. There are three options: Hollister has taken on the arduous task of Ray D. Shuler
coordinating the jury activities, so help
Traci J. Watley
1. Alumni Choice Awards— These will her out and join in the fun! You know
you’ve always wanted to be on “the other
Tiffany D. Willis
involve everybody. All alumni will
side” of the jury process and here’ your
s Dean W. Yate
have the opportunity to review and
critique student design submissions chance. So, please contact Beth today at
and contribute an anonymous vote for firstname.lastname@example.org. Bachelor of Architecture
Abinis F. Correa
Alumnus Teams with Faculty for Design Juries Dean E. Larremore
Bradley M. McCullough
Rick Navarro [B.S. ‘00’; M.Arch. ‘02] is enriched the students of both schools and Darlene R. Patton
now an Asst. Prof. at the School of increased their understanding of the Bernard E. Suber
Interior Design at Florida State University. respective professions. In addition to
During the spring semester, he and Assoc. broadening the educational experiences of
Prof. Mike Alfano held the jury for the students, these activities also provided Master of Architecture
Alfano’ third-year design studio at the
s a forum for informing the interior design Gloria D. Cauble
FSU School of Interior Design. In turn, students about graduate opportunities in Ismael Hernandez
Navarro used the atrium at the SOA as the architecture and landscape architecture at Calvin Pemberton
location for his interior design studio’s FAMU,” said Alfano. Assoc. Prof. William Santiago
review. Richard Rome also participated in the Javier O. Torres
reviews and represented the landscape
“The differences and similarities that architecture program on these occasions.
where exposed in these experiences
2003 Alumni Reunion: Schedule of Activities
Below is the schedule of activities for the SOA’ 2003 12:00 noon First meeting of the SOA
“Connecting” Alumni Reunion. To register, simply Alumni Organization. Box
complete the online “ ll Be There” form. For detailed
I’ lunch. Conference Room,
information on any of the activities, visit our Web site at s
2:00-4:00 p.m. Student presentations of
projects to Jury Discussion
Thursday, October 23, 2003 Group and Jury Facilitator
Variable Participants arrive and settle into
their rooms. 4:00 p.m. Deadline for submission of all
alumni ballots for “Alumni
4:00-6:00 p.m. Review of work by Jury Choice Awards.”
4:00-4:30 p.m. Photo session with Bob Knight
6:00-9:00 p.m. Mixer at Huffman/Tarmey Photo, professional photogra-
Architecture, P.A., 450 St. pher.
4:30 p.m. Third tour of the School facility
Friday, October 24, 2003 begins.
8:30 a.m. Registration begins, SOA lobby. 4:30-6:00 p.m. Free time.
9:00 a.m. Jury Facilitator Team meets and 6:00 p.m. Reception at Brokaw-
names presenters. Presenters McDougall House and
are notified. Gardens, 329 N. Meridian
9:30 a.m. First tour of the School facility
begins. 8:30 p.m. SOA Reunion activities officially
10:00 a.m. Alumni review of student design
competition projects begins. Saturday, October 25, 2003
Each alumnus/na votes on
projects. 8:00 a.m. FAMU Homecoming Parade.
11:00 a.m. Second tour of the School 3:00 p.m. Homecoming football game
facility begins. (FAMU vs. Norfolk State).
Anna Barbour [B.S. ‘02] and John Nolan [B.Arch. ‘02] met had the pleasure of working in the Office of the Sect. for the
when they were both third-year students at the SOA and became Office of Bldg. Mgt., Office of Real Estate and Major Programs,
engaged after their fourth year. A year after their graduations, on s
and the Office of Security. Stephen’ career has directed him into
May 16, 2003, Anna and John were married in Destin, FL. the field of program analysis. On March 9 th of this year, he
Anna is currently a graduate student at VPI working toward an transferred to the newly created U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security,
M.Arch. degree, and John is working at James Brown and Transportation Security Admin., Office of Internal Affairs and
Associates Architects in Alexandria, VA. Our congratulations to Program Review. His work includes the analysis of our nation’ s
both of them! transportation security systems. Stephen believes he has the
opportunity to contribute in part to the overall “design” of the
After graduation, Stephen Brown [B.Arch.’88] returned to his s
security programs of our nation’ modes of transportation.
