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2010 Spring Final Reviews - 2nd Year - Friday 30 April

2010 Spring Final Reviews - 3rd Year - Monday 3 May

2010 Spring Final Reviews - Graduate Studios - Tuesday 4 May

Guest Reviewers

  1. David Allison
  2. Adrian Benoit
  3. Judy Birdsong
  4. Birgitta Bjornsson
  5. Lancelot Coar
  6. David Gregor
  7. Jose Luis Jaspeado
  8. Stephen Levy
  9. Colin Neufeld
  10. Katy Martin
  11. John P. Maruszczak
  12. David Niland
  13. Danny Nowak
  14. Jim Wilson
  15. Dustin White
  16. Frank Zilm


Guest Reviewer Biographies

David Allison

David Allison FAIA, ACHA is a Professor of Architecture and the Director of Graduate Studies in Architecture + Health at Clemson University, the most comprehensive professional (M.Arch) degree program in the nation with a concentration in Architecture and Health. Professor Allison is a registered architect in California, South Carolina, and North Carolina, and is NCARB certified. He speaks and writes on issues related to the healthful design of healthcare facilities and other architectural settings and has served on numerous national health environments design award juries. He was a founding member of the American College of Healthcare Architects and the Coalition for Health Environments Research. He is also a member of the Leadership Council of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health where he served a three year term as an AIA/AAH National Advisory Board member. He was selected in 2007 as one of "Twenty Making a Difference" nationally by Healthcare Design Magazine and identified again in 2009 by a national poll conducted by the magazine as one of the twenty-five most influential people in healthcare design.


Adrian Benoit

Adrian Benoit is currently an architectural intern at Stantec in Edmonton, Alberta. Adrian completed both his Bachelor of Environmental Design and Master of Architecture degrees at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. His thesis project began an investigation of street hockey spaces in central Winnipeg and developed into a proposal focused on the possibilities of "Timing" in architecture. Adrian is an avid hockey player and Edmonton Oiler fan. He has submitted entries to numerous architecture competitions, lectured for the AAA and his most prominent design project to date is a large public transit hub located in southwest Edmonton.


Judy Birdsong

Judy began her architectural education at Texas Tech University and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. She received her Master of Architecture from the University of Florida. Currently she lives and practices in Austin, Texas where she teaches within the School of Architecture at UT. Her research extends from practice to photography evidenced in the ongoing project with Nichole Wiedemann, Terrae Incognitae: A Cultural Cartography of Central Texas, examining the Camino Real trail of central Texas as evidence of the interplay between indigenous peoples and Spanish colonization.


Birgitta Bjornsson

Birgitta Bjornsson graduated from the department of architecture at the University of Manitoba, where she completed both her Bachelor of Environmental Design and Master of Architecture degrees. She is currently interning at Wolfrom Engineering, a structural engineering firm located in Winnipeg, Canada. Birgitta transitioned into architecture after earning her Red Seal in Culinary Arts through an apprenticeship program and worked in a variety of fine dining restaurants and resorts across Manitoba. Birgitta's architectural interests focus mainly on how emotions effect the development of our environment, the disjunct between our reality and utopic ambitions, and malleable architectures. She has explored these issues in her MArch thesis and further in an exhibition at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies in Buffalo, NY.


Lancelot Coar

Lancelot Coar is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Manitoba, and a resident researcher at CAST. His work at CAST focuses on innovative uses of conventional building materials in order to develop new architectural and structural potentials. His research has led to the development of building systems using fabric formed concrete, fabric reinforced concrete, fabric reinforced ice structures, and flexible wood and steel structural systems.

Coar specializes in undergraduate and masters level design studio and construction technology lecture courses. In his studio Coar has collaborated over the past four years with the farming community of Clearwater, Manitoba. This partnership has helped to establish a laboratory for exploring design education and sustainable strategies for building and community development in an architecture design studio setting. The projects resulting from this studio range from conceptual design proposals to fully realized unbuild-design-build projects in the community. His studio has been awarded the Waste Reduction and Pollution Prevention Fund Grant, the University of Manitoba Presidential Outreach Award, and an Honorable Mention for the Manitoba Conservation Excellence in Sustainability Award.

Lancelot Coar worked in both architecture and engineering practices prior to teaching. He received Bachelor of Science degrees in Architectural Engineering and in Civil Engineering at Drexel University, and later received his Master in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. His work has been featured in a wide range of publications and exhibited in museums and galleries in Paris, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Winnipeg. He is also a founding partner in Co|Re Collaborative and a member of the performance art collective The Abzurbs.


David Gregor

David Gregor studied at Case Western Reserve and received his Master of Architecture from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has taught extensively at SCI-ARC, Tulane, and Harvard. He lives and works, with Irene Keil, in New Orleans from his shop called PORK on Poland Avenue. Notable recent projects include the design and fabrication of furniture and interior elements for Cochon and the Cochon Butcher. He also has a regular radio program on WTUL for many years.


Jose Luis Jaspeado

Jose Luis Jaspeado is an architect and professor at the Universidad de las Américas in Puebla, Mexico.


Stephen Levy

Stephen Levy is a graduate of Texas Tech University and a partner in ClaytonLevyLittle Architects in Austin, Texas.


