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Congratulations Class of 2020

Posted: May 18, 2020

Two Architectural Studies Faculty Receive Richard Wallace Faculty Incentive Grants

Posted: Apr. 17, 2020

The Mizzou Alumni Association announced the Spring 2020 recipients of the Richard Wallace Faculty Incentive Grant. Out of five recipients across campus, the Department of Architectural Studies boasts two award winners. Dr. Suyeon Bae was awarded support for her project entitled "Favorable hospital environments for patients and staff: An exploratory study," a pilot study that will expand her healthcare research in the Missouri context. Dr. Laura Cole received funding for her project entitled "Building awareness: Green building awareness and behaviors in the green residence hall," which will examine undergraduate eco-knowledge and behaviors at the LEED-certified Gateway Residence Hall on the MU campus.

Dr. Laura Cole

Dr. Suyeon Bae

New Bus Shelter Designed by MU Students to Place Next Spring

Posted: Jan. 5, 2020

This was the winning entry in a 2014 contest where MU architectural students submitted designs for new bus shelters in Columbia. This design came from a team called Fab Collab. The city is seeking bids from companies interested in building a similar shelter for a bus stop outside Columbia Public Library.

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Study Explores Green Building Literacy for K-12 Students

Posted: Sep. 12, 2019

Story by Jenny Wiedower

Laura ColeIt's not always easy to define exactly what we hope to teach. To go beyond signage at school recycling bins, we need a more standard definition of "green building literacy" to both define and expand our ideas about the potential for school buildings as teaching tools.

To fill this gap, a recent study by Laura B. Cole in the International Journal of STEM Education offers a preliminary set of frameworks for green building literacy (GBL) to support both designers and educators seeking to promote green building education among K–12 students.

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2019 Professional Program Students

Posted: Aug. 12, 2019

Congratulations to the incoming 2019 Professional Programs students:

John Addison
Chase Baker
Anna Beezley
Tia Broadley
Derek Brooks
Joseph Brown
Nicholas Cioti
Hannah Cole
Brooklyn Dillow
Mary DuBose
Patrick Duncan
Andrea Elley
Anna Freeman
Amy Frisella
Natalie Geders
Lyndsey Gerbec
Kelley Hackbarth
Elizabeth Harla
Sarah Hollinger
Emma Johannes
Brandon Johnston
Serena Jolliff
Emily Kaphengst
Travis Kempker
Katelyne Kratofil
Mila Makarova

Emma Miller
Boris Murillo
Sydney Muskopf
Jason Myer
Raghad Nasraldeen
Devon Oden
Natalie O'Reilly
Mary Ornosky
Savannah Parry
Braydon Pemberton
Mackenzie Pierce
Jack Politte
Annie Pottios
Morghan Radcliffe
Isaac ricklefs
Timitri Robinson-Douglas
Anna Roth
Jessica Scheer
Sabrina Schubert
Alexander Sohl
Daval Torres
Christopher Turner
Jillian Vessell
Whitten Wicker
Sydney Woods
Yixuan Zhao

Dawn Loraas Selected as Interior Design Educators Council Foundation Scholar

Posted: Jan. 7, 2019

Doctoral student Dawn Loraas was selected as one of the five interior design graduate student scholars nationwide who will receive a scholarship to attend the Interior Design Educators Council annual conference in Charlotte, NC from March 6 to March 9, 2019. As part of her doctoral studies with an environment-behavior focus, she is also pursuing a certificate in Public Health focusing on Epidemiology. Dawn is certified interior designer who maintains an independent design practice in Duluth, MN which provides consulting services to real estate developers, residential and commercial clients. Dr. Laura Cole serves as Dawn's doctoral advisor and mentor.

Dawn Loraas

ArchSt Alumna Rebecca Van Lue Receives 2018 IAct Award

Posted: Nov. 28, 2018

Rebecca Van Lue holding check

The IAct Rising Star Award was presented to Rebecca Van Lue, an Intermediate Designer in IA’s Silicon Valley office, who is being recognized for outstanding professional growth and development.

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Professor Goldschmidt Presents at International Conference on Energy and Environment of Residential Buildings

Posted: Nov. 20, 2018

On November 20, Associate Professor Michael Goldschmidt presented at the 8th International Conference on Energy and Environment of Residential Buildings in Wellington, New Zealand. Professor Goldschmidt presented on "Healthy Homes: Using Smartphone Apps for Stakeholders and Consumers" which is part of his recent work as Director of the National Healthy Homes Partnership.

