News & Events
ArchSt Partners with MU Craft Studio
Posted: Feb. 16, 2017
Left to right: Amy Hay (Craft Studio Advisor), Julia May (ArchSt student), Ruth Tofle (ArchSt Dept Chair), Austin Wiedner (ArchSt student), Mark Lucas (Dir Dept of Student Life), Lyria Bartlett (Building Technology Lab Coordinator). Photo by Hemanth Modadugu.
The MU Craft Studio reopens with new partnership and renewed purpose as described by the Columbia Missourian. An Open House was held Feb 16 with crafts, snacks, and music.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed with the MU Craft Studio for partnering. The Craft Studio is an entity of the Missouri Students Association and is now operating in a new capacity. The new home will be in the ground level of Gentry Hall near ArchSt studio space and the Building Technology Lab. See press release and stay tuned for more details.
MU ArchSt Receives Institutional Merit Award for Graduate Program
Posted: Feb. 13, 2017
The Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) will award the Institutional Merit Award to the MU Department of Architectural Studies for its Graduate Program. The Institution Merit Award recognizes and honors significant and sustained contributions to IDEC, interior design education, and/or interior design by an educational institution at a national and/or regional level. The Award is presented at the IDEC national conference in Chicago.
ArchSt student winners in 2017 Visual Art & Design Showcase
Posted: Feb. 7, 2017
Congratulations to our ArchSt student awardees:
Aaron McMurry (Junior | Architectural Studies)
Lake House, architectural design
Award of Merit
Mohammed Al Subaie (Sophomore | Architectural Studies)
MAKE: Steam - A Makerspace for Mizzou, architectural design
Posted: Feb. 6, 2017
Recent grad, Drake Stuedemann turns his passion for woodworking into a career. Read more in Vox Magazine.
2016 End of Year Newsletter
Posted: Dec. 14, 2016
Read the department's 2016 Newsletter
Brown-Bag Research Series
Posted: Nov. 11, 2016
Friday lunch periods are days for the Department’s Brown-Bag Research Series. Dr. Laura Cole organized the series for faculty, graduate students, and undergrads with PURE grants (Program for Undergraduate Research Experience). Today’s presentation featured Dr. Cole’s (center) mixed-methods research on green school buildings leading to better environmental education. Undergraduate PURE awardee, Danielle Fiet (left) and Doctoral Candidate Elke Altenburger discussed their role in data analysis. Also present were resident graduate students and MizzouOnline students Karen Peters (right) and Amy Frisz joining us in a synchronous discussion in our Cynthia Adams Francis Collaboration Lab.
Bowling Alley Table Tops
Posted: Nov. 8, 2016
In the spirit of recycling and adaptive reuse, bowling alley maple wood finds a new use. Associate Professor Emeritus Ronn Phillips visualized the opportunity when a bowling alley was demolished. Students in the Building Technology Lab designed and built coffee tables and are now exploring other uses for sturdy bowling alley planks. Ideas? Contact Lyria at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kandace Fisher's Doctoral Dissertation on Crime in Ferguson, MO is Published Book by Springer
Posted: Nov. 4, 2016
Kandace Fisher had no idea her doctoral research on the perception of crime in Ferguson, Missouri would make such an impact. By coincidence, her data were collected just prior to the death of Michael Brown. Her study presents a depth of insight into the community environment prior to the Ferguson turmoil. The richness of her qualitative data doctoral dissertation is now captured in the published book, Perceptions of Community Crime in Ferguson, MO by Springer Publishing.
Dr. Fisher completed her degree while a MizzouOnline student and Housing and Environmental Design Specialist, University of Missouri-Extension. According to Interim Dean Sandy Rikoon, "Publishing books based on dissertations is a tough row to hoe, but Kandace made it to the end and we are all the better for her persistence and research! And yet another great example of terrific work at the intersections of research and Extension." Preview her book online.
A Top Program According to Hiring Professionals
Posted: Nov. 1, 2016
DesignIntelligence reports our interior design program ranked as sweet #13 nationally—the highest rated SEC school. Firms were asked, "In your firm’s hiring experience in the past five years, which schools are best preparing students for a future in the profession and designing a sustainable future?" According to the recent DesignIntelligence rankings (2016-2017). The top 20 listing has a majority of private schools in coastal areas and no other SEC school ranks above Mizzou. We thank our students, alumni, and faculty for being so wonderful.
IIDA People’s Choice Award to Kloe Katubig
Posted: Oct. 28, 2016
Recent interior design alumna Kloe Katubig, HOK Kansas City, received the People’s Choice award at the annual Kansas City Color + Couture event. Sponsored by Kansas City International Interior Design Association (IIDA), couture costumes must be constructed of materials from their interior design resource library.
No Hate Here…College of Human Environmental Sciences
Posted: Oct. 24, 2016
Wearing matching T-Shirts that read "No Hate Here…College of Human Environmental Sciences," faculty and students marched in the 2016 Homecoming Parade. As we walked through campus and downtown, we chanted "No debate, we don’t hate!"
Exhibition in Rogers Gallery
Posted: Oct. 20, 2016
Creating abstract form using a kit of parts made of a specific number of cubes, planes, rods and base was the challenge to Studio I students. This assignment focuses on learning the fundamentals of composition by building on the prior exercises. Students are ‘learning by doing’ and are expected to acquire an intuitive ‘eye’ for form and space by the end of the semester. Instructors are Anna Luecke, Ehsan Naderi, and Mahammad Dastmalchi.
2016 Lee Henson Access Mizzou Award
Posted: Oct. 11, 2016
For her efforts in creating a more accessible MU, Jessica Brownfield, Architectural Studies alumna and Senior Interior Designer at MU Department of Residential Life, was honored with the 2016 Lee Henson Access Mizzou Award.
The award recognizes her efforts in universal design for all residence halls. Congratulating Jessica is Jim De Jong, Executive Director of the Great Plains ADA Center and ArchSt Instructor who served as Master of Ceremonies. Dr. Tofle said, "We have always seen Jessica’s talent and we appreciate her commitment to accessibility for MU. We are so delighted she has been recognized."
ArchSt Scholarship Winners
Posted: Sep. 26, 2016
The 2016 Scholarship Convocation was held Sep 25 on Parents’ Weekend to honor students receiving scholarships for Spring and Fall 2016 semesters. Congratulations all!
