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School of Architecture Lecture Series 2016

School of Architecture Lecture Series 2016

Dr. Vladimir Kulic has returned from his semester leave of absence where he was a Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin

Dr. Vladimir Kulić spent the fall semester of 2015 as a Fellow of the American Academy in Berlin. There he worked on his next book, Building between Worlds: Yugoslav Architecture in the Global Cold War. While in Germany, Dr. Kulić gave several talks, including those at the Bauhaus University in Weimar and the Technical University of Berlin. The

Dr. Henning Haupt has been awarded a Residency at the Anderson Ranch Art Center for the spring semester.  In addition, he will be showing his work in an exhibition at the Wenzel Hablik Museum in Itzehoe, Germany

Dr. Henning Haupt has been awarded a Residency at the Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass-at-Aspen, Colorado for the spring semester.  During his semester leave of absence, he will also be traveling to Germany where his work will be exhibited at the Wenzel Hablik Museum in Itzehoe, Germany. The title of the exhibit “Farbraume” features Dr. Haupt’s recent research on color + space and furthers the perceptual and experiential understanding of the role of color + space in architectural design. Wenzel Hablik’s painting, design and architectural works during the early twentieth century addressed similar issues.

Associate Professor Emmanouil Vermisso has won the 2016 Creative Achievement Award in the Area of Teaching from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. This is an extremely significant national award

Associate Professor Emmanouil Vermisso has been awarded the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture 2016 Creative Achievement Award in Teaching. His design proposals constitute a cumulative result of reflection on the use of digital technology in Design and the balance necessary to leverage prior analogue working methodologies. The scope of an early seminar on Digital Fabrication expanded as the content was progressively refined over time, to encompass concerns on performance relative to responsiveness and also process relative to material systems. Resulting from these earlier inquiries, further hypotheses were formulated which led to courses on Biological Analogy in Design, Kinetic Prototyping and eventually, (Analogue and Digital) Computational Form-Finding.

The pedagogical evolution emerging from these interests explicitly promotes the integration of both Analogue and Digital tools as these are considered complementary. My primary interest lies in adopting technologies (i.e. parametric modeling and simulation) and empirical/theoretical practice towards the establishment of a bottom-up design methodology in research-driven courses in Architecture. Situated at the core of this intent, these form-finding investigations do not rely on specific software/hardware but rather on the realization that Architecture can directly borrow rationales from external disciplines like Engineering and the Sciences (i.e. Biology) at large.

The projects attempt to engage bottom-up thinking towards their development. In spite of being distinctly idiosyncratic, they demonstrate analogies in their working process; the notion of the ‘Grid’ has been used as a vessel for understanding the quantifiable modifiers within a system, regardless of its nature. Soft, Elastic, Wet, Layered and Drained Grids are used as deformation rationales in order to explore specific materials like Latex, Fabric, Cotton Thread and Sand, often based on some self-organizing process. The results obtained are – at least in intention – ‘Emergent’, as there are no specific research hypotheses imposed a priori; rather, the projects evolve based on the results obtained from the experiments. We acknowledge this flexibility as both great promise and a considerable challenge.

Assistant Professor Jeff Huber has been awarded the Association for Collegiate Schools of Architecture 2016 Collaborative Practice Award

Assistant Professor Jeff Huber has been awarded the Association for Collegiate Schools of Architecture 2016 Collaborative Practice Award

Funded by the Clinton Global Initiative, the project, “The Absence of Food in Urban Design and Planning” addressed new development that aimed towards enabling the City of Fayetteville, Arkansas to sustain its food budget through a local urban agriculture network. The project team consisted of faculty and students from ecological engineering, agriculture and food law, and food science in addition to architecture. The team collaborated with local nonprofits, the Local Food Code Task Force, FEED Fayetteville, and the Fayetteville Forward Local Food Group to formulate a planning toolkit, develop demonstration projects, and enact enabling land-use reform adopted by the city council in 2014. Food City is an applied research tool in the statewide effort to correct misalignments between food production and consumer access through policy/development reform. Urban farming groups and food banks are now commissioning new food production projects modeled on the plan, including a crowd-funded teaching urban farm.

Engineering students prepared a comprehensive analysis of the city’s nutritional needs compared to local ecosystems’ yield capabilities with recommendations for enhancement. Architecture students/faculty in collaboration with other departments formulated a new design vocabulary for recovering the missing middle scale of agriculture necessary to reclaim the option of urban food production. Food City invents an agro-ecology of urban growing guilds associated with niche functions: 1) permaculture/foraging landscapes; 2) intensive farming of annual landscapes; 3) GROW Streets (Gardened Right-of-Way); 4) pollution remediation landscapes; and 5) waste-to-energy districts. Food City also devises 22 Agricultural Urban Real Estate Products value-added to the nineteen standard types financialized by Wall Street, along with the four infrastructural systems necessary to realize an urban foodshed.

