The Paul G. Windley Faculty Excellence and Development Award
This $1,000 award recognizes three consecutive years of excellence in faculty scholarship and provides support for continuing scholarly activities in written research and dissemination.
This award is generously donated by Charla Windley and her children in loving memory of her late husband and Dean of the College of Art & Architecture Paul Windley. It is an especially appropriate recognition of Dean Windley’s commitment to written scholarship and dissemination as well as his many years of service to the college.
2020 Recipient | Dan Cronan
Uncertainties to Solutions: A Landscape Architecture Studio Utilizing Geodesign for Rural Communities in Idaho’s Magic Valley
Interdisciplinary research collaboration and alignment of student learning are principle components of research in the Center for Resilient Communities (CRC) and the College of Art and Architecture. Daniel Cronan’s current research focus is no different, and he intends to create alignment between research/scholarship, service and student learning with future research endeavors at the University of Idaho.
From the start of his research at U of I, Cronan has had the opportunity to work with Senior Associates, researchers and students to develop and enhance research interests within the field of Geodesign. Geodesign – also referred to as ‘Alternative Futures Analysis’ – is a multiscalar landscape planning process used to inform researchers on iterative feedback from a local stakeholder group through scenario analysis. Cronan feels this research, together with education, link the built environment to the social sciences by evoking opinions of the people of a place, thus aligning with one of the many principle components of Paul Windley’s area of interest.
With the help of graduate students and research colleagues, Cronan has had the opportunity to co-lead a GeoDesign team, contribute to coupling scenario-based models, lead a representation team, facilitate stakeholder meetings and teach a GeoDesign Landscape Architecture Studio with a current NSF-funded project. Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS) has utilized a GeoDesign framework to understand current and past biophysical and social issues, critical uncertainties and plausible solutions for Idaho’s Magic Valley. The project has combined: a) researcher-driven assumptions about land use change; and b) stakeholder-informed plausible trajectories of change about the landscape. The combination of these inputs has led the researcher-team to devise solutions for these key issues. Cronan’s current research within the project works to operationalize these inputs into maps and representations. These tools are intended to be utilized by stakeholders, policymakers and individuals for years to come. This process has the utility of being compelling and strong within a stakeholder group and for design education. Further work and research needs to be done to create web-based tools for delivery of this content for students as future facilitators of interdisciplinary collaborations.
The research team is currently producing publications and an ‘INFEWS ATLAS’ to showcase their work. To keep this information ongoing within the rapidly changing world, Cronan intends to continue efforts by utilizing the GeoDesign framework as a teaching and outreach/stakeholder engagement tool with a future Landscape Architecture and Land Planning studio. Funds from the Paul G. Windley Award are intended to be used toward development of student resources including a set of course guides and web-based tools for the GeoDesign Studio.
The 2019 award supported research on spatial planning and design in Idaho resort towns. The findings will contribute to sustainable development of tourism in rural and economically weak areas of the state.
Sini’s award funded the use of an art-device to gather community representations and perceptions of place. Moving beyond conventional cognitive maps and selective interviews, Sini worked towards an assembly of 20 dioramas, each one designed by a student to capture and convey a familiar landscape and its values.
Marshall's award funded research for a scholarly book on the process of creating the Museum at Warm Springs on the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon. The book will explore the challenges around designing culturally-appropriate architectures that meet the needs of contemporary indigenous communities.
Minyoung Cerruti, PhD
“Stress, Blood Donation, and Environmental Stimuli"
The main goal of this study is to understand how physical environment can influence the blood donation experience of young adults in relation to their levels of stress.
In September 2008 I used the Windley Award to support a presentation I gave in Grenoble, France on Architectural Ambiance. As a result of this opportunity, I was able to publish an extended version of the presentation as an article in the Journal of Art and Design Education; further, the travels associated with this presentation led directly to a subsequent article published in, arguably, the top journal in the field of architecture, the Journal of Architectural Education.
Xiao Hu, PhD
My first winning topic was to study refugee housing at Boise. The title is “The Path to a Better Integration: Idaho Refugee’s Housing Situation in Their Early Resettlements.”
My second topic was to study international students’ learning style in architecture. The title is “Cross-cultural learning in studios: how international students study architecture in the US.”
The operating title for my current research is “Drawing as Learning.” A slightly more descriptive explanation: I’m focused cognition and learning theory, as well as analysis and pedagogy regarding the use of hand drawing as a primary means of learning. With the ever-increasing ubiquity of digital tools in education, the use of hand drawing has diminished. Nonetheless, and for a variety of reasons, drawing by hand from direct observation remains an essential method for learning about the world, and perhaps the single most critical skill for designers to acquire.
The Windley Award was used as evidence that the College of Art and Architecture had confidence in my ability to conduct research and write, when I submitted a book proposal to Taylor & Francis Publishers (Routledge). Secondly, I used the funding provided by the award to travel to Denver, Colorado to document a case student project (Stapleton) that I subsequently included in the book that was published. The Windley Award contributed greatly to the recent publication of my book, “Green Infrastructure for Landscape Planning,” and to a conference presentation and an article in the Spaces and Flows Journal.
1. One award will be granted each year.
2. Awarded funds may be used for a range of research and scholarly expenses including but not limited to travel, materials and supplies, equipment and student wages, etc.
3. The award cannot be accepted as salary enhancement.
4. The budget will be subject to approval by the Dean of the College of Art & Architecture.
5. Selected by program heads and Charla Windley.
1. Each applicant must be a tenure track faculty, tenured faculty or have been a non-tenure track (full or part-time) faculty for at least two (2) consecutive years in the College of Art & Architecture. In all cases the applicant must be under contract with the University of Idaho.
2. The applicant should demonstrate a record of excellence in written scholarship for at least two (2) consecutive years.
3. The applicant should demonstrate how the award will enhance a research project as well as outline possibilities for its dissemination. Priority will be given to proposals which lead to publishable works.
4. Priority will also be given to those scholarly activities reflective of Paul’s areas of interest, i.e. linking architecture to the social sciences, small towns, aging issues, research methods, and ways in which the built environments affects quality of life dimensions, (e.g., psychological and physical well-being).
5. The successful applicant should be willing to deliver a public “Windley Lecture” summarizing the scholarly activity and allow the lecture to be part of a lecture series publication if that occurs.
6. A recipient may receive the award more than once. However, a recipient may not receive it more than twice in a five (5) year period.
1. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a sample of written scholarship (e.g., publication in academic journals or conference proceedings, book or book chapter, or referred paper) and a brief proposal (500 words) describing how the award would support future scholarly activity.
2. Applications will be reviewed by the College of Art & Architecture Executive Committee. Charla Windley will be given the opportunity to participate in the review process and will give the award to the selected applicant.
3. The committee will forward recommendations to the Dean for consideration and final determination.