Fall 2016 Advisory Board
Posted: Sep. 23, 2016
Architectural Studies Advisory Board members met on campus with faculty for the Fall Board Meeting. Members conducted mock interviews in the afternoon and the day concluded with a department-wide Forum covering topics of portfolio development and interview skills.
Laura Hartman of Fernau+Hartman Architects is Healy Lecturer
Posted: Sep. 23, 2016
The Laura Hartman lecture, "Inside Outside / Outside Inside: Collaboration with Landscape in the Work of Fernau+Hartman Architects" opened the Fall, 2016 Advisory Board meeting. Hartman shared inspirations and images from their inventive buildings including houses from her co-authored book Improvisations on the Land: Houses of Fernau + Hartman Architects.
Monitoring Construction in Process
Posted: Sep. 22, 2016
Students in Assistant Teaching Professor Lyria Bartlett’s class "Advanced Design Communications" are monitoring the process of house construction to understand the different phases of construction. Lyria provides detailed background information and lectures on site. She is also the owner of the property.
Alumna Laura Davis in Summit with President Obama
Posted: Sep. 21, 2016
Alumna Laura Davis of Newton Supply, Co (center in photo) joins President Obama and actor George Clooney and his wife Amal Clooney at a CEO roundtable on mitigating the worst refugee crisis since WWII.
$5 Million Grant to MU Will Continue ADA Services for Four-State Area
Posted: Sep. 15, 2016
The Great Plains ADA Center, housed in the Department of Architectural Studies at the University of Missouri, has received a new $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to fund the center through 2021. This is the Great Plains ADA Center’s sixth consecutive five-year grant from the federal government to provide Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulatory guidance and resources in the states of Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. Great Plains ADA Center staff serve as consultants, trainers and resource providers for all people, businesses, organizations and government entities with questions or problems regarding all areas of ADA and related disability laws in the four-state region.
Federal Grant Site Visit
Posted: Jul. 8, 2016
A site visit for the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) competition for the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project was conducted at the Great Plains ADA Center. The review panel representatives from the federal agency were AnnMaria DeMars and Timothy Beatty. The Center’s new application has a proposed start date of October 1, 2016.
2016 Summer Study Tour in Italy
Posted: Jul. 5, 2016
Ben Schwarz led the 2016 Italian Study Tour to the great cities of Rome, Pompeii, Tivoli, Orvieto, Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Montreigione, Pisa, St. Margarita, Portofino, Verona, Vicenza, Murano, Burano, Venice. See more images
2016 Graduate Student Workshop
Posted: Jun. 28, 2016
MizzouOnline and resident graduate students gather for the 2016 Graduate Student Workshop. They meet to refine their research direction and make good progress in their research program. The Annual Graduate Student Workshop emphasizes pathways to knowledge for each student’s line of inquiry and her/his pursuit of a graduate degree. Students also make connections with additional faculty who may serve on their graduate committee.
Our 2016 National ADA Symposium
Posted: Jun. 23, 2016
Our National ADA Symposium in Denver Colorado greeted over 900 attendees at the Hyatt Hotel June 19-22. MU Instructor Jim de Jong spear-headed the National ADA Symposium from its inception 21 years ago. The Symposium is now included as a national initiative of the ADA National Network which is comprised of ten regional centers that provide information, training, and materials on the Americans with Disabilities Act. The 2016 conference, held annually for the past 20 years, has earned the reputation as the most comprehensive training event available on the ADA and disability related laws. The National ADA Symposium featured 72 breakout sessions, pre-conference, keynote, welcome reception, and exhibits and is designed to provide the latest information on ADA regulations and guidelines, implementation strategies, and best practices.
ArchSt Welcomes Students to Fall 2016 Professional Program
Posted: Jun. 10, 2016
The Department welcomes 45 students to the Fall 2016 professional design sequence. The Portfolio Review and Admission to the Professional Program is a selective process based on academic achievement demonstrating skills in design principles and elements, design creativity, drafting and lettering, technical accuracy, and craftsmanship. These students will take a sequence of Studio courses that culminate in the Bachelor of Science degree. Analysis of our incoming class reveals academic achievement with 42% coming with AP credit, 57% bringing transfer credit from another university, college, or community college, and the mean average GPA of 3.312. Faculty congratulate our students and look forward to working with them!
John (Jack) Castulik
Nawel (Noel) Girma
Molly Van Laar
Marcia and Robert Healy Support HES by Design
Posted: Jun. 7, 2016
Marcia Healy knew she wanted to study design before coming to MU. She put her MU degree to work as she and her husband enjoyed rich careers. The story continues to be told in the Mizzou Legacies HES Special Edition of how they are loyal and actively involved University of Missouri alumni supporting future generations of students.
They have invested in the Marcia Wehrle Healy and Robert N. Healy Interior Design and Architecture Lecture Series, the Robert and Marcia Healy Scholarship in Architectural Studies, and in the renovation of Gwynn Hall.
MU Student Develops Interest in Architecture After Moving to Columbia from Saudi Arabia
Posted: Jun. 6, 2016
Mohammed Al Subaie’s childhood home was in Jeddah where he focused on family and soccer. Al Subaie came to MU to study English, but changed his major to architectural studies during his freshman year. He dreams of creating affordable housing for people of all socioeconomic backgrounds. That idea was sparked in an architecture class when he was challenged with a theoretical proposal to design a sustainable and affordable house for a low income family in Columbia. "The need for sustainable and affordable housing is a worldwide issue," he says. Read more on his story and remarks from his adviser Dr. Bimal Balakrishnan. Photo by Rob Hill/Mizzou Creative.
MIZZOU Alumni meet at International EDRA
Posted: Jun. 6, 2016
Mizzou Alumni met at the International Environmental Design Research Association on May 19, 2016. Pictured left to right are: Elke Altenburger, Laura Cole, Gloria Stafford, Natalie Ellis, Cherif Amor, Janna Lancaster, Greg Galford, Amy Frisz-Conlon. Also at the conference (but not present the day this photo was taken) was Emily Roberts. As Gloria Stafford says, "Architectural Studies creates a bonded community of scholars and educators within the national sphere of inquiry in our field."