Colin Neufeld

Colin Neufeld recieved his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. He is a registered architect in Manitoba and is currently a partner at the emerging architecture firm "5468796". They recently won a Canadian Architect Award Merit for their YouCube project and their project BGBX won a 2010 progressive architecture award, sharing the spotlight with Diller and Scofidio, Steven Holl and ARO (Architecture Research Office).


Katy Martin

Katy Martin is a Landscape Designer with the Olin Partnership in Philadelphia. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Landscape Architecture and a graduate of the College of Architecture at Texas Tech.


John P. Maruszczak

John Maruszczak in an associate professor at the University of Texas at Arlington where he has been on the faculty since 1984. He studied architecture at The Cooper Union and received his Master of Architecture from Princeton University. Professional experience with Raimund Abraham, New York and Arquitectonica, Miami. Received UT-Arlington's Distinguished Award for Creativity and Research, 1991, and Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill Educator's Travelling Fellowship, 1986. Numerous major awards in architectural competitions, including most recently: Honorable Mention, YKKAP Shelter Idea Competition, Tokyo, 1996; Fourth Prize, Minamata Memorial Competition, Minamata, Japan, 1995; First Prizes for the Dallas Police Memorial ,1995, and Chicago Miegs Field, 1994 (with E. Baum); First Prize for Visionary Landscapes competition, 1994; and First Prize in the 1993 Computer Forum competiton of the San Francisco AIA. Honorable Mention in Progressive Architecture Annual International Furniture Competition, 1986; First Prize, Mitsui Home International Residential Competition, 1989; and Third Place in the 1990 Shinkenshiku Residential Design Competition. Work published in Progressive Architecture, Princeton Journal, Japan Architect, Texas Architect, Landscape Architecture, and in The Education of an Architect, Rizzoli.


David Niland

David L. Niland has served as a faculty member of the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati since 1962. He retired in 2001 and was granted Emeritus status. His teaching has included Philosophies of Architecture, Urban Form, seminar on American Architecture, and Sixth-Year/First-Year Student Mentor Program. He has been a guest critic and visiting studio professor at numerous institutions, including Ball State University, Carnegie-Mellon University, Catholic University of America, Harvard University, Kent State University, Miami University, Norwich University, North Dakota State University, Penn State University, The Ohio State University, Ohio University, Roger Williams University, The Royal Academy for Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark, and Yale University. Professor Niland has also been a guest lecturer for various groups including The American Institute of Architects Chapters of Cincinnati, Louisville, Dayton, Lexington; Indiana State AIA Convention, as well as the Junior Chamber of Commerce, Lawrenceburg, Indiana; Riverside Women's Club; Junior League of Cincinnati; The Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati and Lotspeich Elementary School. Special Note: Professor Niland passed away on Friday, September 24th.


Danny Nowak

Mr. Nowak holds a BS-Arch from Texas Tech University College of Architecture (1974), and an Associate Degree in Real Estate from South Plains College (1999). He is owner and principal of the Nowak Group in Irving, TX. He has also worked at HKS, Perkins+Will, SHW Group, and Good Fulton Farrell & Associates. Mr. Nowak was an adjunct professor at TTU/COA from 1974-92 and 1997-2000.


Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson, the principal architect and lead designer has led the firm’s growth since founding Jim Wilson Architects in 1995. Licensed in Texas and Virginia, Jim brings unparalleled experience and world-class training to his practice. Jim is a graduate of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and was a recipient of the Gerald M. McCue medal. Jim’s significant experience in architecture and design includes mentorship under acclaimed architects and industry legends Barton Myers, Mack Scogin, and Michael Sorkin. Jim is passionate about bringing distinctive design and artful utility to the creation of unique spaces.


Dustin White

Dustin White graduated May 2009 with a Masters degree in Architecture from Clemson University, and a Bachelors degree in 2007 from Texas Tech University. While at Clemson he held multiple Teaching Assistantships, and a Wood Shop Assistantship. During the summer months he worked for Jori Erdman (Currently Director LSU School of Architecture) doing, research, graphic design, photography, and renderings. Also during that summer worked collaboratively on a student publication (South Vol.2) for the College of Architecture. He received the Henry Adams Medal for being the top ranking student in his class. His final studio which was a collaborative research studio called SEED, has been featured on the World Changing Website, Arch Daily Website, HATCHfest exhibition in Asheville, NC., and currently in the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR). During graduate school spent one semester studying at the Clemson Architectural Center in Charleston, SC. Previously before graduate school was employed at Morris Architects in Houston.


Frank Zilm

Frank Zilm brings over thirty years experience in the planning and programming of healthcare facilities throughout the United States, unique analytical skills, and research experience to address contemporary health care needs. His experience includes working within hospital administrations, with major architectural firms, and for the past twenty years as a planning consulting. His graduate education focused on health facilities planning and design, with a doctoral dissertation at the University of Michigan on "The Effectiveness of Computer Modeling in the Planning of Medical Centers." Frank has completed master planning, programming, and design studies for major medical center including M.D. Anderson, The Cleveland Clinic, The University of Cincinnati, Children’s Hospitals and Clinic, University Medical Center at Princeton, and community hospitals throughout the US.

Frank is a past president of the AIA Academy on Architecture for Health, and a founding Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Architects. He has published numerous articles on healthcare planning, lectures throughout the United States, and is the co-author of the The Space Planner Toolkit, an AHA program for planning and cost estimating.

Dr. Zilm is the Chester Dean Lecturer on Healthcare Design at the University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design, and Planning.