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

University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., recently announced that Notre Dame will be a carbon neutral campus by 2050. Beyond this announcement, the 2021 Notre Dame Forum focuses on the theme of Care for our Common Home: Just Transition to a Sustainable Future. This is a critical moment and an important opportunity for our School of Architecture community to rise and meet the call—to take decisive action towards the value of environmental justice that our School has, since the beginning, stood for.

Sustainability in its broadest sense is about sustaining the future of this planet and life here for future inhabitants. Education of the next generation is the key to guiding radical change in thought and mitigating further deterioration of the earth. It’s time our actions, our writings, our buildings and our urban interventions, paired with public policy, replenish, restore and regenerate the planet while we build for the coming generations. 

For the past forty years we have been pondering these ideas. What will be our contribution, and that of the upcoming generation of students, architects, and urbanists, to these enduring questions? How can we think and plan holistically to solve these unendingly complex issues? Can you help us take the next steps? If so, write to me and share your ideas. 

Krupali Krusche
Associate Dean for Research, Scholarship and Creative Work

Fall 2021 Newsletter Content

Faculty News


Notre Dame Architecture faculty and alumni were honored with 2021 Charter Awards from the Congress for the New Urbanism, the world's preeminent award for urban design, placemaking, and community building. Moule & Polyzoides, the firm of Dean Stefanos Polyzoides and his wife and partner Liz Moule, was honored in the Neighborhood, District, and Corridor category for the Downtown Boulevard Transformation project in Lancaster, California. Professor Richard Economakis, with a design team that includes alumni María Sánchez (M.Arch '00) and Pedro Godoy (M.Arch '00) of Estudio Urbano and Léon Krier, were recognized for their design of the New Town of Cayalá/Paseo Cayalá Neighborhood in Guatemala.

The work of Assistant Professor Giuseppe Mazzone was honored with two awards at the Design Communication Association's October 2021 conference, DCA2021: Perception to Execution. His drawings for Sainte-Anne-la-Royale (pencil on mylar), an ecclesiastical design by Guarino Guarini (1662), left incomplete in 1666, consecrated in 1720 on a simplified design by Lievain and demolished in 1832, were awarded the William Kirby Lockard Prize and named Best Design Drawings in the Faculty/Professionals category. Additionally, the Parthenon Frieze drawing executed by Professor Mazzone's 2018 First-Year Drawing Class received Honorable Mention for Best Design Drawings in the Foundation Students category. Both the Sainte-Anne-la-Royale and Parthenon Frieze drawings are now featured on the DCA conference website. To learn more about Professor Mazzone's work on Saint-Anne-la-Royale, watch his November 2021 Faculty Research + Brown Bag Lecture here.

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Sainte-Anne-la-Royale, a design by Guarino Guarini (1662), consecrated in 1720, and demolished in 1823 (pencil on mylar)

Traditional Building Magazine's 2021 Clem Labine Award was posthumously bestowed on architect and educator Thomas Gordon Smith. Over the course of his career at Notre Dame, Professor Smith served as Chairman and Professor of the School of Architecture, where he transformed the school to a classical curriculum. This award honors his quest for a more humane and beautiful built environment. The full September 2021 Traditional Building article can be viewed via the following link:

The 2021 Palladio Awards program presented by Traditional Building recognized firms for outstanding work which enhances the beauty and humane qualities of the built environment through creative interpretation and adaptation of classical and traditional design principles. Professor Duncan Stroik received an award for his Christ Chapel project in Hillsdale, Michigan. Christ Chapel’s brick and limestone façade stands 70 feet tall and terminates a new quadrangle at the center of Hillsdale College's campus.  The entrance portico's 32-foot-diameter self-supporting brick dome was designed in consultation with John Ochsendorf of MIT and former director of the American Academy in Rome. The dome rests on 24-foot-tall Indiana limestone columns. The award is Stroik's fifth Palladio Award.

Additionally, Matthew and Joyce Walsh Family Hall of Architecture was honored in the New Design & Construction (more than 30,000 sq feet) category. This is a testament to the excellence of the design from John Simpson Architects as well as the incredible work of Stantec, the executive architect. This award follows publication of this project in The Academy: The Walsh Family Hall, University of Notre Dame, Indiana by Triglyph Books, featuring text by Clive Aslet.


