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At the Illinois School of Architecture we provide students with an aesthetically motivated and technically rigorous design-based education. The comprehensive and flexible core curricula of the school‘s graduate degree programs enable students to develop a specialized professional or academic focus in one of the program areas. Students may also elect to enroll in one of the school‘s joint degree programs. The standard B.S.A.S. degree curriculum is enhanced with additional technology, history, and structures courses.

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William H. Erwin

Associate Professor Emeritus

Professor Erwin has taught graduate level structural design courses in concrete and soils. He is a member of the American Concrete Institute and has worked as a consultant and architect in Champaign and Chicago.

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Paul Armstrong

Professor Emeritus

Continually leading graduate studios on high-rise design, Professor Armstrong focuses his efforts on tall building. Through venues like the Journal of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, he has published and exhibited his work on urban environments. He is currently working on a book on contemporary tall building design.

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Lawrence J. Hamlin

Instructor

After receiving his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, Professor Hamlin was a Master printmaker for Crown Point Press in San Francisco for 10+ years. He has been the master printmaker in charge of many fine art publications projects with dozens of renowned artists. He maintains a publication studio, Mad Dog Press, in Champaign Illinois. He currently teaches graphic communication, drawing and design for the foundations program in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Art and Design.

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Kenny Cupers, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Kenny Cupers is a historian who specializes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century European architecture and urban history. His research interests center on the historical epistemology of global modernism.

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Ralph E. Hammann, Ph.D.

Hubbard Endowed Professor

Dr. Hammann is a registered architect and LEED® accredited professional with an extended professional background. As the previous Head of Design, Head of Programming and Master Planning in two major German firms, his portfolio includes medium to large scale projects for corporate and private clients across Europe and the U.S. He blend’s design excellence with building performance and environmental design in his research which focuses on technology and sustainable design.

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Heather Hyde Minor, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Professor Hyde Minor teaches courses on the history of architecture in Europe from 1600 to 1800, the introduction to the history of architecture, and Rome as an urban environment. Her research focuses on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Italy. Her current book project examines the famous images and forgotten words of Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-78). She will be a Fellow at the National Humanities Center in 2013-2014.

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Lee W. Waldrep, Ph.D.

Instructor, Administrator Undergraduate Student Services

With over 20 years of experience in higher education with an emphasis in academic affairs and career development for architecture students, Waldrep serves both as the administrator of the Undergraduate Student Services office and as the IDP (Intern Development Program) Educator Coordinator.

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Randy Deutsch, LEED-AP

Associate Professor

An architect responsible for the design of over 100 large, complex sustainable projects, Randy’s building designs have appeared in Architectural Record and other periodicals. He served on Chicago Architectural Club's Board of Directors and AIA Chicago Board as Director and Vice President.

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David M. Chasco, FAIA

Professor, Director

Professor David M. Chasco, FAIA, is currently the Director of the Illinois School of Architecture. Beginning in 2004, he is now starting his 10th year. Chasco was originally a member and associate with Gunnar Birkerts and Assoc. from 1983-1994, Design Architect with DiClemente Siegel Design/Gunnar Birkerts FAIA from 1997-2002, joined the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University (LTU) in 1994, and served as Interim Dean from 2002-2004.

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D. Fairchild Ruggles, Ph.D.

Affiliated Professor

Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture

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Abbas Aminmansour, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Professor Aminmansour’s areas of interest include structural steel design, integrated design, construction and operation of tall buildings, as well as sustainability impact of tall buildings.

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Andrew Findley

Visiting Lecturer in Architectural History

Andrew Findley was just awarded his PhD in Art History and Archaeology this past December from Washington University in St. Louis. His primary field of study is the art and architectural history of the Roman Empire, broadly conceived to include the early Christian and Byzantine eras. His research focuses on public and religious buildings of the Roman world, with an emphasis on the placement and appearance of large structures in urban settings.

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Adolf Sotoca, Ph.D.

Visiting Associate Professor

Adolf Sotoca develops his activity as urbanist & architect in a wide range of fields, from research & teaching to practice.

