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Welcome to the April 2021 Newsletter for Research from the School of Architecture

The School of Architecture has a bold vision for architectural, urban and environmental research and engagement: to strengthen and transform communities by engaging their diverse living traditions and building for beauty, resilience and durability.

This month we celebrate the founding of three major partnerships—with the City of South Bend, Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County, and Mumbai Port Trust—through which we will continue this work on scales both local and global. We thank these partners for inviting our faculty and students into the complex sets of conditions and challenges they are facing, and look forward to working together to generate enduring culture- and climate-specific solutions.

As you read about these partnerships and other accomplishments of our faculty, students, and alumni below, I urge you to consider the transformative potential of “learning by doing.” Taking knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom and applying them with humility, care and imagination to improving the lives of people in the places where they live. In the process, discovering the means of practicing architecture and urbanism, first and foremost as service to humanity. 

Stefanos Polyzoides

Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean

Spring 2021 Newsletter Content

New Research Engagements

In partnership with the City of South Bend, Stefanos Polyzoides, Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of the School of Architecture, led a team of eleven faculty members, thirteen students, city leaders, and stakeholders in the William Street Seam Charrette in January 2021. The charrette team endeavored to develop a strategic conceptual development framework to heal the damage caused by urban renewal through ‘demolition for parking’ and substandard new development in the transitional area between the Downtown and Near West historic neighborhoods of South Bend. This work will be expanded upon in a second charrette with the city planned for Fall 2021, initiating a broader series of urban regeneration engagements undertaken by the School in partnership with local governments, planning authorities, and citizen groups who are in need of both immediate solutions and strategies for thoughtful transformation over time.


Eleven faculty members, including Dean Stefanos Polyzoides, professors John Mellor and Douglas Duany (pictured above), and thirteen students participated in discussion and drawing sessions over several days for the City of South Bend Williams Street Charrette

The School of Architecture and Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County have jointly established a design + build program to take a leadership role in the design and development of affordable housing and urban infill in the Michiana region. Beginning this spring, fourth-year Architecture students are engaging in the design of a Habitat house, which will be built on site next fall by Notre Dame students as part of a housing research course. This program is intended to explore housing in the United States and to implement design ideas that promote well-designed, well-built, sustainable, and affordable housing solutions. Associate Professor of the Practice John Mellor has been instrumental in leading this initiative.

In partnership with the Mumbai Port Trust, Associate Professor Krupali Krusche and Notre Dame International's Dhiraj Mehra are leading a fourth-year design studio this spring to develop the eastern waterfront of Mumbai, India. In its second year of development, the project deals with issues of climate change, sea level rise, population growth, poverty, resilience, and placemaking using local architectural languages as central to this effort. This development will impact the living and working conditions of approximately fifty thousand people in future years. This project is supported by School of Architecture, NDI, Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, and the Aga Khan Trust. A public presentation on this project will be held early May 2021.​​​​​

Faculty News

Awards & Appointments

Professor Michael Lykoudis, FAIA, was awarded the 2020 Board of Directors Award by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) as part of the 2020 Arthur Ross Awards for Excellence in the Classical Tradition. The full list of awards is available here.

In December 2020, Professor of the Practice Sean Nohelty was appointed by the AIA Northern Indiana Executive Board of Directors to serve as the Northern Indiana State Delegate to the AIA Indiana Board of Directors for 2021. Nohelty was a board member of AIA|DC for six years, including a term as President, and looks forward to serving at the state level in Indiana. He joins Associate Professor of the Practice John Mellor, a long-standing and integral Advisory Member of the Board, in representing the School.


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From Pen to Pixel: Studies of the Roman Forum and the Digital Future of World Heritage co-edited by Krupali Krusche was published earlier this year

A book co-edited by Associate Professor Krupali Krusche and Patrizia Fortini, with assistance from Associate Professor of the Practice Giovanna Lenzi-Sandusky and a contribution from Associate Professor Robin Rhodes, From Pen to Pixel: Studies of the Roman Forum and the Digital Future of World Heritage, was published in early 2021 by L’Erma di Bretschneider. The book focuses on documentation and analysis techniques employed at the Roman Forumfrom antiquarians through the Digital Historical Architectural Research and Material Analysis (D.H.A.R.M.A) research team’s decade-long architectural survey of the Roman Forum using laser scanning, hand measured drawing, and high-definition photographyand the ongoing transformation of world heritage through digital technologies including digital modeling, apps, and remote sensing. An article by fellow Architecture faculty member Robin Rhodes,“The Scholar as Designer: The Creation of a Sophisticated Audience,” is also included. 

