Green Design and Church Architecture

Department Chair, Keelan Kaiser, AIA, was recently interviewed by the Associated Baptist Press about the growing interest by faith-based organizations in developing green buildings. The role of environmental stewardship in the consideration of the built environment is central to the mission of the architecture program at Judson University, and is a function of the Christian worldview espoused by its faculty and administration. Our recent Harm Weber Center, is an exhemplary learning laboratory and one of only a few LEED certified architecture schools in the US. Architectural practice in the twenty-first century will be characterized by low-energy consuming construction, substantial adaptive reuse of existing buildng stock, and careful consideration of the built context and human habitation and settlement patterns. What an exciting time to study architecture!


Professor Kaiser has been designing a zero net energy house in Bozeman, MT and is presenting the project at the Energy Center of Wisconsin: Better Buildings: Better Business Conference in the Dells, Friday, March 5, 2010, 2:30-3:45pm. The lecture is based on the design strategies of a contemporary addition to a 1950’s post-war house that presents a model for adaptive reuse of existing American housing stock, while upgrading the overall site for zero net energy and carbon neutral design. More information at:



New Faculty Openings for Fall 2010!

The Judson University School of Art, Design, and Architecture invites applications for two full-time, tenure track faculty positions in architecture, beginning in Fall 2010. Shouldering specific responsibilities for design studio education, curriculum development, and contributing individual expertise and area of specialty, the successful candidates will join a vibrant community of scholars and practitioners in the context of a private Christian University. The architecture program is professionally distinguished by growing expertise in green design and sustainable practices, and traditional architecture and urbanism.

The thirteen-year-old program continues to build upon successful initial accreditation with the NAAB in 2004, and is enriching its already strong program. The program is nationally distinctive and its approach can be summarized best as: 1) a professional education in the context of a liberal arts undergraduate institution which includes theological education; 2) an innovative curricular structure which embeds a full year of practice in the midst of a “hybrid” 4+2 M.Arch. curriculum; 3) a three-year-old world class mixed-mode naturally ventilated and exceptionally daylit LEED gold learning center, surrounded by a fen-inspired landscape architecture of bioswales, native prairie and habitat restoration; and 4) small student to faculty ratios, prioritizing teaching and interpersonal excellence.


Applicants must hold a M.Arch. degree and must have a demonstrated record of excellence in design practice and/or education and must be licensed in the US, internationally licensed, or license eligible. Special consideration will be given to candidates who hold additional credentials toward further diversifying and deepening the expertise of the faculty body and school. We seek continued enrichment of an already diverse faculty, within the context of its unique mission.

Salary/Benefits:  Salary is dependent on qualifications, education, and work experience.

Contact Information:

If you are interested in applying, please send us the following application packet:

(1) Curriculum vitae w/a list of three references with telephone, mailing, and email addresses;
(2) Completed and signed copy of our Faculty Application Form;
(3) Application letter expressing interest, design philosophy, teaching approach, expectations for professional development, and scholarship agenda;
(4) Evidence of scholarship, practice, and relevant creativity in a portfolio, 8.5″ x 11″ format.

Judson University/Office of Academic Affairs
c/o Architecture Faculty Opening
1151 N. State Street
Elgin, IL 60123

No phone calls please.

Application materials may be emailed to: mkopp@judsonu.edu. Please be sure to insert the words, Architecture Opening, in the subject line of your email message. Only complete packets will be submitted to the search committee for consideration. It is each candidate’s responsibility to ensure that all required documents have been submitted.

Timeline:  Review of applications begins January 2010 and will continue until the positions are filled.

About Judson University:

Judson University is a private comprehensive University of the liberal arts, sciences and professions, committed to a globally engaged evangelical expression of Christian faith and living, and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Judson’s 90-acre campus is located 40 miles northwest of Chicago on the banks of the Fox River. The department of architecture is comprised of approximately 200 students, 10 full-time faculty members and 14 adjunct and part-time faculty.