He has been teaching urbanism at the graduate, master and PhD levels at UPC_BarcelonaTECH since year 2002 and he is currently Visiting Associate Professor at the UIUC. He has been Visiting Professor at CTU Krakow and Guest Professor at ETH Zürich, Berlage Institute Rotterdam, IUA di Venezia, Politecnico di Milano, TU Darmstadt and UAUIM Bucharest.

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Mir M. Ali, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Backed by strong international academic and professional careers, Professor Ali’s research revolves around tall building design, its structure, history, sustainability, and mitigation against natural
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Camden Greenlee

Visiting Lecturer

Professor Greenlee joins the faculty after recently completing his graduate degree here where he has won numerous fellowships and design awards. While in school, he had a strong focus on sustainable design and was a team leader for the successful 2009 University Solar Decathlon team’s ‘Gable Home’.

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John R. Senseney, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

John R. Senseney is a specialist in ancient Greek and Roman art and architecture. His research and teaching explore important interconnections of tools, techniques, materials, and the human body in ancient processes of making and ideation. Professor Senseney is the Editor Designate for Book Reviews, pre-1750 Europe, Africa, and Asia for the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians.

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Mark Taylor

Assistant Professor

With a background in three-dimensional design, Professor Taylor has worked in the fields of interior design, construction management, architecture, and scenic construction for the film industry. His experiences have taken him across the US, Sri Lanka, and Haiti.

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Allison Warren

Instructor

Professor Warren’s work centers on connecting people to place through public art and environmental design. Her public works have been installed at the Stone Quarry Sculpture Park (New York), the Banff Centre (Canada), and Georgetown College (Kentucky). She has recently completed a 7,000 square foot permanent outdoor installation at Westhaven Park, Chicago and is currently partnering with the Chicago Park District in fabricating full-scale urban textiles at Seneca Park, Chicago.

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Marci S. Uihlein, P.E.

Assistant Professor

Professor Uihlein is a licensed professional engineer with a graduate degree in architecture. She has worked on projects for both the private sector and academic institutions with Arup at their San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. She first became involved in academia while working as a visiting lecturer for the School of Architecture with the Study Abroad Program in Versailles, France from 2007-2010.

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Sara Bartumeus Ferré

Associate Professor

Professor Bartumeus Ferré is professor at UIUC and in both the Master’s Program in Landscape Architecture at the ETSAB and in the Department of Urbanism and Territorial Planning at the ETSAV in Barcelona, Spain. She has been a member of the Barcelona City council’s Architecture Committee and of the COAC’s Advisory Committee in Urban Planning and Landscape.

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Mohamed Boubekri, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Professor Boubekri’s work focuses on sustainable architecture and the intersection of the built environment and human health. Through numerous publications, a recently published book and a second book currently under review, he explores the impact of the lack of daylight inside buildings on people’s health, behavior and overall well-being.

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Fang Xu, Ph.D.

Visiting Lecturer

Dr. Fang Xu is concerned with the social and psychological dimensions of the built environment and systematic thinking in environmental research and architectural design. His research interests include user experiences in multi-family housing, contemporary practice of real estate development, and changing architecture professionalism. His undergraduate design studios emphasize coherent design process, systematic decision-making, and behavioral and psychological aspects of design.

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Gaines Hall, FAIA

Professor, Associate Dean

Bringing with him a lifetime of successful professional practice, Professor Hall is an expert on the profession of architecture as a whole. Having held notable positions like Vice President & Managing Principal at Kirkegaard Associates in Chicago for 21 years, he has worked on projects of all sizes ranging to the very large and complex.

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Dianne Harris, Ph.D.

Affiliated Professor

Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture Director, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities

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Brian Vesely

Visiting Lecturer

Brian engages design opportunities ranging from small artifacts to buildings and infrastructure. His approach to design stems from fun-rigorous-smart assemblies focusing on latent tectonics and fabrication. He is most often found modifying normative materials and construction typologies to create architecture based in emerging infrastructural and ecological opportunities—products which he actively submits to international competitions and traveling exhibitions.

