Each summer, Judson’s Department of Architecture hosts a week-long architecture discovery workshop students considering a career in architecture and interior design. 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 interior design. 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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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.

JU Architecture Turns –> 15 <--

2012 Marks the 15th anniversary of the architecture program at Judson University. Accredited in 2004 by the NAAB, we are celebrating this year with a number of exciting events and ceremonies. March 15-16 marks the inaugural On Christ and Architecture symposium exploring the intersection of Christian faith and architecture. In late April, the program will graduate its 10th Master of Architecture class. This summer, the program will begin a study of the 5th year Post-Occupancy Evaluation of the LEED Gold Harm Weber Academic Center. In September, when school resumes for the fall, the program will host its second annual Fall Practice Symposium. Check back often to discover the exciting things underway at Judson University Department of Architecture.

JU architecture turns 15

(Elgin, IL – August 2, 2011) The Department of Architecture at Judson University cordially invites Chicago area businesses and architects to join them for their first ever architectural symposium on Thursday, September 8 through Friday, September 9.

This inaugural event, which will focus on architecture and urbanism in China, will begin with a keynote address from Gordon Gill of Chicago-based firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architects, on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. Gill’s address is free of admission and open to the public.

Friday’s proceedings, beginning at 8:30 a.m., will feature lectures from experts such as Dr. Linan Liu of the Beijing University School of Civil Engineering and Architecture, and architects from Chicago-based firms including Professor Thomas Kong of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Luke Lueng of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLC; Travis Soberg of Goettsch Partners, Inc.; Clark Baurer of McBride Kelley Baurer Architects; and Paul Sterner of the Chicago based firm Oculus Architecture, Inc.

Dr. Jhennifer Amundson, Judson professor of architectural history and theory, and Judson’s Architecture Department Chair, Keelan Kaiser, will also lead lectures. Those who wish to attend Friday’s lectures may register online at a cost of $50 per person.

Both Thursday and Friday’s lectures will be held in Judson’s Herrick Chapel. A closing reception will be held in the Draewell Gallery of the Harm A. Weber Academic Center, a LEED Gold Certified building that houses the Judson University School of Art, Design and Architecture and the university’s Benjamin P. Browne Library. The gallery will feature student work from the architecture programs at Judson University and Beijing University School of Civil Engineering and Architecture. Guided tours of the Weber Center will be conducted for guests. Refreshments will also be served.

The fall symposium will be the first in a bi-annual series open to Judson’s architecture students along with Chicago-area businesses, architects, city planners and those interested in working and serving the architectural and manufacturing industries worldwide.

“The university is making concerted efforts to expand international relations and exchanges,” says Judson Architecture Department Chair Keelan Kaiser. Kaiser has visited China twice in the past two years for the university, as well as for the National Architectural Accrediting Board, for which he currently serves as president-elect.

This first symposium will examine contemporary architectural practice in China and what opportunities exist for engagement with Chinese culture and building disciplines, a result of recently developed ties between Judson’s Department of Architecture and the Beijing University School of Civil Engineering and Architecture. Kaiser visited the school this past May to lecture on high performance building design in the United States and invited BUCEA Dean Linan Liu to visit Judson this coming fall. Dean Liu’s five-day visit to the university will coincide with the September event.

Future symposia will have other areas of focus related to practice issues, and will include local practitioners as guests, says Kaiser. The Spring 2012 Symposium will focus on more missional themes, specifically through an evangelical and Christian worldview as it relates to architecture.

To register for the September Symposium, please visit arch.judsonu.edu/symposium.

Bethany D. Suckrow
Staff Writer, Social Media Manager, ’09 Alumna
Communications Team, External Relations
Judson University

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

Lecture and Gallery Series 10/11

Join us this fall for the 2010-2011 School of Art, Design and Architecture Lecture and Gallery Series. Speakers bring their national scope of experience in the built environment to Judson University, expanding our vision and imagination as designers and architects. All lectures are held in the Herrick Chapel in the center of the Judson University campus.


Friday, 10 September 2010 | 4:30p [LECTURE]
Architect & Author : Miami
Steve is an architect, urbanist, author and photographer. He has led and contributed to many advances in sustainable place-making and building design. He founded the New Urban Guild, which is a group of architects, designers, and other New Urbanists dedicated to sustainable buildings and places native to and inspired by the regions in which they are built. Steve newest book, the Original Green: Unlocking the Mystery of True Sustainability, frames sustainability in common-sense, plain-spoken terms [www.mouzon.com].

