A group of Judson architecture students won the Student Merit Award in the Architecture at Zero 2014 design ideas competition for a zero energy building. Congratulations and keep up the excellent and recognized work!

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Architecture at Zero 2014 is a zero net energy design competition open to students and professionals worldwide, engaging architecture, engineering, planning students and professionals in the pursuit of energy efficient design.

Recent Judson Architecture graduate Stephen Howard has been featured in a Humane Pursuits interview by Joseph Cunningham. Stephen is currently a member of Hartman-Cox Architects in Washington, DC. Congratulations Stephen!!




Friday, 24 October 2014, 4:30pm
Herrick Chapel

Dina Sorensen is a Project Designer and Design Researcher at VMDO Architects, an award winning firm in Charlottesville, VA dedicated to promoting health and wellbeing through the design of sustainable educational environments. Trained at Parsons School of Design, NYC/Paris, and the University of Virginia – Dina has cultivated a background in art, design, architecture, art theory/criticism, and film that underscores her belief in the necessity of spaces and places that nourish creativity, imagination, and discovery as pathways for innovation, invention, and a lifelong love of learning. Dina brings her design expertise to collaborative processes & research investigations to foster an architectural and systems agenda for sustainable learning at the convergence of human health, energy systems and ecological dependencies.

JOIN US on Friday [free of charge] to hear what Dina has to bring to our design community.

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Design 1 – Vertical Critique

First-year Design 1 students, this week, led by Professors Cha, Meranda, Lindsey and Keeler, use the unique qualities of the Harm A. Weber Academic Center for a critique on composition and hierarchy from varying vantage points.  Just another inspired and creative example of design learning in the School of Art, Design & Architecture at Judson University.

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The Judson Department of Architecture congratulates graduate student JACLEINE ELY on being selected as the first ever Architectural Study Tour Fellow.  Jacleine will serve as the graduate assistant for this year’s Architectural Study Tour, in Europe.  She will assist lead Professors Lindsey and Gallagher with preparations and planning, during this school year, as well as on-site execution of this distinctive course, in Europe in May.  The Architectural Study Tour Fellowship is a new initiative this year, whereby graduate students are given the opportunity to competitively apply for this distinctive honor.  The application for this fellowship is robust, and includes a letter of interest, writing samples, past sketch samples, reference letter, transcripts and two new sketches.  Candidates were evaluated generally on Leadership, Spiritual Maturity and Sketch Facility, based on both their submitted application dossier and a personal interview with the selection committee.  Congratulations Jackie!!J Ely SM ARCHITECTURAL STUDY TOUR FELLOW ANNOUNCED : Jacleine Ely

Third year architecture students are traveling in Italy participating in a modern Judson version of the Grand Tour. Students are mentored by full time faculty members, visit important cultural and heritage places, practice drawing by observation of architecturally significant cities, buildings, and details, and experience a month-long immersion in another culture. Students this year selected between a tour of 1) Venice, Florence, Rome, Basel, and Paris, or 2) Venice, Florence, Rome, Barcelona, Granada, Cordoba, Madrid, Toledo. The picture below was taken a few days ago by Professor Cha in a day trip to Siena.

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Today is a great day for Judson Archtecture! We celebrate our fifteenth anniversary with a graduating class of seniors and graduate students in commencement this morning. Last night we celebrated graduates through the annual graduation awards program. What a pleasure it is for the faculty to send these emerging professionals out into the culture to improve the health and wellness of their communities. Congratulations graduates, we are so proud of you!

Kyle Mertensmeyer, a 2011 M.Arch graduate, has recently moved to Shanghai to work in the international design firm Gensler. Already an accomplished practitioner, working previously with the Phoenix firm Swaback Partners, Kyle distinguished himself in graduate school at Judson by placing second in the Chicago AIA graduate student competition earlier this year, and earning an honorable mention with teammate Heather Juhl for a USGBC MN Chapter housing competition.

He reports in the first week of his new gig in China, he was given leadership responsibility for a tall building design project and is slated to be in a leadership post for a new project firing up in the next couple weeks.

Judson University prepares students to be leaders in their field. A meaningful, faith-based context allows students to develop their gifts in design, technology, history and theory to their fullest potential. Kyle exemplifies this Judson distinctive, and the faculty are extremely proud of him and wish him the best.


Summer Architecture Camp!!

Each summer, the department of architecture hosts a week-long architecture discovery workshop. Students live on campus for a week in July, experiencing design studio, touring Chicago firms and museums, eating in the cafeteria and sleeping in the dorms. Students come from all over the US to learn more about careers in architecture and design related fields. It is a great way to complement your high school curriculum and get a taste of architecture school. We would love to have you join us at one of only a few Christian architecture schools in the country with a professional, accredited M.Arch. Judson is one of a kind, you belong here!!!


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Study architecture at a Christian University for a week this summer!!!

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Today Judson hosted many students and their families for a preview of university life at Judson University. A day-long event, students heard from the Dean as well as Department Chair, Keelan Kaiser, about the benefits of attending Judson University for the professional degree program in Architecture. One of the only locations in the U.S. offering an M.Arch. degree in the context of a faith-based institution, Judson is a unique place to study architecture, and nurture professional aspirations in architecture.

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Dean Sartor and visitors to Judson University for SoADA Preview Day
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