Prof. Goldschmidt speaking

Innovation by Design

Posted: Oct. 1, 2018

Dr. Balakrishnan, Ronn Phillips, Marlese and Bob Gourley, Dean Rikoon

Bob Gourley brings remarks at the announcement

Robert and Marlese Gourley have made a gift to create the Robert and Marlese Gourley Family Studio for Innovative Design and Fabrication at the MU College of Human Environmental Sciences. The gift, which was announced by MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright, will have direct impact on training the next generation of design leaders at Mizzou by enabling access to state-of-the art digital visualization and fabrication tools in the Department of Architectural Studies. The Gourley’s generous support will allow the Department to make major infrastructure improvements in the Immersive Visualization Lab and the Building Technology Lab – where students are visualizing and realizing projects as they prepare to compete at the highest levels in the architecture and design industry. These technological improvements will have a tremendous impact on undergraduate and graduate curriculum, as well as interdisciplinary opportunities at Mizzou.

2018 Graduate Summer Workshop for Doctoral Students

Posted: Jun. 26, 2018

group photo of attendees

Online and Resident doctoral students participate in a summer workshop. Colleagues attending the 2018 workshop:

  • Back row from left: Heath Pickerill, James Hopfenblatt, Robert Walsh, Dawn Loraas
  • Middle row from left: Shanaz Aly, Holly Rodwick, Kathryn Rivera, Natalie Severy
  • Front row from left: Ben Schwarz, Ruth Tofle, Heather Carter, Laura Cole

Attending and not shown in photo are: Bimal Balakrishnan, Jong Bum Kim, Janice Dysart, Dawn Van Scoik, Amy Frisz.

Parson Backs Higher Education Funding Needs in MU Visit

Posted: Jun. 19, 2018

Govenor Parsons at ILAB

University of Missouri leaders got what they wanted Wednesday from a visit by Gov. Mike Parson — a clear signal that they shouldn’t be worried he will impose large budget cuts when he acts on appropriation bills.

Parson, too, got what he wanted — a chance to make another contrast with his predecessor, spending 90 minutes on campus talking to administrators and academics and showing his support for higher education as a path to prosperity.

Former Gov. Eric Greitens began the year by proposing a 10 percent cut in funding to state colleges and universities. Lawmakers rejected those cuts in the budget for the year beginning July 1 and Parson praised them for doing so.

"I think we reinstated cuts to the universities and we are well aware of what we are going to have to do for the future,” Parson said. “One thing is for sure, you can’t go out there and say we are going to cut the education arena and all of a sudden say we want skilled workers out there."

Those words are reassuring, UM System President Mun Choi said.

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Governor Parson Visits HES and Immersive Visualization Lab

Posted: Jun. 19, 2018

President Choi speaking to group

Govenor Parson in ILAB

audience and media listening

Dr. Balakrishnan speaking to Govenor

President Mun Choi welcomed the Honorable Governor Mike Parson, State lawmakers, Curators, and dignitaries in Gwynn Lounge to discuss "Translational Precision Medicine" opportunities in the State of Missouri. Following the discussion of MU’s economic impact potential in Missouri, we convened in the Architectural Studies Immersive Visualization Lab where Governor Parson and Curators donned the 3-D head gear to learn more about the research that can be done at MU and the need for future investment at MU. A press conference followed the visit where Governor Parson expressed enthusiasm for this research investment. Dr. Choi noted this is the first week Governor Parson has been in office which speaks to the importance of a good relationship with the University of Missouri.

Welcoming Incoming Class to Professional Program

Posted: Jun 18, 2018

The Department welcomes students to the Fall 2018 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.

Andres Acosta
Thomas Auckland
Mason Beachy
Andrew Beres
McKenzie Burns
Jordan Crandall
Morgan Cunnyngham
Calvin Davis
Olivia Derucki
Myles Eaddy
Morgan Farley
Kirsten Flowers
Emily Gaul
Kobe Gibson
Michael Govea
Connor Graham
Bailey Grieshaber
Hannah Hensel
Cade Horsman
Danielle Hrdina
Caroline Kessinger
Abigail Labonte

William LaBud
Cameron Lessick
Anderson Lester
Jessica Lozano
Xiaohan (Lexi) Lui
Joseph Moscato
Tayler Murphy
Jairan Parker
Heidi Rademeyer
Isabella Rapken
Andie Rehagen
Joy Rogers
Claire Schneider
Ashley Smietana
Ashley Thompson
Rachel Tingle
Madeline Walsh
Rebecca Weller
Melanie West
Ryan Wilbers
Xiangrui Xia
Ziyao Zhang

Program for Undergraduate Research Experiences (PURE)

Posted: May 10, 2018

Congratulations to these exceptional students who will be working with faculty mentors during the 2018-2019 academic year. They will be learning firsthand about multiple dimensions of research, creative activity, and scholarship processes. For proposal guidelines, see the Program for Undergraduate Research Experiences (PURE).

