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2014 Fall Final Reviews

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Review Schedules

ARCH 2502, Monday, December 1, 2014 review schedule
ARCH 3502, Tuesday, December 2, 2014 review schedule
Graduate Studios, Wednesday, December 3, 2014 review schedule

Guest Reviewer Biographies

Nick Brinen

BFA, University of Florida; M-Arch, UT, Austin. Assistant Professor, Parsons The New School for Design. Founder of Lightshed Architecture to advocate intelligent design strategies for projects that possess unique constraints of space, time, and resources. His M-Arch studies focused on a Specialization in Sustainable Architecture. Before starting Lightshed, Nicholas worked with Sasaki Associates in Boston, Tom Hurt Architects in Austin, and Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects in New York City.

Nicole Blair

BFA, Cornell; M-Arch, Rice. Studio 512 (LA), Principal. Studio 512 engages in work ranging from residential, public art, small commercial and mixed-use building projects. Studio 512 work has been featured in Dwell Magazine and numerous local and online publications.

Clay Odom

B-Arch, Texas Tech University; M-Arch, Columbia. Studio MODO (Austin), Principal. Adjunct Professor at UT-Austin. Clay Odom began StudioMODO with the mantra of ‘Think, Make, and Build’ to focus on deploying innovative and tailored approaches to building, planning, branding, interior, furniture, and arts projects. 
Clay has worked as Director of Interiors for the fashion house of LUCA LUCA, in the offices of Studio Sofield, SHoP architects, and with POD design+media, which he co-founded. In addition, Clay has been teaching almost continuously since 2004, and has served as an adjunct professor in the schools of architecture at Texas Tech, The New Jersey Institute of Technology, The University of Texas at Arlington, and The University of Texas at Austin. Clay has a diverse portfolio that includes private residences, educational work, art installations, furniture prototypes, and competitions.

Janet Abrams

BS-Arch, University College, London; PhD in Architectural History, Theory and Criticism at Princeton. She has taught in the Master’s Program in Graphic Design at Yale University, and in the Digital Design Graduate program at Parsons School of Design in New York. Janet Abrams is the Director of the Design Institute, a new interdisciplinary think tank at the University of Minnesota that examines the design implications of emerging technologies, and their impact on the quality of the public realm. Since Janet moved to Minneapolis in November 2000, the Design Institute has established dynamic educational outreach and publishing programs, and over a dozen research projects focusing on three core themes: knowledge mapping, public realm infrastructure, and hybrid practices and processes. The DI Fellows Program brings talented design practitioners and critics from around the world to engage with University of Minnesota students and faculty, and provides younger designers with opportunities to develop their next significant work.

Linda Taalman

B-Arch, Cooper Union. Associate Professor, Woodbury University. Linda previously taught at Art Center College of Design, the Cooper Union, SCI Arc, USC and UCLA before joining Woodbury University. Taalman currently co-directs Taalman Koch Architecture based in Los Angeles, which has completed a number of award winning projects including the itHouse (AIA LA Merit Award 2008), the Small Skyscraper (LEF Fund) and Stabiae Archeological Park (ASLA Scraper Award). For 12 years, she has explored architecture as a collaborative practice, engaging in a wide range of projects including museum and exhibition spaces, public art, master planning and domestic architecture.

Professor Huy Ngo

B-Arch, M-Arch Texas Tech University; Professor, architecture department, Savannah College of Art and Design. Ongoing research focuses on Building Information Modeling (BIM) and current methods to integrate BIM in educational settings.

Lindsay Kunz

BS-Arch, Texas Tech University; M-Arch, Columbia. Resolution: 4 Architecture (NYC), Designer.

Simon McGown

BS-Arch, Texas Tech University; M-Arch, Columbia. CO-office Architects, Partner; Morphosis, Project Designer. Lecturer, Pratt Institute. Research: Domesticity and Organization in the New Company Town
, A Graham Foundation granted research initiative to map, analyze and instrumentalize our understanding of the company town as it has evolved into its current state and how it will project into the future. Publication due out in 2016.

Bill Belshaw

B-Arch Texas Tech University. Wilder Belshaw Architects, Principal. Specializes in the design of mixed-use, multifamily projects and international hospitality resorts. Past projects include the design and planning of important new urban projects, including a major design project for an international casino and resort. Prior to joining Wilder Belshaw, Bill served as an Associate Vice President of RTKL Associates and as a Senior Associate at HKS Inc.