DAAPworks, Graduations, It's a Wrap-Sring Semester '21
DAAPworks, Graduations, It's a Wrap-Sring Semester '21
Spring Semester 2021 - Issue 15

A Note from School Director Ed Mitchell

Congratulations to our 2021 class of graduates.

Not even a plague could deter this excellent class of graduates. The diversity of backgrounds, interests, and achievements in this group makes teaching a pleasure and a gift.

Despite the limited access the students had to the outside world, they were not limited in their imagination. This year SAID students won national awards for their work from the Urban Land Institute, were recognized for their professional achievements, and helped mentor the younger students in our programs. They applied the Green New Deal into a neighborhood in Cincinnati, explored the Ohio River; constructed plans for creative affordable housing; addressed global warming; envisioned lively new public spaces in Bengaluru, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Beijing, Birmingham, Youngstown, and Mexico City; projected utopian and dystopian futures; envisioned new worlds of nomadic caravans, and robotic scavengers; sought bold visions to address our relationships with plant and animal life, the human subconscious, and the digital unconscious of our virtual world; sought creative solutions to underrepresented communities and addresses racial bias and disenfranchisement. 
It was a challenging year, but the students all persevered and were never, or rarely ever disheartened or discouraged. The world needs more young architects like this group.
Be sure to check out all the student thesis and capstone works that are being digitally displayed via the virtual DAAPworks.

The Zoom generation may have missed out on model building and bowling, but they more than made up for it in added skills in new media. And they have projected those skills into terrific work that upholds our high standards and challenges us to constantly invent and create. This year’s graduates have figured out ways to project bold futures when the immediate future has often seemed in doubt. We at the School of Architecture and Interior Design congratulate our graduating students on all their achievements.


DAAPWorks Director's Choice Winners

SAID congratulates the following students for their Director's Choice awards. Capstone professors nominate students from their studios, and the 4 school directors vote on their top choices.
Following are the 2021 Awardees:

BS-Architecture - Jacob Bernans for Natura Con Construtsatur, Professor Andrew Tetrault
BS-Architecture Group Project - Nick Fix,
Billy Keidel, and Gabrielle Stefanko for Logistics of Identity, Professor Heather Bizon
BS Interior Design - Ally Mattlingly for To•Gather, Professor Amanda Woltjer
M-Arch1 - Nandini Kaushik for Defining Emptiness
M-Arch2 - Robert Peebles for Ontological Liberation
Simpson Urban Futures - Brendan Girten for [ laid_plans.exe ]

Visit DAAPworks for all projects of our 2021 graduation class! 

Jacob Bernans
BS Arch

Nick Fix
BS Arch- Group Award

Billy Keidel
BS Arch - Group  Award

Gabrielle Stefanko
BS Arch - Group Award

Ally Mattingly
BS Interiors

Nandini Kaushik

Robert Peebles

Brendan Girten
Simpson Urban Futures

The Outstanding Graduating Students of the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning are selected by their faculty based on their academic achievement, professional activities, and participation in the life of the University through service to the program, college, and/or University. DAAP is proud to share the achievements of these students.

Lamia Albunni

Architecture | Bachelor of Science in Architecture
Quite apart from Lamia's Albunni's impeccable competence as an architect, she demonstrates the most desirable quality in a designer/collaborator, namely her capacity to anticipate problems and to seek out, develop and adapt the tools needed to keep design work flowing and flourishing. Her work ethic was truly unmatched in studio as well as her thoughtful and rigorous preparation for each day. Although still a student, Lamia has shown herself to be a diplomatic and enthusiastic member of her class and has been able to harness her own creativity in a generous, and selfless manner. View her capstone project here. 

Callie Forsythe

Interior Design | Bachelor of Science in Interior Design
Callie Forsythe is a student who deserves to be recognized for her academic excellence. Callie has been an exceptionally strong student with well-formed ideas and a notable interest in visual communication and design theory. Her verbal and written abilities are exceptional at the undergraduate level. She exhibits an excellent ability to express herself graphically, conceptually, and verbally. Callie is a talented and rigorous student who sets the pace for the studio. Callie has been a wonderful ambassador for SAID in the college and in her professional involvements during her time in DAAP.  View her capstone project here.

