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November 2014


message from the Dean



The approach of the holiday season gives us an opportunity to reflect on what a remarkable year it was for our college, students, faculty and staff. I hope the same is true for you and your family as well.


This year has been a whirlwind for me with travel to India, China, and Botswana in Africa representing the university and the college. Many of my UC colleagues also traveled to foreign destinations as well carrying the message of the outstanding university that UC is and the research activity and academic opportunities that are available at UC. DAAP currently enrolls students from around the globe with a dozen students from Germany alone. Due to DAAP's global outreach and stellar reputation, DAAP is becoming a globally-known college with international connections benefitting students and faculty alike.

For the fourth year in a row, DAAP's undergraduate industrial design program is ranked No. 1 in the nation by design employers across the country. The 2015 DesignIntelligence rankings also placed DAAP's undergraduate interior design program at No. 6, the graduate design program at No. 9, and the graduate architecture program at No. 18. These accolades reinforce DAAP's reputation as a world-renowned design school, and are made possible in part by the impressive accomplishments of our alumni. Our dedicated faculty and staff also deserve praise for their tremendous efforts to prepare our students for success in their chosen fields.

Thanks to the generosity of alumni, corporate partners and friends this year 154 DAAP students will receive scholarships. Thank you for choosing to invest in the futures of our students.

A new attraction welcomes visitors to the college thanks to the generosity of Dianne Komminsk of New Bremen, OH who donated the 20-foot sculpture made entirely of galvanized steel. The sculpture was unveiled by the artist Bret Price during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 23, 2014.


Finally, I would like to wish you all a safe and happy holiday season -- and I encourage you to consider supporting DAAP with a year-end donation during this time of giving. All gifts made by December 31, 2014, qualify for a tax deduction in a few months, so you can help DAAP continue to thrive while helping yourself as well.


From scholarships and facility enhancements to new equipment and unique educational experiences, your gift truly makes a difference in what we do.


On behalf of our students, faculty and staff, we wish you a wonderful holiday season, and hope to share even more great news in the months to come.

Robert Probst

giving back


Making A Tangible Difference for DAAP Students
#GivingTuesday is just around the corner! We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.


Add up your savings from Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and consider making a donation to the University of Cincinnati. Those who donate $10 or more will receive an official 2014 UC ornament, the first in a series!


college news


Design Intelligence Magazine Ranks DAAP Programs Among Nation's Elite
For the fourth year in a row, DAAP's undergraduate industrial design program is ranked No. 1 in the nation. Those 2015 rankings also placed DAAP's undergraduate interior design program at No. 6, the graduate design program at No. 9, and the graduate architecture program at No. 18.

Storing the stuff you can't stuff on a shelf
The challenge on this project was creating a way to store and preserve a four-book collection by international book artist Paul Johnson, including a work commissioned by the Robert A. Deshon and Karl J. Schlachter Library for Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP).

The business of fashion is happening right here in Cincinnati
DAAP launched Style Studies in October, a fashion market trip to New York focused on the inner-workings of the fashion industry.

DAAP unveils outdoor sculpture, accompanying gallery exhibit
On a bright and windy afternoon on Thursday, sculptor Bret Price stood outside of the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, ready to unveil his sculpture. Additional Jezebel unveiling coverage.

DAAP Professor Jordan Tate Participated in Eyes on the Street at the UC Neihoff Studio
On November 5, 2014, Professor Tate took part in a panel discussion focusing on the ways that cameras and imaging technology influence our understanding of urban space and civil rights in the US and Europe. He and the other panel members will consider surveillance footage, the pervasiveness of camera phones, the shifting border between public and private, the creative use of cameras by artists, and the roles race and class play in the use and abuse of these technologies. These issues are of pressing concern: consider the roles played by cameras in the Arab Spring; the controversies about police behavior in Staten Island, New York, and Ferguson, Missouri; and the leaking of celebrities' private photographs.

DAAP Professor Craig Vogel compares today's design careers to improvisational jazz in a recent interview
Professor Vogel discusses Why Today's Design Careers are Akin to Improvisational Jazz.

Westheimer Gallery Exhibit showcases colorful abstracts of DAAP Professor Ryan Mulligan
Professor Mulligan's work includes short films focused on neighborhood relationships as well as interactive displays inspired by his son, Hobbs, who is autistic.

DAAP Assistant Professor Edson Cabalfin Named One of the Philippine's 55 Design Heroes and Mentors
DAAP Assistant Professor Edson Cabalfin was recently named as one of the Philippine's 55 Design Heroes and Mentors by BluPrint Magazine, an art and design magazine based in Manila, Philippines. The magazine recognized architects, interior designers, graphic designers, furniture designers, educators and others whom the magazine considered "iconic" in Philippine design.

DAAP Professor Frank Herrmann Named One of Nine Artists Chosen for the CSArts Cincinnati Inaugural Year of Community Supported Art Projects
Fifty art enthusiasts will each buy a "share" of the nine selected artists' commissioned work. Each chosen artist will create 50 individual works of art allowing for each shareholding art enthusiast to receive one piece of original art created by each artist.

