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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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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

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.

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.

Danny Nelson (B.A. 2010) placed 2nd in the State of Illinois, AIA student design competition. His project, Air Force Village Chapel, was acknowledged earlier this week as one of three finalists for the competition. Danny is currently an intern with Hobbs + Black in Ann Arbor, MI, prior to returning to Judson for his final year of graduate studies in 2011/12. Danny studied under Dr. David Ogoli and Professor Ian Hoffman during the semester which this project was completed.

Three board competition for the Air Force Village Chapel

Three board competition for the Air Force Village Chapel

Judson University is the only evangelical Christian institution in the United States with a professionally accredited M.Arch. degree program. Students choose Judson because of the Christian context, excellent faculty, a delightful 90-acre campus on the Fox River 40 miles from Chicago, and the opportunity to study architecture in one of the newest and greenest schools of architecture building in the United States. Judson University and the Department of Architecture are proud of the accomplishments of our students. Great job Danny!

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