hometown of Ft. Lauderdale and began working for the firm of Stephen and Christine are eagerly waiting for the arrival of their
E.H. Saar and Associates. On Oct. 6, 1990 he married Christine first child. They are adopting an infant girl from China and
Rippy. In 1991 he accepted an Architectural and Facilities expect to be bringing their daughter, Grace, to their home in
Specialist position within the U.S. Dept. of Commerce in Stafford, Virginia by Thanksgiving Day. Feel free to contact
Washington, DC. For more than 11 years he enjoyed working in Stephen at email@example.com. He’d love to hear from you.
the magnificent Department of Commerce headquarters
building, the Herbert Clark Hoover Building. The building was Another “lost alum” has been found! Gregg Ellis [B.Arch. ‘92]
completed in 1932 with the distinction of being the world’ s works with Peter Synoyannis [B.Arch. ‘89] in Coral Springs,
largest building with over two million sq. ft. of office space, FL. They are both Project Architects for WCI Communities, Inc.,
connected by miles of corridors. During those years Stephen
Please see page 12.
Alumnus Works Toward Developing Downtown Orlando
wanted him to join the Downtown Inc. (R + B) in joint venture with Helman,
Development Board as the staff architect Hurley, Charvat, and Peacock Architects
(official title is Architect/Project Manager (HHCP). These two Orlando firms have
II). In the end, he decided to take the an established relationship and include
position. four SOA alumni: Ruffin Rhodes [B.S.
‘82, M.Arch. ‘89] and Max Brito [B.S.
The Downtown Development Board ‘85, B.Arch. ‘89], principals at R + B, and
(DDB) is connected to the City of Larry Ziebarth [B.S. ‘79, M.Arch. ‘83]
Orlando and focuses on developing and Vince Mastroeni [B.Arch. ‘90],
downtown. It serves as the staff of the President/Sr. Partner and Senior Associate
City’ Community Redevelopment respectively at HHCP. The DDB is
Agency. Tim’ role is to develop design contributing $1 million to the project for
guidelines, review the new developments, landscaping and streetscaping.
facilitate the development review
committee, review new permits in the In addition to working with the hardscape
downtown area, and report to the (buildings), Tim is responsible for
Executive Director and the Board. His managing the maintenance staff of
scope of services covers a 1,620-acre area downtown, including a supervisor, crew
with five lakes, two major parks, and all leaders, casual labor, and community
of the buildings within that area. He is service workers. In short, his hands are
truly an “architect in government and full, but he is enjoying the new job. “I am
industry,” one of the graduate programs still adjusting to government, but things
Tim Johnson offered by the SOA in the ‘70s and early are beginning to come together,” he said.
While some of his work with Rhodes + He and his wife, Kai, and Timothy II (10),
Brito Architects, Inc. was being viewed at Ironically, one of the most important Taj (9), and Trinity (18 mo.) have lived in
the Alumni Exhibition in November 2002, projects Tim is currently reviewing is the Orlando since 1988. We wish Tim all the
Tim Johnson [B.S. ‘86, B.Arch. ‘89] was FAMU College of Law designed by the best with his new responsibilities and look
being wooed by the City of Orlando. They alumni firm of Rhodes + Brito Architects, forward to an ever-improving Orlando.
Alumni Notes, continued from page 11.
a large Florida-based developer specializing in high-end, amenity- a “booster parent,” she is active in several school-related
rich, residential communities.. Gregg has been with the company organizations. She also enjoys reading, sewing, and watercolors.
