Dean's Message:

Volunteering your time and talent is an exceptional way to "give back" to the community and to demonstrate first hand the character and skills of our collective professions. To each of you who participated in the Big Event this past weekend, I say a hearty "Thank you!" I am pleased to say this is just one example of the leadership provided by our student organizations throughout the college.

This week's newsletter is packed with wonderful and important information - please don't stop until you scan all the way through.

-Kathy Ankerson


The ASLA Great Plains Student Chapter and the Responsible Learning Community participated in the Big Event on Saturday, April 8th.  This event was organized by ASUN Student Government as a way to say “Thank YOU” to the residents of Lincoln by helping community organizations through a service activity. Our students served two organizations, YMCA and Lux Center of Visual Arts.  Students started off the day early with a hardy breakfast of pancakes and shared fun and comradery while serving their organizations. Fun was had by all. We are so proud of our students!


As the end of the semester approaches, there are still several events in the Architecture program, prior to the final reviews on April 24-26. Faculty candidates for two position in the Architecture program are on campus this week and next. Public presentations will be help at 11 am in the Gallery on Monday, April 10; Friday, April 14; Wednesday, April 19; and Friday, April 21. Please attend as many as you can and help us select the newest additions to our growing faculty. More-

I hope you all had a moment this past weekend to take a break; enjoy the springtime sunshine, get some fresh air and recharge for a week of focused, efficient, production of great work in your classes. We are getting closer and closer to wrapping up the semester. First year students are thinking of portfolios and applications into the respective programs and second year students are perhaps contemplating the fact they are half-way done with the curriculum and hopefully considering new personal goals of how to best optimize their upper level experience and learning in the remaining two years. More- 
Associate Professor of Community and Regional Planning Dr. Zhenghong Tang was one of two co-organizers of a workshop “Utilizing Climate Data to Inform Municipal Planning and Increase Resilience” held at UNL’s Gaughan Multicultural Center on Thursday and Friday, March 30-31, 2017. State of Nebraska Climatologist Dr. Martha Shulski worked with Dr. Tang to organize the workshop; she is also Dr. Tang’s co-principal investigator in the research project for which the workshop was an integral activity. The research is funded by a research grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. More-

Donations will sold at the USGBC Material Sales which will be happening on Wednesdays in the Link during the month of April. More-


Each year, the College of Architecture faculty nominate graduating students who have distinguished themselves in their respective discipline to be considered for the Tau Sigma Delta Bronze Medal.  The top three finalists from each discipline were announced at our Annual New Member Banquet on March 8th.  The Psi Chapter of Tau Sigma Delta would like to congratulate the 2017 Bronze Medal Finalists:


  • Zoe Cope
  • Katie Horn
  • Caitlin Tangeman 

Interior Design

  • Kelsey Christensen
  • Megan Ediger
  • Chloe Neuvirth 

Landscape Architecture

  • Kenneth Brandl
  • Cory Galen
  • Melissa Petersen 

All finalists are asked to curate a display of their best work from their college career for voting by the active membership of Tau Sigma Delta.  These displays will be up in the Link next week from April 10th - 14th.  One recipient from each discipline will be awarded the Tau Sigma Delta Bronze Medal at our College Graduation Celebration on Friday May 5th.

Having issues modeling your project? Need help with digital workflow?

Tau Sigma Delta's Digital Design Help Desk is every Wednesday in the Barn from 7pm - 10pm. Open to all students, TSD members are available to help you with any questions or issues relating to design software, including Revit, Rhino, AutoCad, Adobe Suites and more!


Associate Professor Zhenghong Tang just published a co-authored paper entitled “The Role of Local Leaders in Environmental Concerns in Master Plans: An Empirical Study of China’s Eighty Large Municipalities” in one of the top planning journals in China: Journal of Planning Education and Research. 

The PNEUMAD project designed and built by Professor Jeffrey L. Day’s firm Min Day has been published in a new book from Phaidon, “Mobitecture: Architecture on the Move”.


Students Present at the UNL Research Fair

A special shout out to our undergraduate and graduates students who presented at the UNL Research Fair this week. At the undergraduate poster session, Amina Cheikh presented her research project entitled “Architecture in the Humanities in the footsteps of Austerlitz” with Professor Rumiko Handa serving as research adviser and Austin Arens presented “The Role of Service Learning in Instruction at the University of Nebraska” with Professor Kim Wilson serving as his research adviser.

At the graduate level Colton Berck presented “Aug City: The Cyber-Spatial Impacts of Augmented Reality on the field of Urban Planning” with Professor Gordon Scholz serving his research adviser.

Interior Design Student Passes Huge Exam

Congratulations to fourth year interior design student Cara Romeo who passed the EDAC exam! Well done!


Dear Students,

AIA National needs your input regarding the National Design Services Act (NDSA) that is aimed at reducing student loan debt incurred for architecture majors.  Your experience in paying for architecture school - whether it was easy or difficult - will provide incredibly meaningful information. Please take the survey today: 2017 Student Debt Financial Survey.