Spring Thesis Review
Posted: May 9, 2016
Practicing professionals joined faculty in critiques of Senior Thesis Reviews. Critiques were held in two different formats and locations. Electronic presentations were held in the new Cynthia Adams Francis Design Collaboration Lab and traditional boards with models were presented in 227 Stanley.
Studio II in the Missourian
Posted: May 5, 2016
Dr. Cole’s Studio II market project made the front page of the Missourian. Students photographed finished models of structures they designed for the Columbia Farmers' Market.
Ben Schwarz – Recognized as Distinguished Researcher and Graduate Faculty Mentor
Posted: Apr. 28, 2016
Dr. Ben Schwarz (center) received two highly competitive awards this spring. He was selected as a 2016 HES Distinguished Researcher and also the 2016 MU Graduate Faculty Mentor. He was honored at the MU Graduate Awards Banquet and in his acceptance speech said, "designing environments and mentoring graduate students are collective acts. Like a grand opera, it takes a composer, libretto writer, conductor, chorus master, soloists, and many others to achieve."
Dr. Schwarz teaches synchronous graduate classes to resident and MizzouOnline students and has the highest number of advisees in the department. Faculty nominators Ruth Tofle (left) and Newton Dsouza (right) celebrate Dr. Schwarz’s recognition.
Visualization & Virtual Reality Open House
Posted: Apr. 18, 2016
The Department of Architectural Studies hosted the April 15 Visualization & Virtual Reality Open House. Dr. Balakrishnan explains, "We had a steady flow of visitors and I estimated between 80 and 90 people over the course of 5 hours." Visitors stayed engaged with each demo at length to explore the potential of virtual reality, interactive 3D, motion capture, and other digital tools for research, teaching and creative work.
For more information on imaging and visualization efforts as part of the MU Cyberinfrastructure Plan see Dr. Bimal Balakrishnan at email@example.com. To join the virtual reality/augmented reality interest group at MU, contact Amos Angelovici (Office of Technology Management and Industry Relations) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open House Features STEAM Bus
Posted: Apr. 18, 2016
During the Visualization and Virtual Reality Open House, Ben Schwarz meets with Craig Adams from the Columbia Public Schools to tour the STEAM makerspace. A makerspace is an educational creativity lab to bring technology to students with emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM). Lyria Bartlett has been instrumental in the planning and design to retrofit the school bus. The STEAM bus connects with kids of many ages throughout our community.
Students Compete in the National Race to Zero Competition
Posted: Apr. 14, 2016
Mike Goldschmidt led seven students in the national 2016 Race to Zero Competition on April 16-17. Thirty-three collegiate teams participated in the Golden, Colorado event. The Race to Zero is an annual competition, open to students and faculty from interested collegiate institutions, and is based upon a real-world scenario where a builder is developing a new high performance home.
Ribbon Cutting & Dedication
Posted: Apr. 13, 2016
Alumnae Cynthia Adams Francis of St Louis (left) and Betty Ann Cortelyou of Kansas City (right) cut the ribbons for the official dedication of two renovated learning places. The Cynthia Adams Francis Design Collaboration Lab is 232 Stanley. The Betty Ann Cortelyou Design Studio is 231 Stanley. Replacing vintage 1960’s furnishings, the renovations included new desks, adjustable seating, LED lighting, and surfaces. A Ribbon Cutting and Dedication event was held April 12 to honor and thank both donors and vendors who also contributed to the renovation.
Chuck Graham Receives 2016 Inclusive Excellence Award
Posted: Apr. 12, 2016
Chuck Graham was honored with the MU 2016 Inclusive Excellence Award. This award is given to individuals or groups who, as part of the Mizzou community, have made exemplary contributions to any area of diversity.
Newton Dsouza explains, "Chuck is one of the most selfless guys I have seen. Every time I need him to discuss about inclusive design with our students he is there for us. I have utilized his immense knowledge in three of my courses where students have got a first-hand experience of understanding user needs of persons with wheel-chairs. With Chuck’s contacts we have been able to connect with the community projects including the Broadway Hotel and the Mizzou Arena. Chuck also helped us out in the design reviews in our interdisciplinary Architectural Robotics class with students from computer science who created proof-of-concepts for people with disabilities. He often says good design is invisible and he has inspired architectural studies students to do better."
Studio II Students Work With Community Leaders
Posted: Mar. 25, 2016
Stakeholders from across the Columbia community joined Studio II students for an afternoon of reviewing proposals for the Clary-Shy Agricultural Park. Four student teams presented in-progress design proposals for community feedback. Farmers shared their challenges, consumers shared their experiences and dreams. Read more at their blog.
2016 Spring Advisory Board and James Cutler Lecture
Posted: Mar. 25, 2016
The 2016 Spring Advisory Board began their March 24 meeting with the James Cutler, FAIA lecture "Searching for True" sponsored by the Carol Ann Williams Lectureship in Design. Board members worked with students in the afternoon to critique mid-term thesis projects.
Learning from Wheelchair Basketball Team
Posted: Mar. 22, 2016
What is it like to be in a wheelchair? Students in Dr. Dsouza’s Human Factors class have personal experiences maneuvering in wheelchairs and also visiting with users of wheelchairs who play Wheelchair Basketball in the Mizzou Arena. Designing environments for people using wheelchairs has much more meaning. It becomes personal.
Posted: Mar. 15, 2016
Fourteen interior design educators who are Mizzou alumni and PhD students attended the 2016 Interior Design Educators Council meeting in Portland Oregon. Architectural Studies is very proud of the next generation of knowledge-makers educated at Mizzou. Featured in the photo are: Front row left to right: Lori Anthony, Ruth Tofle, Susan Stevenson. Second row left to right: Ji Young Cho, Heather Carter, Suining Ding, Diana Allison, Natalie Ellis. Third row in back left to right: Cherif Amor, Ashton Oltmanns, Tilanka Chandrasekera, Adam Nash. Not shown are Susan Ray-Degges and Peggy Honey.
Our Jordan Frericks is also a Basketball Star
Posted: Feb. 29, 2016
Photo taken by Nick Schnelle.
