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Welcome to the December 2020 Newsletter for Research from the School of Architecture

This newsletter celebrates the research and practice engagements of our faculty, students, and alumni, whose work investigates and bears the influences of traditions local, regional, and global.

Sixteenth-century Italian architect Andrea Palladio had a profound influence on the design of countryside residences in the United States. Palladio designed broadly but is best known for his country houses and villas, whose general principles derived from classical temples. These designs were studied with interest by renowned architects including Inigo Jones, Robert Adam, and Sir William Chambers, who introduced variations on Palladian designs adapted to unique conditions of their locations across Great Britain. Palladian designs were popular into the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and dispersed from Britain to the United States, where they grew even more richly varied by region and continue to shape the design of American homes today. The School is fortunate to have in the Ryan Rare Book Room a copy of The Architecture of A. Palladio; In Four Books.  Published 300 years ago, it is the first English translation of Palladio by Giacomo Leoni. The rare book collection serves as a bridge to the past as well as reference material for current students to consult. It is an important part of the culture of research we strive to maintain within the School.

I am pleased to share the work below with all of you. I want to thank Caroline Maloney for the content creation, and Bernie Stein for the compilation of the December 2020 edition.


Krupali Krusche

Associate Dean for Research, Scholarship & Creative Work

Fall 2020 Newsletter Content

Faculty News

Associate Professor Aimee Buccellato has returned to teaching this fall following a research leave in Academic Year 2019-2020, during which time she expanded her professional practice through Buccellato Design, LLC (BDllc). Professor Buccellato’s practice, which she co-operates with her husband and former ND School of Architecture alumnus and faculty member, Kevin Buccellato, is located in the historic LaSalle State Bank Building in the re-emerging East Bank District of South Bend. The work of Buccellato Design, LLC encompasses institutional, commercial, and residential projects of all scales, including South Bend’s Center for Homeless Veterans (completed in 2011), and projects in various stages of design and construction on both coasts and in many places in between, from California to New York (both City and countryside), Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, and Indiana.

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Elevation from a cottage designed by Buccellato Design, LLC, along the Pacific Coast in Elk, CA (left); and site plan featuring new home and outbuildings designed by Buccellato Design, LLC for a historic, 14-acre property in Momence, IL (right)


One of BDllc’s California projects is perched on a slender site between the scenic Pacific Coast Highway 1 and the Pacific Ocean in Elk, California, about 40 miles north of the famed Sea Ranch. The design of the Cottage draws upon the rich carpenter Victorian tradition found along the upper California coastline and southern Victorian architecture referenced in parts of Seaside (Fl.)–also a fond retreat of the Owners’–the more restrained Seaside Folk Victorian, and the California coastal Victorian found in places like Elk, Booneville, and Mendocino. Here Buccellato combined deep porches, high ceilings, attenuated windows, shutters, standing seam roofs, shiplap clapboard and cedar shingle siding, a “rusticated” wood base, and simple carpentry detailing, like the exposed/expressed rafter tails. Construction will be complete by Summer 2021, in collaboration with Landscape Architect, Gary Ratway.

Nestled between a bend in a country road on the way to Momence (Illinois) and the banks of a lazy fork of the Kankakee River sits a beautiful 14-acre property with a rich history and owners committed to maintaining its historic roots and character in the construction of a new home and various outbuildings. An original structure–a portion of which likely dated back to the early 19th century–barns and corn crib establish an easy, seemingly haphazard “rural urbanism” that gives the property its deep sense of history, which we worked to maintain in the masterplan and design of the new (7,000 SF) residence, outbuildings, and gardens. Precedent for the architecture is drawn from ample examples of late Federal, Colonial Revival, and folk Victorian architecture so prevalent in the agricultural midwest. Construction on the main house and outbuildings is on-going.

A recent on-going project in South Bend is a private, historic home (c. 1905) on the north shore of the St. Joseph River that had been stripped of much of its refinement and character by a previous owner and re-clad with wide metal siding. Using historic photos and details uncovered during the demolition process, BDllc re-imagined and re-ordered the carpenter neo-classical façades to include a series of engaged pilasters topped with a shallow porch-like “trellis” to achieve greater depth, of detail and articulation, on the primary façade. All elements of the home’s exterior were replaced and wherever possible traditional, natural materials (painted western red cedar, primarily) were used, and detailing in-keeping with the home’s simpler, more restrained “Carpenter” roots was maintained. Work on the interiors of the home continues this winter.