Student Name Dept Project Title Faculty Mentor
Tara Weng ArchSt Green Building Education in Science Museum: Eight Case Study Museums in the U.S. Laura Cole
Mikaela Mongeon ArchSt The Impact of Virtual Reality on Spatial Presence, Comprehension, Memory and Movement Bimal Balakrishnan
Jessica Blankinship ArchSt Immersive VR Education Program for Enhanced and Practical Learning Bimal Balakrishnan
Eric Ballesteros ArchSt Evaluating the Perception of Architecture: Understanding How People Observe Different Geometric Forms Bimal Balakrishnan
Dalila Kahvedzic ArchSt A Case Study of MU Campus ADA Design for Users' Emotions and Physical Comforts Jong Bum Kim

Ben Schwarz Honored

Posted: May 7, 2018

Dr. Schwarz

Dr. Schwarz

Dr. Benyamin Schwarz was honored at a Retirement Celebration attended by many alumni, colleagues, family, and friends. Professor Schwarz completed 25 successful years in teaching, research and service at MU in the Department of Architectural Studies. Heartfelt comments were given by Chair Ruth Tofle, Dean Emerita Bea Smith, Assistant Professor and former student Dr. Laura Cole, Associate Chair Bimal Balakrishnan, daughter Mor Kantor, granddaughter Ella, and Dean Sandy Rikoon.

Alumna Amanda Andrade on Leadership

Andrade on cover of CBTPosted: Apr. 30, 2018

Amanda Andrade (PhD HES Architectural Studies) completed a dissertation on workplace that made a big difference to her career. Amanda is featured as the cover story of the April 2018 Columbia Business Times. Dr. Andrade is the "chief people officer" for Veterans United Home Loans.

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Race to Zero Competition Award

Posted: Apr. 27, 2018

competition attendess

On April 22, 2018, five MU Architectural Studies students were awarded second place in the annual Department of Energy, Race to Zero Competition, for their Zanos II home design. The student team included seniors Robin King, Jeremiah Vick, Macy Morley, Amy Niemeyer, and Michael Werkmeister. Associate Teaching Professor Michael Goldschmidt was the faculty advisor.

The Race to Zero is an annual competition, open to students and faculty from any design program in a collegiate institution. Forty teams competed in five building categories, including Single Suburban Family, the category for the Zanos House II. The competition challenges collegiate teams to apply sound building science principles and solar design to create cost-effective, market-ready designs that meet DOE's Zero Energy Ready Home program requirements.

exterior design

interor design

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Congratulations Awardees

Posted: Apr. 23, 2018

HES Awardees

Left to right: Jong Bum Kim, Mohammad Dastmalchi, Ruth Tofle, Barbara Buffaloe, Bimal Balakrishnan

Mohammad Dastmalchi received the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award and alumna Barbara Buffaloe received the Distinguished Service Award at the HES Awards Ceremony during HES Week.

John Kemp Lecture Advocating for Persons with Disabilities

Posted: Apr. 19, 2018

Back row left to right: President Mun Choi, Ruth Tofle, John Kemp, Sandy Rikoon, Sam Kemp. Front row left to right Chuck Graham and Jim DeJong.

John D. Kemp, President & CEO of The Viscardi Center, was the 2018 Margaret Mangel lecturer — organized by the Department of Architectural Studies. The Center is a network of non-profit organizations that provide a lifespan of services that educate, employ and empower children and adults with disabilities, based in Albertson, NY. Most students at the Viscardi School use power wheelchairs and augmentative communication technology, and some require constant medical supervision. Mr. Kemp oversees the combined $25 million annual budget and 355 employees to help children achieve the seemingly impossible through knowledge, experience, vision, personality, and persistence. The title of his lecture was "When Full Inclusion Confronts Choices and Control Over Our Lives with Disabilities."

Spring 2018 Williams Lecture and Advisory Board

Posted: Mar. 23, 2018

Thank you for attending Williams Lecture and Advisory Board Meeting

Architectural Studies Advisory Board members met on campus with faculty and students March 22. The day began with the lecture by Jessica and Aaron Senne entitled "Valuing Authenticity: Contemplating the Truthful and Meaningful in Design" supported by the Carol Ann Williams Lecture in Design.

Department Chairperson’s Citations of Merit were presented to Bob Blaha and Joe Meyer for their career excellence, consistent "can do" attitude, and loyalty in advancing the goals of the Department.

The afternoon session was a critique of Senior Thesis work and a department-wide Forum discussing topics such as lighting, use of materials, conceptual development, editing work to clarify, steps in the design process, and professional development.

Impact Activities in Architectural Studies

Posted: Mar. 6, 2018

Chancellor Cartwright announced his plan to double research funding and expand research and creative activities that impact Missourians. Preparing for his presentation February 27, he requested slides from all campus units on "highest impact activities." Architectural Studies submitted five examples. Among the many submitted from campus units, the Chancellor selected the following slide to represent HES efforts in innovative high impact activities.

