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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!!!

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

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National rankings of architecture schools usually show up in the popular press around this time of year. Design Intelligence surveys all of the Deans and Chairs of architecture schools in the United States to see who wins the popularity contest each year. Judson never measures up because it is a young program and fairly invisible to the broader architecture and design culture. Judson doesn’t have partners in the multi-national design firms, or philanthropic/activist alumni (yet!).

But we would like to draw attention to an area of success that may surprise you. Judson University takes seriously the preparation of young emerging professionals in architecture, in the context of a liberal arts and Christian higher education mission. The pass rates for the nationally administered architecture registration exam are one indicator of the success of any architecture program that is indeed preparing graduates to practice in the field. If you are interested in the measurable results of the investment made in higher education, please take a minute to review this data. You will see that Judson graduates perform better on the licensing exams that almost every other school in the state of Illinois, in almost every category! It’s a great time to be a Judson Eagle.

2012 NCARB JUDSON PASS RATES

 

2012 License Exam Pass Rates JUDSON GRADS

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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!

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Graduate Winter Intensives

The graduate students recently completed the first offering of a winter intensive program of study aimed at bolstering their areas of concentration. With concentrations in sustainable design and traditional architecture and urbanism, the winter intensive program sought to sharpen affinity areas in addition to the core curriculum. Students worked together, one group at Judson with Professor Robin Randall and Dr. David Ogoli, and the other in Washington, D.C., with Architect Michael Watkins, on projects intended to drill down into content areas of interest to the students. The program continues to revise and improve mentoring in the areas of concentration that are most compelling to the graduate students as they prepare for professional practice.

Snapshots of student testimonials for each of the two programs follows:

To design any building in a mere four days is a challenge. To design that building with the highest measure of sustainability in mind seemed a feat beyond imagining. This was the challenge posed to the students of in the Sustainable Design concentration of the M.Arch. program at Judson. On the banks of the Fox River, design a Net Zero Energy, Net Zero Water, Zero Pollutant, and Net Zero Site Impact building. This building was to adhere to the Living Building Challenge 2.0 standard as much as possible, with specialized aspects designed by each student. Our experience was greatly fulfilling, stretching our personal boundaries as we sought efficiency and energy production in the midst of a group project. The final design product emerged from a confluence of ideas, with multiple hands sketching, erasing, revising, and correcting. This project forced us to examine the bones of the Living Building Challenge document, and how these ideas could be interpreted in different circumstances. We went through the phases of site design, landscaping, program-oriented architectural formation, building-integrated energy production, structural design, and water collection/remediation. Having just returned from a month-long break, this experience seemed to “restart” the creative juices that had begun to settle over our Christmas holiday.

-Loren Johnson, SD Concentration

For five days in mid-January, the Traditional Architecture and Urbanism students from Judson University were immersed in a study of practical application of their education under the direction of Washington, D.C. architect Mike Watkins. The visit was centered around three components:  office visits, drawing exercises, and reviews of fall semester work. The group also visited a wide variety of offices specializing in an array of building types and project sizes. Connections were made both through Mike Watkin’s network of area architects and planners as well as through alumni who were working in many of the offices. The group presented the fall semester studio master plan for the southwest quadrant to the District of Columbia Office of Planning and the Office of Historic Preservation.  The response was overwhelmingly favorable.  The experience alone of presenting work before a panel of professionals who review such proposals often was invaluable for the students. Another component of study was that of small-scale detail design for the purpose of understanding human scale and one’s ability to relate to detail in building design.  The students visited three locations where they were asked to do an analytique study of the components of the building that were designed to appeal to viewers from a variety of distances.

– Hilary S. Jackson, TAU concentration

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New Year – New Thrill at Judson!