for three years. Before that, he owned his own firm designing
custom residences. He has been married to Pam Avata Ellis for 11 In 1997 Suzanne Fields [B.S. ‘81, M.Arch. ‘90] relocated her
years, and they have two children: Gavin, 6 and Mackenzie, 4. practice in Tallahassee to Opelika, AL and is registered in Florida,
Georgia, Alabama, and Nova Scotia. She is currently enjoying a
Since graduating from the SOA 25 years ago, Debora productive practice with a diverse client base and attributes much
(Lipschultz) Fields [B.S. ’78] has had a diversity of work of her success to the discipline learned at the SOA. Married to
experience in both the public and private sectors but has Bob Poole since 1997, Suzanne spends most of August each year
concentrated primarily on school design and airports. She has in Nova Scotia where Bob owns and operates an adventure
worked on every level of a project, from programming and tourism business.
schematics through the typical design phases, and has consider-
able specification and construction experience. Licensed in NC, Diedra Gary [B.S. ‘02] is working as a Field Engineer with
Debora is a member of NFPA, SBCCI, ICCO, and FEFPA. She is Turner Construction in Orlando. Her primary responsibilities are
certified as a CSI CDT (Construction Specification Institute to manage the super-structure (i.e., concrete subcontractor, metal
Certified Documents Technician) and a UBCI (Uniform Building studs, and rolling completion list— a list of deviations in the work
Code Inspector) for Florida schools. She currently serves on the from the contract documents that need to be fixed) and write Daily
board of CSI as a Miami past president. Currently working as a Construction Reports. Currently, she is working on a $130
Senior Project Manager at Zyscovich, Inc. Architects in Miami million sports entertainment arena for Jacksonville, FL. Seating
www.zyscovich.com, Debora recently finished the design on two up to 16,000 people, the arena will be used for hockey, basketball,
high schools, both for the Broward County School Board. Now concerts, rodeos, and other entertainment. Turner Construction is
she is the PM for the $37 million Miami Beach High School the Construction Manager joint venturing with Perry McCall and
phased replacement project. Debora has been married to civil and Northside Partners, both of Jacksonville. The architect is HOK
structural engineer Ronald Fields for almost 25 years, and they Sports Group. The completion date for the project is 11/17/03.
have three children: Sarah, 20; Cassandra, 18; and James, 16. As For more information, please see www.jacksonvillearena.com.
Please see page 13.
Alumni Database: Complete Your Database Information Online
Staying in touch with our
“ every issue of SOA News, we have encouraged alumni to
graduates is very important
to us. Consequently, the get in touch with us to update their contact information in
School maintains a our database. Thanks to the Web wizardry of Associate
database of information on Professor Tom Pugh, this task can now be accomplished
its alumni. In every issue online at your convenience.”
of SOA News, we have
encouraged alumni to get
in touch with us to update Several alumni have requested that we make some of this contact
their contact information in information available on our Web site. Clearly, it could be
our database. Thanks to invaluable for both professional networking and collaboration
the Web wizardry of opportunities and as a way to get in touch with old friends.
Associate Professor Tom However, your privacy concerns are paramount, so we have
Pugh, this task can now be accomplished online at your provided a way for you to tell us if you do not want us to publish
convenience. Simply go to our Web site at www.famusoa.net and the information you give us. We will certainly abide by your
click on People/Alumni/Alumni Database. The form is called wishes. However, we would very much appreciate your
“Communicate with Us.” completing all the information for our internal, unpublished
We encourage each you to take a few minutes to fill in the form.
Even those of you who may have recently given your information You will see that we have provided an opportunity for you to give
to someone for the School’ database are asked to complete this us your personal and/or business Web address for a page of links
form so that your information can become a part of the online on our site. Likewise, we would appreciate your linking to our site
database. Contact information is dynamic and requires continual from yours. The more places we are linked, the better our position
updating as people move, change jobs, etc., and we must rely on in search engine results.
each person to provide updated information. Of necessity, it is
up to each individual to ensure that his/her information is current We hope the database will be helpful to you and that you will
and accurate. Once you’ve entered your information, all you’ll encourage other graduates to visit the site and complete the form.
need to do to stay current is make the appropriate changes.
Alumni Notes, continued from page 12.