Immersive Visualization Lab

Lyria Bartlett – Women’s Intersport Network Coach of the Year Finalist

Posted: Feb. 13, 2018

Lyria Bartlett at event

Lyria Bartlett was a Women’s Intersport Network "Coach of the Year" finalist and and is joined by her team in the recognition. Read Lyria's comments

Seven ArchSt Students Selected for 2018 Art & Design Showcase

Posted: Feb. 6, 2018

Seven Architectural Studies students were selected to participate in the 2018 Undergraduate Visual Art & Design Showcase.

For more information see MU Undergraduate Visual Art & Design Showcase.

ArchSt students

(From top left to right) Coulton Becker, Junior; Emily Chu, Senior; Mary Downes, Senior; Jagger Everett, Junior; Andrew Kreiter, Sophomore; Emma Matthews, Junior; Allison Petty, Senior.

Family Connection and a Passion for Architecture Led Senior to Mizzou

Posted: Jan. 25, 2018

Story by: Mizzou News

Jeremiah Vick comes from a family of Tigers. His mother has been working at the university for the past 22 years. Vick made the decision to attend Mizzou after the architecture program caught his eye when he was 14.

Now, Vick is in his senior year as an architectural studies student in the MU College of Human and Environmental Sciences.

"I’ve had amazing opportunities thanks to Mizzou, including my job with campus facilities where I am working with architects to further my education in the field," Vick said. "Another activity that’s helped me is joining the Deaton Scholars Program, a program that finds solutions for humanitarian issues around the world."

The Deaton Scholars Program is a peer-mentorship initiative designed to foster public service leadership in areas such as international development, global food security, elimination of extreme poverty and non-profit management. Besides his classes, being a part of the Deaton Scholars Program has been Vick’s favorite part of college. It’s given him the chance to connect with other students who share his passion for service.

"My advice for prospective students would be to follow your passion and be determined to achieve your goal,” Vick said. “Determination and passion are the keys to success at Mizzou and any other college."

Jeremiah Vick (second from right) was selected as Deaton Scholar. He is pictured with former Chancellor Brady Deaton (far left), Anne Deaton (right) and fellow student Jonathan Mcguff (second from left).

Transition in Architectural Studies

Posted: Jan. 23, 2018

Bimal Balakrishnan and Ruth Brent Tofle

Dr. Bimal Balakrishan will assume the leadership as the Department of Architectural Studies Chairperson July 1, 2018. Dr. Balakrishnan received his PhD at Penn State University and has been on the MU faculty for ten years. In the history of the program there has been strong continuity with national recognition. Dr. Kate Ellen Rogers came to MU in 1954 and served as Chairperson for thirty years. Dr. Rogers established one of the first accredited interior design programs in the nation and Ruth was one of her undergraduate students. Dr. Ruth Tofle assumed the Chairperson role in 1984 and has served in this position since that time. During her tenure the program developed collaborations in architecture and the nationally recognized online graduate program. Ruth and Bimal are working together for a smooth transition.

2017 End of Year Newsletter

Posted: Dec. 19, 2017

Jesse Hall and MU alma mater

Read the department's 2017 Newsletter

December 2017 Commencement

Posted: Dec. 16, 2017

Congratulations graduates!

Meet our Athletes!

Posted: Dec. 8, 2017

ArchSt Athletes

Architectural Studies is proud to have student athletes. In addition to rigorous coursework, they must schedule many hours of training and are on the road for competitive games. Go Tigers! (Left to right) Myles Eaddy—Football, Sean Harrell—Track, Andrew Kreiter—Diving, Madeleine Huber—Gymnastics, Jordan Frericks—Basketball, Jairan Parker—Football

ID Thesis Students with Visions for an Arts District in Jefferson City

Posted: Nov. 15, 2017

Three interior design thesis students chose to work with a client and small business owner in Jefferson City to help visualize her idea of an arts district on the outside of downtown. The client is launching a business called "Four Quarters Art House." It is an entrepreneurial model integrating the local artistic community with an environmental justice mission to help homeless youth in the Jefferson City area. MU students chose between two different buildings on High Street.


Amy Niemeyer (center) presented a design for turning a historic home into an eclectic B"B for Katy Trail cyclists. Students Caroline Dobbs (left) and MacKenzie Manzer (right) developed plans for an arts-based community center within an abandoned medical building. Students have been documenting their design processes on our blog throughout the semester. Visions were enthusiastically received by community members.

ArchSt Student Cheerleader

Posted: Oct. 31, 2017

Lester Anderson at football game

Photo credit: Tim Tai

Architectural Studies student and Mizzou Cheerleader, Lester Anderson, cheers for the winning Tigers at the University of Connecticut game October 28. This photo was on the front page of the TIGER EXTRA, Columbia Tribune.