Jordan Frericks is routinely captured in sports news for her "relentless pursuit of excellence" Kansas City Start, Feb. 27, 2016, Columbia Daily Tribune, Nov. 12, 2015, Columbia Daily Tribune, Nov. 29, 2015 and Columbia Daily Tribune, Dec. 30, 2015. Jordan was named the tournament’s most valuable player at the Thanksgiving Classic in Moraga, California adding 16 points to her team’s score. Her pilot seat performance against Charlotte marked her 20th career double-double. As of Feb 28, Frericks ranked third in the SEC among active players with 24 career double-doubles. And, she ranks 32nd in Tigers history with 1,017 career points which means she could finish among the all-time top 10. Jordan is a Junior in Architectural Studies.
Studio II Concepts for Centro Latino de Salud Neighborhood
Posted: Feb. 25, 2016
Dr. Laura Cole’s Studio II class met with residents to show preliminary renderings and discuss the future of land surrounding Centro Latino de Salud. See Missourian article.
Green School Buildings Lead to Better Environmental Education
Posted: Feb. 24, 2016
Dr. Cole’s research tells us that students who attend school in buildings specifically designed to be “green” exhibit higher levels of knowledge about energy efficiency and environmentally friendly building practices. See MU News Bureau Press Release.
Read more in Vanguard
Missouri's Flagship University Fact Book 2016
Posted: Feb. 24, 2016
University of Missouri Facts & Pride Points is a website that provides data on teaching, research, service, and economic development.
ArchSt Winners at Undergraduate Visual Art & Design Showcase
Posted: Jan. 27, 2016
Congratulations to Aaron McMurry, Junior (left) on his project Lake House and Mohammed Al Subaie, Sophomore (right) on his project MAKE: Steam – A Makerspace for Mizzou. Aaron received an Applied Design Award and Mohammed received an Award of Merit in the first annual Undergraduate Visual Art & Design Showcase. Dr. Schwarz was Aaron’s instructor and Dr. Balakrishnan was Mohammed’s instructor.
Participating Departments were Architectural Studies, Art, Digital Storytelling, Journalism, Textile and Apparel Management, and Theatre. The Jesse Hall Rotunda was the venue for the exhibit of work from forty students. The Columbia Tribune depicts the exhibition.
Three Deans Among Recent Doctorates
Posted: Jan. 21, 2016
Dr. Jan Parker is the third Dean appointment among our PhD alumni benefiting from MizzouOnline. Dr. Parker’s dissertation was, "Environmental Preferences of Users in Co-Located Colleges." She is currently Dean of Academic Affairs at The Art Institute of Dallas. Dr. Parker tells her story of going back to school to complete a PhD.
Dr. Ellen Fisher’s 2011 dissertation was "Using the Physical Classroom Environment as a Tool for Learning." Dr. Fisher is the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Dean of the New York School of Interior Design in New York City.
Dr. Brian Sinclair is Professor of Architecture + Environmental Design, and former Dean at the University of Calgary, Canada. Dr. Sinclair’s 2008 dissertation was, "Urban Mongolia: An Integrative Culturally-Sensitive Sustainability-Focused Design + Planning Framework for Ger Districts."
Lyria Bartlett selected in Columbia Business Times Class of 2016: "20 under of 40"
Posted: Jan. 1, 2016
Lyria Bartlett was selected as a young professional making an impact in the Columbia business community. Lyria describes herself as a "creative coach" of life lessons about collaboration and good citizenship viewed through a designer’s lens. Read more about Lyria’s work in the January 2016 issue of Columbia Business Times.
Photo by Anthony Jinson
2015 End of Year Newsletter
Posted: Dec. 16, 2015
Read the department's 2015 Newsletter
A Top Interior Design School in the Midwest
Posted: Nov. 18, 2015
DesignIntelligence (Nov/Dec 2015) ranks our MU interior design program #4 in the Midwest among schools in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. The DesignIntelligence survey had 2,237 U.S. firms and organizations employing professionals to participate in the ranking.
Featuring Cierra Higgins as a Bass Drummer in Marching Mizzou
Posted: Nov. 17, 2015
Architectural Studies Senior, Cierra Higgins, "pumps up the crowd" as a bass drummer in Marching Mizzou. Cierra was featured in the Traditions column of the most recent MizzouMagazine as part of the comprehensive campaign Mizzou: Our Time to Lead.
USG Gives Lesson on Acoustical Tile and Installation
Posted: Oct. 28, 2015
Mr. Goldschmidt’s Materials, Methods and Products class learns about acoustical tile and gets first-hand experience in installation. Tiles are replaced during class time in the Cynthia Adams Francis Design Collaboration Lab.
Extension Teamwork Award
Posted: Oct. 28, 2015
Housing and Environmental Design Extension Staff in the East Central Region were honored for the Extension Teamwork Award. They partnered in a team of 16 colleagues in Child Care Provider Training. Honored at the 2015 MU Extension Summit were Patricia Snodgrass, Rebecca Blocker, Kandace Fisher-McLean, and Michael Goldschmidt.
Highest Number of Doctoral Dissertations from MU Department of Architectural Studies – Again!
Posted: Oct. 23, 2015
The Journal of Interior Design reports 15 doctoral dissertations during the 2014-2015 academic year (Park,2015). The highest number comes from the University of Missouri, Department of Architectural Studies:
6 - University of Missouri
5 – Texas Tech University
1 – University of Florida
1 – University of Montreal, QC
1 - Oregon State University
1- Argosy University
The department offers the only online doctoral program among its peers. Three of the six completing MU doctoral students were MizzouOnline distance students benefiting from synchronous online coursework with resident students. The high productivity of doctoral research dissertations in HES Architectural Studies is consistent with past years. See interview with recently completed Dr. Kandace Fisher McLean and listing of MU dissertations.
Mike Goldschmidt Honored for National Leadership
Posted: Oct. 13, 2015
Associate Teaching Professor Michael Goldschmidt was awarded the U.S. Department of Agriculture Certificate of Appreciation for National leadership of the Healthy Homes Partnership and service to our field.