Congratulations to Tiombe (Jenkins) Garmon [B.S. ‘93, After graduation, Kent Johnson [B.S. ‘97, B.Arch. ‘99] chose to
M.Arch. ‘96] who married Demone Garmon on April 19, 2003 at stay in his home town of Tallahassee and worked for several years
the home of her parents in Upper Marlboro, MD. Alumna Elise in local firms (Ken Sweeney, Johnson Peterson Architects, and
Edwards [B.S. ‘97, M.Arch. ‘99] who lives in Tacoma, MD Elliott Marshall Innes, P.A.). In 2001, he opened his own design
attended the wedding. Tiombe and Garmon now live near business (M.K.J. Design Services) where he does residential
Universal Orlando. They also have a duplex property that they design and remodeling, Web site design, and other graphic design
renovated and rent and are considering other properties in the and printing projects. Kent has also traveled considerably while
Baltimore/Washington area. Tiombe continues to work as a volunteering his time to teams from his church who construct new
project architect with Jacobs Engineering (formerly Sverdrup church buildings and missionary training facilities overseas. He
Corp.) in Orlando. She is an accredited design professional with has been to Haiti four times and went to Peru this past July. Kent
LEED, the high-performance sustainable building standard has been married to Kanani Karen (Winans) for eight years, and
developed by the USGBC. Tiombe is also the Vice Chair of the they have two children, ages one and seven.
Jacobs Eastern Region Sustainable Design Committee. The goal
of the committee is to educate their designers and managers in Ever upbeat Keith Martin [B.Arch., ‘86] is still having a good
sustainable practices, principles, and technology and to prepare time. After leaving Tallahassee in 1986, he did stints with two
the firm for selling and delivering sustainable design as a standard architecture firms in Ft. Lauderdale (seven and five years) and
service. then joined the firm of Beam Architectural Partnership (formally
Belluschi Beam Architects, P.A.) in Coral Gables, FL. Currently
After graduation, Mike Hunnicutt [B.Arch. ‘95] went back to his an Associate with the firm, he has practiced there nine years doing
home town of Panama City, FL and opened James M. Hunnicutt a variety of building types: hospitality, retail, entertainment,
Architect. He specializes in custom residential designs, office office, airport, and commercial facilities and multi-family
buildings, and religious facilities. In 1998 Mike married Ashby housing. Another alumnus working as an Associate at the same
Scott and became stepfather to her two children. In 2001 Mike firm is Ivo Fernandez [B.Arch. ‘96].
and Ashby had a baby girl. The family plans to remain in Panama
City for the foreseeable future.
Please see page 14.
Alumni Notes, continued from page 13. 14
Major Thomas L. Mitchell, Jr., CFM [B.S. ’87] was selected She has a big brother, Ryan, who is now three. Sandie returned
for promotion to the grade of Lieutenant Colonel, United States to work at the S/L/A/M Collaborative in Glastonbury, CT on
Air Force, and was recently conferred a Master’ Level April 28.
Certificate in Facility Management from Michigan State
University. Lt. Col. (select) Mitchell currently serves as After graduation Joellen Thiel [B.Arch. ‘92] moved to
commander of the 96 th Civil Engineer Squadron, Eglin Air Yellowstone National Park. Eventually she relocated to Summit
Force Base, FL. The 313-member organization is responsible County, CO (where Breckenridge and Keystone are located) and
for providing civil emergency services (fire protection, spent two years there as a “ski bum.” In 1995 she moved to
explosive ordnance disposal, disaster preparedness, and Colorado Springs where she began her career in architecture.
installation readiness management) to the US Air Force’ largest Since 1996 she has worked exclusively on schools, first with
base— 11.6 million square feet physical plant spanning 724 LKA Partners and more recently with RTA Architects. Several
square miles and 3,450 facilities. The 96 th Civil Engineer buildings she has worked on have won both AIA and CEFPI
Squadron was selected as the 96 th Air Base Wing’ (Eglin) 2002
s (Council of Educational Facility Planners International) awards.
Squadron of the Year. Joellen has her CDT (Construction Document Technologist)
from the Construction Specifications Institute and is a registered
Lt. Col. (select) Mitchell is a member of the Society of architect in Colorado. In her free time, she pursues her real estate
American Military Engineers, the International Facility hobby. She is a registered appraiser and enjoys renovating older
Management Association, Florida A&M University National homes. She is currently living in and remodeling her third home
Alumni Association (life membership), Veterans of Foreign in four years.