An article co-authored by Associate Professor Aimee Buccellato with Notre Dame collaborators Karen Angeles, Dimitrios Patsialis, Alexandros A. Taflanidis, Tracy L. Kijewski-Correa, and Charles Vardeman II, “Advancing the Design of Resilient and Sustainable Buildings: An Integrated Life-Cycle Analysis,” was published by the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) in the March 2021 issue of The Journal of Structural Engineering. The article has the special distinction of being selected as Editor’s Choice, and as such will be featured on the journal homepage in the ASCE Library and available for free to registered users until the next issue is published.


Marianne Cusato is expanding her research into housing segregation in America. In November 2020, she was invited by the ICAA, INTBAU, and the Prince’s Foundation to speak on the topic of “American Housing & Social Justice” as part of The Architecture of Place series, and in early March she presented her research at Fannie Mae. Her lectures address the history and lasting legacy of housing segregation in America as well as ideas to address resulting inequities, such as the nationwide affordable housing crisis. The talk can be viewed here. Cusato explored these topics with students studying Architecture, Real Estate, Poverty Studies, and beyond, in a 2021 Winter Session course for Notre Dame.

In early January 2021, Associate Professor Krupali Krusche presented on “New Findings on the Temple of Vespasian in the Roman Forum” and Assistant Professor Alessandro Pierattini presented on “The Apsidal Plan in Pre-Archaic Greek Architecture: Technical Rationale” at the virtual Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America.

In March 2021, Krusche delivered two other lectures, including “3D Analysis of Cultural Heritage as a tool for architectural, historical, and archeological research” at the Digital Approaches to Art History and Cultural Heritage conference hosted by the University of Oxford and Durham University, as well as “Why is Climate Change THE defining issue of our times: and what can we do at ND to mitigate it” to the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative, a network of over 50 researchers across campus dedicated to addressing the critical environmental challenges of our time.

Associate Professor John Onyango was invited to speak at a March 5th panel discussion on “Adapting Research in Times of COVID-19” organized by The Ford Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity in the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Onyango’s Ford-funded project, “Maternity Spaces and Integral Human Development. Healthy Settings in Maternal-Child Health Centers in Kenya: A Pilot Study,” was affected by the pandemic. The panel explored research adaptation strategies undertaken in several projects sponsored by the Ford Program and how researchers have been able to navigate human-focused challenges in their research as well as the challenges to methods and data collection imposed by COVID-19. 

Professor Philip Bess delivered a Faculty Research + Practice Brown Bag Lecture to an audience of Architecture faculty and students on March 15th. His talk focused on After Burnham: The Notre Dame Plan of Chicago 2109, an ongoing urban design and research project which envisions metropolitan Chicago at the bicentennial of Burnham’s 1909 Plan of Chicago, and is devoted to exploring whether and how Notre Dame’s professed classical humanist ideals might be applied at the scale of the modern metropolis. This project was the subject of Bess’s Fall 2019 fellowship with the Notre Dame Institute of Advanced Studies. “The Notre Dame Plan of Chicago 2109: The Sacred and the Mundane” may be viewed here.


The leadership of Dean Stefanos Polyzoides and Associate Professor of the Practice Douglas Duany in the New Urbanist movement were highlighted in a recent feature in Princeton Alumni Weekly titled “Built to Last: In Architecture, Designing to Reduce Sprawl and Increase Resilience.”

The professional journey, work, and leadership of Associate Professor Aimee Buccellato was featured in “Commitment, Collaboration and Craft,” an article for the University’s annual Women Lead series for International Women’s Day 2021.

Student News

Mary Rzepczynski (B.Arch ’21) has been named a 2021 Semi-Finalist for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for her proposed research project in Bulgaria: “Cross-Cultural Influences on the Decorative Stone Elements of Nessebar’s Medieval Churches.” Semi-Finalists have been reviewed in the U.S. by the National Screening Committee and recommended to the host country for further review; final selection and award offers will be made by the supervising agency in the host country and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board later this spring.

Undergraduate students Philip Spence (B.Arch ’21), Maggie Willse (B.Arch ’21), and Michael Bursch (B.Arch ’22) swept the Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the ICAA’s 2021 Student Architecture Awards, taking first, second, and third places, respectively.