MU Specialists at MU Extension Summit

Posted: Oct. 25, 2017

Attendees at evening gathering

The 2017 MU Extension Summit featured opening remarks by Vice Chancellor Marshall Stewart. Stewart said he envisions the MU Extension of the future as an institution with "relevance and meaning in the hearts and minds of all Missourians." See About MU Extension. At the evening gathering colleagues showing support for green design are (left to right): Beverly Maltsberger, Jeffrey Barber, Rebecca Blocker, Patricia Snodgrass, Kandace Fisher, Ruth Tofle, Michael Goldschmidt

MU Homecoming Parade and United Way

Posted: Oct. 21, 2017

2017 Homecoming parade

Students, faculty, and alumni marched in the Homecoming parade supporting the partnership between our College of Human Environmental Sciences and the Heart of Missouri United Way. We are LIVING UNITED...working together to improve our community. Student representatives of the Dean’s Advisory Board were instrumental in organizing the event and arranged the truck from the Joe Machens Automotive Group. Serving as the HES District Ambassador, Ruth Tofle voiced the goal to double HES contributions this year with the help of the HES Unit Ambassador team:

  • Ruth Tofle - Architectural Studies
  • Lillie Downing - Dean’s Office
  • Jean Ispa - Human Development and Family Science and Child Development Lab
  • Dan Smith - Nutrition & Exercise Physiology
  • Starla Ivey – Personal and Financial Planning
  • Alexandria Lewis - Social Work
  • Pam Norum - Textiles & Apparel Management

    Presentations at IDEC Regional Meeting

    Posted: Oct. 20, 2017

    Laura Cole presenting

    Laura Cole presenting

    Robert presenting

    Ruth and Dawn presenting

    Faculty, students, and colleagues presented the following three peer reviewed papers at the Regional Interior Design Educators Council meeting October 20, 2017 in St Louis:

    • Laura Cole, Robert Walsh, & Emily Chu. "Design Patterns for Transition Interior Design."
    • Laura Cole, Briana Johnson, & Jerod Quinn. "Green Building Literacy for Online Learners."
    • Ruth Brent Tofle, Richard Sternadori, Harriet Green-Sappington, & Dawn Van Scoik. "Reflective Interior Design Practices of Diversity and Inclusion on Campus."

    Thailand Delegation Visits iLab

    Posted: Oct. 18, 2017

    Thai delegation

    Our Department greeted academic leaders from King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) in Thailand visiting MU. The Thai delegation is from our partner university, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT). The purpose of their trip is to look at teaching and learning in the 21st century with an emphasis on innovative teaching and learning methods.

    Dr. Balakrishnan provided an outstanding presentation of current work in our iLab to colleagues:

    • Associate Professor Suvit Saetia, PhD, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
    • Assistant Professor Prasert Kanthamanon, PhD, Senior Vice President for Administrative Affairs
    • Associate Professor Tawich Pulngern, PhD, Associate Dean for Academic and Research Affairs: Faculty of Engineering
    • Assistant Professor Chujit Treerattanaphan, PhD, Associate Dean for Research: School of Architecture & Design
    • Assistant Professor Wunpen Chonkaew, PhD, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Faculty of Science

    Visiting Scholar Creative Exhibit

    Posted: Oct. 16, 2017

    Wen Tang and Ben Schwarz

    Visiting Scholar Wen Tang (Forest) exhibits his creative work in our Stanley Hall Rogers Gallery. Professor Tang is from China Normal Central University and is actively participating in all of Dr. Schwarz’s classes this year. Forest’s media is a combination of digital technology and traditional Chinese ink.

    Fall 2017 Healy Lecture and Advisory Board

    Posted: Sep. 29, 2017

    Lecture and Advisory Board attendees

    Architectural Studies Advisory Board members met on campus with faculty and students September 28. The day began with the key note by Bob Blaha "Looking Forward through a Rearview" supported by the Marcia Werhle Healy and Robert N. Healy Interior Design & Architecture Lecture Series. Board members met with faculty and engaged in Senior Thesis critiques in the afternoon. The day concluded with a department-wide Forum covering topics of professional development.

    Welcome Dr. Kim

    Posted: Sep. 19, 2017

    Dr. Kim in the classroom

    We welcome Dr. Jong Bum Kim who joins our faculty as an Assistant Professor. We recruited him from Texas A&M because of his strengths in design with digital media. Dr. Kim teaches our Advanced Design Communication classes this semester. His students are learning advanced techniques and conventions of computer aided design and Building Information Modeling (BIM) for contemporary design processes. Research interests are in Collaborative Project Design and Delivery Process; Computational Methods in Architecture; Parametric Modeling; BIM; Building Performance Analysis; Urban Information Modeling with GIS and BIM. See Curriculum Vita.