ArchSt Instructor, Jim DeJong Receives Life Time Achievement Award Promoting Universal Design
Posted: Oct. 12, 2015
Instructor Jim DeJong received the Lee Henson Access Mizzou Life Time Achievement Award. Jim is recognized for going above and beyond a particular accessibility concern or need and championing universal design to make the world a better place for persons with disabilities and others. He has demonstrated a commitment over time to improve the inclusion of persons with disabilities. Nominator Ruth Tofle explains, "Jim’s accomplishments are many, his impact is great, and his tenacity supersedes most of us. His true mission is capacity building for universal design." Jim celebrates with his Great Plains ADA Staff.
Thomas Jefferson Epitaph Display by Rachel Liberty
Posted: Oct. 12, 2015
Thomas Jefferson's original epitaph is now in its Jesse Hall permanent home in a display designed by our student Rachel Liberty. Rachel was the winner of the student studio design competition in the Department of Architectural Studies, College of Human Environmental Sciences. Kee Groshong, Vice Chancellor Emeritus of Administrative Services, was inspired to realize the preservation and display of the Thomas Jefferson epitaph. He organized its preservation and participated as a juror in the student competition. MU Campus Facilities Design and Construction was instrumental in the design management and construction of the display.
The rededication ceremony was held Friday October 9. This is the third iconic display in Jesse Hall resulting from a student competition in the Department of Architectural Studies. The first was the Honor Wall at the south entrance. The second was the corner stone display led with the inspiration of Tom Schultz.
Read more in Vanguard
2015 Fall Advisory Board and Bill Zahner Lecture
Posted: Oct. 12, 2015
The 2015 Fall Advisory Board and Bill Zahner Lecture "The Intersection of Art and Architecture" occurred October 7. The lecture was sponsored by Marcia Wehrle Healy and Robert N. Healy, MU Dept of Architectural Studies and College of Engineering.
New Bus Shelters Designed by ArchSt Students
Posted: Oct. 6, 2015
The Columbia Tribune reports, "New bus shelters in better locations for riders might soon start popping up on some of Columbia’s major streets…. The city has been collecting ridership data since April, which it used to help determine the location of at least 18 new bus shelters." The city’s new bus shelter design, "The Fab Collab," was created in 2014 by students in the University of Missouri’s Architectural Studies Department."
Boy Scouts Seeing in 3D
Posted: Sept. 29, 2015
Boy Scouts converged at the Department’s iLab’s virtual reality facility to experience stereoscopic 3-dimensional (3D) visualization and design collaboration. Associate Teaching Professor Mike Goldschmidt led the Architecture Section for the Merit Badge University. Coverage of the Saturday event is reported in the Columbia Daily Tribune.
STEAM On The Bus
Posted: Sep. 28, 2015
Assistant Teaching Professor Lyria Bartlett and Architectural Studies students are collaborating with Craig Adams from the Columbia Public Schools to develop a "makerspace"—in a school bus. A makerspace is an educational creativity lab to bring technology to students with emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM). Architectural Studies colleagues are helping with the interior planning and design to retrofit the bus. See article in the Columbia Business Times.
Students a Central Focus for SEC Symposium
Posted: Sep. 22, 2015
Mizzou students exhibited their work at the 2015 Southeastern Conference Symposium in Atlanta. The conference was entitled Creativity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Driving a 21st Century Economy. Shown at top, right to left are Chancellor Loftin, Tom Bernhard (Architectural Studies) and Simon Tatum (Art). Below photo displays Tom’s work entitled "Buffalo Ridge House."
Connecting Mizzou and Moberly Area Community College
Sep. 18, 2015
A transfer agreement is now in place to help Moberly Area Community College (MACC) students seamlessly transfer to MU’s professional degree programs in Architectural Studies. MACC students can complete their AA degree and the BSHES degree at MU in four years. Two MU options are offered--the CIDA accredited interior design program and the architectural studies pre-architecture program.
Ruth Tofle, MU’s Department Chair of Architectural Studies and Paula Glover, MACC’s Vice President for Instruction, agree: "The benefits to students are tremendous!" Pioneering this transfer agreement are faculty and staff from Mizzou and MACC. Front row from left to right: Alex Embree, Kim Houston, Lyria Bartlett, Paula Glover, Ruth Tofle, Brenda Selman, Carla Whitney, Paula Thies, Kim Brooks. Second row from left to right: Jim Spain, Terry Barnes, Katelyn Brandkamp, Amy Wise, Don Tennill, Sandra Marek, Amy Hager, Julie Perkins, Larry Linneman.
Mizzou Faculty Have a Winning Tradition with Boyer Award
Posted: Sep. 14, 2015
Newton D’Souza is one of the four Mizzou faculty members earning the Boyer Award for Excellence in Teaching in four of the last five years.
Twelfth Annual Graduate Student Workshop
Posted: Jun. 22, 2015
Online and resident doctoral students meet each year for a one-week workshop. Graduate students present their research to an audience of fellow colleagues and faculty. The audience feedback and individualized faculty guidance following presentations are structured to accelerate progress toward degree completion. The week includes a series of faculty-led experiences focusing on research methods and forums involving guest speakers. Participation also leads to establishing closer connections to our MIZZOU family and pride of place.
Pledging Continuous Support of the ADA After 25 years: 2015 National ADA Symposium
Posted: Jun. 16, 2015
The 2015 NATIONAL ADA SYMPOSIUM advocates the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Symposium was hosted by the Great Plains ADA Center of the Department of Architectural Studies and was a sold-out success with 850 participants in Atlanta, Georgia. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the ADA as Civil Rights legislation, the Symposium was held in Atlanta, Georgia. Participants toured the Center for Civil and Human Rights during the May 10 to 13 conference.
Relationship Between Learning Spaces and Learning Skills
Posted: May 21, 2015
Newton Dsouza, Asha Kutty, and Art Mehrhoff conducted a plenary session at the 2015 Celebration of Teaching. Their presentation was entitled "In Search of the 21st Century Campus: Relationship Between Informal Learning Environments and 21st Century Learning Skills." The presentation is the result of a research project examining the ways in which informal learning environments at MU support the 21st century learning skills of students. It employs a variant of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s pioneering research on leadership and creativity. The results describe and identify architectural qualities of learning spaces at MU.
