By Kerry McCulloug...

February 23, 2017

Arch Hall
The College of Architecture is pleased to announce the following faculty accolades and achievements:

Architecture Assistant Professor Jason Griffiths and his design studio students were honored with a 2017 Regional Excellence in Wood Design Award by Woodworks for their studio project titled “Emerge”. The students on the design team included: David Rogelio Alcala, Alfredo Vera F, Virginia Michelle Gormley, Ruslan White, Eric Lee Engler, Danielle Alexa Durham, Devin Bayles McLean, Scott Christopher Kenny, Justin Philip DeFields, Darian Johnathon Scott, Kristen Michelle Schulte, Joseph Roy Croghan and Hanna Christy.

The “Emerge” project is a 100 square foot structure designed to hold small gatherings of teachers and students visiting the Bauman Tree Farm in Eugene, Oregon. Details about their project are included on the Woodworks' website and featured in their 2017 Wood Design Award video. The video will be presented at five Wood Solutions Fairs and two Wood Design Symposia across the country this year and in the hardcover book, Celebrating Excellence in Wood Architecture 2016-2017, to be published next fall. For full project details click here.

Community and Regional Planning Assistant Professor Dan Piatkowski’s abstract titled “Promoting bicycling in the face of “Bikelash” – Why bicyclists break the law, and what it means for encouraging active transportation” was selected for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Excellence in Safety Research for Active Living award. The honor will be presented to Piatkowski at the 2017 Active Living Research conference on February 28th.


Architecture Assistant Professor David Karle and master of architecture student Caitlin Tangeman’s abstract "Decentralized Consumerism” has been accepted and will be developed into a full essay for the international journal MONU. MONU examines topics that are important to the future of cities and urban regions from a variety of perspectives and provides a platform for comparative analysis. Their essay mergers Karle's research on Great Plains urbanism and Tangeman's thesis interests on contemporary rural issues and the growing urban-rural divide. The essay will be published in April 2017.

Community and Regional Planning Assistant Professor Daniel Piatkowski’s survey work, which was presented in Washington DC last month, was featured in February’s issue of Greater, Greater Washington. The article was titled “Guess who wants to teach cyclists a lesson?” The full article can be reviewed here.

Piatkowski’s research focuses on investigating land use and transportation planning and how it can foster equitable and sustainable communities. Piatkowski is particularly interested in the ways in which planning for walking and bicycling, as viable modes of transportation, can transform communities.


Architecture Professor Rumiko Handa presented a paper titled “Presenting the Difficult Past: Günther Domenig’s Documentation Center of the National Socialist Party Rally Grounds at Nuremberg” at the Atmosphere 9 conference held at the University of Manitoba.

Handa’s paper presentation reflected on how a piece of architecture has a way of presenting the past and the history that took place there. She posed the question, “what contributions, if any, does the architect make when dealing with a pre-existing building that carries a difficult past.” For example the city of Nuremberg, where German citizens hosted Nazi rallies annually from 1933 to 1938, took a half a century to generate an institution, the Documentation Center, a place that would constantly remind its visitors of the genocide that happened there. Handa explored the community’s transition and asked the audience to ponder “whether and how the architect should take advantage of the pre-existing architecture as a memory place.” Full abstract can be found here.   

From the Interior Design program, Professor Mark Hinchman, Assistant Professor Nate Bicak and Associate Professor and Interim Program Director Lindsey Bahe have all had peer-reviewed papers accepted to be presented at the Interior Design Educator’s Council National Conference in Chicago in March. Mark Hinchman will be presenting “The Hotel Interiors of Dale and Patricia Keller, 1961 – 1981: Oral History in the Digital Age”. Nate Bicak and Lindsey Bahe co-authored “Design Making as a Recruiting Tool: Body, Space and Agility”.


Architecture Professor and Program Director Jeffrey L. Day’s “Blue Barn Theatre and Boxcar 10” projects in Omaha, Nebraska, have been featured on the internationally renowned architecture website ArchDaily. Full feature can be found here

Day’s design team combined a 13,000 square foot facility for Blue Barn with Boxcar 10, a 10,000 square foot restaurant and residential building and a 7,500 square foot public open space. Designed for separate owners, the projects share a common language and a unified site strategy including innovative storm water management and unconventional materials. The architects envisioned a collective and collaborative approach for the theater, restaurant and housing, embracing the precision programming required for each.