CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — It started as a mess of paper towels pinned around a foam core frame and plopped onto the table in Kevin Erickson’s office. Erickson, a professor of architecture at the University of Illinois, used scissors to cut a couple of holes in the towels and decided he liked this organic, gourd-shaped assemblage. With time and “development” – a word Erickson uses frequently – that paper towel model grew into a construction that claimed first prize in an international design competition in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Eight students from the School of Architecture and Department of Landscape Architecture joined Professor James Warfield in hosting the faculty of the College of Architecture and the Urban Planning at Tongji University at a 25th anniversary banquet celebrating CAUP’s longest affiliation with a foreign university.
On June 28, 2013 at Restaurant Faglioni, César Pelli, FAIA was presented with the Metro New York Illini Club Big Apple Illini of the Year Award by Illini Club President Tony D’Anzica. The Illinois School of Architecture Director David M. Chasco, FAIA introduced César Pelli, FAIA to the dinner crowd. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Phyllis Wise was also in attendance to honor César Pelli.