A major perk of being a program director is meeting students. This week I met some amazing individuals, like Ezra Young, president of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA); Jiaqi (Max) Luo, an international undergraduate student from Zhejiang University City College in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China; and the M.Arch thesis students. Speaking with them about their future goals and aspirations has been an inspiring experience, and reminded me that the education of an architect is full of exciting possibilities.

This Wednesday from 12-1pm is the Dean’s Welcome, and I encourage all students to attend. There will be not only ice cream, but also, information booths on the many student organizations in the college. You can check out NOMA, and meet Ezra, as well as the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), the official student body organization for the Architecture Program at UNL and the Nebraska chapter of the US Green Building Council (USGBC), for example. The AIAS is a great way for all architecture students to connect with practicing professionals. I’ll be there too, so be sure to introduce yourself to me!

If, like me, you are new to this weekly, I encourage you to navigate to the faculty news feed, where you will find information about your professors. It’s good to know what they are up to, for you might have the opportunity to collaborate with them in the future. Also, be sure to scroll down to the bottom, where you will find ads for internships at architectural offices and student competitions.

Finally, I am excited to welcome back Nathalie Frankowski and Cruz Garcia of WAI Architecture (, who bring a unique perspective and positive energy to the school. This semester they are teaching in D.Think; next semester they will be the Hyde Chair of Excellence.

-Sarah Deyong