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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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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.

Our 2011 field study took us from Rome to Granada: from what might be called the capital of Christendom to cities in southern Spain known for a period in which there was a religious and political conviviality among Christians, Jews, and Muslims.  I am especially grateful for Dr. Jhennifer Amundson’s leadership in taking us to these cities in Spain.

The architecture students investigated important examples of buildings, places, and cities: this field observation was facilitated by the use of pictorial and analytical drawing.  These students looked carefully at building type, the composition of facades, and meaningful ornament.  They considered the details that constitute a built environment that sustains the centuries old cultural environment of cities originating in the Roman Republic and thriving as modern cities in the present.

The fine art and graphic art students pursued their own work in media from drawing to watercolor to embroidery and subjects as a diverse as the figure (in galleries of sculpture to street performers) to landscape to patterns to typography.  Students with strong drawing skills set a very high standard for the entire group.

The sketchbooks of two students were noted for excellence: Margaret Garrison, fine art, and Eleanor Walter, architecture.  Our adjunct professor, Brian Mork, M.Arch.’11, set a challenging pace in the production of a prodigious, coherent, and excellent sketchbook of watercolors and drawings.

Recent Graduate and Study Tour Collaborating Faculty Member Brian Mork and Student Linda Romine

Observational drawing is easy enough to judge; more difficult, and perhaps more important, is the education gained from seeing the poverty in the rings round European cities to the unequaled quality of life observed in the public realm of the historic core of these same cities.  In group meetings, we reflected on the proximity of habitation in European cities but also the low density compared to our most successful cities: we asked ourselves, again and again, what in these marvelous built and visual environments is indispensable to human thriving.

Study Tour Class in Venice

This group was wonderful traveling company.  There are inevitably road bumps in a four-week long trip; there was flexibility and good-naturedness at these moments.  The work of the trip, not that it wasn’t mixed with plenty of fun and leisure time, was undertaken with seriousness.  We attended church services in Italian, English, and Spanish in liturgies familiar and not so.  There were culinary discoveries as diverse as that fact that gelato can be purchased in tubs to the taste of animal parts that are best left unnamed.  We mastered transportation systems ranging from national high speed rails, to local trains, to buses, to light rail, to the famous Venetian vaporetti.  And we walked, mostly up, probably 200 miles.

-Dr. Christopher Miller

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Career Day in Chicago at IIT

Chicago area high school students interested in exploring career opportunities in the areas of architecture, building and construction should attend the Chicago Architecture + Design Career Day hosted by the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago on October 16, 2010. Over 50 architecture and design schools will be on hand to talk with students and parents about their programs for architecture education. Judson will have an admissions councilor and the Assistant Chair for Undergraduate Programs, Prof. Ian Hoffman, at the event. For more information and to register

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