2019 marks a momentous 150 th anniversary for the University and a significant activity for our college as we prepare for the future. We kicked off 2019 with a fruitful two-day strategic planning retreat for the College of Architecture. This semester, a combination of 50 faculty, students, staff, alumni, professional advisory council members and external constituents will, together with input from you and a broader array of each of these constituents, build a vision and strategy for our future. During this time, we are exploring the future of the professions and how we prepare emerging professionals for a rapidly changing set of disciplines. Emerging professionals who are poised to recognize and address challenges in innovative ways; who embrace change and are change agents; who are nimble and collaborative; and who are leaders infused with both the confidence that comes from embedded and discovered knowledge as well as the wisdom to apply it. Your voice matters and when opportunities for input arise throughout the semester, I encourage you to be an active participant! 

Welcome back! As you finalize your spring schedule this week, please keep in mind that the last day to drop/add courses freely is Monday, January 14 th. The tuition refund schedule is listed below:
The last day to drop and receive a 100% refund is Monday, January 14 th
The last day to drop and received a 75% refund is Friday, January 18 th
The last day to drop and received a 50% refund is Friday, January 25 th
The last day to drop and receive a 25% refund is Friday, February 1 st
Keep in mind that dropping/adding courses can impact your graduation or full-time status. If you have a question about dropping/adding courses PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR ADVISOR!

-Stephanie Kuenning
As we enter this 150 th anniversary year of the founding of the University of Nebraska, students and faculty in Community and Regional Planning bring renewed energy and enthusiasm for spring semester in the College of Architecture. We wish everyone a productive and rewarding semester!
Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope you each have renewed energy, focus and optimism for a great spring semester.
I want to welcome the new lecturers joining us this spring. Betsy Gabb, Emeritus Professor of Interior Design, will be teaching second year studio. Emeritus Professor of Architecture, Nate Krug will be teaching Building Environmental Systems: Lighting & Acoustics. In addition, we are lucky to have Gretta Peterson from Herman Miller deliver the online course Evidence Based Design as a professional elective for both undergraduate and graduate students. More-
Welcome back and happy 2019! This semester you will find new course offerings throughout the architecture curriculum, due, in part, to the addition of new faculty: Zac Porter, Bud Shenefelt and Craig Babe. I am excited by the selection of new design studios being offered, from second year to fourth year and graduate and can’t wait to see the presentations on Monday when students ballot for their selection. Many of these studios will ignite your imagination and some of these will do so in the context of real-world constraints. Historically attempts reduce architecture to a science rather than an art have proven unsuccessful; it will always combine fact with fiction, a bit of fantasy with reality. Architecture, they say, is projective, and with the proposition of being built, it accomplishes the remarkable, transforming fantasy into reality, fiction into fact.
Welcome back to everyone! I hope all of you had an energizing break and you are ready to go because this will be an exciting semester with lots of things going on. In February, we will plan our mixer with the professional community where you will bring a project to share with them, and they will bring something to share with you. In February, we will also have the Internship Fair where you will have a chance to interview with perspective firms for short of longer term employment.  We are planning a symposium for the 3 rd and 4 th of April that will bring Nina-Marie Lister as the keynote speaker and representatives from Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Nelson Byrd and Woltz and Field Operations to talk about one of their projects. The theme for the symposium is exploring the nexus between design, ecology and horticulture. In May some of you will graduate and get started with your professional careers. As you can see there is a lot going on this semester, so I hope everyone is excited and ready to go. Feel free to stop by my office and share any good news that you have so I can share it with the community. See you on Monday!!!
-Mark Hoistad
Congratulations to students Sheila Cobb, Megan Jespersen, Joshua Frederick, David Huismann ; and their professors Nate Bicak and Vanessa Schutte ! Their proposal “MORPH” has made it to the top three and the final round of the competition for the Big Ten Student Design Challenge. Sixty-four submissions were received from nine competing schools. “The top three teams will visit Herman Miller headquarters to collaborate with industry professionals and refine their design for a final pitch before a single winning design is chosen and built.”

The Landscape Architecture Foundation just published the findings of Assistant Professor Catherine De Almeida’s collaborative case study investigation documenting the benefits of the Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park landscape project in Council Bluffs, Iowa and the P Street Corridor landscape project in Lincoln, Nebraska.. De Almeida incorporates the concept of high-performing landscapes in all her courses. Check out their findings!

Professor Rumiko Handa has been selected to serve this coming year as the chair of Arts and Humanities Panel of the American Fellowships for the American Association of University Women (AAUW), which she has served for a number of years as a panelist and a sub-panel chair and also as a panelist and the interim chair on their international fellowships.
The AAUW has three types of fellowships: dissertation, postdoctoral and publication. The three AAUW panel categories include arts and humanities with 22 members; social sciences, 20 members; and natural & physical sciences, 10 members. All three panels together will evaluate about 900 applications this coming year.

The National Heritage Area (NHA) Ad Hoc Steering Committee has recently approved a request by Professor Kim Wilson and collaborators for a Feasibility Study to create a National Heritage Area focusing on Red Cloud and surrounding communities. This initiative began with the spring 2017 LARC 311 and 411 vertical studio and was funded by the Rural Futures Initiative (RFI) among others. See details of student work here.

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.

Submission Deadline: Jan. 16

Requirements: 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.

Award: $1000

Submission Deadline: 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

MOA offers an annual architectural scholarship and paid summer internship award to students in accredited architectural programs.

Submission Deadline: Jan 1- 31

Calling All Grad Students! Announcing the 2019 HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition

Submission Deadline: Feb. 04

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.

Registration Deadline: Feb 24

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.

Submission Deadline: March 15
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 (

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Date Posted: Dec. 10

C 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 Handshake. Check them out!
Career Fair Prep
Professional architects in charge of hiring for their firms will discuss the interview process and preparation with students of all programs in advance of the College’s 2019 Career Fair.

Date: Jan 9
Time: noon
Place: Arch Gallery
Pizza provided - Bring your notebooks

BRR Portfolio and Resume Review Day 2019
Date: Jan 10
Time: 1 – 5 pm CST
Place: BRR Office Kansas City
Register here .

Date: Jan. 15
Time: 12 pm

Date: Jan. 22, 2019 Time: 12:15 pm–1:15 pm
Place: TBA

M.ARCH Applications Due
Date: Feb. 1
Time: 5 pm

Date: Feb. 1
Time: 5 pm
Apply today to meet the deadline for CoA Scholarships.

Date: Feb. 8
Time: 4:00 pm
Place: Nebraska Union

Date: Feb. 21, 2019 – Feb. 22, 2019
Time: 8 am–5 pm Place: Architecture Hall
January Submission Deadlines listed here:
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