Urban farming groups and food banks are now commissioning new food production projects modeled on the plan, including a crowd-funded teaching urban farm.

SoA Lecture: Dr. Colin Polsky

SoA Lecture: Dr. Colin Polsky

SoA Lecture: Philip Beesley

SoA Lecture: Philip Beesley

SoA Lecture: Marlon Blackwell

SoA Lecture: Marlon Blackwell

SoA Lecture: Monica Penick

SoA Lecture: Monica Penick

SoA Lecture: Max Strang & John Englander

The FAU School of Architecture kicks off its Fall 2014 Lecture Series with two exciting lectures.

SoA Lecture: John Englander

On Tuesday, October 7th at 5:30pm on the 11th Floor Conference Hall HEC Tower, John Englander will discuss the impacts of the rising sea level and its impact on our society.

SoA Lecture: Max Strang

On Thursday, October 9th at 4:30pm in the MetroLAB, downtown Fort Lauderdale, Max Strang will present his lecture "On Rise."

SoA Lecture Series: Ulrich Mueller

SoA Lecture Series: Ulrich Mueller

Join SoA Faculty and Students for a lecture by Ulrich Mueller Mueller will be speaking on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 5:00pm at FAU’s downtown Fort Lauderdale Campus in the MetroLAB at 220 SE Second Avenue.

Exhibitions on contemporary architecture today are an integral part of communication between architects and the public, especially in German-speaking countries. On the one hand, architects want to present their work to a broader audience. On the other, the general public has a great need for information about architecture. Last but not least, exhibitions serve as a means for intellectual positioning within the architectural scene. (For a successful architect, exhibitions are, along with publications and a professorship, an important indicator of his or her intellectual influence.)

Just a couple of years ago, architectural exhibitions were solely documentary. Meanwhile, the format has developed into its own form of installation art, existing alongside and emancipated from the architect’s work. The question arises, how architecture—per se unable to be exhibited—can be translated into the small and temporary format of a gallery or a museum. Drawings, models and photographs can document a building, but the central elements of architecture—masses, space and materials—cannot simply be scaled down or copied. For this reason, these properties must be “translated” for an exhibition. Therefore, many architects develop spatial interventions or use crossmedia, transforming exhibition spaces into associative ones in which architectural thinking and experiences become possible without the physical presence of real architecture. This development will be explained through examples from our own exhibition program and international ones.

Click here to view Ulrich Mueller's website

The Tunnel - Architectural Color-Space Painting

"The Tunnel" is one of the entrances to the Fort Lauderdale campus of FAU, a highly frequented pedestrian passageway connecting the city parking garage to the educational complex of FAU and BC.

The project was started in the class 'Color Material Space' at the School of Architecture, FAU in spring of 2012. The class collected information on the location and developed preliminary ideas for a color-space design. The results were reviewed by the Manager of Transportation at the City of Fort Lauderdale Diana Alacron and recommended for further development and implementation.

The project continued in spring 2013 as a undergraduate research project that explores the relationship of color and space to be implemented on the inner surfaces of the tunnel. The project is based on Haupt’s work on color and space.

The project proposal includes various color schemes for the tunnel surfaces presented in architectural objects, models and perspectives (see images).

The final painting is executed (by students and instructor) in about 6 layers of paint rolled on walls and ceiling. All tones are developed on the surface as a result of layering’s of transparent paints 3 color tones red, yellow and blue.

The colors in the space are building a color-space in the existing tunnel space. The visual color-space and physical space are merging to an inseparable architectural color-space construction.

Henning Haupt, PhD

The Tunnel - Architectural Color-Space Painting
At the Pedestrian Entrance on the south side of the City Parking Garage
(between 1st / 2nd Ave north of Las Olas Boulvard)

Henning Haupt Ph.D. Assistant Professor
Florida Atlantic University, School of Architecture
111 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale FL 33304
945 762 5654, hhaupt1@fau.edu


  • Dain P. Giannattasio
    4th year B-Arch Program, 2013 Undergraduate Research Award, FAU
  • Rita Sosa
    4th year B-Arch Program, 2014 Undergraduate Research Award, FAU

Design 6 Travels to Savannah, Georgia

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Spring 2014: The Architectural Design 6 classes traveled to Savannah, Georgia as part of their studio design project. Students had the opportunity to visit this historic city to analyze three sites in which they will develop spaces for biking enthusiasts. The first project is a Biker Café, the next a Biker Hostel which will include a café and a market, and lastly a Vellodrome for track cycling. Students spent two days taking a walking tour to study the design of the city plan and analyze the contexts of their specific sites.