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Sanketh Bharathish, James Lengen, and Dylan Rumsey learned traditional masonry construction techniques with Building Culture over winter break

When their studies in Rome were delayed due to the pandemic, graduate students Sanketh Bharathish (M.ADU ’21) and James Lengen  (M.ADU ’21) focused their attention on traditional urbanism in the United States. With support from the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, they studied the use of load bearing mass wall brick construction in the urban and industrial cores of cities such as Lincoln, Omaha, Denver, Dallas-Fort Worth, St. Louis, Tulsa, and Oklahoma City. 

From there, Bharathish and Lengen joined fellow student Dylan Rumsey (M.Arch '23) for a two-month apprenticeship program over winter break learning traditional masonry construction with Building Culture, an Oklahoma City-based design + build firm. At Selah, a New Urban development near Norman, Oklahoma, the student team designed and built a Roman arch, flanked by columns and crowned with an entablature to display brick ornamental detail, to serve as a gateway between a park and the back garden of the restaurant. Grounding the design in tradition, the students converted the proportions of an Ionic portal to brick dimensions and chose details to connect it to the restaurant site.attention on traditional urbanism in the United States. With support from the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, they studied the use of load bearing mass wall brick construction in the urban and industrial cores of cities such as Lincoln, Omaha, Denver, Dallas-Fort Worth, St. Louis, Tulsa, and Oklahoma City. 

As Bharathish notes, “It was an excellent opportunity for me to put my theories into practice. I use solid brick construction in my projects in India but never had hands-on experience and mostly depended on masons’ construction consent. This experience at Building Culture allowed me to learn masonry construction closely with the master builders. I plan to use these techniques as a practitioner when I return to India.”

Alumni & Friends News

Captain Dan Cook (B.Arch ’96), who currently serves as the Commanding Officer of Amphibious Construction Battalion ONE for the United States Navy, was awarded the 2020 Urbahn Medal by the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) in recognition of his distinguished performance in the field of Architecture. A career Civil Engineer Corps officer in the U.S. Navy and a passionate architect, Cook’s portfolio of projects for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest and Naval Base Coronado have garnered honors from the Navy including the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medals, and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal. Cook is a past President of the SAME San Diego Post and now acts as a Navy liaison to the SAME Architectural Practice Community of Interest.

An article by Aaron Helfand (M.Arch and M.ADU ’09), “Inspired by Gibbs: Reconstructing Peter Harrison's Lost Designs for the Steeple of King's Chapel, Boston” was published in the 2019 issue of the Georgian Group Journal. His book, Deerfield Academy: The Campus Guide, was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2020.

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Richard Galehouse (B.Arch ’56), The Power of the Plan, Building a University in One of America’s First Planned Cities, Columbia, South Carolina

A book by Richard Galehouse (B.Arch ’56), The Power of the Plan, Building a University in One of America’s First Planned Cities, Columbia, South Carolina, was published by the University of South Carolina Press in July 2019. The book provides a brief overview of the historic development of the campus with a focus on the modern development of the campus since 1990. Galehouse served as the partner in charge of Sasaki Associates planning and design work for the University from 1990 to 2015. 

Delma Palma (B.Arch ’14) recently led the creation of the Connected Communities Guidebook at the New York City Housing Authority—the largest landlord in North America—to help improve the urban design of public housing buildings in New York City. It was recognized with the Wellbeing Cities Award, which recognizes cities that implement planning, policies, and projects that put resident wellbeing at the center. You can read more about it in this article that discusses how people are the most important for how you design—particularly when talking about justice and equity.

A book by Dan Parolek (B.Arch ’95), Missing Middle Housing: Thinking Big and Building Small to Respond to Today’s Housing Crisis, was published in July 2020 and voted one of the top 10 planning books of 2020 by Planetizen. Parolek and his wife, Karen Parolek (B.Arch ’95), also presented a virtual lecture on “The Transformative Power of Design Thinking” in February 2021 for the School of Architecture Lecture Series.

Brian D. Rich (B.Arch ’94) was recently honored as an APTI Recognized Professional at the Annual Conference for the Association for Preservation Technology International in recognition of his high level of education, professional experience in historic preservation, mentorship of other preservation professionals, and commitment to the APT Code of Ethics. Rich is the Principal of Richaven Architecture and Preservation in Seattle, WA, whose research has focused on future-proofing historic buildings, including the development of the Principles of Future-proofing.