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Paul Hardin Kapp

Associate Professor

With specializations in Campus Historic Preservation, Vernacular Architecture of the South, and Technology and Design in Historic Preservation, Professor Kapp is an expert on historic preservation, post-industrial revitalization and historic university campuses. He is chair of the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE) and is a member of the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council (IHAC).

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Sudarshan Krishnan

Assistant Professor

Sudarshan Krishnan has academic and professional experience in both architecture and structural engineering. He has worked on the design of diverse projects that included houses, hospitals, recreation centers, institutional buildings, and conservation of historic buildings/monuments.

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William Worn, AIA

Clinical Associate Professor, Associate Director

Professor Worn is both an academic and a practitioner who runs a successful office in Chicago. He is a past president of the American Institutes of Architects, Illinois Chapter and serves on the Board of the Chicago Environmental Fund. He is nationally recognized for his work on behalf of people with disabilities in accessible design and fair housing. He also holds LEED and EDAC accreditations.

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David Emmons

Visting Lecturer

David Emmons is a recent graduate of the M.Arch program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he was a Teaching Assistant for sophomore design studios. He has also co-instructed consecutive summers of the Discover Architecture Pre-College Program. The focus of his architectural education has always been driven by both the conceptualization of ideas and the physical making of space that accomplish those ideas.

Thérèse Tierney, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Professor Tierney’s research operates at the intersection of new media and the built environment by leveraging emergent technologies for the public benefit. During 2006, she was a doctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Laboratory studying computational systems.

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Lynne M. Dearborn, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Professor Dearborn’s research focuses on the mutual interaction of people and their environments, particularly the relationship between residential environments and cultural change. She studies the Hmong of SE Asia and Hmong immigrants in the US, African Americans in inner-city neighborhoods, and Native Americans. She is heavily involved in FAA’s Illinois Action Research.

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Kathryn H. Anthony, Ph.D.

ASCA Distinguished Professor

Professor Anthony teaches, conducts research, and writes about how spaces and places affect people. Her expertise focuses on such topics as social and behavioral factors in design, gender and race in contemporary architecture, and entrepreneurship in design. She recently developed a new seminar on architecture, cinema, environment, and behavior.

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Erik Hemingway

Associate Professor

Professor Hemingway has taught architectural design at numerous universities since 1994 and is Principal of the award winning design firm hemingway+a/studio based in Chicago. With 19 years of teaching experience, it has enabled him to continue his research on modern cities including Beijing, Los Angeles and Detroit in continuation of his thesis Television City undertaken at Columbia University in 1991.

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James P. Warfield

Professor Emeritus

Professor Warfield is an architect, author and professor emeritus, having taught studios of all levels for forty years. As a scholar, he has explored fundamental principles of design theory through original field research in worldwide vernacular architecture.

Richard K. Strand, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

With an extensive background in Mechanical Engineering and building systems, Professor Strand teaches the undergraduate Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) course as well as graduate seminars on energy modeling and HVAC. He has researched low energy technologies for space conditioning and developed portions of EnergyPlus, software that enables modeling of building energy performance, for the US Department of Energy.

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Scott Murray

Associate Professor

Professor Murray teaches design studios and seminars and serves as Chair of the Performance Program at the Illinois School of Architecture. As a licensed architect since 2000, he has worked on a variety of building projects ranging in scale from single-unit residences to skyscrapers.

Kennedy K. Hutson

Visiting Assistant Professor

Kennedy Hutson is the Owner and Principal of Kennedy Hutson Associates, an architectural firm located in Monticello, Illinois. Prior to founding Kennedy Hutson Associates in 1995, he served as staff architect and associate at a number of architectural firms in Colorado and Illinois, specializing in numerous types of architecture ranging from housing, hospitality, and corporate interiors in Colorado to Historic Preservation and institutional and recreational facilities in Illinois.

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Vidar Lerum, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Vidar Lerum is a practicing architect and university professor with a long track record in the area of design, construction, monitoring and analysis of energy-efficient buildings. He is the author of “High-Performance Building”, (John Wiley & Sons, 2007), which disseminates findings from a careful investigation of advanced building designs exposed to diverse climate conditions in Greenland, Scandinavia, Central Europe, and North America. In the research leading up to his Ph.D.