Dear Faculty,

Each of you probably received a survey request for the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement administered through the Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University.  We encourage you to take the time to fill out the survey. The results from the study are used in a variety of ways, including assessment, institutional improvement and prompting discussion on teaching and learning initiatives. This survey will take about 18-25 minutes to finish.

For help logging into the survey or to find answers to a variety of other questions, please go to:


We have previously spoken of our Professional Advisory Council, the valuable insights and support they offer us. After hearing a presentation about the collaborate studios and understanding the benefit of synergy that comes from effective collaborative efforts, they acted in direct response and have endowed a fund to support The PAC College of Architecture Prize!  See link above for full competition details!

The contest, now in its seventh year, celebrates emerging talent in interior design by highlighting the work of students in the U.S and Canada. It is a great way for students to share their design perspectives and gain national recognition and cash prizes for their ideas and hard work.

Submission Deadline: April 15

Kaira Looro Architecture Competition

The theme of the contest is sacred architecture in Senegal (Africa), in fact the name of the competition is "Kaira Looro Competition" (Architecture for Peace "in Mandinka language). The initiative has two objectives: the development of research in architecture on issues of social emergencies and sustainable architecture, and contributing to a humanitarian emergency in Senegal that our organization wants to solve, in fact competition all entries will be entirely donated to the humanitarian project "A Bridge for life" which aims to improve living conditions 80,000 people in emergency.  

Early registration: from Jan. 20 to Feb. 3
Normal registration: from Feb. 14 to March 10  
Late registration: March 11 to April 2
Competitions deadline: April 23  

Arch Out Loud is hosting the first international architecture competition addressing the global epidemic of human trafficking.

Submission Deadline: May 15 

This  program is intended to challenge students, working individually or in teams, to explore a variety of design issues related to the use of steel in design and construction.

Registration Deadline: March 29

Submission Deadline: May 24  

United States Department of Interior, National Park Service Opportunities:

The Leicester B. Holland Prize is an annual competition that 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), Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), or the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS).

Submission Deadline: April 30

The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) of the National Park Service, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia and The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announce the 2017 Charles E. Peterson Prize, which annually recognizes the best set of measured drawings prepared to HABS standards and donated to HABS by students.

Submission Deadline: June 30

For the 8th annual HALS Challenge, they invite students and professionals to document a historic city or town park. People from every state are hereby challenged to complete at least one HALS short format history to document these beloved resources. Preservation Through Documentation!

Submission Deadline: July 31

2017 Sustainable Versatility Design Competition

NELMA’s design competition for student architects and interns for 2017 is well underway.  This is the 6th year that NELMA has offered this unique architecture and design student challenge; a no-fee competition that engages students in a design dialogue about sustainability and design using wood products as a contemporary construction material. 

Submission Deadline: August 1


The College of Architecture & the Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction

10 Undergraduate Student Intern Positions

Submission Deadline: Open until filled


Attention Students:
The Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience (UCARE) program provides undergraduate researchers the opportunity to learn from faculty mentors and engage in research and creative projects during the summer and academic year and receive a $2,400 stipend. Students with 30-120 credit hours and a cumulative GPA of 2.75 by the end of the spring 2017 semester are encouraged to apply.

Faculty Members,
Are you currently seeking an undergraduate researcher to work in your lab? Check this out!

EDSA Internship Opportunity

Submission Deadline: April 15 

NPCA Internship Database

Being launched this month, students can search for internship opportunities within the precast concrete industry. Check back often as more internships will be posted soon.

Meet The GREEN Hawai'i Program

Sustainable Community Food Systems, Energy,
& The World Youth Congress

Hawaiʻi’s sequestered location is a fascinating case study for agriculture and energy independence as its own microcosm of the world home to its unique Polynesian culture.

Submission Deadline: Programs fill on a first-come, first-serve basis.

More Jobs!

Check out the College of Architecture website for additional internship and job opportunities

Plus, University of Nebraska Career Services encourages you to view a few of their new Full-Time Job postings at Husker Hire Link (HHL). Check them out!


SARA Education Fund

This annual scholarship program is open to all students attending an accredited school of architecture. The student scholarship program was submitted to all NAAB Accredited Architectural Schools across the United States.  

Submission Deadline: August 3

Dongsei Kim’s Candidate Talk-
Assistant Professor of Architecture Candidate

Date: April 10
Time: 11 am
Place: Arch Gallery

Date: April 11
Time: 5-7 pm
Neb. Union, Regency A

David Newton's Candidate Talk-Architecture and Design Computation

Date: April 14 
Time: 11 am
Place: Arch Gallery

Dr. Saleh Kalantari's Candidate Talk-Architecture and Design Computation

Date: April 21  
Time: 11 am
Place: Arch Gallery 

Ellen Donnelly's -Candidate Talk-Assistant Professor of Architecture Candidate

Date: April 19
Time: 11 am
Place: Arch Gallery

Date: Saturday, April 22
Time:  4 pm
Place: South Barn

Date: April 13
Time: 7 pm
Place: Joslyn Art Museum

Date: May 24-27 

Do you know a high school student who loves design like you do? If so, please refer them out our website which details the four camps we are offering this summer.  More-