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Lynn Craig

Lynn Craig, FAIA, RIBA

Professor Emeritus

Professor Craig combines his two passions, drawing and teaching, in this new book: Draw It. A Workbook Manual for Sketching and Drawing. Published by ORO Editions and now available through ORO Editions, Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

From the back cover: "This is a tool for everyone - whether you are traveling or drawing in your backyard. With a multitude of examples and helpful insights for both the professional and beginner, this book will help you take the world around you and Draw It."

Lynn Craig Draw It
Brian Leounis

Brian Leounis

Manager of the DDS and Materials Lab

Brian and his partner, Elizabeth Coor, created the winning entry in AIA Charleston's WALK THIS WAY design competition. The project challenged designers to re-imagine an underutilized pedestrian bridge to connect neighborhoods on opposite sides of a high-speed highway.  The Team Bliz design, “Sweetgrass Basket Highway,” takes its inspiration from Charleston’s tradition of sweetgrass baskets.  The intervention adapts the existing utilitarian structure with a woven wood enclosure supported by steel, and proposes pedestrian and bike lanes divided by glass railings to maintain safety and connectedness. 
In the words of the judges, chaired by Victor “Trey” Trahan: “This design creates a wonderful and variable spatial condition.....  This design fundamentally changes both the external form of the bridge and the interior experience of the bridge.  It takes something that is an engineered highway structure and makes it more a part of the neighborhood fabric. “

Brian Leounis Bridge Entry
Dustin Albright

Dustin Albright, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, BD+C

Assistant Professor

Dustin Albright will present his research paper titled Recalibrated: An Interdisciplinary, Studio-Based Study of Massive Timber for Student Housing at the 2015 conference of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) in Chicago. The paper describes the work of the 2013 Comprehensive Studio, co-taught by Albright, Dr. Ufuk Ersoy, and Ulrike Heine, in which students utilized cross-laminated timber panels for graduate and married student housing designs. Additionally, the paper presents initial findings from ongoing research conducted at Clemson related to long-span alternatives to standard CLT panels.

Dustin Albright ARCC
Miguel Roldan

Miguel Roldan

Director, Barcelona Architecture Center

Roldan’s (Roldan + Berengue) new project, adaptive re-use of the old Poble Sec fire station in Barcelona into a Fire Prevention Center and Museum, is now under construction. 

Roldan + Berengue’s Economists Headquarters building has received much recognition in the past few months, including:  Nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award; First Prize NAN Architecture and Construction; First Prize Saint Gobain Cristalería / CITAV de Arquitectura en Vidrio 2014 Award for the Best Architectural Project; First Prize Catalonia Construction Awards 2014; Finalist FAD Architecture Awards 2014; First Prize AIT Award Best in Interior and Architecture 2014.

Miguel Roldan Under Construction
David Franco

David Franco

Assistant Professor

In October 2014 David Franco presented a paper titled ‘Imitation of Life: The Simulation of the Everyday as a Political Expression’ at the interdisciplinary conference of Architecture, Media and Politics The Mediated City organized in Los Angeles, California by Woodbury University and the research journal Architecture MPS.  In February 2015 he presented a paper at the International Research Symposium Tabula Rasa organized by the University of Navarra (Spain) and the European Architectural History Network in Pamplona, with the title ‘Propaganda, Reclamation or Critique: The Politics of Retroactive Manifestos in Contemporary Architecture’.  Also in February, his paper, A Simulated Scenography of the Collective: Mimesis and Simulacrum in the Tiburtino District’ was accepted for publication on the next issue of VLC Arquitectura Research Journal published by the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia.  He will be presenting his paper ‘Constructing the Political Image of the Everyday: Fiction or Authenticity in Participatory Architecture’ at the ACSA Annual Meeting in Toronto.

David Franco Imitation of Life
Carlos Barrios

Carlos Barrios, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Carlos received a grant to conduct studies in parametric research on the designs of the vaults at the Sagrada Familia Basilica. Through this grant, Barrios continues his research on parametric analysis to understand the complex nature of the work of Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi as computational design. He is also researching parametric explorations on Islamic geometric patterns with Ph.D. student Mostafa Alani. They will present this research in the paper “A Parametric Metamorphosis of Islamic Geometric Patterns: The extraction of the new from traditional” at the 2015 Architectural Research Consortium Centers in Chicago, Illinois. The paper will also be published in the conference proceedings.

Carlos Barrios Sagrada Familia
Peter Laurence

Peter Laurence, Ph.D.

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies 

Dr. Peter Laurence’s book Becoming Jane Jacobs is forthcoming from University of Pennsylvania Press. The book sheds new light on Jacobs’s thinking and career, and the origins of Jacobs’s Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961), widely considered one of the most important books ever written on cities. Prof. Laurence’s book will be released in time for the 100th anniversary of Jacobs’s birth in 2016.   Note:  The cover concept is not yet final.

Peter Laurence Becoming Jane Jacobs
Joseph Choma

Joseph Choma

Assistant Professor

Morphing: A Guide to Mathematical Transformations for Architects and Designers by Joseph Choma, lecturer in Architecture, was released by Laurence King Publishing in January 2015.  This visually striking guidebook clearly and systematically lays out the basic foundation for using these mathematical transformations as design tools. Joseph delivered a lecture:  Designing an Understanding, at the Georgia Institute of Technology as part of the School of Architecture Lecture Series, Unconventional Practice.  

Joseph Choma Morphing
Ufuk Ersoy

Ufuk Ersoy, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor Ufuk Ersoy’s “Glass, as Light as Air, as Deep as Water” has been published in The Material Imagination: Reveries on Architecture and Matter, edited by Matthew Mindrup (Burlington, VT: Ashgate 2015), 155-168. The essay compares Mies van der Rohe’s Glass Skyscraper projects with Bruno Taut’s Glass House pavilion. In October 2014, Ersoy also presented his essay titled “The Problem of Metaphor in the Information Age” at “Utopian Bodies and Media, Symposium” organized by Carleton University in Montreal, Canada.

Ufuk Ersoy Glass as Light as Air