Wars of the United States (life membership), Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity, and Toastmasters International. He and his wife, Barry Vaudrin (B.S. ‘78) has been a Project Manager with
Michele, have four children and live in Fort Walton Beach, FL. Callison Architecture in Seattle, Washington for four years and
was promoted to Associate Principal in 2001. Callison is the
After receiving his graduate degree, Ed Rankin [B.S. ‘84, largest “single office” architectural firm in the U.S. and
M.Arch. ‘98] went to work for The Evans Group in Orlando. specializes in mixed-use developments, corporate offices,
After a year, he decided that the work was not what he had in campus planning, retail, hotels, and health care. Callison’s
mind. He moved his family to Mims, FL and in Feb. 2000 s,
clients include Microsoft Corporation, Nordstrom’ The Boeing
began working for Architects in Association in Cocoa. There he Company, Washington Mutual Bank, GAP, Nike, W Hotels, and
is involved in design, construction documents, and construction Westin. Prior to joining Callison, Barry was Vice President with
administration as a project manager. He is in the process of Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum (HOK) for 20 years and
taking the exam for registration. Since spring 2000, he and worked in several of their domestic and international office
Missy, his wife of 18 years, have been involved in purchasing locations. In 1994 he moved to the Seattle area from Washing-
10 acres of old-growth hardwood hammock and getting it ready ton, DC to open a project office in Redmond, Washington. Barry
to build a house. Ed and Missy have three children ages 15, 12, and his partner, J.R., live in Kirkland, WA and have been
and 10. remodeling their home for seven years. “We’re getting ready to
remodel our remodeled spaces— I think it’ time to move!” Barry
Mary Rios [B.Arch. ‘87] is currently working at Gibraltar says.
Design in St. Augustine. She has recently completed the design
of a new 6-12 school in Flagler County and is now working on Within six months of his graduation, Walter Wernecke [B.S.
the construction documents. “The $28 million, 211,000 sq. ft. ‘87] found himself back in Washington, D.C. where he had spent
school is unique in several ways, which made it very interesting his fourth year at the Washington/Alexandria Architecture
and a lot of fun to work on,” Mary said. The design is referred Center. After two years there, he decided to move to London,
to as an “academy design.” Each grade has its own classrooms England where he lived and worked for a year. “The experience
in its own “area.” After the 9th grade, each student selects a I gained there was both invaluable and unforgettable,” he said.
subject area and enters a specialized academy (e.g., environmen- His first visit to Germany in 1991 was cut short by the death of
tal science, business, etc.). Students then learn all of the his father, and he returned to south Florida. Two years later, he
traditional subjects as they relate to their selected subject. decided to move to Berlin, Germany where he lived and worked
Though a large school with 1,602 student stations, the design as an architect for seven years (1993-2000). It was during that
allows the teachers to get to know the students in their own period that he became licensed in the District of Columbia. Now
grade level. The school is wireless, and each student is issued a back in South Florida working for Spillis Candela DMJM in
laptop computer to use both at school and at home. Mary also Coral Gables and going to school part-time, Walter received a
has personal news: she is engaged to Rick Fail, but the wedding B.Arch. degree from Florida Atlantic University in spring 2003.
date has not yet been set. Congratulations, Mary! s
Walter’ long-term goal is to teach and “give something back to
the institution of learning,” so he will pursue a graduate degree
William Santiago [B.S. ‘00, M.Arch.03] got double the either in the US or in Europe.
pleasure last May. In addition to receiving his M.Arch. degree
on May 3, he and his wife, Suzanne, welcomed their first s
One of the School’ early graduates, Alan Wolfe [M.Arch. ‘80]
daughter, Isabella Sophia, just two days before. They are now is currently working for Forum Architecture and Interior Design
living in Tampa with the new baby and her brother, William in Orlando where he is the Director of the Commercial Studio.