MU Housing and Environmental Design Extension Awards
Posted: Apr. 30, 2015
Housing Specialists honored at the Spring MU HES Extension conference:
- "Internal Partnerships Teamwork Award:" Rebecca Blocker, Pat Snodgrass and Kandace Fischer
- "Working with Diverse Audiences Award:" Connie Neal
- "Lifetime Achievement Award:" Pat Snodgrass
- "Architectural Research Centers Consortium King Award:" Kandace Fischer
Featured in the photo are (left to right back row) Tom Furhman, Rebecca Blocker, Connie Neal, Ronn Phillips, Mike Goldschmidt; (left to right front row) Ruth Tofle, Kandace Fisher, Pat Snodgrass. Not shown are Marsha Alexander, Jeff Barber and Mark Porth.
Honoring Our People
Posted: Apr. 7, 2015
The College of Human Environmental Sciences honored two members of our Architectural Studies family at the April 7 Awards Ceremony. Lyria Bartlett was selected to receive the 2015 Distinguished Teacher Award. This Award recognizes a College faculty member who, by attention and dedication to students, has demonstrated outstanding ability as a teacher. Dean Ellen Fisher was recognized to receive the 2015 Distinguished Service Award because of her significant contributions to concerns of the interior design profession.
Look Ahead: Step into Another Dimension
Posted: Apr. 7, 2015
Bimal Balakrishnan and Clyde Bentley of the University of Missouri (MU) are imagining journalism in 3-D. Dr. Bimal Balakrishnan’s work with colleagues in Journalism, and with support from MizzouAdvantage funding, made the top news today on Editor & Publisher – a leading trade publication read by news editors at major newspapers. The article is also featured in the April issue of their print magazine.
MU Researchers Prepare for the Unthinkable
Posted: Mar. 19, 2015
The Mizzou Weekly (3/19/15) article announces faculty recipients of a Mizzou Advantage Grant who are collaborating on disaster preparedness. Dr. Bimal Balakrishnan is one of four researchers, with financing from a $100,000 Mizzou Advantage grant studying what to do when disaster strikes and how to promote campus resiliency at the University of Missouri.
Missouri's Flagship University Fact Book 2015
Posted: Mar. 12, 2015
University of Missouri Facts is a published document that provides data on teaching, research, service, and economic development.
Charles Rose, FAIA is the Carol Ann Williams Lecturer in Design
Posted: Mar. 6, 2015
Charles Rose of Boston was the Spring 2015 Carol Ann Williams Lecturer in Design. The title of his lecture was "Recent Work: Inside/Out." Following the lecture, Advisory Board members met with students for thesis critiques and led a Student Forum.
Jordan Frericks SEC Player of the Week
Posted: Mar. 2, 2015
Our Architectural Studies student, Jordan Frericks was named SEC Player of the Week as announced by the league office. She averages 17.5 points and eight rebounds per game. The honor is the first for Frericks in her career and the first for any Tiger this season.
Ingram’s Magazine Selects Studio Instructor, Nick Peckham as a Missourian You Should Know
Posted: Feb. 27, 2015
Our studio Instructor, Nicholas Peckham, FAIA, was named one of the "50 Missourians You Should Know" by Ingram’s magazine. He is recognized as one of the best that the state has to offer for contributing to the quality of life in the Show-Me State, for superior achievement and service. Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin congratulates Nick in saying, "Your story is an inspiration for all to admire and emulate."
Exemplary eLearning – Architectural Studies
Posted: Feb. 9, 2015
MU identified the eLearning work in the Department of Architectural Studies as exemplary and featured our Department to be part of a system-wide video.
Great Plains ADA Center Joins Department
Posted: Jan. 2015
The Great Plains ADA Center joined the Department of Architectural Studies October 1, 2014. Established in 1991 with the leadership of Jim de Jong, Executive Director, the Center’s mission is to provide professional, quality information and services on the Americans with Disabilities Act. The staff provides service to individuals, families and entities of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. The Department welcomes the Center’s ambitious and talented staff and looks forward to many fruitful collaborations in our future. The partnership is featured in the 2015 Vanguard publication.
Students Design City of Columbia Bus Shelters
Posted: Jan. 2015
MU Architectural Studies is partnering with CoMET/PedNet and the City of Columbia on an exciting community project. Led by Ast Teaching Professor Michael Goldschmidt, students in the Sustainable Technologies class proposed bus shelter designs to meet criteria outlined by COMO Connect (formerly Columbia Transit), the Office of Sustainability, and the Office of Cultural Affairs. Shelters were required to be sustainable, modular, fully accessible, attractive to riders, and include components that allow for public art.
Seven concepts were presented and made available for public input and voting. The community outreach project is featured in the 2015 Vanguard magazine.
Highest Number of Doctoral Dissertations from MU Department of Architectural Studies
Posted: Dec. 10, 2014
The Journal of Interior Design reports nine doctoral dissertations during the 2013-2014 academic year (Park,2014:33). The highest number comes from the University of Missouri, Department of Architectural Studies:
4 - University of Missouri
2 – Texas Tech University
1 – University of Florida
1 – University of Minnesota
1 - Oregon State University
The department offers the only online doctoral program among its peers. The high productivity of doctoral research dissertations is consistent in past years. See attached.
44% (4 of 9 total) in 2013-2014 (1 online; 3 resident)
33% (2 of 6 total) in 2012-2013 (2 online)
43% (3 of 7 total) in 2011-2012 (3 online; 1 resident)
Cynthia Adams Francis Scholarship in Architectural Studies
Posted: Dec. 9, 2014
Cynthia Adams Francis, alumna, initiated a scholarship honoring her parents Mildred Josephine and James Edward Adams and husband Frank Francis, Jr. Cynthia has been in the commercial interior design profession for over 30 years. Celebrating the generous gift with student T-shirts are Cynthia Francis, Ruth Tofle, and Frank Francis Jr.
Lyria Bartlett: "Professor Who Makes A Difference"
Posted: Dec. 8, 2014
Lyria Bartlett was honored at the Halftime MU Women’s Basketball game on December 8, 2014 as a “Professor Who Makes a Difference.” Lyria is an Instructor who advises beginning students in the program and teaches both entry level and advanced coursework. Lyria is a former Mizzou Golden Girl and has coached several current team members through her work with the Rock Bridge High School Dance Team. Lyria was nominated by Jordan Frericks, a student in her Visual Design course.
