Professor and Department Chair, Keelan Kaiser, visited schools in Germany and China during the summer 2010 promoting international exchanges of students and faculty. First visiting Anhalt University, where the Architecture Program already has an exchange program in place, Kaiser toured new facilities, exceptional faculty and students, and a great atmosphere to study abroad. Anhalt University is on the site of the old Bauhaus program, historically famous for multi-disciplinary studies in design. Today, the program boasts a strong emphasis in sustainable practice, something Germany was developing long before the current “green craze” in the USA. Truly we have a lot to learn from our German counterparts and Judson is excited about growing this exchange program and relationship.
Professor Kaiser visited Beijing University discussing possible future relationships between Judson University and their architecture program. The program is exemplary, training traditional construction technique and also contemporary urban design and building design. The faculty and administration are eager to explore ways which we might cooperate in the future. Kaiser also observed the rapid explosion of construction and development in China firsthand and is excited about connecting Judson students and faculty with the growing influence and marketplaces in China and the east.