Winter 2017 Alumni and Friends Newsletter
After a successful week of critique and reviews before the winter break, faculty and students alike are enjoying that collective sigh of relief that comes at the end of each semester of hard work. All of us are looking forward to a new year!
This fall we welcomed Academic Advisor Karen Krier. Karen joins us with excellent experience in student services having worked with the International Programs Office, and the Coeur de Alene Tribe as an adviser and counselor. Karen advises all college freshmen, first semester sophomores, and newly admitted students.
We also redesigned our enrollment materials from top to bottom to better reflect our identity and the power of our collective disciplines. Materials will continue to evolve as we adopt a refreshed U of I brand in the new year!
In this newsletter, we celebrate award-winning excellence and outstanding leadership in every realm, from student achievements to faculty research and industry success. I hope you enjoy this snapshot of activity and will share your news with us as well. On behalf of the College of Art and Architecture, happy holidays and best wishes for 2018!
Dr. Shauna Corry
College of Art and Architecture
The Lost Call, by Erica Anderson (ID '17)
Anderson's chair was a national finalist in the seating category at the Association of Woodworking and Furnishings Suppliers (AWFS) Fair's Fresh Wood Design Competition in Las Vegas.
- 6th Annual IFPC Best Use of Idaho Wood Design Competition
This year, twenty architecture students entered the Idaho Forest Products Commission's (IFPC) Best Use of Idaho Wood design competition as part Associate Professor Diane Armpriest and Assistant Professor Carolina Manrique's design studio. The challenge was to develop design concepts for the Idaho Arena, a court sports and events arena planned for U of I’s Moscow campus. Matt Siron of Eagle won the competition (see above) and received a first place plaque and $500. Megan Danell of Kuna and Carlos Auces of Nampa each received an award of merit plaque and $250. The competition is sponsored by the IFPC and the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) Idaho Chapter encouraging innovative use of Idaho wood in architectural design.
- Annual IIDI Spokane Trip
Each fall interior design and architecture students head to Spokane to check out emerging trends in product design and network with industry professionals.
- Idaho Smart Growth Awards
First-year architecture students joined graduate students from the Urban Design Center at Givens-Pursley's table for this annual event. Three BIOP students who typically meet virtually also had the opportunity to meet each other in person for the first time!
- VTD Makes a Splash at 2nd Annual VR Bash in Boise
Fallon Orr (VTD '17) and students Gabryel Conley Natividad (Biological & Computer Engineering '20) and Catherine Keenan (Business Administration '18) represented the future of virtual reality in a big way at Idaho Virtual Reality Council's VR Bash earlier this fall.
Research + Outreach
- Associate Professor John Anderson has been awarded with an official invitation to participate in the GAA Foundation's Venice Design 2018 Exhibition hosted by the European Cultural Centre in the context of the Venice Architecture Biennale.
- Professor Anne Marshall was awarded a grant of $13,200 from the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative (GAHTC), an international organization based at MIT and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Marshall will develop a series of lectures on Indigenous architecture that will be available for use by an international community of scholars.
- Integrated Design Lab (IDL) Director Elizabeth Cooper, Research Support Staff, Damon Woods and Amir Nezamdoost (M.S. Integrated Architecture and Design, '15) published, "Using a passive design toolset to evaluate low-cost cooling strategies for an industrial facility in a hot and dry climate." The study outlines the energy saving potential of natural cooling design strategies in a large maintenance hangar facility located in Boise.
- Idaho Commission on the Arts 2018 Fellow Assistant Professor Nishiki Sugawara-Beda's solo exhibition, HANA was on display at the Thompson Gallery at Furman University. In this series of work, Nishiki explores the relationship between written language and image on paper substrate.
- Landscape Architecture faculty, Assistant Professor Raffaella Sini and Lecturer Roberto Capecci, explored the need to experience, discover and understand the land that surrounds us in two exhibits this past fall: “Viaggio in Italia,” a collection of thoughts and actions made by Landscape Architecture students during their summer program in Italy, and “Ghostbusters,” a walk along the unused railway between Moscow and Viola ‘framing’ its vanishing traces.
2017 Alumni Awards for Excellence
Each year, the U of I recognizes top graduate and senior-level undergraduate students who have achieved outstanding academic success and have demonstrated career and professional preparation and campus and community leadership and involvement. Congratulations to this year's recipients and their faculty mentors!
U of I alumni from Boise-based Stack Rock Group were part of the team honored with a SITES Gold Award for their collaborative work on HP's Boise campus. The project is the first Sustainable SITES Initiative v2 certified corporate campus in the world and the first SITES project of any type in Idaho. The project replaced non-indigenous grass with native grasses that require less maintenance and attract local pollinators. Landscape Architecture graduate student Celeste Valle and Associate Professor and Program Head Beth Scott contributed to the effort by developing a monitoring plan for the new native vegetation.