Architectural and urban design work focused on suburban sprawl repair in Northern Italy by Associate Professor Jonathan Weatherill has been accepted for exhibition at the International Exposition of the Table Ronde de l’Architecture. This exhibit will include projects and built works by over 40 architects from around the world at the Maritime Station of Brussels through January 2022.

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Proposal for a renewal Development Plan, Rozzano, Italy - Easterly view from adjacent parkland

Professor Weatherill’s work centers on Rozzano, a town of forty-two thousand inhabitants in the agricultural green belt on the South edge of Milan, developed in the 1960s and ’70s on the Soviet suburban model, to house immigrant workers arriving from the South of Italy. The building stock of modular cement high-rises is now deteriorating rapidly and will not be restored or replaced with similar buildings. The town council intends to replace the urban fabric with one of a more liveable character, following the principles of New Urbanism. Two projects are being developed for new mixed-use, walkable neighborhoods on sites of municipal property. These projects will become part of the town’s Development Plan and the sites will be offered to developers who will build the new quarters as designed. The results will serve as examples of how to renew Rozzano using traditional local building models of urban, rural and agricultural architecture. The initiative is a valuable opportunity to create a ground-breaking example of suburban sprawl repair.

Spring 2021 studio work of first-year graduate students, which proposes a masterplan for Pasadena, California, will also be featured in the exhibition. This work was completed under the direction of Professor Richard Economakis.

Conference Presentations

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David Mayernik and Ingrid Rowland deliver the introduction to the "After Raphael" Symposium

In Spring 2021, the School of Architecture hosted a virtual symposium on the five hundredth anniversary of Raphael’s death to consider the afterlife of his achievement. “After Raphael: The Afterlife of Raphael’s Art, from His Century to Ours” was sponsored by the American Academy in Rome with the University of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture, Rome Global Gateway, and Nanovic Institute for European Studies, and featured talks by Notre Dame faculty Heather Hyde Minor, David Mayernik, and Ingrid Rowland, as well as Olivier Bonfait (Université de Bourgogne), Adriano Aymonino (University of Buckingham), and D. Jeffrey Mims (Academy of Classical Design).

Following the symposium, Associate Professor David Mayernik and Professor Ingrid Rowland met in Rome to discuss Raphael and his world, and to frame the discussion of Raphael’s impact that was presented by the symposium speakers. The conversation, which can be viewed here, provides a distilled experience of the symposium, and a lively discussion by Professors Rowland and Mayernik in situ.

Associate Professor Mayernik presented a paper titled “Temporary Housing in a Permanent Building” virtually in July 2021 as part of the 27th World Congress of the International Union of Architects in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The paper described Prof. Mayernik's project for refugee housing in the historic center of Rome, updating the historic ward hospital type for a modern need. Also in July, he held an online conversation with Johannes Knoops (Fashion Institute of Technology/State University of New York) about Venice, books, and libraries as part of "Tuesday Talks", an online series curated by the Society of Fellows of the American Academy in Rome featuring prominent leaders in the Arts + Humanities.

Assistant Professor Selena Anders presented a paper titled "Cities in Text: Rome" at the Renaissance Society of America in February 2021. In October 2021, Professor Anders presented a paper titled "Conserve or Restore? Giuseppe Valadier's Approach to Saving Rome's Ancient Monuments" in the session "Uso e Conoscenza del Passato: Antico, Neogotico e Revivals" at the international symposium, History, Architecture, and Heritage: Building the Architectural Identity. The event was promoted and financed by the ABC Department of the Politecnico di Milano and the Mantova Unesco Chair to explore the idea of heritage and its interpretation in relation to the history of architecture and the city in Europe. The event was promoted and financed by the ABC Department of the Politecnico di Milano and the Mantova Unesco Chair to explore the idea of heritage and its interpretation in relation to the history of architecture and the city in Europe.

On October 7, Marianne Cusato was interviewed about the influences, experiences, and projects that have led to her design perspective on the architecture of place as part of the “The Architecture of Place: In Conversation with…” series hosted by the Institute for Classical Architecture & Art, International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism, and Prince’s Foundation.