2014 Holiday Newsletter
Posted: Dec. 8, 2014
Read the department’s 2014 Holiday Newsletter
Top Five in the Midwest: Interior Design Ranking
Posted: Nov. 24, 2014
The Department of Architectural Studies' high ranking CIDA interior design program was again cited in the top five of interior design programs in the Midwest for 2015. DesignIntelligence conducts an annual study of "America's Best Architecture & Design Schools" during the summer months and the results are reported in November. This year 1,426 US firms and organizations employing architecture, design, and landscape architecture professionals participated in this year's research.
Hosting HERA Conference
Posted: Oct. 7, 2014
The Department hosted the 2014 Housing Education & Research Association (HERA) conference October 5-8, 2014: "Revitalization, Sustainability...and All That Jazz." The Department also hosted the organization’s first meeting in 1965 and its 25th Silver Anniversary meeting. Colleen Starkloff gave a keynote address, "Universal Design: Preparing the Next Generation of Designers to Change How We Live in the New Millennium."
Jon Otis is F2014 Healy Lecturer
Posted: Sep. 17, 2014
On September 17, the department featured Jon Otis as the F2014 Marcia Wehrle Healy & Robert N Healy Interior Design & Architecture Lecture Series.
Posted: Aug. 6, 2014
Architectural Studies has had the most number of students receiving competitive funding from the HES College for undergraduate research. The College and Department invest in the Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE). Students work side by side with faculty as they learn new research skills and conduct research. Undergraduate students also present their research work at local, national, international conferences—some achieving honors and publications.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater Visit
Posted: Jun. 15, 2014
Students visited the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright Fallingwater home in Mill Run, Pennsylvania as part of the Summer 2014 studio with Dr. Benyamin Schwarz. Roy Young, Curator of Education at Fallingwater and Mizzou Online doctoral student, led workshops for students. Fallingwater was designed for the Kaufmann family in 1935 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966. In 1991, members of the American Institute of Architects named the house the "best all-time work of American architecture" and in 2007, it was ranked twenty-ninth on the list of America's Favorite Architecture according to the AIA.
Dr. Balakrishnan Selected for Reynolds Journalism Fellowship
Posted: May 27, 2014
The Reynolds Journalism Institute expanded its fellowship program this year, opening the door to institutional fellows, leading to an expansion of the overall number of people and groups studying how to improve journalism. They picked Bimal Balakrishnan to explore how 3-D video can be used to boost engagement with media.
Dr. Ronn Phillips Delivers "Last Lecture"
Posted: May 8, 2014
Dr. Ronn Phillips announced his retirement to begin September 1, 2014. We invited students, alumni, and friends to his “Last Lecture” delivered on the last day of class of the Spring Semester.
iLab Featured in Local Newspapers
Posted: Apr. 28, 2014
International Center Scholar Spotlight on Bimal Balakrishnan
Posted: Apr. 15, 2014
The International Center chose Dr. Bimal Balakrishnan to showcase as one of the first faculty scholars to be spotlighted. The goal of the spotlight is to learn more about the different backgrounds, professional trajectories and goals of MU scholars.
Interior Design Alumni Design at Mizzou
Posted: Apr. 2014
Architectural Studies alumni, who are also Principals of major design firms, have received prestigious MIZZOU design contracts. Receiving a MU design contract means competing successfully with the very best national firms. Recent projects benefiting from the expertise of alumni include the University Club dining room designed by Jeanine Bequette, Mort’s Grill designed by Wendy Gray, areas at the University Hospital designed by Linda Loewenstein, and the stadium’s luxury suites and Tiger Lounge designed by Tracy Stearns.
Bob Rice Remembers His Roots
Posted: Apr. 2014
Bob Rice says his Master’s in interior design at MIZZOU launched his successful career. His career included teaching and administrative roles at universities in Michigan and Arizona. At the University of Arizona he was the boss of our current Dean Stephen Jorgensen. Bob feels a strong emotional tie with MIZZOU and continues to support the program so other students can have the opportunities he enjoyed.
Newton D’souza Wins International Teaching Awards
Posted: Apr. 1, 2014
Dr. Newton D’souza was selected by MU to represent the campus in international teaching competitions at the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning in Jacksonville, Florida. We are pleased to report he brings home top prizes. He received the 2014 Ernest L. Boyer International Award for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology. In addition, he received the 2014 Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology.
Spring 2014: Carol Ann Williams Lecture in Design and Advisory Board Meeting
Posted: Mar. 2014
Ron Rochon, AIA (Miller Hull Partnership in Seattle) gave the 2014 Carol Ann Williams Lecture in Design. The lecture was held in conjunction with the MU Architectural Studies Advisory Board meeting. Following the lecture and meeting, Ron Rochon and advisory board members participated in student critiques.
2013 Holiday Newsletter
Posted: Dec. 11, 2013
Read the department’s 2013 Holiday Newsletter.
Student Organization Participation
Posted: Dec. 9, 2013
Students have been active in student organizations:
- Student Environmental Design Association
- US Green Building Council
- Design with Digital Media Student Association
Boone County Lumber Building Technology Lab
Posted: Nov. 14, 2013
Boone County Lumber Co, represented by Brad Eiffert, celebrates a ten year reunion with the Department’s Boone County Lumber Building Technology Lab. We are grateful to the Eiffert family for their support in establishing this important resource to benefit our students. We believe having design/build knowledge makes our students better designers.
MU Architectural Studies Student Work Becomes a Permanent Veterans Memorial
Posted: Nov. 13, 2013
During our 2013 celebration of Veterans there was a Color Guard ceremony to unveil the new Veteran’s War Memorial in the Memorial Union. MU Veterans who lost their lives are honored with a "missing man" / "missing column" concept. In addition, there is text and an interactive display to the left of the remaining five Ionic columns. This was a course project in Newton D’souza’s class and Karen Johnson, a Senior Architectural Studies student, was the winner of the competitive design project.
Veteran Martin Walker II, Director of Administrative Services, was also a champion of the project from the very beginning to implementation. To help the students understand the weight of the project, he supported a student field trip to the award winning Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, MO. He said, "We have a plethora of projects on campus but this is truly a project designed by students, managed by students to honor students that defended our way of life. I could not be prouder of their efforts!"
