The American Institute of Architect Northeast Illinois Chapter recognized Dr. Curtis Sartor with the 2018 Architects In Action Service Award in the Educator category during its Nov. 5, 2018, awards ceremony in Downers Grove, Ill.

In a statement, the AIA Northeast Illinois Chapter concluded that Dr. Sartor had “demonstrated business and education excellence and the highest standards of ethical conduct, integrity, and both civic and social responsibility within the architectural profession.”

Dr. Sartor is the Interim Chair of Judson’s Architecture Department, an Architecture Professor and Associate Vice President for Diversity & Spiritual Development. He earned a master’s degree in Architecture from Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Ala., and a Ph.D. in Environmental Design (with specialties in Cultural Anthropology and Multicultural Studies) from The Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is also a licensed minister and serves as pastor and youth minister for Come As You Are Church (CAYA #1) in Elgin, Ill.

 

 

The Northeast Illinois Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) awarded Judson architecture Amanda Buehler a $3,000 scholarship. Buehler  expects to earn a Master of Architecture in May 2019.  “My career aspirations are merely results of my philosophy on and passion for beauty and community. My love for simple discovery has led me to approach architecture as an experience. Discovering architecture has been a personal journey that has continually humbled and broadened my perception,” says Buehler.  As an architect, she wants to preserve historic styles and local cultures and design buildings that tell a story.

In September, the American Society of Interior Designers – Illinois Chapter (ASID-IL), held its 15th annual Design Excellence Awards and Celebration of Design Gala at Marshall’s Landing in the historic Merchandise Mart.

Judson’s Adjunct Interior Design Professor Joan Kaufman, FASID received the First-Place award for Bath Design in the 2018 The Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers Design Excellence Award. 

The Design Excellence Awards program recognizes the highest quality designs from Illinois firms.  A total of 20 Design Excellence Awards were presented to honorees who excelled in the areas of Contract, Residential, Kitchen, Bath, Historic Restoration and Product Design. A distinguished panel of judges from ASID chapters in other states anonymously reviewed the submissions.

Joan Kaufman is a strong leader in eco-friendly design, her work has been widely published and her firm received the 2015 Design Excellence Award for its project at Springbrook Animal Care Center. Her firm has also won awards for Lighting Design and for the Chicago Wolves headquarters office. The firm’s residential work was recently featured in ‘Better Homes & Gardens Remodeling Ideas’ magazine.

Kaufman, a resident of Naperville, Ill., and nationally recognized award-winning interior designer, is president and founder of Interior Planning and Design, Inc., a full-service interior design firm she founded in 1990. The firm focuses in the creation of interior environments through space planning, interior design, lighting, color, finishes, furniture and art. She also teaches in Judson’s Interior Design program.

Prospective students and families are invited to the spring preview events scheduled for February 19-20 and March 31. More information can be found by clicking here. Join us in our exploration of the intersection of Christian faith and architecture.

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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Commencement!

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.

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.

Dean Sartor and visitors to Judson University for SoADA Preview Day
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Attend Judson University – Fact #1

The future of design and architecture in the United States will be increasingly characterized by green building, sustainable architecture, adaptive re-use and historic preservation, and low-energy design. A look at the economy over the last 36 months demonstrates a complete, though temporary, stall in the construction industry for any projects requiring financing and most funded with existing capital. What will the future look like in the short and long term for the design and construction industries? What color is the new black? What will the future “plum” projects be for architects? These are the questions prospective students and their families should be asking as they decide which school to attend for an accredited architecture degree program.

Judson Fact #1 – Judson is the ONLY architecture program in the United States that is housed in a state of the art, mixed-mode naturally ventilated, green building. The Weber Center is in a class all its own, a LEED Gold learning center, and a learning laboratory for 21st century architecture practice. You can study at a school that takes field trips to case studies, or you can study architecture IN a case-study for energy efficient, passive solar, natural ventilation, and water resource management.


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.

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