Dr. Sartor presents a paper entitled “Sustainability Issues: The Education of the African American Architect and Artist” at the NAAAS conference, Wednesday, February 10, 2010 in Baton Rouge, LA. The conference includes papers, panels and exchange of the African and African American, Hispanic and Latino, Native American or Asian experience in education.


Lecture and Gallery Series 09/10

Students, alumni and the public are invited to attend the 2009-10 School of Art, Design and Architecture Lecture and Exhibition Series. On Friday, September 11, the lecture series opens with “destination AMS,” a lecture from Dutch urban designer and adjunct faculty member Yael Breimer on her urban design work and mapping of the city of Amsterdam.

The fall exhibitions begin on Monday, September 14, with student work from the annual European Study Tour for architecture students, this year to Italy and Greece. A reception will be held on Saturday, September 26.

The roster of lecturers for the fall also includes Chicago architect Robert Benson of 4240 Architecture on October 2, and Omaha-based author, curator and contemporary art critic Daniel Siedell on October 22. The fall lectures conclude on Friday, November 13, with a lecture and reception from Nashville artist Erin Anfinson, to accompany her exhibition, Confrontations, on display in the Draewell Galleryfrom October 19 through November 19.

All lectures begin at 4:30 p.m. in Herrick Chapel, and all exhibitions will be presented in the David J. and Betty M. Draewell Gallery in the Harm A. Weber Academic Center, on the Judson University campus in Elgin.

For a complete listing of all lectures and exhibitions, please download a poster of the 2009-10 School of Art, Design and Architecture Lecture and Exhibition Series. For additional information regarding lectures, contact Ian Hoffman at (847) 628-1014. For more information regarding the Draewell Gallery exhibitions, contact Joe Cory at (847) 628-1035.

All lectures and exhibitions are free and open to the public.


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Professor Ian Hoffman Lectures in Europe

In November 2009, Assistant Professor Ian Hoffman has been invited to serve as a guest lecturer and studio critic at the Center for European Studies in Architecture in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland. CESA is European campus of the Virginia Tech College of Architecture and Urban Studies. This Fall, the CESA students are engaged in an intensive study of European concert halls, including visits to many venues. Drawing on his global experience in the design of concert halls, Professor Hoffman will lecture on Aural Spatial Design for Concert Halls, and he will serve as a guest studio critic over a three-day period.

Judson University applauds Architecture Students Jason Roberts, Ryan Browne, Joseph Juhl, and Samuel Lima for receiving honorable mentions after entering the 2009 Livable Communities Student Design Competition.  Sponsors of this competition included AARP and the American Institute of Architecture Students.  The goal was to create living accommodations for a variety of people, emphasizing accessibility and universal design.

The honorable mention recognized Illinois students for plans to enhance community design in downtown Naperville and in elderly-friendly buildings.  Judges awarded Roberts of Peoria, Ill., Browne of St. Charles, Ill., and Juhl of Hart, Mich., with the first three honorable mentions for “Connectivity,” a design for enhanced accessibility and community life in downtown Naperville.  Lima of Milton, Wisc., was next in line to receive recognition from the judges, who appreciated his work, “Sanctuary in the City,” which was a design for elder friendly building that promotes walking and other healthy living habits.

The winning designs are posted here: www.aias.org/aarp.


Outstanding New Adjunct Faculty

The department welcomes three new adjunct faculty this year. Yael Breimer, a young dutch urban designer has been hired to teach urban morphology and design studio partnering with design studio faculty in graduate studios. John Barie, a seasoned designer with international experience is teaching the Traditional Architecture and Urbanism senior studio this fall adding expertise to this concentration. Judson alumnus, Susan Harris is teaching freshmen and sophomore studios this year and directing the visual resources collection on an interim basis.


Christian Architecture

The Judson University School of Art, Design and Architecture is a Christ-centered community of architects, artists and designers, appreciating our diversity, embracing critical and creative excellence, developing the visual and spatial imagination, and modeling stewardship and hope in service to local and global communities.

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