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Front façade, construction drawing, and detail from a historic home along the St. Joseph River in South Bend, IN, by Aimee Buccellato (Buccellato Design, LLC)


Faculty Awards
An article by Professor Steven Semes, An Unacknowledged Legacy: Gustavo Giovannoni’s Contributions to International Conservation. Theory and Practice,” was recently published in Palladio, the leading Italian journal of architectural history and restoration, founded by Giovannoni in 1937. While Gustavo Giovannoni (1873-1947) has gained recognition within Italy for his influence on modern conservation and urban planning, he remains relatively unknown in the United States even while shaping current debates in the field. Semes’s work aims to give the work of Giovannoni and other designers who continued to work in traditional materials and styles in early twentieth-century Rome the attention they deserve, both to fill gaps in the historical narrative of twentieth-century architecture and to showcase the work itself, which is extremely interesting and timely. The traditional architects of the time wished to synthesize classical and modern approaches, producing buildings and urban neighborhoods that we today recognize as both beautiful and sustainable.

Professor emeritus Don Sporleder, FAIA, who taught in the School of Architecture from 1963 to 1998, was awarded the highest honor one can receive from AIA Indiana: the Gold Medal Award. This award recognizes accomplishments in promoting the aesthetic, scientific and practical excellence of the profession, advancing the science and art of planning and building as well as advancing the standards of architectural education and training. It is also awarded to those who exemplify many years of service to society through service in the AIA and other voluntary endeavors.

Professor Duncan Stroik won a Merit Award for New Construction in the 2020 AIA Indiana Design Awards for his work on Christ Chapel in Hillsdale, Michigan. Jury comments focused on the building’s elegant proportions, attention to craft and detail, and uplifting and inspirational effects on users. Project details can be viewed here

The project was additionally honored with an Acanthus Award from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) Chicago-Midwest Chapter in the category of “Institutional or Commercial Architecture.” Presentation of the award and its acceptance by Stroik can be viewed at the 46:27 mark on YouTube.

Faculty Lectures

Several Architecture faculty members were recently invited to speak at virtual events on campus and beyond. Professor Philip Bess was invited to share his expertise in stadium and urban design as a panelist on ThinkND’s “Where We’re Going” series session on Sports (watch here). Marianne Cusato was invited to speak on the topic of affordable housing in Pensacola, Florida, for CivicCon, a partnership of the Pensacola News Journal and the Studer Community Institute (watch here). In a talk titled “From Pen to Pixel: Advanced Technology to Study Ancient Monuments,” Associate Professor Krupali Krusche was invited to speak about her upcoming book on digital documentation of the Roman Forum for the United Kingdom & Europe wing of Atkins, a leading design, engineering and project management consultancy. Professor and Nanovic Faculty Fellow Ingrid Rowland lectured on “Raphael in Rome” for the Nanovic Institute of European Studies (watch here). ​​​

Additionally, the School’s Faculty Research + Practice Brown Bag Lecture Series continued throughout the fall semester. In September, Assistant Professor Selena Anders spoke on “The Changing Face of Residential Architecture in Renaissance Rome” (watch here). In November, a lecture by Associate Professor Jonathan Weatherill on “Sprawl Repair in Italian Dystopia” highlighted his ongoing professional urban and architectural design work in conversation with the rural vernacular in the countryside outside Milan (watch here).

Student News

An article by fifth-year student Benedict Cook, “Bridging the Natural and Built Environments: The Work of Timber Framer José Jiménez,” was published in Folklife, the digital magazine of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Read the article here. Over Summer 2020, Cook served as an intern with the Center’s growing Building Arts and Traditional Architecture initiative, whose mission is to sustain traditional building crafts and support new applications of traditional architecture across the United States and around the world. He writes of this experience, 

“This past summer I interned with the Smithsonian Institute to work on the Building Arts and Traditional Architecture Initiative, a new project under the wing of the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. The initiative aims long-term to change the societal perception that traditional trades are “lost arts” and have no place in the contemporary building industry. Granted this is a lofty goal, but in the short term the Smithsonian hopes to use its platform to bring public recognition to craftspeople, forge strong connections between craftspeople and architects, and promote training and education in the building arts.

The initiative is very much in its developmental phases. This summer I assisted my supervisor and the creator of this project, Dr. Marjorie Hunt, a curator at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, in laying essential groundwork. I was responsible for finding out as much as I could about what opportunities exist for training in the traditional trades and what pre-existing organizations support these efforts. Most importantly, I interviewed craftspeople, architects, and educators to learn from their real experiences what kind of challenges face the building arts and in what ways they might be overcome. One of these interviews turned into an article for Smithsonian Folklife Magazine, profiling José Jiménez, a young timber framer from Texas. Jose is a recent graduate of the American College of the Building Arts, and his story serves as an example for what might motivate someone to immerse themself in the traditional trades, and what it takes to get there. 

There’s still a long way to go with this project and with the overall state of the building arts in the United States, but there is hope and I feel very fortunate to have been a part of it.”


