This semester's Walk The Line roaming design studio, coordinated by Innovation in Design Fellow Sarah Aziz, is simultaneously a meeting place, curatorial lab, traveling repository, and production atelier that operates from the periphery.

Students traversed Milwaukee’s boundary on foot, by bike or car, and cataloged the ways in which the city’s complex geologic history, colonial legacies, and anthropogenic activities are indelibly inscribed on its surface. Through observation, they documented the environmental conditions, constructed impressions, and human and non-human realities comprising Milwaukee’s edge. Through walking, they established new dialogic practices, and are now in the process of designing and constructing 34 publicly-accessible structures, called “Interactive Stations,” for the city’s outermost edge in cooperation with the people who will use them.
MSI General has partnered with the studio to share their expertise on design/build -- from project management, sourcing materials, and managing budgets to design development, construction, and post construction. MSI has donated construction materials and meets weekly with the entire cohort to deliver short lectures and answer student questions.
From 1 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7, Walk the Line designers will orchestrate a perimeter tour that invites the public to test their Interactive Stations, which are built to accommodate social distancing, to share stories about the sites and to cultivate new forms of community. Please wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines.


CDS continues its work with Milwaukee neighborhoods, helping them grow and change as community needs evolve. This year, the Mayor’s Design Awards  recognized projects that CDS played a role in developing, in the category of the Play Green Awards. Alumni who worked on the Columbia Playfield and Reflo Health Schoolyard projects are William Noelck, Valerie Davis, Leeann Wacker, Jack Grover and Kelly Seniuk.
Read more about CDS work for these projects. 


The Third Coast Design Centre, a SARUP institution for many years, has closed its doors this semester. Since its establishment in 1984, Third Coast has been a place to save money on books and supplies, and also to find a sympathetic ear and to benefit from encouragement and mentoring from shop manager, Larry Corda, who succeeded Jean Kruse. Larry has been a friend of SARUP since 1995.
The loss of a convenient and inexpensive place to obtain needed supplies can be overcome, but Larry's absence is a different story. He has been a fixture in the southwest corner of SARUP and he is irreplaceable.
Good luck, Larry!


The Department of Urban Planning has long made diversity, equity and inclusion its mission. To achieve this, equity and justice are core to its teaching, research and community activities, and in the admissions process. This is why, effective Oct. 1, 2020, the department will no longer require GRE scores from applicants to the Master of Urban Planning (MUP) degree program. This is great news, as the intent is to reduce barriers that will keep prospective students from starting a career in this field.

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We are pleased to offer several courses in architecture and urban planning during the Spring 2021 semester. All courses will be online and are conducted through the School of Continuing Education. 


PROF. LINQIAN (IVY) HU, chair of the Department of Urban Planning, was elected as the Midwest representative on the Governing Board of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP). In addition to being a member of the ACSP Nominating & Election Committee, she serves on the organization’s Outreach and Engagement Task Force, which leads the efforts to connect with the general public around planning and to engage prospective students in a meaningful manner.
Ivy is the chair of the Board of Directors for the International Association for China Planning (IACP), comprising scholars, students, and practitioners interested in planning issues in China. 
Ivy launched some new initiatives with the organization this year. The Writing Workshop for Young Urban Scholars saw eight editors of top urban studies journals invited to help improve academic writing and publication of junior scholars, and a series of activities served to disseminate research. Ivy has organized or helped to organize five special issues in peer-reviewed journals that cover a wide range of topics, as well as virtual symposiums on  “Planning for Accessibility,” “High-Speed Rail and the Environment,” and a series of online lectures on “Urban Structure and Travel Behavior.” 

To foster a lively and supportive academic community, she coordinated lecture events in which speakers shared “how to prepare a literature review” and “how to propose a good research question.” The second event was live broadcast with more than 10,000 participants. Ivy organized virtual job information sessions as well as online roundtables that share experiences in job searches, grant applications, and tenure promotions.
IACP will hold its 14th annual conference “Urban Innovations in the New Planning Context” online from December 5-13, 2020. 


NIKOLE BOUCHARD, Associate Professor of architecture, has received a 2020 UWM Faculty Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award. The October 22nd presentation can be viewed here, with Nikole's award at the 5:02 mark.
CHRIS CORNELIUS, Associate Professor of architecture, was a panelist at the 2020 ACSA Administrators’ Conference. He was one of five distinguished Indigenous architects who practice as designers, planners, and community organizers while making extensive contributions to scholarship, research and the education of future generations of practitioners. 
ARIJIT SEN, Associate Professor of architecture, wrote a powerful blog post about systemic racism and how schools of architecture can work towards greater equity.
Johnsen Schmaling Architects, the firm of SARUP’s Fitzhugh Scott Professors in Practice BRIAN JOHNSEN and SEBASTIAN SCHMALING, won a coveted 2020 American Architecture Award for OS Studio and Gallery. Other recipients included David Adjaye, Koning Eizenberg, Deborah Berke, OSA, and Pei Cobb Freed.  The building also won a 2020 Honor Award from the AIA Wisconsin and was featured last year in Metropolis magazine. SARUP alumni Matt Wendorf and Ben Penlesky were critical members of the design team. 


Mania Taher (doctoral student in the Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures program), Leila Saboori and Chelsea Wait (PhD candidates in Architecture) and Lisa Sun (M.Arch/MUP) are recipients of UWM Graduate School Fellowships
Junior and SURF scholar Isabel Castro has received a highly competitive Student Artist in Residence award as she works towards her BSAS degree with a Community Arts major at the Peck School of the Arts.
Congratulations to these students!


NOLMAN DAVIS, JR., BSAS 2014 has been included in Beyond the Built Environment Great Diverse Designers Library, a world-wide library created by Pascale Sablan created to elevate diverse people in architecture. He is also featured in its SAY IT LOUD NOW  section, and took over its Instagram feed for a week in October. 
Also In October, he was the moderator for a panel discussion conducted by AIA Wisconsin titled “Social Justice and Equitable Practice in Wisconsin.” 

NEEL KAMAL CHAPAGAIN, PhD 2011 was elected to the executive committee of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies, a major academic association on critical heritage. He is also an executive member in the Asian Academy of Heritage Management and a bureau member in the Asia Pacific Higher Education Network for Intangible Cultural Heritage (APHEN-ICH), working extensively with UNESCO on advancing heritage management education in the Asia Pacific region.
Neel is Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Heritage Management at Ahmedabad University, India, and is currently engaged in action-research on architecture, heritage and education in Nepal.
We're proud to share your achievements! Please send a note to Sharadha Natraj with your update.


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