Manuel, who is three. The firm has 35 employees and specializes in affordable
multifamily housing and private commercial projects. One of his
In the last issue of this newsletter, a photo from the Alumni most recognizable recent projects is the Orlando Harley
Exhibition opening showed a pregnant exhibitor, Sandie Shea- Davidson dealership that is visible from I-4 just west of
Crabb [B.Arch. ‘89]. Raechel Amber Crabb was born on St.
Patrick’ Day (March 17, 2003), and weighed in at 8 lb, 13 oz.
s Please see page 15.
15 Alumni Notes, continued from page 14. Lost Alumni: Where Are You?
downtown Orlando. Alan is also involved with multifamily Once again, we are publishing
projects and works within the firm’ developing concept of the the list of alumni for whom we
“suburban edge.” The concept includes the recognition of the have no contact information.
need for a transition from the suburban environment to the urban Please help us out by reviewing
environment. “The firm is doing some interesting things with the
the list to see if there’ anyone
form, massing, color, siting, and scale of what would otherwise
be just another ‘garden’ apartment,” Alan said. Alan is also proud you know. If so, please pass on
of the “seamless administrative process” they have developed any information you may have
which “gets a multitude of projects done on time, within budget, to Judye McCalman at
creatively designed, and with a system of communication among 850.599.3746 or
all the project participants. It creates a true sense of partnership firstname.lastname@example.org.
including the architect, engineers, owner, municipality, and
contractors alike.” Alan’ hobby is restoring classic cars; he is Thank you!
currently working on a 1949 Cadillac Fleetwood. He and his
wife Susan, a marriage and family counselor, have been married Abegunde, Dayo Jamshidimehr, Mohammad
30 years and have three children— Rachel, 21; Alexander, 17; and Aguilar, David Johnson, Nicholas
Christopher, 15. Ahmandnejad, Saed Johnson, Scott
Ajose-Adeogun, Oluremi Jordan-Cason, Joy
After finishing his graduate work, David Wood [B.S. ‘96,
M.Arch. ‘99], moved to the Atlanta area where he now works as a Akinisola, Akintunde Lane, John
Project Coordinator for Phillips Partnership. The firm specializes Al-Abdullah, Bader Mazraehrarahani, Abbas
in retail architecture, working for both developers and retail Al-Essa, Abdulaziz Mehrafshan, Menran
tenants. David has focused on projects with Gap, Inc. designing Al-Moukeid, Walid Memari, Hamid
new Old Navy stores, new outlets (all brands— Gap, Gap Kids, Mobley, Russell
Baby Gap, Gap Body, Old Navy, and Banana Republic), and Al-Mufti, Ghazal
remodels (all brands.) He is also busy serving as Chairman of the Armstrong, Karla Mortensen, David
Building Committee of the Buford First United Church that is Balmer, Nancy Mowlavi, Mohammad
tackling a multi-phase master plan that includes a multi-million- Berkaert, Denise Mullis, Richard
dollar building program. David has been married to Chris (Scott) Berry, John Nassab, Mohammad-Saltani
for 11 years, and they have one child, Morgan, aged 3. Nkonjera, Attlee
Alumnus Michael Young, AIA [B.Arch. ‘96] currently works for Blaney, Kevin Opayemi, Owodunni
Culpepper, McAuliffe, and Meaders, Inc. (CMMI) in Atlanta, Boden, Elieen Oton, Imoh
GA. He started the position there in Sept. 2001 as a Project Cain, Lee Padron, George
Architect for the Omni Hotel at CNN Center. The $100 million, Carroll, Richard Parsons, Ray
600-room, free-standing addition to the existing facility will make Poonphool, Chaovalit
Omni the third-largest hotel in the city. Its 20,000 SF Grand Carter, John
Ballroom will be the city’ second largest. As a Project Architect,
s Chamley, Peter Rassouli, Hossein
Michael was responsible for the design and detailing of the Concepcion, Carlos Rodriguez, Henry
exterior skin and structure as well as being the primary Cothron, Michael Rodriquez, Oscar
Construction Administration Architect. CMMI is an architecture Coto, C. Vivian Romero, Humberto
and interior design firm, founded in 1987, that focuses on the Roura, Aldo
hospitality industry. Several clients of note include Hyatt, Cuervo, Jose
Intercontinental Hotels, Omni Hotels, and the Georgia State Parks Cushing, Darin Russell, Roger
Dept. Michael is NCARB-certified and licensed to practice Denmark, James Saldarriaga, Mariluz
architecture in GA and FL. He currently resides in Stone Desvallons, Beatrice Sanieenia, Hossein
Mountain, GA with this wife Rachael (Robinson) [B. Arch. ‘95] Dlamini, Mandla Sewer, Jerome
and their two children, Marcus, 5 and Aliyah, 1. Shali-Amini, Majid
Evans, Patrick Smith, Edward
JACKSONVILLE, continuted from page 8. Smith, Stephen
Fentress, Marvalette Stoll, Chris
Bishop (AIA Jacksonville), William Bishop (AIA Jacksonville), Strachan, Wendell
Ricardo Quinones (PQH Architects), Mark Rinaman (Brooklyn Taeb, Ali
Art and Design Center), Mike Sherburne (The St. Joe
Gabb, Rupert Thompson, Vernon
Company), Martin Wander (Reynolds, Smith, and Hills, Inc.)