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A team of undergraduate and graduate Architecture students released a "demo issue" in August for a new magazine called Stoa. Stoa—which is student-led, student-designed, and student-edited—serves as a platform for showcasing student experiences, design research, and writing. By bringing the unique Notre Dame student perspective to broad architectural themes, Stoa acts as a catalyst for mindful exposition and theory for contributors and readers alike. Above all, the magazine cultivates a community for intellectual growth by connecting students, alumni, and faculty, as well as fostering a dialogue with the wider academic and architectural world. The first official issue of Stoa will be released in the Spring 2021 semester. For updates and new content, follow Stoa on Instagram.

The 2020 Architecture Student Research Forum, organized by fifth-year students Mary Rzepczynski and Esteban Salazar, addressed the theme of Equity in Architecture and featured talks by alumni, scholars, practitioners, and students on topics including cultural identity, affordable and 'missing middle' housing, urban resilience, and preservation. Read more about the Forum here.

Alumni & Friends News

Madeline Fairman ’20 was awarded the 2020 President’s Medal from the Royal Institute for British Architects for her Spring 2020 thesis project, “The Webster Apartments - Manhattan’s Home for Professional Women.” This is the first time a Notre Dame student has been honored with this prestigious medal. Fairman’s project was conducted under the direction of Associate Professor of the Practice Julio Cesar Perez-Hernandez.

Fairman also received a 2020 Stanford White Award from the ICAA in the category of Student Projects for the project, which was subsequently featured in Architectural Digest.

Alumni & Friends Published Works

An article by Samuel Hughes, who served as a Research Visitor in the School of Architecture Rome Studies Program last fall, appeared in the October edition of Works in Progress. His article, “In Praise of Pastiche,” touches on the work of 2020 Richard H. Driehaus Prize laureate Ong-ard Satrabhandhu.

Thesis projects by Patrick Dunleavy ’20 and Caroline Colella ’20 completed under the direction of Professor of the Practice Sean Nohelty were featured on Study Architecture’s 2020 Student Thesis Showcase

Dunleavy’s project, “onePULSE: A Memorial Museum for Healing Our Community After Tragedy,” offers a place of remembrance to engage the legacy of Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and was presented at the onePULSE Foundation this summer.

Colella’s project,“The Immigration Station: Designing for Dignity at the U.S./Mexico Border,” was founded on research travel to El Paso, Texas, and Chiapas, Mexico, where Colella met with NGOs, migrants, and community members concerning experiences of immigration and studied local architectural languages. The program was also honored with a 2020 Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship Award from Hesburgh Libraries in recognition of excellence in leveraging digital scholarship resources, tools, and methodologies. 

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Caroline Colella's Spring 2020 fifth-year thesis design of The Immigration Station: Designing for Dignity at the U.S./Mexico Border, El Paso, TX

Colella’s project was additionally honored with a 2020 Acanthus Award from the ICAA Chicago-Midwest Chapter in the category of “Student Design Project - Recently Graduated,” as was the Spring 2020 graduate thesis design project completed by Samuel Fisher ’20. Fisher’s project, “A New Terminal For High Speed Rail: Milwaukee, WI,” was completed under the direction of Associate Professor of the Practice John Mellor. Watch the presentation of these awards, with acceptance speeches by Sam and Caroline, at the 56:20 mark on YouTube. 

The Nanovic Institute for European Studies recently highlighted site research undertaken last year by Architecture student MaryGrace Lewis ’20 to study the relationship between art and architecture in European art museums, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Britain, and Sir John Soane Museum in London, and Capitoline Museum and Villa Doria Pamhilj in Rome. This research informed Lewis’s thesis design for The Museum of Contemporary Art for Hudson Yards, New York City.

Faculty Opportunities

TAD 5.2 Intelligence
TECHNOLOGY | ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN invites submissions of original research from scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students for consideration in the upcoming Intelligence issue.
Due: January 15, 2021

JAE 75:2 Building Stories
The Journal of Architectural Education seeks Micronarratives, Design as Scholarship, and Scholarship of Design submissions that investigate the relationship between building and storytelling.
Due: February 1, 2021

Faculty Awards

Abbott Lowell Cummings Award
Annual award conferred by the Vernacular Architecture Forum in recognition of a significant contribution to the study of vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes.
Due: December 15, 2020

Paul E. Buchanan Award
The Vernacular Architecture Forum recognizes contributions to the study and preservation of vernacular architecture and the cultural landscape that do not take the form of books or published work .Exceptional projects that set new standards or model innovative practices, completed in the last two years, are eligible for consideration.
Due: January 24, 2021

Harvard GSD Wheelwright Prize
This annual international competition awards $100,000 to a talented early-career architect to support new forms of architectural research.
Due: January 31, 2021