Friday, 1 October 2010 | 4:30p [LECTURE]
Architect : Chicago
Paul is the founding partner of Paul Preissner Architects, and he is an assistant professor at the UIC School of Architecture. His architectural work has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Venice Biennale, the Rotterdam Biennale, and the Shenzhen Biennale. Part of Paul’s work recognizes the notion that the drawing in architecture is being superseded by the animation, or the rendered image. His interest is to find a new role for drawing within architecture as a medium to communicate the architectural effect of the project, instead of just its plan [www.paulpreissner.com].

Friday, 8 October 2010 | 6p [GALLERY TALK]
Curator & Photographer : St. Paul

Michelle is a photographer and curator whose work explores themes of identity, perception, and interconnection in an increasingly globalized digital world. She directs the Bethel University Galleries in St. Paul, Minnesota. Michelle curated and organized A Reasonable Facsimile and will discuss the work and ideas behind the exhibition [michellewestmark.com].

Friday, 5 November 2010 | 6p [GALLERY TALK]
Sculptor : Chicago
Dayton’s exhibition Star-cross’d features the tragic romance between two gorgeous flying creatures not meant to fall in love. He is a sculptor and conceptual artist who uses everyday materials in thought-provoking ways to create metaphors for our existence. Dayton teaches sculpture at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois [daytoncastleman.com].

Friday, 19 November 2010 | 4:30p [LECTURE]
Richard COOK
Architect : New York
Rick is a principal at Cook+Fox Architects, a young firm committed to a transformative vision: beautiful design shaped by a strong connection to place, serious standards of sustainability, and a commitment to excellence in process and collaboration. Rick is a frequent contributor to building design forums and symposia for his design approach to site and place, research, context and an integral environmental response [www.cookplusfox.com].


Friday, 21 January 2011 | 4:30p [LECTURE]
Vinayak BHARNE
Urban Designer & Planner : Los Angeles
Vinayak is a lead urban designer at Moule & Polyzoides Architects and Urbanists, as well as a faculty lecturer in urban theory and design at the University of Southern California, where he focuses on comparative urban forms and types, trans-national urbanism, smart-growth and contemporary methods of urban design practice. Vinayak’s projects include Civano, one of the first New Urbanist new towns with an advanced environmental protocol, in Arizona, and the Arabian Canal neighborhood in Dubai.

Friday, 4 February 2011 | 6p [GALLERY TALK]
Adam Benjamin FUNG
Painter : Chicago
Adam is a painter and traveler whose work explores the broad themes of nature, destruction, landscape, space and infinity. He exhibits locally with the Zolla/Lieberman Gallery and is a recent participant of the Vermont Studio Center Residency program. Adam will discuss the work in his exhibition. [adamfung.blogspot.com]

Friday, 18 February 2011 | 4:30p [LECTURE]
Illustrator : St. Louis
John is an award-winning illustrator and educator whose work has appeared in such publications as Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Time Magazine. He has also drawn book jackets for Random House, Harper Collins, Greenwillow Books, Penguin, and St. Martin’s Press. John serves as a member of the Communication Design faculty at the Sam Fox School at Washington University. [www.johnhendrix.com]

Friday, 18 March 2011 | 4:30p [LECTURE]
Architect : Chicago
Martin is a partner at UrbanLab, and he teaches architecture studios at IIT on future-thinking design, smart urban growth, and environmental planning. His work and expertise in resourceful building and urban design has been highlighted in numerous publications, and he has received numerous honors for his work. Martin is also the Director of Archeworks, a design-based think tank in Chicago. [www.urbanlab.com]

Friday, 8 April 2011 | 4:30p [LECTURE]
Brigitte SHIM
Architect : Toronto
Brigitte Shim is a principal of Shim-Sutcliffe Architects and an Associate Professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. She is also the fall 2010 Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor in Architectural Design at Yale University’s School of Architecture. Shim-Sutcliffe’s built works have received eleven national Governor General’s Medals for Architecture from the Royal Architectural Institution of Canada for small- and medium-scaled projects. [www.shim-sutcliffe.com]

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