Judson’s Annual Summer Camp returns this summer from July 10-15 on Judson’s beautiful Elgin, Ill., campus. This Architecture and Design Workshop will allow high school students a great way to discover design and architectural foundations while gaining an understanding of what it means to become an architect.

The week is filled with visits to downtown Chicago, architectural firms, presentations from Judson faculty, and foundational design projects. Students will be exposed to formal and spatial exercises and multi-step projects focused on divergent thinking and creative problem-solving.

The architecture workshop at Judson University strives to present the aspect of our accredited program that makes us unique from all others: our evangelical Christian mission, presenting Christ at work in our school and the architectural field. It is our hope that the lessons of this week will result in participants learning to think in new ways and to discover a better understanding of God’s will for their lives.

Learn more here: https://www.judsonu.edu/archcamp/

Career Fair 2022 Coming Up

Judson’s Architecture and Interior Design team will welcome many firms to campus on February 22 for the annual Architecture and Interior Design Career Fair. Judson’s architecture students will have a great opportunity to learn more about the many firms seeking interns for next year. To learn more about this opportunity, contact the Architecture Department.

Through Judson University’s Architecture or Interior Design program, you can earn a degree that will give you a competitive edge in the workplace. Our program includes incredible foreign-study experiences, professional internships, experienced faculty, a close-knit community environment with fellow students, an emphasis on environmental sustainability, and opportunities to explore Chicago architecture and design. Students also have their own studio space and study in one of the most energy-sustainable academic buildings in the country.

The best way to see if Judson is where you want to study is to sign up for a visit day. We are holding a special Architecture and Interior Design Visit Day on Monday, October 11. Sign up here.

Dr. Edgardo Perez-Maldonado joined Judson University as Chair of Judson’s Architecture and Interior Design Department on July 1.

Dr. Perez-Maldonado comes to Judson having served both in the field of Architecture and in academia around the country and around the world for more than 13 years. Hailing from Puerto Rico, Dr. Perez-Malonado completed his Ph.D. in history at the Inter-American University Metropolitan Campus, concentrating on topics of urbanism, architecture, and culture. Additionally, he completed a Master of Architecture at the Savannah College of Arts and Design. For several years, he trained as a professional designer working for architecture and urban design firms in San Juan, New York, and Savannah.

As a professor of both undergraduate and graduate architecture and interior design, Dr. Perez-Maldonado received the distinction of “Outstanding Professor Award” at the International School of Design and Architecture of the Universidad Ana G. Méndez. His creative work has received awards and mentions in Puerto Rico, the United States, and Europe. Further, he has been a guest lecturer at reputable academic institutions, including Glasgow School of Arts, University of Alexandria Egypt, Judson University, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Savannah College of Arts and Design, University of London, and University of Puerto Rico.

“We are so eager to welcome Dr. Perez-Maldonado to Judson,” said Judson Provost Gillian Stewart-Wells. “His international experience will complement our existing faculty in the departments of architecture and interior design well. With their new strategic plans about to launch, it is the ideal time to welcome this tremendously talented leader as a department chair, professor, and scholar.”

In 2021, Dr. Perez-Maldonado published his latest academic work: a book titled A Flight to Modernity: The International Airport, where he describes the cultural experience of the civilian airport typology, focusing on the Isla Verde International Airport (SJU). He is a passionate musician and has dedicated himself to learning the guitar for years. As a practicing catholic, he has worked for his church and community in ministries and service projects.

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.

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