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DAAP Alumni eNews

September 2014


message from the Dean


Hello DAAPers,

It is no surprise to most of you that I have been around DAAP for quite some time. Yet no matter how many times I've experienced them, I am always excited and rejuvenated by the beginning of another academic year. I enjoy getting to meet our newest students and watching their educational journeys unfold during their time at UC. It is a reminder of how things change over the years -- but it also reinforces our commitment to helping students thrive during their time at DAAP.

And though the semester has just begun, this fall's class has already broken records. UC's fall enrollment of approximately 43,600 students (an increase of 2.2 percent) is recognized as the largest in school history! Even more exciting, the incoming freshman class is more academically advanced than ever, with an average GPA of 3.48. There are also 71 high school valedictorians and 48 National Merit/National Achievement Finalists. These impressive numbers point to academic excellence all around the university and UC's desirability among top-notch students.

Of course, the return of students means the beginning of a busy fall schedule. In a little over one week, we will celebrate Homecoming (Saturday, Sept. 20) alongside one of the biggest parties in the world -- Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. Since Nippert Stadium is undergoing renovations, the festivities have moved downtown for this year, and a number of events are planned to make "Homecoming Zinzinnati" an unforgettable experience. Make plans to join your fellow alumni and friends at the DAAPmade Homecoming Social, taking place on Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Wine Guy Kitchen and Bar on the banks.

For more information on Homecoming and the related festivities, click here.


President Ono will also be hitting the road this fall with the #HottestCollegeinAmerica tour. Stops in Washington D.C. and Louisville have already been announced, with more dates coming soon.

I hope you will join us at an event this fall. Thank you for your continued support of DAAP.


Robert Probst


giving back


Making A Tangible Difference for DAAP Students
When you make a gift to DAAP, your donation makes a lasting impact in the lives of students. Recent gifts to DAAP have updated furnishings in classrooms and the atrium, created emergency funds to help students who find themselves in dire financial need, and provided furnishings for the Materials Library.

The UC DAAP Telefund campaign is starting soon. Please consider giving to DAAP with the confidence that your gift really does make a difference. If you would prefer to make a gift online, you may do so by following this link. Thank you for your generosity!

Three New Scholarships Available to DAAP Students this Fall
Thanks to donations from alumni and friends of DAAP, five additional students received financial assistance in the form of scholarships. Read more about these new funds or make a gift to fund future scholarships.


college news


UC Fashion Design Program Ranked Among Nation's Top Ten
Design Schools Hub recently ranked UC's fashion design program among the nation's Top Ten, along with New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, Pratt Institute, Parson's and Cornell University.

Poster for UC's DAAPworks 2014 Wins Gold from Prestigious International Design Journal
UC design alumni traditionally create the annual poster for DAAPworks, the end-of-year display of students' capstone design projects. This year's poster, by alums at Landor Associates, won a Gold award from Graphics, a prestigious international design journal.

See Video from DAAP's Architecture Summer CAMP
An architecture summer program at UC, called CAMP: Cincinnati Architecture Mentoring Program, represents a collaborations between UC, the Cincinnati chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the National Organization of Minority Architects Midwest region and Cincinnati Public Schools.


student news


Architecture Students Design Grocery Store Concepts for Cincinnati's Downtown
The Kroger Co. enlisted UC students to help come up with different design concepts for a smaller grocery store that might fit somewhere in Cincinnati's downtown.

UC Duct Tape Sculptures Featured by National TV Program
Large-than-life, colorful sculptures of duct tape made by UC students were featured in July on the A&E cable channel.

Visual Merchandising and Store Design Magazine Features Interior Design Student
The magazine's June issue featured a photo and text with interior design student Emma Conway Class and her project at the 2014 DAAPworks.

1970s Style: See DAAP-Created Fashions from Four Decades Ago
See some haute couture history in the form of a 1970s fashion photo from UC's archives.

Architecture Student, Who Broke Her Back in Accident, Prepares to Climb Kilimanjaro
Read a heartwarming story from July about Katie Taylor, who broke her back in a skiing accident. The UC architecture student was interviewed as she was preparing to scale Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Partnership Creates New Break-Out Lounge for DAAP Doctoral Students
UC doctoral students in architecture and planning have a new space, designed and built thanks to a faculty-student partnership.

alumni news


Public Art Projects Mean Large Scale Work and Leadership for UC Alum
Now in his third summer with ArtWorks, UC alum Joe Hedges appreciates the unusual chances the program has brought him for growth and work on the large scale.

See How Architecture Alum Michael Reynolds Built a House from Recycled Materials, Beer Cans
UC architecture alum and environmentalist Michael Reynolds, who graduated in 1969, first built a house of recycled materials in 1972, using recycled beer and pop cans.

