DAAP News -- November 2011
Message from the Dean
It seems appropriate that I share my gratitude for your support and involvement during a month that’s known for giving thanks for our blessings. I was reminded of this last week during our annual Benefactors’ scholarship event, a celebration of those who make education possible for many of our most talented students through their personal generosity. To all of our donors, friends, and corporate partners, thank you for helping make our college what it is today – a world-renowned institution that continues to grow and reach new levels of excellence.
In fact, our college has received many exciting accolades in recent weeks. As you may have heard, DAAP was recognized last month as the State of Ohio’s newest Center of Excellence in Design and Innovation. This designation pays tribute to DAAP’s history of ingenuity, workforce development, and collaboration with firms across the world – and means even more resources and exposure for our College.
Shortly after this exciting news, DesignIntelligence released their 2012 programmatic rankings – and four of our programs appeared in the top 10! Special congratulations go to our undergraduate industrial design program, which was recognized as the #1 program of its kind in the nation. In addition, our graduate industrial design program came in at #2, our undergraduate interior design program was ranked #3, and the graduate architecture program ranked #10 overall. Last but certainly not least, DesignIntelligence compiled a list of the 25 most-admired educators of 2012, which included our own Craig Vogel.
So as you can see, there are a number of reasons all of us in the DAAP community are thankful – and we are also thankful for your ongoing involvement and support of our College. 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
Philanthropy News and Opportunities
The David Niland Endowment Fund
In celebration of what would have been Professor Niland’s 81st birthday in April, we have established the David Niland Endowment Fund with a generous gift from an anonymous donor.
David Niland was a distinguished and passionate teacher and practitioner. He was an inspiring educator with an understanding of aesthetic principles, highly developed formal composition skills, a great love of architecture, a commitment to and love of teaching, and an extensive knowledge of architectural history and theory. Your support will ensure that Professor Niland’s legacy of design excellence will remain in the school forever. Click here to support the David Niland Endowment Fund.
DAAP Annual Fund
Donations to the Annual Fund are used to bridge the gap between tuition revenue and our operating budget. Your contributions are more important now than ever before, as participation from everyone makes reaching our fundraising goals easier. The entire DAAP community benefits from the shared effort. Your gift will help support critical academic programs, technology upgrades in the computer lab and the rapid prototyping center, building improvements, and scholarship assistance for students.
Please click here to give to the DAAP Annual Fund.
A Chic Peek: UC Fashion Students Take Garments from Thrift to Thrill
A sustainable assignment asked UC fashion students to repurpose thrift store finds into runway fashions. Get a chic peek at those fashions that were unveiled during the RetroFittings show on Oct. 13.
UC Premieres Documentary on Senior Year in Fashion
A 90-minute documentary that follows UC’s 2010-11 seniors in the fashion design program premiered Oct. 27 at DAAP. See a trailer from the documentary, titled “From Sketch to Show.”
New Faculty Member Seeks to Perfect (and Teach) the Art of Asking Questions
New art education faculty member Kristopher Holland combines his studies in philosophy and arteducation in order to perfect – and teach – the art of asking questions.
DAAP Faculty Member Interested in Exploring Design’s Impact on Business
Maren Carpenter-Fearing, new faculty member in DAAP, brings professional design and teaching experience to her role – along with research interests in exploring the impact design can have on a small business’ or non-profit’s success.
Faculty Member Designs Coffee-Table Book on Historic Mariemont
The book, rich in architectural plans, maps and historic images was designed by DAAP's Karen Monzel Hughes, who also spent 20 years as a Mariemont Historic District resident.
Video: For Design Alumna, Success Is in the Cards (and Stationery)
Interior design alumna Stacey Shiring has started her own business – one that connects artists and designers with an online market while also contributing to local communities.
Young Alum Designs Career as Movie Writer and Director
UC design grad Brad Wise has just completed writing and directing a movie, which is now in post production. And a previous movie he directed, “Fenced Off,” showed at the Cincinnati Film Festival.
Architecture Alum Credits UC Co-op Program for Creating Connections, Opportunities
As a UC architecture student, Stewart Shilito Maxwell had co-op experiences that took him all over the country, helped him build an impressive personal and professional network – which he then translated into a successful practice.
Alumna Founds New Florida Gallery, UC Artists Among First to Exhibit
The Darby Fine Art Gallery in Vero Beach, Fla., will soon open, and University of Cincinnati artists will be among the first to exhibit in the new space – a space which is being opened by UC fine arts and business alums.
Work by Fine Art Alum Exhibited in CNN’s Online 9/11 Remembrance
Work by Zdenko Krtic was selected by CNN to be included in the online exhibit, “9/11: Ten Years Later Project.” His work remained on CNN’s site through the end of September.
UC Research Examines the Economic Value of On-Premise Signs
Young alum Greg Meckstroth recently won a competition to redesign Indianapolis’ Monument Circle, a gathering point at the city center not unlike Cincinnati’s Fountain Square.
New Research Finds that Homeowners and City Planners Should 'Hit the Trail' When Considering Property Values
Two University of Cincinnati researchers presented interdisciplinary research at a national conference on planning and development of communities.
"Victory City" Exhibit Provides Glimpse of Futuristic Urban Architecture
Colorful concepts for an ideal future city, characterized by urban efficiency and environmental best practices, are on display until Nov. 18 in UC’s Philip M. Meyers Jr. Memorial Gallery.
School of Art Presents Adam Tindale
Visiting: November 14th and 15th
Lecture: 3:30 p.m., Tuesday November 15th in DAAP 3420
Adam Tindale is an electronic drummer and digital instrument designer. He is a Permanent Instructor of Interaction Design in the Media Artsand Digital Technologies department at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Adam performs on his EDrumset: a new electronic instrument that utilizes physical modeling and machine learning with an intuitive physical interface.
2012 SAID Lecture Series information
John Nastasi -- Wednesday, January 18
DAAP Room 5401, 4:30 p.m.
John Nastasi is founder and principle of Nastasi Architects in Hoboken, New Jersey. An alumnus of Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, he is currently Graduate Coordinator at Stevens Institute of Technology and a visiting professor of digital fabrication at his alma mater. Mr. Nastasi's investigative architectural process delves into fabrication, installation, materials, and residential renovations.
Patrick Tighe -- Wednesday, January 25
DAAP Room 5401, 4:30 p.m.
Patrick Tighe, FAIA, FAAR is principal and lead designer of the Los Angeles-based design firm Patrick Tighe Architecture. Having worked at the office of Frank Gehry, Mr. Tighe was an associate at Morphosis for seven years. He is a 2007 Rome Prize recipient and Fellow at The MacDowell Colony. A wide range of professional work includes affordable housing, commercial, mixed-use, civic art, and residential projects.
E.B. Min and Jeffrey Day -- Monday, January 30
DAAP Room 4400, 4:30 p.m.
E.B. Min, AIA and Jeffrey Day, AIA are partners of Min|Day, with offices in both San Francisco and Omaha, Nebraska. E.B. Min is a graduate of Brown University with dual concentrations in Art History and Studio Art, she began her architectural studies as a cross-registered student at Rhode Island School of Design. She received her Master of Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. Jeffery Day comes from Harvard and Berkeley and is currently an associate professor of architecture at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln where he an academic / professional collaborative design lab focusing on fabrication and construction.
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