Top Three in the Midwest
Posted: Nov. 6, 2013
Our CIDA accredited interior design program is ranked #3 among all undergraduate interior design programs in the Midwest by DesignIntelligence. The research is based on 4,855 student responses and 1,108 professional practice organizations. The attached provides more information on the research methods and student responses.
Student Organization Promotes Sustainability in Homecoming Parade
Posted: Nov. 6, 2013
Our Student Environmental Design Association (SEDA) and our United States Green Building Council Student Organization partnered to win second place in the 2013 Homecoming Parade. The emphasis was on sustainability. Students worked with the MU Sustainability Office, Sustain Mizzou and the Environmental Leadership Office.
Dr. Tofle Receives Distinguished Faculty Award
Posted: Oct. 23, 2013
The University of Missouri Alumni Association honored Ruth Tofle with the Distinguished Faculty Award on October 19, 2013. Thanking the Alumni Association, she said she considered this to be a team prize with the many colleagues who participated in this achievement. She also described how Mizzou was her window to a larger world.
Andrew Herdeg of Lake/Flato
Posted: Oct. 14, 2013
Andrew Herdeg of Lake/Flato, San Antonio, TX was the Fall 2013 Lecturer in the Marcia Wehrle Healy & Robert N Healy Interior Design & Architecture Lecture Series. The title of his October 10, 2013 talk was "Nature/Place/Craft." Following the lecture Advisory Board members met with students for mock interviews and led a Student Forum.
Pursuing Design + Research
Posted: Oct. 14, 2013
Brian R. Sinclair is the first in the Brown Bag Lecture Series. His talk was September 27 addressing “Pursuing Design + Research: Creativity, Diversity & Sustainability in a Complex Global Ethos.
One Mizzou: 2020 Vision for Excellence
Posted: Aug. 27, 2013
Our strategic plan –"One Mizzou: 2020 Vision for Excellence" is a "living document" with continual and frequent updates. See the Department of Architectural Studies recent accomplishments in addressing goals of our strategic plan.
Dr. Newton D'Souza Leads 2013 Mizzou International Symposium on "Creativity and New Media"
Posted: Aug. 12, 2013
Dr. Newton D’Souza led the Spring 2013 Mizzou International Symposium on “Creativity and New Media”. The symposium was co-sponsored by the by MizzouAdvantage Creative Convergence Network (CCN) comprising of scholars from various departments at MU with a research interest in creativity. The symposium involved a series of presentations and discussions by the CCN members and invited panelists based on the research data collected from the Mizzou-Hallmark creative workshop conducted in July 2012. The international panel included world leaders in creativity including Dr. Gabriella Goldschmidt (Technion, Israel), Dr. Peter Lloyd (Open University, London), Dr. Mary Lou Maher (University of North Carolina, Charlotte & Key Center for Design Computing and Cognition, University of Sydney), Dr. Barbara Tversky (Stanford University, & Columbia University) and Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (Claremont Graduate University). The highlight of the symposium was the keynote lecture by Dr. Csikszentmihalyi presented as part of the College of Human Environmental Sciences Margaret Mangel Lectureship Series.
Interior Design Student Named Scholarship Finalist
Posted: Jul. 30,2013
Karen Johnson was selected as a national finalist in the prestigious 2013 Gensler Brinkmann Scholarship competition. The Gensler Brinkmann Scholarship was established as a memorial to Don Brinkmann, an inspirational and gifted interior designer who personified the essence of design vision and leadership. Congratulations Karen!
Posted: Jun. 10, 2013
Dr. Benyamin Schwarz led students on a 14 day tour of Ireland and the United Kingdom.
Student Design Renovation of Lyceum Theater in Arrow Rock, Missouri
Posted: May 2013
Faculty routinely work with actual clients in the design of facilities to improve the viability of a business enterprise and build a stronger community. Such is the case in the design project with the Lyceum Theater in Arrow Rock, Missouri. (http://www.lyceumtheatre.org/ ) During the 2013 Spring Semester, the Lyceum Theater Lobby was the design project for 15 students in Studio IV under the guidance of Ast. Professor Newton D’souza. The Building and Grounds Committee of the Lyceum Theatre Board of Directors along with the Lyceum Artistic and Managing Directors wanted to explore proposals for the revitalization of the Lyceum Theatre Lobby. The primary purpose of the project was to create a lobby ambiance, which while recognizing the historic significance of the project, would be sensitive to a regular and loyal community that appreciates the theatre culture. The project required the design to be flexible to modern functions while changing amenities and being more attractive to a new generation of theatre-goers.
February Jobs: A Big Boost for Construction, Architecture and Engineering
Posted: Mar. 8, 2013
Read more at Architect, the magazine of the American Institute of Architects
DesignIntelligence Announces 30 Most Admired Educators for 2013
Posted: Jan. 1, 2013
Antoine Predock - Doctor of Fine Arts Honoris Causa
Posted: Dec. 17, 2012
The University of Missouri conferred the Doctor of Fine Arts Honoris Causa to AIA Gold Medalist and Missourian, Antoine Predock on December 15, 2012. Nomination was made by the Department of Architectural Studies.
"Mizzou Measures Up"
Posted: Dec. 17, 2012
2012 Holiday Newsletter
Posted: Dec. 10, 2012
Read the department's 2012 Holiday Newsletter.
Visual Design Students Exhibit their Work
Posted: Nov. 5, 2012
Visual Design students exhibit their work at the MU Student Center—next to the main entrance to Mort’s Restaurant. The exhibit is part of the campus-wide Bricolage Mizzou Advantage Project. Instructors are Lyria Bartlett and Julie Chatman.
The 2011-2012 Vanguard publication of the College of Human Environmental Sciences features an article on students helping in Joplin’s tornado recovery.
Faculty Assists in Joplin
Posted: May 2012
Mike Goldschmidt was called to the Joplin tornado site just after the May 22, 2011 disaster to assess damage before residents were allowed access to the area. The catastrophic tornado killed 158 people and over 1,000 were injured and is classified as the deadliest tornado in America since 1947.
Bimal Balakrishnan explains potential of digital tools
James Cutler, FAIA works with students
Bill Zahner speaks to students
Dr. Tofle receives Distinguished Faculty Award
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi signs books after lecture
Antoine Predock awarded MU Doctor of Fine Arts Honoris Causa