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!

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(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

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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