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Sharon Irish, Ph.D.

Affiliated Lecturer

Sharon Irish is an architectural and art historian. Suzanne Lacy: Spaces Between is her most recent book (University of Minnesota Press, 2010.) Previous publications include a book-length bibliography on Medievalism in North American art and architecture, and a monograph on the architect Cass Gilbert (Monacelli Press, 1999), as well as a number of articles and book chapters on Gilbert, and essays on artists Anish Kapoor, Suzanne Lacy, Nek Chand Saini, Le Corbusier, and Stephen Willats.

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Kevin Erickson

Associate Professor

Professor Erickson studies digital fabrication and designing at 1:1 scale. Employing CNC routing, modeling, and other prototyping processes, he explores relationships between three-dimensional space and two-dimensional media. His efforts are often put toward competitions, lately including the Omotesando Fashion Museum and the urban SHED competitions, for which he was one of three finalists.

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Michael J. Andrejasich

Associate Dean and Associate Professor

Professor Andrejasich is the Associate Dean of the College of Fine & applied Arts of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign responsible for Academic Affairs. He served as Interim Director of the Illinois School of Architecture from January 1999 until August 2004.

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Alejandro Lapunzina

Professor, Director Barcelona Program

Educated at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Washington University in St. Louis, Professor Lapunzina is the head of the School of Architecture Study Abroad Program. Currently on sabbatical leave of absence, he will resume his usual teaching activities in the Fall 2014 with the beginning of the School’s new overseas program in Barcelona-El Vallés, where he will teach Architectural Design courses and will coordinate the program’s curriculum.

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Joy Monice Malnar

Associate Professor

Professor Malnar is a licensed architect whose work focuses on the sensory attributes of architecture. She is specifically interested in human interaction with urban and lakefront environments, especially in her hometown of Chicago. Her studios have focused on urban, residential types with an emphasis on their sensory aspects, as well as varied, multiuse lakefront buildings such as boathouses, restaurants, and comfort stations.

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Michael Kim, Ph.D.

Professor

Professor Kim is a University of California, Berkeley, educated Design Theorist with research emphases on the Nature of Design and Integrative Design Process; the Nature and the Structure of Design Knowledge; Design Knowledge Acquisition; Building Systems, Functionality, Constructability, and their Integration. He is also a Licensed Architect.

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Jeffery S. Poss, FAIA

Professor

Jeffery S. Poss, FAIA is a Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He received his Master of Architecture from the school in 1980. In the years following he practiced with Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo & Associates, and Tai Soo Kim Partners.

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Botond Bognar

Professor and Edgar A. Tafel Endowed Chair in Architecture

Botond Bognar is Professor and Edgar A. Tafel Endowed Chair in Architecture at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He received his B.S. in Architecture and MArch degrees at the Technical University of Budapest and his M.A. in Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. As a Japanese Governmental (Mombusho) Scholar he conducted research at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (TIT) for two years in the early 1970s.

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John C. Stallmeyer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Professor Stallmeyer’s research and teaching focus on contemporary urban and architectural production and consumption under the influence of information and communications technology (ICT). His graduate studios explore the intersection of ICT and the design process through the exploration and integration of digital sketching and modeling environments with analog methods in a hybrid process.

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Carl G. Lewis

Visiting Assistant Professor, Academic Adviser

Carl Lewis’ experience spans the fields of government service, architecture and academia. He has researched and lectured extensively on architectural design and its application for the disabled. He has held numerous appointments on a variety of committees that relate to the built environment and to the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Kevin Hinders

Associate Professor

Professor Hinders leads graduate seminars and studios that examines design on the urban scale. He is also the principle in charge at Champaign-based PREP A.R.E. He is well versed with projects large and small. As a professional, Professor Hinders has drafted new master plans for the University Campus, Research Parks, and Campustown 2000. His work truly spans the scales of architecture, urban design, and master planning.

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