Judson University hosts Preview Days, specially designed for prospective architecture students, on February 21 or 25. The Department Chair, Professor Keelan Kaiser, presents the key features that distinguish architectural education in the very unique context of Judson. The program is housed in facilities that is in a class of its own; in one of the only LEED Gold buildings to study architecture in the world. Judson University is the only evangelical Christian institution in the United States that offers a professional M.Arch. degree program. The program is extremely unique in that it includes a full year of experiential learning, through a paid internship experience. Join other students from around the country and spend the day visiting the program, facilities, campus, faculty and students on February 21 or 25.

International award winning architect, Jae Cha, joins the faculty of architecture this spring as a visiting professor. After earning her M.Arch. at Yale and working in the D.C. firm Leo Daly, Professor Cha and light, inc. developed a number of third-world community buildings, winning awards for the ethereal use of natural light with spartan local materials. The resulting architecture, built locally with community labor, is remarkable and inspiring. We are excited to experience Professor Cha’s illuminating and joyful impact upon the department of architecture at Judson University this spring.

Judson University is proud to present the second World Leader’s Forum, featuring President Mikhail Gorbachev. This annual event brings groups of World Leaders to the campus to inspire leadership for all who attend.

One of the most influential leaders of the 20th century, President Gorbachev served as leader of the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991, and met frequently with then U.S. President Ronald Reagan to discuss global concerns and the impact of the ongoing arms race between the two countries.

Recognizing that the Soviet Union needed political and economic reform, he introduced to the world two new words: perestroika (government restructuring) and glasnost (political openness). His leadership eventually contributed to the end of the Cold War and brought about widespread change in the policies and political structures of Eastern Europe and the world. His astonishing achievements were recognized when President Gorbachev was named the 1988 Time magazine person of the year and when he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990.

For more information:

http://www.worldleadersforum.info/

Judson University accepts a limited number of architecture students transferring in from other colleges and universities. Many universities and some colleges offer a pre-architecture beginning program, which hypothetically allows students to transfer into the third year of architecture at Judson. However, Judson requires all students to formally apply to the third year (the pre-professional years) of the program by February 15 each year, including transfer students. So if you are considering applying to JU, and you are transferring two years of pre-architecture program credit into JU, please note the departmental deadline of Feb 15, 2013.

The spirited sophomores, spurred on by a spunky mother, demonstrate their style.

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All architects are trained early in their career that architecture is a social art. We create spaces and places for people to dwell in, to provide shelter, and to engage the imagination. When possible, we have opportunities to get involved in great projects for affluent patrons. When that happens, we have the privilege of realizing in built form…poetry. At the completely opposite end of the spectrum, far from the poetics of space, witness the current work of Katie Guttormson. Katie is working with Engineering Ministries International (eMi) serving as a design intern in India for her year-long M.Arch. internship. Designing a World of Hope for the physically and spiritually poor; this is the eMi vision. Dig through Katie’s blog to see what she is doing to educate herself to the needs of the others. Serving others with design talents developed in professional architecture education at Judson, especially those in need while sharing the truth of the gospel, is a natural outcome of a Christian architecture program. We are proud of Katie as she demonstrates the unique focus that distinguishes architecture graduates of Judson University from all others.

Katie with students in India

Katie with students in India

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Students and Parents…The economy is tough for the architecture, engineering and construction industries. Do you wonder which schools are delivering an education that translates into job prospects? Consider Judson University, the only professional M.Arch. degree program in the country in the context of evangelical Christian community. Through extensive experiential learning opportunities, Judson students are academically prepared to lead the future of architectural practice. Within the past two weeks four recent graduates have secured full time employment in architecture offices around the country; one of the four working for a community development organization improving local community. Consider Judson for architecture education in a faith-based program and context; and one that delivers an education that is unrivaled for career development.

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Career Day in Chicago at IIT

Chicago area high school students interested in exploring career opportunities in the areas of architecture, building and construction should attend the Chicago Architecture + Design Career Day hosted by the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago on October 16, 2010. Over 50 architecture and design schools will be on hand to talk with students and parents about their programs for architecture education. Judson will have an admissions councilor and the Assistant Chair for Undergraduate Programs, Prof. Ian Hoffman, at the event. For more information and to register

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Computer or iPad?

Trying to decide whether to get a new computer or laptop for college?

At Judson Architecture we do all our studio work by hand for the first two years of the program to invest deeply in tactile “making.” Prospective, first and second years students, consider an iPad with a keyboard charging station instead of a new computer. With apps for everything you could need, including Pages and Numbers, for all the needs you might have for papers and reports, as well as internet information, we recommend an iPad for under $700 rather than a computer. All architecture students have a required laptop purchase in the fall of third year, so this is a better investment and gives ultimate portability. Since almost every space on campus is served by wireless, this is a very affordable option for computing flexibility. The 3G option is not required.

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A Saturday in Judson Architecture

Well into the third week of classes, Judson architecture students are finishing first round of papers, studio projects, and research proposals. Judson brings students to the northwest suburbs of Chicago from all over the United States. The only evangelical Christian university the country to offer a professional M.Arch. degree, Judson is THE place to study for students who want to have a career in architecture of significance and purpose. Alumni from JU are owners of architecture offices, serve in international ministry organizations and NGO’s, and work for some of the most influential offices in the world.

Judson architecture students have been designing habitat for humanity houses, working with local communities for urban redevelopment visions, designing worship environments for local congregations, and independent projects as well. Students are studying architecture precedents in their history and theory classes, studying construction technology and methods, and exploring structures and innovations in sustainable design.

It is a great start to the year at Judson University Architecture.

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