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Associate Professor of the Practice Paolo Vitti presented a paper titled “Brick Vaulting Without Centering in the Mediterranean from Antiquity to the Middle Ages” at the Seventh International Congress on Construction History in July 2021 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Associate Professor Krupali Krusche hosted inaugural meetings for Care for our Common Home: Resilient St. Joseph, a study and comprehensive regional planning effort for St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties centered on the St. Joseph River towns in northwest Indiana. In attendance were the Mayors of South Bend, Mishawaka, and Elkhart and representatives from the Michiana Area Council of Governments; St. Joseph Basin Commission; South Bend - Elkhart Regional Partnership; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Amtrak; and South Shore Line. Notre Dame faculty participants included Philip Bess, Diogo Bolster, Peter Burns, Alan Hamlet, Jessica McManus Warnell, Ginger Sigmon, Jennifer Tank, and Stefanos Polyzoides.With the start of the fall semester, he furthermore hosted an open lesson of his Fall 2021 Architectural History course from the Rome Studies Program. Following an introduction by Professor Giorgio Ortolani (Roma Tre University), Professor Vitti and Dr. Elisabetta Carnabuci (Sovrintendenza Capitolini ai Beni Culturali) presented their findings on the Imperial Mausoleums of Augustus and Hadrian. Professor Vitti’s research on the Mausoleum of Hadrian has been met with wide consensus since its presentation at the exhibition “Apoteosi, d Uomini a Dei. II Mausoleo di Adriano” at Castel Sant’Angelo in 2014. The lesson was the first of its kind for the School, delivered both in person and virtually with simultaneous translation to English for non-Italian speakers. An exhibition of Vitti’s drawings of the mausoleum of Hadrian was held at the Rome Global Gateway as part of this event.


Assistant Professor Selena Anders has been awarded a six-month Smithsonian Institution Fellowship to conduct independent research at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City in Spring 2022. Her project, “Discovering the Architect’s Idea: An Examination of the Roman Architect Giuseppe Valadier’s Drawings,” will use the museum’s collection of architectural drawings to investigate the pedagogy and training practices of the Accademia di San Luca in Rome, Italy, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries—a critical period of transition in architectural education.

Associate Professor David Mayernik has been awarded a residential one-month fellowship to the Bogliasco Foundation in Liguria for Fall 2022. The Bogliasco Foundation supports the Arts and Humanities by providing residential Fellowships at its study center in Italy's most vibrant historic crossroads, where gifted artists and scholars of all cultures come together to connect, create, and disseminate significant new work. While in residence, David will deepen his inquiry into the creative process as it was understood in the Renaissance for a forthcoming book project.


Assistant Professor Selena Anders' article "Digitally Documenting the Transformation of the Eternal City. Cities in Text: Rome" was published in Volume 2 of the Journal of Traditional Building Architecture and Urbanism, November 2021. Her article reveals new discoveries in existing Roman medieval urban ruins, made possible through the work of the Historic Urban Environments Lab at the University of Notre Dame (HUE/ND), to create an interactive research tool linking historic and present-day maps, photos, and drawings.

In August 2021, Professor of the Practice Ettore Mazzola published an essay titled Rigenerazione Urbana (Vertigo) that explores targeted structural interventions that could repair and improve livability in the Zen district of Palermo, Italy. The Zen public housing district has been shaped in recent years by high-cost construction whose “functional” planning has been detrimental to inhabitants’ senses of community and identity—a phenomenon Professor Mazzola seeks to address throughout Italy and Europe beyond.

University Grants

Two Architecture faculty members received Resiliency and Recovery Grants through the Office of the Provost. This grant program assists faculty in recovery, restart, and reestablishment of research and teaching programs that have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Assistant Professor Alessandro Pierattini received a grant of $35,000 to conduct archaeological analysis and experimental replication of blocks from the Temple of Poseidon in Isthmia, Greece in order to learn more about the 7th-century B.C. beginnings of Greek architectural stoneworking. The grant will also support Professor Pierattini’s architectural and structural analysis of the 10th-century B.C. Toumba Building at Lefkandi.

Associate Professor Jonathan Weatherill received a Resilience and Recovery grant of $10,000 to engage in essential research related to three professional projects: urban and architectural design for the town of Rozzano, Milan, based on local rural urban and vernacular architectural typologies; a project for the restoration of a monastery located in a nature reserve in Valsanzibio in the Province of Padua; and a 160-acre long-term urban design project reconstruct the urban fabric of an outlying sea-front community on the island of Grand Bahama, seeking to provide newfound identity to a community and sufficient low-cost housing.