This is a great time of the year. Every thing is new. Optimism is high. We are looking forward to a great spring. Here is a sampling of the goings on at Judson Architecture: a NAAB accreditation visit; third year and graduate elective studios; awesome super specialized electives in acoustics, energy, Chicago history, and digital fabrication; comprehensive and integrative design works; second annual James Didier On Christ and Architecture Symposium; guest architect lecturers; Cyndi Zarris (mom away from mom); planning for study abroad. The list goes on and on. What a great time at Judson University!

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Why Judson for Architecture School?

There are 150+ professional architecture programs in the US, and remarkably, at 30,000 feet they all look more or less the same. But Judson is different than every other school in five significant ways.

1) Faith-based context for architecture studies. Judson is the only evangelical Christian context in the US to study architecture. There is literally  no other context like Judson in the US.

2) Cross-over 4 + 2 M.Arch. degree. Judson is the only program in the country that rearranges the stale conventional education/practicum order for a fresh, unique and competitive experience. There are multiple routes to professional practice in architecture, and they typically consist of professional education + three years of internship. Judson is the only program in the US that requires a full year of professional internship experience between the undergraduate and graduate degrees. We are convinced that our graduates are both liberally educated, professionally exposed to practice, and intellectually mature in the discipline of architecture. The creative rearrangement of the education/practicum combination is one-of-a-kind in contemporary architecture education.

3) Judson is a small program, comparatively speaking, and students have more tutorial experiences. We aren’t a 1000 student program, and you aren’t just a number. By the time you are into your third year, you will have had each of our professors at least once, and by the time you have graduated with the M.Arch, you will have studied under several faculty, several times. We believe that a tight-knit group of highly qualified faculty, often in one-to-one tutorial situations, results in an exceptionally educated architect. It resembles the guild more than the industrialized model of collegiate education in the US.

4) Judson is a great experiment in post-secondary Christian education in contemporary American culture. While our culture struggles to sort out the great issues of our time, one thing is clear, critical thinking and ethics will characterize future professional leaders. The value of a liberal arts education with a focus on design thinking has never been greater. We are not surprised that 20,000 students each year indicate an interest in studying architecture in a private Christian school. We are blessed to be able to provide such a setting.

5) The Weber Center is a LEED Gold learning environment for architecture education. We don’t study every other school in the US that closely, but we are pretty sure that we are one of only a handful of schools within a super-green building. It’s not just green hype, the Weber Center is the real deal. Just check out all of the energy efficient and green design strategies employed by this remarkable learning laboratory design by Professor C. Alan Short of Cambridge University.

Visit Judson University this spring to experience for yourself this remarkable program in architecture education. It is proudly, and boldly, one-of-a-kind. Attend our summer high school design studies workshop if you are just now beginning your search for architecture school.

Judson graduate students competed against students from the University of Minnesota and the University of Oregon in a recent student competition for green US housing. David Montoya and Philip Goestenkors earned second place in a competition for a new affordable green single family house in Proctor, MN as part of a USGBC MN chapter student competition. Their scheme was judged as practical and realizable for the $150K budget and realistic in terms of achieving a LEED for Homes certification. Heather Juhl and Kyle Mertensmeyer earned an honorable mention for their approach which used reclaimed quonset building materials and rammed earth construction in a showcase work of art with regional cues.

Montoya and Goestenkors scheme featuring basic building components and passive solar with ERV and radiant floor heating.

Juhl and Mertensmeyer approach featuring rammed earth construction and quonset materials recalling the dominant agricultural and railroad shipping context.

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JU Architecture Turns –> 15 <--

2012 Marks the 15th anniversary of the architecture program at Judson University. Accredited in 2004 by the NAAB, we are celebrating this year with a number of exciting events and ceremonies. March 15-16 marks the inaugural On Christ and Architecture symposium exploring the intersection of Christian faith and architecture. In late April, the program will graduate its 10th Master of Architecture class. This summer, the program will begin a study of the 5th year Post-Occupancy Evaluation of the LEED Gold Harm Weber Academic Center. In September, when school resumes for the fall, the program will host its second annual Fall Practice Symposium. Check back often to discover the exciting things underway at Judson University Department of Architecture.

