Dean's Message

Hello everyone,

As we enter these last two weeks of the semester, I encourage you to explore not only those reviews and events from your own discipline, but also those from each of the disciplines within our College. We have many guests over the course of this week, each brings a unique perspective to design and planning. We bring these guests in so they can become aware of the quality of work going on here at UNL's College of Architecture (and spread the word!); and just as importantly so that each of you has the opportunity to learn from them. Finish strong!


As the end of the term approaches, it is important to be aware of not only your presentation deadline, but also the printing deadlines. As the entire College works to meet their goals, we all must remain respectful of people’s time. In order to guarantee that prints are ready for final critiques, the media center/print shop requests that everyone turn their final prints in at least 48 hours in advance of their final presentation, the earlier the better.   Second & third year students (Plus ARCH 500) are presenting on Wednesday, December 7th and MUST submit their prints no later than Monday, December 5th. For 510/610 (Master) students presenting on Thursday, December 8th, they  MUST  submit their prints no later than Tuesday, December 6th. Design Thesis, Landscape and Fourth Year students presenting on Friday, December 9th,  MUST  submit their prints no later than Wednesday, December 7th . The media center/print shop will be open on Saturday, December 3rd and Sunday, December 4th to accommodate the high volume of printing and encourages everyone to utilize this extra time. 

Degree Audit 

Did you know that you are able to run your own Degree Audit in MYRED?  The degree audit (DARS) is a computer-generated document that outlines your undergraduate academic progress – it’s like keeping track of your path to graduation on the paper FLOWCHARTS, but it’s ONLINE! 

This is especially helpful for students who are getting close to, or will be graduating in May and want to ensure they have completed ALL required coursework to graduate. 

To get to your degree audit, open your web browser and go to


Tau Sigma Delta

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!

Assistant Professor Daniel Piatkowski publishes a collaborative article with the Journal of Urbanism entitled, “Can web-based community engagement inform equitable planning outcomes? A case study of bikesharing.” Congratulations!
As we approach the last two weeks of the semester, we want to wish everyone success with his or her final studio presentations and exams. This week is jammed packed, filled with guest critics and design studio presentations. The Landscape Architecture program will be hosting three final studio reviews featuring a range of project scales, complexity and approaches. On Thursday, December 8th, Sarah Karle’s LARC 210 studio will be hosting guest critic Kevin Jon Benham, associate professor of landscape architecture at South Dakota State, and the students will be presenting their detailed courtyard designs where their projects have integrated knowledge from their LARC 230 Materiality course. More-
This week final reviews begin on Wednesday and continue through Friday, December 9th. We start with 2nd year studio reviews on Wednesday morning and end with the fourth year “Collaborate” studio and interim Design Thesis reviews on Friday. M.Arch studio reviews are on Thursday. A full schedule is attached to this newsletter, but look out for last minute changes on the posted schedules. As always, reviews are open to everyone, so I highly encourage students to attend reviews for other studios.  

This fall we welcome four guest critics: Tom Leslie from Iowa State; Anca Trandafirescu from the Taubman College at the University of Michigan; Anthony Morey, our spring Hyde Chair visiting professor; and Michelle Laboy from Northeastern University.  

Dr. Zhenghong Tang, Associate Professor of Community and Regional Planning, has been awarded a second grant ($67,330) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to assist in Omaha’s efforts to improve future management of urban storm water, beginning with several activities in the 2016 to 2018 time frame. The project is entitled “Improving Omaha’s Green Infrastructure Training for Workforces, Students and Residents.” Andy Szatko, an MCRP graduate (2012) and currently an Environmental Quality Control Technician with the City of Omaha, is serving as a liaison on the current project, as well as having assisted with Dr. Tang’s previous EPA-funded project in Omaha ($59,220), “Building a Living Laboratory and an Evidence-Based Education Toolkit to Improve Omaha’s Urban Water Quality.” More-


It is here! The week we have all been working so hard for…Studio Reviews! I don’t know about all of you, but this last week was busy, fun and pretty intense. I am looking forward to seeing all of our hard work pay off at reviews and critiques this week. Second Year ID students will be presenting their spatial strategies and design solutions for a Hobbyist Retreat. Third Year will be presenting their new proposals for a Rural Health & Wellness Community Center in collaboration with Howard County Medical Center in St. Paul, Nebraska. Lastly, Fourth Year ID students will each be presenting their solutions to the exciting Collaboration Studio Topics including a new suburban development model, a refugee housing explorations and a new learning environment for K-12 education. I also just want to include a friendly reminder that as we wrap up studios, be sure to invest some time and energy into the equally important, elective classes. More-

Student Competitions

Place and Displacement: A Marketplace in Refugee Settlements.

This is a competition that challenges the innovative minds around the globe to design a marketplace to promote refugee livelihoods. The total prize package is $30,000. Undergraduate and graduate students alike are encouraged to participate.  

Submission Deadline: Dec. 9th

2017 IAH Competition

Submission Deadline: Dec. 12 

MOA Architecture:  Scholarship Award + Summer Internship Program

Submissions Deadline: Jan. 2017

Submission Deadline: Feb 6th

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!

National Precast Concrete Association Foundation (NPCAF) Scholarship

This 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. 

Internships, Jobs & More!

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

Date: Jan 3
Time: 8:30-12 pm
Place: Gallery 
Lunch will be provided.

Date: Feb. 23 & 24 
Time: 8-5 pm
Place: Architecture Hall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln City Campus

Additional Info:  Mark Hinchman, Professor of Interior Design, (402)472-5930,           

For General Event Information Visit:

Firm Registration deadline: January 15 

Student Deadline:
January 23

Date: Dec. 28-Jan 2
Place: Boston