    Course Sharing with S&T Campus

    Posted: Sep. 18, 2017

    Our online course in historic preservation welcomes engineering students from the S&T campus this fall semester. It is the first Course Share in the department. The Intercampus Course Sharing initiative was designed to encourage the sharing of courses among the four UM System campuses to increase options for students, provide opportunities for faculty development leaves, or even expand departmental offerings. The ArchSt 4430 course is a popular general education class serving students from MU colleges including engineering, journalism, and arts and science. Students prepare a preliminary mock nomination for a building not currently on the National Register for Historic Places. "What does historic preservation have to do with pride of place?" This is a discussion board question encouraging students to talk about their home town.

    MU and S&T Administration buildings

    Total Solar Eclipse Seen at Mizzou!

    Posted: Aug. 23, 2017

    The first day of school was like none other. For a couple of hours at midday, classes were suspended because we were in the perfect location for a total solar eclipse. Crowds of students, faculty, staff, and eclipse chasers witnessed the amazing sight.

    total solar eclipse

    Photo Credit: Shane Epping

    crowd gathered to watch eclipse

    Design is Memorial to Father

    Posted: Aug. 23, 2017

    design building

    Coulton Becker’s father ignited a love of building and design. To honor his father who died in March, Coulton designed and installed a wood structure on a footpath that creates an experience with nature as light filters through the ribs of twisting angles. Coulton was one of 18 students in Lyria Bartlett’s studio challenged to design a pavilion with a basketry theme. Coulton won first place - the prize for which resulted in the actual construction and temporary installation in the Gentry Hall Courtyard. Coulton was determined to make the structure more meaningful and lasting. See "Flus Ewig: Area student’s design is memorial to father" as reported in the Daily American Republic.

    Staff Writer: Donna Farley

    Leaders in Doctoral Completions

    Posted: Aug. 9, 2017

    The Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) again reports our program as being leaders in PhD completions in the US and Canada. Congratulations to our 2016-2017 PhD completions: Elke Altenburger, Sarah Angne, Suning Ding, and Gloria Stafford.

    See the IDEC web site for a full listing of doctoral completions – continuing the legacy of leadership in PhD completions:

    • 2016-2017 we are in second place with four completions
    • 2015-2016 we are in first place with four completions
    • 2014-2015 we are in first place with four completions
    • 2013-2014 we are in first place with four completions
    • 2012-2013 we are in second place with two completions
    • 2011-2012 we are in first place with four completions

    ArchSt Welcomes Students to the 2017 Fall Professional Program

    Posted: July 2017

    The Department welcomes 43 students to the Fall 2017 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 they had an average GPA of 3.30 their Freshmen year. Many bring AP cred and transfer credit. Faculty congratulate our students and look forward to working with them!

    Trinity Adamsel
    Peter Back
    Eric Ballesteros
    Samantha Beiter
    Ryan Bickings
    Jessica Blankinship
    Holly Brinker
    Tanner Cobb
    Brianna Dale
    Brianna DeVenuta
    Joseph Dishong
    Maeve Dolan
    Eric Downing
    Natalie Edwards
    Seth Eskens
    Kylie Flagel
    Emily Hurst
    Ainsley Jones
    Margaret Jordan
    Megan Knapp
    Mallory Kraft
    Andrew Kreiter

    Austin Lafeber
    Nick Lange
    Lauren Lindgren
    Emma Matthews
    Grace Nickelson
    Elizabeth Pace
    Anna Roenitz
    Daniel Russell
    Kaitlyn Sharp
    Paige Smith
    Taylor Spinks
    Isaac Stephens
    Katrina Stewart
    Mary Straszacker
    Austin Terbrock
    Davion Thomas
    Megan Wahlquist
    Yuying (Tara) Weng
    Janee Thompson
    Victoria Workman
    Zeqing Wu

    2017 Graduate Summer Workshop for Doctoral Students

    Posted: Jun. 28, 2017

    workshop attendees

    Each year online and resident doctoral students participate in a summer workshop. Colleagues attending the 2017 were:
    Back row from left: Dawn Loraas, Heath Pickerill, Dawn Van Scoik, Greg Galford, Robert Walsh Middle row from left: Kathryn Rivera, Shanaz Aly, Richard Sternadori
    Front row from left: Ben Schwarz, Ruth Tofle, Holly Rodwick, Heather Carter

    May 2017 Commencement

    Posted: May 17, 2017

    2017 graduates

    Congratulations graduates!