DAAP Professor Joe Girandola and Adjunct Instructor Carol Tyler Artwork Featured in the Exhibition “With and Without: Challenges.”
Professor Joe Girandola and Adjunct Professor Carol Tyler had their artwork featured at "With and Without: Challenges," on exhibit from September 5-November 1, 2014, at the Carnegie Gallery. "With and Without: Challenges," was an exhibition that brings together 18 individual arts and one artist collective to explore the role that art plays in restoring the well-being of those who make and encounter art that addresses a wide range of "rough passages."

DAAP Galleries Director Aaron Cowan Appears in Movie "Art and Craft"
DAAP Galleries very own Aaron Cowan played a part in the story of a prolific painting forger and art imitator, Mark Landis? The movie "Art and Craft: What's It Take to Catch a Fake?" details Landis' story.

student news


CCM and DAAP Student-Produced 'Gold Rush Expedition Race' Film Series To Air on Universal Sports Network
This fall, Universal Sports will begin broadcasting three installments of the student-produced documentary films, which chronicle one of the foremost expedition races in the world. The result of a unique collaboration, involving 30 students from nine different academic programs at UC, the first installment of this action-packed series will premiere on October 16, 2014.

DAAP Junior Part of Prestigious Program Connecting Student Designers with Silicon Valley Start-Ups
UC graphic communication design major Kyle Bennett recently beat out thousands of other applicants to complete a prestigious, paid summer internship program that matched a handful of design students with Silicon Valley start-ups.

DAAP Student Taylor Turnball recently re-designed Aywa International's logo

Graduate Student Awards Include Yates Scholar Program and McNair Scholars Graduate Award Program
Support for graduate students at UC includes assistance for graduate students coming from low-income households, first-generation college students and for members of under-represented minority groups.

DAAP Fashion Design Students Inspired by IKEA
Fashion design sophomores receive fabric and win prizes for their work from IKEA West Chester.

DAAP Fashion Design students Create Fashions for Retrofittings to Benefit Saint Vincent de Paul
DAAP fashion design students repurpose materials from St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores into one-of-a-kind couture pieces featured in an over-the-top runway show. Proceeds from the event benefit St. Vincent de Paul's efforts to provide hope and help to neighbors in need throughout Cincinnati.

DAAP Student's Futuristic Racecar Among Volkswagen Design Contest Winners
Cameron Bresn, an industrial design student, was selected as a winner in the 2014 Volkswagen Design Contest and will intern with the car maker in Germany. Additional Volkswagen coverage.

DAAP MFA Student wins Award from Sculpture Magazine
MFA student Linda Ding was recently honored with An Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award from Sculpture Magazine for her work titled Cart. For more information, please view the October Issue of Sculpture Magazine.

DAAP Horticulture Program Student wins OCASLA Lanscape Architects 2014 Award

#CincinnatiSmart Campaign Profiles DAAP Student Emeleigh Dunn

#CincinnatiSmart Campaign Profiles DAAP Student Carolyn Allen

alumni news


DAAP alum and Oscar winner, Patrick Osborne creates a visual "Feast" for Disney
Oscar-winner Patrick Osborne, who created Winston the Boston terrier for "Feast," drew on memories of his three childhood dachshunds for the cartoon canine.

DAAP grad Malory Muddiman, owner of Shop Mallory, releases a fall fashion collection
Mallory Muddiman, who opened Shop Mallory a month after graduating from DAAP, designed the line with her mother, who joined shortly after Muddiman began. They handcraft all of their work in their Newport studio.

DAAP Alum Colin King's CROWN Reigns at NYC Fashion Show
Just two years into his fashion design career, 2013 DAAP Fashion Design alum Colin King's line, CROWN, strut the catwalk at an international fashion event.

DAAP Architecture Alum Helped Design Apple's Original Mouse
A chainsaw he disassembled out of boyhood curiosity helped architecture alum Douglas Dayton cut through any doubt he might have had about a design career, a career that included his role in co-developing Apple's original mouse.

UC CincinnatiSmart Campaign profiles DAAP Alum Kristin Siconolfi-Tolle '06

upcoming events


School of Architecture and Interior Design
Fall 2014 Lecture Series
DAAP School of Architecture and Interior Design Lecture Series brings distinguished architectects and interior designers to lecture on a variety of topics. All School of Architecture and Interior Design lectures are free and open to the public.

The School of Architecture and Interior Design Lectures slated for November are:

Evan Douglas
November 12, 2014
5 pm
DAAP 4400

Neil Denari
November 25, 2014
6 pm
21C Hotel

Upcoming #HottestCollegeinAmerica Tour Stops


November 20, 2014
Boston, Mass.
6:30 p.m.
Site TBD

Featuring UC Athletic Director Mike Bohn.

December 4, 2014
San Francisco, Calif.
Site TBD Featuring UC Athletic Director Mike Bohn.

DAAP Galleries Current and Future Exhibits


Printers Proof:
Selections from the Archive of Clay Street Press

Curated by: Mark Patsfall, Owner, Clay Street Press and
Aaron Cowan, Director, DAAP Galleries
November 2-December 12, 2014
Reed Gallery
Additional coverage of Printers Proof Exhibit.

Bret Price: Cross Sections
Curated by: Aaron Cowan, Director, DAAP Galleries
October 22-December 9, 2014

Meyers Gallery






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