JU architecture turns 15

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Oustanding New Faculty

The Department of Architecure welcomes two outstanding additions to the faculty at Judson University. Seasoned practitioner and multiple year adjunct studio professor, Sean Gallagher, joins the faculty in a full time tenure track position this fall. Professor Gallagher holds a M.Arch. from UIUC, and is well regarded in the Fox Valley region for his highly crafted custom residences. He is skated to deliver design studios and contributes to costruction technology and professional practice courses.

Internationally recognized designer and community design-construct expert, Jae Cha, joins the faculty after serving as an adjunct faculty and contributing to the deepening of design education quality at Judson. A graduate of Yale University, holding the M.Arch. degree, she brings a vision for community outreach and the community improvement potential of architecture.

Judson is excited about these new faculty and comment members. Both have a deep love of Christ and eagerly share their faith and work in the context of the evangelical Christian University setting that distinguishes Judson Univeristy from other architecture schools.

(Elgin, IL – August 2, 2011) The Department of Architecture at Judson University cordially invites Chicago area businesses and architects to join them for their first ever architectural symposium on Thursday, September 8 through Friday, September 9.

This inaugural event, which will focus on architecture and urbanism in China, will begin with a keynote address from Gordon Gill of Chicago-based firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architects, on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. Gill’s address is free of admission and open to the public.

Friday’s proceedings, beginning at 8:30 a.m., will feature lectures from experts such as Dr. Linan Liu of the Beijing University School of Civil Engineering and Architecture, and architects from Chicago-based firms including Professor Thomas Kong of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Luke Lueng of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLC; Travis Soberg of Goettsch Partners, Inc.; Clark Baurer of McBride Kelley Baurer Architects; and Paul Sterner of the Chicago based firm Oculus Architecture, Inc.

Dr. Jhennifer Amundson, Judson professor of architectural history and theory, and Judson’s Architecture Department Chair, Keelan Kaiser, will also lead lectures. Those who wish to attend Friday’s lectures may register online at a cost of $50 per person.

Both Thursday and Friday’s lectures will be held in Judson’s Herrick Chapel. A closing reception will be held in the Draewell Gallery of the Harm A. Weber Academic Center, a LEED Gold Certified building that houses the Judson University School of Art, Design and Architecture and the university’s Benjamin P. Browne Library. The gallery will feature student work from the architecture programs at Judson University and Beijing University School of Civil Engineering and Architecture. Guided tours of the Weber Center will be conducted for guests. Refreshments will also be served.

The fall symposium will be the first in a bi-annual series open to Judson’s architecture students along with Chicago-area businesses, architects, city planners and those interested in working and serving the architectural and manufacturing industries worldwide.

“The university is making concerted efforts to expand international relations and exchanges,” says Judson Architecture Department Chair Keelan Kaiser. Kaiser has visited China twice in the past two years for the university, as well as for the National Architectural Accrediting Board, for which he currently serves as president-elect.

This first symposium will examine contemporary architectural practice in China and what opportunities exist for engagement with Chinese culture and building disciplines, a result of recently developed ties between Judson’s Department of Architecture and the Beijing University School of Civil Engineering and Architecture. Kaiser visited the school this past May to lecture on high performance building design in the United States and invited BUCEA Dean Linan Liu to visit Judson this coming fall. Dean Liu’s five-day visit to the university will coincide with the September event.

Future symposia will have other areas of focus related to practice issues, and will include local practitioners as guests, says Kaiser. The Spring 2012 Symposium will focus on more missional themes, specifically through an evangelical and Christian worldview as it relates to architecture.

To register for the September Symposium, please visit arch.judsonu.edu/symposium.

Bethany D. Suckrow
Staff Writer, Social Media Manager, ’09 Alumna
Communications Team, External Relations
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