Drew Shula (B.Arch ’05) received two of the largest green building industry awards in 2020, joining a small group of just six individuals ever to have received both awards. Shula was named a 2020 LEED Fellow by Green Business Certification Inc. in recognition of his mastery of the technical application of LEED, the world’s most widely used green building rating system. Shula was also honored with a 2020 Living Future Hero Award from the International Living Future Institute for his leadership on environmental advocacy. Shula is the founder of Verdical Group, a green building consulting company based in Los Angeles, as well as the annual Net Zero Conference, the world’s largest annual net zero building event.

Faculty Opportunities


Journal of Architectural Education 76.1: HEALTH
This issue of JAE aims to assemble a collection of research, design projections, ideas, and opinions that interpret anew the contemporary and the historical relation between health and architecture. Call for manuscripts on the theme. 
Deadline: July 30, 2021


Equipment Restoration and Renewal Grant
This ND Research program assists in the restoration, replacement, and renewal of the facilities needed for faculty research, scholarship, and creative endeavor.
Deadline: April 9, 2021

Faculty Research Support Program – Initiation Grant
This ND Research program provides seed funds up to $10k to established faculty initiating new programs of research, scholarship, or creative endeavor or to early career faculty beginning their research programs.
Deadline: April 9, 2021

2021 CINTAS Foundation Fellowship in Architecture & Design
Candidates of Cuban citizenship or direct lineage in the fields of architectural design, interior design, urban design, and urban planning may submit applications for this fellowship.
Deadline: May 1, 2021

Lindsay Jones Memorial Research Fund
The Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum offers seed funding to support long-term scholarly agendas in research, practice, service, or teaching related to the meaning and significance of the built environment.
Deadline: April 1, 2021


ICAA Chicago-Midwest 2021 Acanthus Awards
These awards recognize and promote excellence in Classical and Vernacular design in Architecture, Interior Design, Preservation & Restoration, Renovation & Adaptive Reuse, Landscape Design, the Allied Arts & Craftsmanship, Unbuilt Work and Student Work.
Deadline (Intent to Enter): July 9, 2021


2021 AIA/ACSA Intersections Virtual Research Conference: COMMUNITIES
Call for abstracts on research related to resilient communities.
Deadline: May 5, 2021

SAH 2022 Annual Conference
The Society of Architectural Historians is accepting abstracts for its 75th Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, April 27–May 1, 2022.
Deadline: June 2, 2021

Student Opportunities


Ike Kligerman Barkley Traveling Fellowship
The Ike Kligerman Barkley Traveling Fellowship is comprised of up to $12,000 in prize funds awarded annually for both travel and research for up to two graduate students in their penultimate year. The intent of the IKB Traveling Fellowship is to consider the intersection between traditional and contemporary design.
Deadline: TBD


2021 ND Library Research Award
This annual award is given to undergraduate students who demonstrate excellence in library research skills by using a breadth of library resources for their course assignments, research projects, and creative endeavors. The essay competition is open to all undergraduate students who are currently enrolled at Notre Dame and do not already possess a baccalaureate degree. Essay submissions must describe assignments and projects completed in summer 2020, fall 2020, Winter Session 2020-21, or spring 2021.
Deadline: May 12, 2021

ICAA Chicago-Midwest 2021 Acanthus Awards
These awards recognize and promote excellence in Classical and Vernacular design in Architecture, Interior Design, Preservation & Restoration, Renovation & Adaptive Reuse, Landscape Design, the Allied Arts & Craftsmanship, Unbuilt Work and Student Work.
Deadline (Intent to Enter): July 9, 2021

Leicester B. Holland Prize
This annual competition recognizes the best single-sheet measured drawing of an historic building, site, or structure prepared by an individual(s) to the standards of the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS). The prize is intended to increase awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of historic sites, structures, and landscapes throughout the United States while adding to the permanent collection at the Library of Congress, and to reinvigorate the art of architectural delineation and composition in the tradition established by the Ecole des Beaux Arts. 
Deadline (Submission of Entry Forms): September 1, 2021

2021 SARA National Student Design Awards Program
The Society of American Registered Architects celebrates excellence in architecture and design. 
Deadline: August 1, 2021


Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage - Building Arts and Traditional Architecture
Every year, the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage involves over a hundred interns in their various activities. They offer internships year-round in various fields, including folklore, cultural anthropology, ethnomusicology, linguistics, museum studies, arts administration, graphic and web design, videography, marketing, social media, and library science. All internships take place in Washington, D.C.
Deadline: Varies by opportunity

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