    Basketry Pavilions

    Posted: May 10, 2017



    Walk through the Student Center or along Hitt Street between Read & Gentry Halls to admire the Basketry Pavilions designed and fabricated by Studio II students in Lyria Bartlett’s class. Students collaborated with the Rooted, Revived, and Reinvented Basketry Exhibit at MU's Art History & Archaeology Museum. The Student Center 'selfie wall' was designed by Hannah Packard and will remain until August. The 'Fluss Ewig' project in the courtyard of Gentry Hall was designed by Coulton Becker and will be moved indoors or off campus tomorrow.

    Adaptive Reuse Thesis Projects – Spring 2017

    Posted: May 5, 2017

    projects on display

    Spring 2017 Thesis projects being displayed in the Rogers Gallery include student work for the adaptive reuse for Mizzou North (formerly known as Ellis Fiscel Hospital) in Columbia and a historic building in Jefferson City. Practicing professionals were invited to critique projects. Thesis instructors were Dr. Benyamin Schwarz and Dr. Laura Cole.

    Bimal Balakrishnan Collaborates with Engineering Transportation Research Group

    Posted: May 1, 2017

    Dr. Balakrishnan presenting

    Dr. Balakrishnan observing

    Dr. Balakrishnan and Dr. Sun borrow techniques from Hollywood and the video game industry for rigorous research. As part of the Transportation Seminar Series, they presented the fun side of their research in the presentation "What do Steven Spielberg and James Cameron Have to Do With Transportation Research?" The iLab has been collaborating with the Transportation Research Group in Engineering over the last few years on a number of projects including the ZouSim simulators.

    An open house followed the presentation for the audience to experience simulators in Engineering. Joining Dr. Balakrishnan are his graduate students Ehsan Naderi and James Hopfenblatt.

    Honoring Our People

    Posted: Apr. 24, 2017

    Left to right: Bimal Balakrishnan, Cynthia Adams Francis, Ruth Tofle, Ehsan Naderi, and Tony Randazzo

    The College of Human Environmental Sciences selected two people from our program to receive a competitive Alumni Award.

    Cynthia Adams FrancisCitation of Merit: Cynthia Francis Adams

    Anthony RandazzoDistinguished Service Award: Anthony J. Randazzo

    The College selected Ehsan Naderi for the Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award.

    Ehsan and Dr. Rikoon

    Visions for a Historic Building in Jefferson City

    Posted: Apr. 20, 2017

    Left to right: Laura Cole,Alyssa Bankus, Danielle Feit, Morgan Gargas, Taylor Ingram, & Alyssa Inman

    Five interior design thesis students worked with Dr. Laura Cole to display their visions for a historic building. The event was organized by the Historic City of Jefferson on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. The students have been working for the last 8 months on this project located in an abandoned 1880s factory just outside the historic Missouri State Penitentiary wall in Jefferson City, MO. See more descriptions and photos.

    Tony Randazzo Demonstrates New LED Lighting

    Posted: Mar. 21, 2017

    Tony Randazzo

    Alumnus Tony Randazzo’s annual lighting presentation included first showings of new LED lighting fixtures. Tony is a Certified Lighting Consultant (CLC) and for the past 18 years he has worked at Lighting Associates Inc. in St. Louis. Tony will be recognized this April for receiving the HES Distinguished Service Award.

    Celebrating IDEC Institutional Merit Award with Students and Faculty

    Posted: Mar. 15, 2017



    Ruth Tofle

    Photo credit: Austin Wiedner

    A second, home-turf celebration for the Institutional Merit Award was with students and faculty. It took place in the renovated Cynthia Adams Collaboration Lab where synchronous resident and online teaching and learning occurs. Chair Ruth Tofle thanked faculty, students, alumni, and Mizzou Online for their contributions and identified this recognition as a "Team Award."

    Institutional Merit Award for MU ArchSt Graduate Program

    Posted: Mar. 9, 2017

    PowerPoint slide 2017 IDEC Institutional Merit Award Photo credit: Diana Allison

    PowerPoint slide 2017 IDEC Institutional Merit Award Photo credit: Sally Ann Swearinger

    The 2017 Institutional Merit Award is presented to MU Architectural Studies for its Graduate Program. The honor ceremony took place at the international Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) meeting in Chicago, March 9, 2017 with fourteen alumni in attendance. The accolade acknowledges the program’s progressive online graduate program and its well-placed, distinguished alumni holding major leadership positions.

    View award letter

    Robert Walsh is Honored as Mentor for Mizzou '39 Outstanding Student

    Posted: Mar. 8, 2017

    Mizzou 39 award recipients

    Robert Walsh and Jackson Davis

    The University of Missouri was founded in 1839 and the Mizzou '39 Award is presented to 39 outstanding seniors representing a variety of majors, activities and organizations from across campus. Each winning student chooses a faculty or staff member to recognize. This year, Dr. Robert Walsh was honored as mentor for Marketing major Jackson Davis. See his mentor essay.

