With the Chancellor's visit and final reviews, I enjoyed seeing the excellent work presented from each of the disciplines in our college, another example of how you make us proud! Continue to finish the semester strong with the papers, exams and other projects for courses this week. During the upcoming winter break, I encourage you to rest (as you are able) and prepare for all we have in store for the coming semester.
Course evaluations are extremely important, with valuable insights
only you can provide. Not only does this inform modifications of courses, but it recognizes excellent teaching, or identifies areas we need to be aware of for improvement or correction.
A preview of spring semester includes College of Architecture strategic planning (some of you will be nominated/invited to participate at a high level of engagement on this, all of you will have the opportunity for input during the semester); UNL's 150th celebration; preparing for the London Program's 50th anniversary; and planning for our Architecture Library renovation project to name a few. We are working to identify someone to lead a session on LEED (similar to our excellent WELL Building Standard sessions at the beginning of last year's Spring semester), so keep your eye out for announcements in this regard.
My warmest wishes to you for a safe and enjoyable holiday, peace and joy not only during the holiday but all throughout the coming year.
Official grades are recorded in MYRED, not Canvas. All faculty will submit final grades for courses in MYRED. Final processing for grades from the semester should be complete approximately one week after the end of the term, by December 21
for fall 2018 courses.
Reminder: Studio Cleanup
During the winter break, the studios will be cleaned by the custodial staff in preparation for the spring semester. Please assist in the effort by cleaning your studio space before you leave studio for winter break.
We DO NOT recommend that 1
st and 2
nd year students leave valuable items stored in the Barn over break.
Upper Level Studio Students: You may leave materials in your current studio with the following conditions:
All material must be stacked neatly (AND STRUCTURALLY SOUND!) on top your desk.
No items may be left on the floor – any items left on the floor will be thrown away. The custodians must be able to clean the studio floors.
You may keep your locker over the break as long as you have a working lock on the locker.
Please be sure to carry large items that you do not want to the trash or recycling dumpsters
If you have questions about this, please do feel free to stop in and see me.
December 10 – 14
Monday & Tuesday:
8 am – 8 pm
Wednesday - Friday:
8 am – 5 pm
December 17 – 21
Monday – Friday:
8 am – 5 pm
The shop and media center will not be open on the weekends until Spring semester begins
As the semester comes to a close and studios are cleared out, please return any found safety glasses and various tools to the workshop. If students have any personal materials, paints, glues or projects they would like to keep that are located in the shop, please remove them by December 14
th. Anything left behind at that point will either be discarded or will become scrap material for the shop. Thank you for your cooperation.
COMMUNITY AND REGIONAL PLANNING
UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green and Architecture Dean Katherine Ankerson joined the Planning Studio (CRPL 990) students’ presentation of their study of affordable housing programs and policies to Wynn Hjermstad, AICP, Urban Development Manager in the City of Lincoln Urban Development Department, on Wednesday, November 28.
We made it! The last week of fall 2018 has arrived. I am proud of the work each studio presented this past week and hope you feel a sense of accomplishment, while of course recognizing areas we can still grow and refine. When I look at the work pinned up and the ideas embedded into the drawings and models, I see the hard-work, commitment and passion our students and faculty have for the discipline of design and the pursuit of learning.
We are all familiar with the saying “the whole is more than the sum of its parts”. This saying also applies to the curriculum. It, too, is more than the sum of its individual course offerings. Students learn a diverse range of knowledge and skill sets in seminars as well as design studios, but despite their inherent differences, they should all add up to something more than their sum.
During final reviews this week, I was thrilled to see how the curriculum adds up to more than the sum of architecture’s diverse parts. I saw a range of studios, emphasizing different aspects of our profession and was delighted at the prospect that students have the flexibility to curate their educational path in a meaningful and coherent way
The semester is coming to a close and lots of great work has been presented this past week. I had the great pleasure to sit in on the second and third year Landscape Architecture final reviews. Sarah Karle’s public plaza project in second year had students taking on the challenge of space making in an infill urban site and Cathy De Almeida gave her students the challenge of short term interventions on vacant lots controlled by the Omaha Land Bank in North Omaha. Both of these studios took on the important challenge of considering how different spaces can be transformed into assets for the urban environment. As more and more of the people on the planet migrate into urban areas, the need to figure out ways to integrate nature, written large or small, into this environment becomes more and more important. It was wonderful to see all the creative ideas put forth by the students.
This is the last newsletter of the fall semester, so it is a time to wish everyone seasons greeting with an eye on a wonderful new year in the spring semester. Best wishes to everyone. -Mark Hoistad
Dr. Zhenghong Tang
in the Community and Regional Planning Program and fellow research team members Dr. Martha D. Shulski, Nebraska State Climate Office; Dr. Natalie Umphlett, High Plains Regional Climate Center; Dr. Tarik Abdel-Monem, University of Nebraska Public Policy Center; Frank E. Uhlarik, City of Lincoln; and Ph.D student Qiao Hu, School of Natural Resources, jointly published a paper entitled “
An Examination of Midwestern U.S. Cities’ Preparedness for Climate Change and Extreme Hazards
” in Natural Hazards journal. The research team members have banded together with the city of Lincoln, Nebraska, to help municipalities across the Midwest plan for changes in climate. The projected changes have implications for public planning, utilities, city budgets and public health, particularly for vulnerable populations such as the young, elderly and poor. The project is intended to help cities determine where to invest their limited dollars to match future community needs. The project is funded by the NOAA Climate Program Office’s Sectoral Applications Research Program. More details can be found on the project website:
Climate4Cities: Supporting Cities in a Changing Climate
STUDENT & FACULTY COMPETITIONS
The Architects Foundation is looking for minority students whose imagination and design thinking will influence the future of the built environment and the architecture profession. Eligible students must be a US citizen, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, among other criteria.
US citizen, at least 17 years old, GPA of 3.0+, enrolled or accepted into one of the following disciplines: Fashion/Art/Design, Geology/Earth/Natural Sciences, Fabrication/Engineering.
Dec. 15th (Spring) and June 15th (Fall)
The program challenges students, working individually or in teams, to submit projects that use a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems and technology to provide architectural solutions that protect and enhance the environment. The competition will recognize ten exceptional studio projects that seamlessly integrate adaptive, resilient and strategies for moving towards carbon-neutral operation within their broader design concepts.
Submission Deadline: Jan. 16
Calling All Grad Students! Announcing the 2019 HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition
This competition is designed to identify innovative thinking and innovative solutions to problems, featuring construction projects capable of concrete realisation which use textiles or textile-reinforced materials.
The National Precast Concrete Association Foundation (NPCAF) Scholarship program provides undergraduate and graduate scholarships to students pursuing degrees in fields related to construction. These can include: engineering, architecture, construction management, business, sustainable building management, and more.
The recipients of the NPCAF undergraduate scholarship can receive up to $14,500 for four years. Recipients of the Daneen S. Barbour Graduate Scholarship can receive up to $3000 cash per academic year.
Graphics & Communications
Do you have excellent graphics and strong command of Adobe Suites? We are searching for a student to assist in graphics and communications (approx 6 hrs per week) for spring semester. If interested, send a resume and example of your work to Kerry (email@example.com).
Date Posted: Dec. 10
LOI Design Group
Date Posted Nov. 01
heck out the College of Architecture website for additional internship and job
Plus, University of Nebraska Career Services encourages you to view a few of their new Full-Time job postings at
Check them out!
Dec. 14 & 15
UNL Holiday Shutdown
Dec. 24-Jan. 6
Spring Semester Begins
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