Dean's Message:

I just returned from a Leadership Summit on Collaboration Across the Design Continuum hosted by the Design Futures Council in Atlanta. Along with leaders in architecture, design, construction, engineering, education and finance; we explored functional collaboration and what it means when conceiving, designing and building a project. We looked at the risks and rewards of various delivery models and projected to the future and how our industry is poised for change. While collaboration is a word often used to describe effectively working together in multiple situations, the qualities of effective collaboration including trust, leadership and knowledge can lead to exceptional results! Our Professional Advisory Council (PAC) will be on campus at the end of this week, an exceptional group of people who are vested in the success and future of our College and disciplines. Look for opportunities to interact with this incredible group.

-Kathy Ankerson


Welcome Back from Spring Break!

Priority registration for fall 2017 opens TODAY!  As you register for your summer and fall courses, be sure to schedule a time to meet with your academic adviser to be sure you are on the path to graduate.

- Stephanie Kuenning  

The Fabrication Workshop at the College of Architecture will no longer allow blue or pink rigid insulation to be cut on any band saw in our facility. The reason for this is due to over-usage heating the blade up enough to melt the foam. The heat is low enough to melt but not high enough to prevent cooling after cut material passes the blade. The cooling foam increases friction at the backside of the blade along with the residual foam built up at the guide blocks results in binding. This process resulted in the loss of six blades over three days. More-
Proper Disposal of Sharps

Recently, we have had some sharps (Exacto blades) thrown in the trash, which is not the safe and approved method of disposing of items that can injure someone. Signage for proper disposal has been hung in all studios; please review these procedures so you’re aware of UNL’s procedure. In short, dispose of blades in a “sharps container” located throughout the building’s studios so that your fellow classmates, faculty and staff are not injured from a preventable situation. 


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


APX Basketbrawl
Date: March 29  
Time:  7 pm
Place: Link

AIAS Beaux Arts Ball  
Date: April
Time:  9 pm
Place: TBD


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!


Plains, Cranes and Trains:  Living History of Rural America! 

Students from the LARC 311 and 411 Vertical Studio presented the inventory of cultural assets to their partners and stakeholders in Red Cloud prior to spring break.  This RFI funded service-learning project is exploring local and regional economic development imbedded in a regional heritage tourism initiative. More-


Welcome back from spring break! During the break I attended the annual Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture conference in Detroit. I had the pleasure of seeing M.Arch students MacKenzie Gibbens and Aubrey Wassung each present papers on research emerging from Assistant Professor Jason Griffiths’ design research studio. Both students did a fantastic job! More-


Faculty and students from the Community and Regional Planning (CRP) program jointly presented a session on “Hazard Mitigation Planning” at the 2017 Nebraska Planning Conference in Kearney, Nebraska, March 8-10. The session provided a practical overview of hazard mitigation planning procedures and requirements to an audience that included professional planners, Nebraska citizen planners, municipal and county zoning administrators and UNL community and regional planning students. More-


I hope this finds you all relaxed, revived and/or refreshed after our spring break. It is time to sign up for fall 2017 classes, so be sure to check your email for the registration guidelines I have sent out to you all to refer to, and as always, be sure to meet with your adviser to review your plans. This week we also have ASID & IIDA Interior Design Student Day titled “Products & Professionals Perspectives.” This event will be held in the Barn on Friday, March 31st from 11:30-4:30 pm. More-


Several faculty members presented their work at regional and national conferences over spring break including David Karle, Cathy De Almeida, Jason Griffiths and Dan Piatkowski.

Plus this week, Zhenghong Tang will be presenting at the Utilizing Climate Data to Inform Municipal Planning and Increase Resilience workshop. More-

Several students spoke at the ACSA conference including Aubrey Wassung who presented “When Nature Strikes: A Study of Beetle Kill in America and its Potential Use for Mass Timber Construction”, Rachel Plamann presented “Nebraska’s Wood Products Tradition: Understanding Available Skills and Resources” and MacKenzie Gibbens presented “Design-Build: Service Beyond Community”. Plamann, Gibbens and Wassung co-presented with Assistant Professor Jason Griffiths. 

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

Franco’s List Call for Nominations

The Character Council is seeking nominations for Franco’s List, a public recognition of students of integrity. The Show Your Red campaign defines integrity as the quality of being honest and having strong moral character. Faculty, staff and other students are encouraged to nominate deserving individuals who portray one or more of the six building blocks of integrity: citizenship, dependability, respect, open-mindedness, caring, and commitment.

Nominations Deadline: April 2 

Recognition Ceremony: April 19  

2017 Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) Student Competition

IIDA is honored to present this event that recognizes interior design excellence from Chapter Campus Centers.  All project types from graduate or undergraduate student members are eligible. Winners will be presented with an expense paid 3-day/2-night trip to NeoCon 2017!  

Submission Deadline: April 3rd at 11 pm 

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


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!


Tom Cory Scholarship

Tom Cory was a founding member of the Architectural Precast Association (APA) and in his honor, the APA developed the Tom Cory Scholarship. This $2,000 scholarship is awarded annually to one deserving student in an architecture program. If you would like to donate to the scholarship fund, please contact us.

Submission Deadline: March 31

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

APX Basketbrawl

Date: March 29  
Time: 7 pm
Place: Link

Spring Professional Advisory Council Meeting

Date : March 30-31

Scholarships and Awards Ceremony and Reception

Date:  March 31
Time:  5:30 pm
Place:  Link, Gallery

Date: March 31
Time:  8 - 5 pm
Place: Architecture Hall,   Barn

AIAS Beaux  Art s Ball   

Date: April 7 
Time: 9 pm
Place: TBD


Date: April 4
Time:  3:30 - 5 pm
Place: Nebraska Union

Date: April 5 
Place: Nebraska Union 
Time: 3:30 - 5 pm

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

Date: May 24-27