See Video that Highlights Work by UC School of Planning Grads
Hear from UC School of Planning graduates about their work to revitalize Cincinnati's neighborhoods and communities.

UC Fine Arts Alumna Is New Creative Director of Herndon Gallery in Yellow Springs
Jennifer Wenker, a 2012 UC masters of fine arts alumna, is the new creative director at Antioch College's Herndon Gallery in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Urban Planning Alum Dedicated to Revitalizing Business District of Fresno
UC planning alumnus Aaron Blair is the new president/chief executive of Downtown Fresno Partnership, the property owner-funded nonprofit dedicated to revitalizing the central business district.


upcoming events


School of Art Fall 2014 Lecture Series

DAAP School of Art Lecture Series brings distinguished artists, art historians and art educators to lecture on a variety of visual arts topics. All School of Art lectures are free and open to the public. Read more about the lecturers here, or contact

The School of Art Lectures slated for fall of 2014 are:

MK Guth
September 16
5 pm
DAAP 5401

Rachel de Joode
October 7
5:30 pm
DAAP 5401

Vitto Valentinov
October 13
5 pm
DAAP 3410

Japanese Studies Lecture Series: Religion Art, and Gender
October 16
2-5 pm
DAAP 3420

Lucy Lippard
October 22
5 pm
DAAP 4400

Bret Price
October 23
2:30 pm
DAAP Room 4400

#HottestCollegeinAmerica Tour Stops for September, October
September 16 | Washington, D.C.
6:30 p.m.
The Mayflower Renaissance Washington, D.C., Hotel
Register here

October 30, 2014
Louisville, Ky.
Site TBD
View the complete schedule.

UC Homecoming: Bearcats, Bratwurst and the Battle for the Victory Bell
The University of Cincinnati will bring its Homecoming Parade and thousands of fans downtown for the Bearcats' football game against Miami University at 7 p.m. on Sept. 20, the same weekend as Cincinnati's Oktoberfest.

Insider's View of Fashion Available Via October 13-17 NYC Style Studies Trip
DAAP is sponsoring a Style Studies trip to New York City to explore the fashion industry. The non-credit opportunity is open to all.

2014 National Signage Research and Education Conference at UC -- October 8 and 9
The Signage Foundation, Inc. has collaborated with the Colleges of Business and DAAP at the University of Cincinnati to host a national conference on October 8 and 9, 2014. The conference will facilitate discourse between sign makers, the businesses who need signage, the public that uses signage and local government that regulates signage will have fertile ground to debate ideas and to arrive at important common ground. Learn more.


Monday, October 20, 2014
12:15--2 p.m.
DAAP Room 4400
Presentation/Video/Discussion Featuring
Nic Wolpe, CEO, Liliesleaf
Liliesleaf is a national, historic liberation site in South Africa.

Nic is the son of sociologist Harold Wolpe (1926-96), one of the anti-apartheid activists arrested in the raid at Liliesleaf.

Calling Fellow DAAP Alumni of New England!
> I.D. Magazine lists the University of Cincinnati among the ten top design schools on earth
> DesignIntelligence ranks the DAAP undergraduate Industrial Design program as the number 1 program in the United States
> U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Cincinnati graduate program in design as the 6th best in the nation
> Planetizen ranks our Planning graduate programs as the 4th best in the Midwest and 16th best in the nation
> DesignIntelligence ranks our undergraduate Interior Design program as 4th best in the nation
> DesignIntelligence ranks the DAAP Master of Architecture program as 16th best in the nation
> GDUSA magazine rates DAAP as their 2014 Top Design School

…and these are just the most recent accolades!

We have much to be proud of - pride in our university's heritage, pride in our college's standing in the design community and pride in the quality of education we all received.


Perhaps with our busy lives - personal and professional–we take this for granted. But reflect upon this for just a brief moment…your career success (and perhaps because of your having come to New England to pursue your career, your personal success as well), is due to the foundation you built at the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning.

Please join other DAAP alumni from all over New England this October 29 at 6 p.m., at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, for a gathering of what is arguably the most talented collection of design professionals in the United States. It will be your opportunity to remind yourself of why we DAAP alumni are truly special.

Don Kindsvatter, DAAP Architecture 1976
Nancy Ludwig, DAAP Architecture 1981
Roger Stein, DAAP Architecture 1981

Join us in Chicago November 6-9 for SOFA CHICAGO!
DAAP will be participating for the first time in SOFA CHICAGO: Thursday, November 6 through Sunday, November 9, 2014 at Navy Pier. The college is proud to be exhibiting socially responsible student and faculty projects selected by competitive application.

The 2014 Exposition of Sculpture Objects & Functional Art + Design Fair is a gallery-presented, international art exposition dedicated to bridging the worlds of design, decorative and fine art. Works by emerging and established artists and designers.

Please visit us at Navy Pier.






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