Todd Funkhouser

Architecture | Master of Architecture (7 Semester Track)

Todd Funkhouser always asks a tough, thoughtful question in the classroom and in public lectures. His studio work is consistently excellent. In his three years, he has been a student leader, an excellent GA, and shown great professional promise in his co-ops. His thesis for a datacenter has looked at the “21st century sublime” in provocative ways, and he has taken on every challenge raised by the faculty and most of all by himself. View Todd's thesis here.

Brendan Girten

Architecture | Master of Architecture (6 semester track)

Brendan has an exceptional GPA and had done original work using computational tools and a a vivid imagination. He has combined the science of the algorithm with lyrical fictions about the future. His urban studio project, his work in the Urban Futures studio and his thesis are memorable projects, deserving of the highest of accolades. View Brendan's thesis project here. 

What's Coming Up....

4/30        College of DAAP Graduation
4/30        SAID M.Arch Graduation | 11 AM | via Zoom
5/01        SAID BS Arch Graduation | 9:30 AM | via Zoom
5/01        SAID BS Interior Design Graduation | 11:30 AM | via Zoom

SAID Ranks as Best Value! 

University of Cincinnati's School of Architecture and Interior Design has earned a top spot in several 2021 Grad Degree Search ranking:

Alumni News

Sustainability Advocate

Congratulations to Amy Green, a graduate of SAID's BS Interior Design program, on completing the Yale University School of Public Health Climate Change and Health Certification Program!  Amy was one of 100 accepted out of the 800+applicant pool. The program’s three courses covered climate change, adaptation to climate change, and climate change communication. Amy will this experience to advocate for her employer, emersion DESIGN’s mission of sustainability and health.

Job Opportunities

NEW! Architect Designer Position

Ryan Duebber Architect (RDA) is an award-winning design firm based in Cincinnati, Ohio (Pleasant Ridge) specializing in architectural, interior, and furnishings design for high-end residential building projects (big and small). Please see more info regarding an opportunity with this firm here

NEW! Louisville Firm has 2 Architect openings 

The Marian Group has 2 architect openings. Find out more here for an Architect Intern position and here for a technical architect position. 

Freelance Opportunity - Deck addition

A UC Professor is looking for help on drawing up a deck addition for his Northside home. More info here. 

Call for Entries, Competitions, Scholarships & Submission Opportunities

Cincinnati Homearama Public Art Contest

HOMEARAMAⓇ is planning an Instagram Station and you can help! For this year’s show at Parkside Estates in Anderson Township, Homearama is calling on students at local universities or other teams or groups to create a paid opportunity for a photo-worthy piece of public art. Submissions are due July 1st. Pictured above is DAAP student Micah Smearsoll, last year's winner. More info can be found here: https://www.cincyhomearama.com/blog/instagram-station and the flyer can be found here

Giving to SAID

Invest in continued academic excellence! If you are in a position to help support SAID, please consider a tax-deductible gift. Click here for more info. Thanks for your support!

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Fall 2021 Electives

Managing the Urban Environment in Developing Countries: Bangkok

PLAN 5138 (UG)/ PLAN 6036 (G)
Fri 9-11:45
Dr. David Edelman

Watch for more electives being offered for next Fall here...

Jan 20,2021
Bernard Tschumi

"Instagram Lecture 3"
Renowned architect, educator and writer

Missed the lecture? Recording can be found here

Feb.3, 2021
Victor Legorreta

"Legoretta's Recent Work"
CEO and Design Director, Legorreta 

Feb.17, 2021
Deborah Berke

Founder of the NY-based architecture firm Deborah Berke Partners and first female Dean of the Yale School of Architecture

March 3, 2021
Gregg Pasquarelli

"In the Tool Box"
Founding principal of SHoP

Missed the lecture? Recording can be found here. 

March 10, 2021
David Darling

"Making Sense"
Founding principal of Aidlin Darling Design

Missed the lecture? Recording can be found here. 

March 17, 2021
Verda Alexander

Eva Maddox Lecture for Interiors
Co-Founder, o+a Design

Missed the lecture? Recording can be found here. 

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