Additionally, Assistant Professor Giuseppe Mazzone received funding from Notre Dame Research and the School of Architecture to support the purchase of a 3D printer, which will be integral to his reconstruction of Sainte-Anne-la-Royale, a 1662 ecclesiastical design by Guarino Guarini.

Student News

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Joseph Faccibene, B.Arch ’21, was awarded a Stanford White Award for Excellence in Classical and New Traditional Design for his 2021 thesis design project: “The Battery Maritime Terminal: A New Hub for New York’s Commuter Ferry Network.” This project was advised by Professor of the Practice Sean Patrick Nohelty, AIA. The Institute for Classical Architecture & Art’s annual Stanford White Awards recognize achievement in individual projects in architecture, interiors, landscape, urbanism, and building craftsmanship & artisanship throughout New York, New Jersey, and Fairfield County, Connecticut.

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The Fall 2021 semester presented hands-on opportunities for Architecture students enrolled in Building Technology courses taught by Professor of the Practice Michael Mesko and Assistant Professor Alessandro Pierattini to learn more about material and craft. Master stone mason Stephen Hartley hosted stone carving demonstrations in the Historic Preservation Lab in September. During the School's annual Masonry Day event in October, students partnered with local masons to construct monuments—exploring the uses and versatility of brick, and gaining an appreciation for the technical skill and training required of masons. This opportunity was made possible by generous contributions from Joe Alberts, Directory of Industry Development and Technical Services, International Masonry Institute, Jay Harwood, President, Rose Brick, Daniel Flores, State Instructor, Brick Layers and Allied Craftworkers Union Local AC 4 IN/KY, South Bend and Fort Wayne Chapters, Kevin McClanahan, Field Representative, International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, and Woody Woodiwiss, Products Manager, Keurt Supply/Keurt Concrete.

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Volume 1 of Stoa Magazine, published in September 2021

Volume 1 of Stoa Magazine was published on September 30. You can browse through it here. Student-led, edited, written, and designed, Stoa seeks to elegantly present interesting features of a variety of formats and topics within the architectural world.

Recognized for his exceptional drawing skills, Nathan Walz has received the 2021 Holland Prize Winner presented by the Library of Congress and the National Park Service for a drawing of the historic St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kendallville, Indiana. Visit the award winning projects at the 2021 Holland Prize webpage. His entry into the Measured Drawing Competition 2021 was declared Highly Commended by the Traditional Architecture Group (UK). Visit the Traditional Architecture Group awards webpage for details.

Faculty Opportunities


TAD 6:2 Engineering
Call for Papers

Submit by January 15, 2022

JAE 76:2 Call for Papers
Pedagogies for a Broken World

Submit by February 1, 2022


Student Opportunities

Grants and Fellowships

David M. Schwarz Internship and Traveling Fellowship Awards
Due: 5:00 PM ET, February 16, 2022

Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement
Deadlines throughout the academic year

Liu Institute for Asia & Asian Studies
Deadlines throughout the academic year

Nanovic Institute for European Studies
Deadlines through the academic year

Society of Architectural Historians Graduate Fellowships
Deadlines throughout the fall

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: January 3, 2022

Hart Howerton Fellowship Program
Fellowship program offering students the advantages of 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. Open to undergraduate and graduate students in planning, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and interior design.
Due: January 18, 2022

Arnold W. Brunner Grant
Submit by February 1, 2022

Student Competitions

CNU Charter Awards
Submit you projects for recognition at the Congress of the New Urbanism
Submit by: December 30, 2021

ULI Hines Student Competition
The Urban Land Institute offers graduate students the opportunity to form multidisciplinary teams and engage in a challenging exercise in responsible land use during January 2022.
Register by: December 10, 2021

2022 COTE Top Ten for Students Competition
Submit by January 12, 2022

2022 Habitat Competition
Register by April 13, 2022
Submit by June 1, 2022

2022 Timber Competition
Register by April 13, 2022
Submit by June 1, 2022

Student Conferences

ACSA 110th Annual Meeting
March 17-19, 2022 | Los Angeles, CA
May 19-20, 2022 | Virtual Conference

Research Resources

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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

Research Resources

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

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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