Faculty Conferences

Cities in a Changing World: Questions of Culture, Climate, and Design
Architecture, Media, Politics, Society (AMPS) has issued a call for papers for a conference on architecture, urbanism, planning, sociology, health, environment, infrastructure and economies to be hosted by CUNY City Tech from June 16-18, 2021.
Due: March 30, 2021

SAH 2022 Call for Sessions
The Society of Architectural Historians invites session proposals for the 2022 conference in Pittsburgh, PA. Sessions may be theoretical, methodological, thematic, interdisciplinary, pedagogical, revisionist or documentary in premise and ambition and have broadly conceived or more narrowly focused subjects. Sessions that embrace cross-cultural, transnational and/or non-Western topics are particularly welcome.
Due: January 12, 2021

Faculty Grants

Resilience and Recovery Grant Program
The University of Notre Dame offers grants to assist faculty in recovery, restart, and reestablishment of research and teaching programs that have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. All regular faculty are eligible to apply.
Due: Rolling, with first applications reviewed December 14, 2020

Arnold W. Brunner Grant
AIA New York offers grants up to $15,000 to further advanced study in any area of architectural investigation that will effectively contribute to the knowledge, teaching or practice of the art and science of architecture. The proposed investigation is to result in a final written work, design project, research paper, or other form of presentation. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen engaged in the profession of architecture or a related field and have received their first professional degree at least five years prior to the date of application; academics may apply.
Due: February 1, 2021

Faculty Fellowships

Winterthur Fellowships
Short-term fellowships available for research on American decorative arts, painting, architecture, or historic preservation, as well as Affiliated Research appointments for workspace and access to the museum, library, and garden collections.
Due: January 15, 2021

Student Opportunities

Nanovic Research Resources Grant
Grants up to $300 to supply undergraduate and graduate students with the materials needed to remotely complete research “in” Europe, including books unavailable in the libraries, access to museum, archive, and film collections,  and certain translation needs.
Rolling Submissions

Student Fellowships

Charles E. Peterson Fellowship
In a joint program with the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, the Society of Architectural Historians offers an annual fellowship that will support the participation of a graduate student in the research and writing for a volume in the Buildings of the United States (BUS) series and/or SAH Archipedia, the Society’s online architectural resource. 
Due: December 31, 2020

Hart Howerton Fellowship
Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply for an opportunity combining professional office experience, collaborative interdisciplinary design, and global travel and research. Fellows receive competitive compensation during their internship and a generous stipend for housing assistance along with living and travel support.
Due: January 25, 2021

Student Awards

ICAA Student Architecture Award
The Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is pleased to announce the ICAA Student Architecture Award generously sponsored by Richard H. Driehaus.  Three awards will be granted-- $5,000 (First Place), $3,000 (Second Place) and $1,000 (Third Place)--for excellence in architectural design work. Consequently, proposals that demonstrate the candidate’s greatest potential for contribution to the continuum of Classical design will be most strongly considered. Awardees will be invited to attend all Chicago-Midwest ICAA programming and events – educational and social – over the course of one year, free of charge.  Awardees will receive notice of their fellowship on or before 2/5/2021. All fourth- and fifth-year students are eligible to apply.
Due: January 15, 2021

Student Competitions

EPA People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Design Competition
The Environmental Protection Agency invites teams of college students to benefit people, promote prosperity and protect the planet by designing environmental solutions that move us toward a sustainable future. This annual, two-phased research grants program challenges students to research, develop, and design innovative projects that address real world challenges involving all areas of environmental protection and public health. Phase I serves as a “proof of concept,” where teams are awarded a one-year grant of up to $25,000 to develop their idea and showcase their research in the spring at EPA's National Student Design Expo (NSDE). These teams are then eligible to compete for a Phase II grant of up to $100,000 to implement their design in a real world setting. 
Due: February 9, 2021

2021 AIA COTE Top Ten Competition
The AIA Committee on the Environment and ACSA challenges students, working individually or in teams, to submit design studio projects that integrate health, sustainability, and equity, evaluated following the same categories of the AIA COTE Top Ten Award for built work, and the AIA Framework for Design Excellence. Awards of $5,000 will be distributed to the winning teams, along with a stipend to attend the 2021 AIA National Convention.
Registration Due: January 13, 2021

Student Study Opportunities

SAHC International Masters Course
SAHC is a leading international Masters Course in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions. The objective of SAHC is to offer an advanced education programme on the engineering of conservation of structures, with a focus on architectural heritage. The main focus of this training is the application of scientific principles in analysis, innovation and practice of conservation of monuments and historical constructions worldwide. The Masters Course has duration of one academic year and is held on a rotating basis among partners, so each student follows coursework in one partner institution and dissertation in another one. The language of instruction and examinations is English. The degree awarded is a Master’s degree, provided as a double degree from the institutions involved. Scholarships financed by the SAHC Consortium are available for students coming from any geographical origin.
Due: January 20, 2021

Research Resources

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