Goudarzi, Soheila Tomane, Andrew
Karl G. Wilson [B.Arch. ‘91] (The Haskell Co.), and Alan
Wilson (The Haskell Co.). Green, Jeffrey Trujillo, Angel
Guevara, Jesus Walker, Debra
The jurors presented three awards: Hernandez, Rhina West, Fredia
Shani Chambers, research facility, $250.00 Hoch, Arthur Williams, Roy
Rossina Alva, mixed use/housing, $150.00 Hockman, Sean Williamson, Louis
Scott Parker, aquarium, $100.00 Hodge, Allen Wronski, David
Florida A&M University
School of Architecture
1936 Martin Luther King Blvd. PERMIT NO. 119
Tallahassee, Florida 32307-4200
SOA Student Awards, 2002-2003
Students who excelled during the academic year will be honored at a special School-wide
program early in the fall semester.
Pella Fifth-Year Jurist Award
Students who excelled during the
academic year will be honored at a special
School-wide program early in the fall
Pella Fifth-Year Jurist Award
semester. In addition to medals,
certificates, and books contributed by the
organizations indicated, sponsors of cash Pella Fifth-Year Jurist Award— Most
awards were alumni firm Rhodes + Brito Outstanding
Architects, Inc. in Orlando ($1,000); David Benninghoff
Pella Windows and Doors ($1,000); and
the Jacksonville Chapter of the AIA AIA/FL Bronze Medal
($2,000). The School thanks all the award Azizi Arrington-Bey
donors and congratulates the honorees
who were selected by the faculty. Alpha Rho Chi Medal AIA Henry Adams Medal— B.Arch..
DeGraff Memorial Award— First Year History/Theory Award— Upper Division AIA Certificate of Merit— B.Arch.
Trevor Walker Michael Kruger Neil Campbell
First-Year Design Award Third-Year Design Award AIA Henry Adams Medal— M.Arch.
Jeremy Portillo Valerie Strom Calvin Pemberton
DeGraff Memorial Award— Second Year Most Promising Student Award— Third Year AIA Certificate of Medal— M.Arch.
Kirsten Dahlquist Valerie Strom William Santiago
Second-Year Design Award Fourth-Year Design Award MLA/ASLA Award
Michael Kruger Jordache Avery Anne Beavers
Rhodes + Brito Award Most Outstanding Fourth-Year Student MLA/ASLA Award
Bryan Lee Vanessa Greenaway Sine Murray
Technology Award— Lower Division Graduating Senior with Highest GPA MLA Award— First Year
April Plummer Venicha (Nicole) Fore Susan Lee
Technology Award— Upper Division ARCC King Medal MLA Award— Second Year
Venicha (Nicole) Fore William Santiago Honey Shah
History/Theory Award— Lower Division Alpha Rho Chi Medal Jacksonville Studio Award— M.Arch.
Trevor Walker Rebecca Irving Shani Chambers
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