    Spring 2017 Williams Lecture and Advisory Board

    Posted: Mar. 7, 2017

    attendees at Williams Lectureship and advisory board meeting

    Architectural Studies Advisory Board members met on campus with faculty and students March 7. The day began with the key note Carol Ann Williams Lecture in Design by Tracy Stearns on "Embrace The Perfection of Imperfection." Board members met with faculty and engaged in Senior Thesis critiques in the afternoon. The day concluded with a department-wide Forum covering topics of professional development.

    Building Systems Class Builds Shelters

    Posted: Mar. 3, 2017

    Students in Associate Teaching Professor Michael Goldschmidt’s Building Systems class are carrying on a tradition for the annual True/False film festival. Each year in class, students submit designs for temporary bus shelters that are used during the festival. Winning designs are built by the class and then assembled for the festival. Each shelter is a fully functional shelter but also is a creative display of themes of the festival. Students are required to build each shelter for less than $50 and to maximize the use of sustainable and recycled building materials, and the shelter must be structurally sound for inclement weather. Each shelter must also be assembled in 30 minutes or less.

    bus shelter

    bus shelter

    bus shelter

    ArchSt Partners with MU Craft Studio

    Posted: Feb. 16, 2017

    attendees of open house 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.

    ArchSt student winners in 2017 Visual Art & Design Showcase

    Posted: Feb. 7, 2017

    Visual Art and Design Showcase

    Congratulations to our ArchSt student awardees:

    Applied Design

    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

    Valuing Handcraft

    Posted: Feb. 6, 2017

    Drake Stuedemann

    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

Jesse Hall and MU alma mater

Read the department's 2016 Newsletter

Brown-Bag Research Series

Posted: Nov. 11, 2016

Laura Cole and Danielle Fiet

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

bowling table tops

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

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.".

Kandae Fisher

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.

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!"

HES faculty, staff and students with banner

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.

Rogers Gallery Exhibit

2016 Lee Henson Access Mizzou Award

Posted: Oct. 11, 2016

Jessica Brownfield accepting award

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!

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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.

members at Memorial Union

Laura Hartman of Fernau+Hartman Architects is Healy Lecturer

Posted: Sep. 23, 2016

Laura HartmanThe 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.

students on construction site

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.

Associate Press Release

$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.

Learn more

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

study tour attendees at Colliseum

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

workshop attendees

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

symposium attendees

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!

Coulton Becker
Grant Berg
Emily Bishop
Taylor Bratton
John (Jack) Castulik
Keaton Chappell
Katherine Dafcik
Lauren Dennis
Caitlin Dobbins
Alexandra Donahue
Erica Dorhauer
Jaquelyn Dowil
Mary Downes
Jagger Everett
Jacob Finley
Madeline Flamm
Christian Gentil
Shelby Ginsburg
Nawel (Noel) Girma
Shaun Goodfellow
Matthew Henson
Madeline Huber
Henry Kraus

Connor Kuhle
Randi Lacy
Mary Landry
Michaela Logan
Emily Magruder
Mikaela Mongeon
Peyton Monteith
Macy Morley
Rachel Oatney
Hannah Packard
Sydney Penberthy
Allison Petty
Kaitlyn Rankin
Carolyn Richards
Brody Sharp
Amy Smith
Katherine Smoldt
Zachary Ury
Molly Van Laar
Nicole Vogt
Jennifer Wardlaw
Michael Werkmeister

Marcia and Robert Healy Support HES by Design

Posted: Jun. 7, 2016

Marcia and Robert Healy

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

group shot of alumni

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

faculty listening to review

faculty and students looking at models

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. Tofle, Dr. Schwars and Dr. D'souza

Dr. Schwarz with award

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 To join the virtual reality/augmented reality interest group at MU, contact Amos Angelovici (Office of Technology Management and Industry Relations) at

visitors exploring demos

visitors exploring demos

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.

outside view of bus

inside view of bus

Architectural Studies logo on bus

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.

students participating on competition

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.

Cynthia Adams Francis and Betty Ann Cortelyou

group attending ribbon cutting event

Chuck Graham Receives 2016 Inclusive Excellence Award

Posted: Apr. 12, 2016

Chuck Graham accepting award

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

drawing of meeting

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

Advisory Board meeting attendees

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.

ArchSt students and wheelchair basketball players

Mizzou’s Knowledge-Makers

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.

group photo of student, faculty and alumni

Our Jordan Frericks is also a Basketball Star

Posted: Feb. 29, 2016

Jordan Frericks making a jump shot

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

student presenting in class

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

exterior school design

front exterior of school design


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.

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

Aaron and Mohammed

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

Cierra marching and drumming

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

students in class learning about tileMr. 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

Michael Goldschmidt accepting award

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

Jim Dejong at Memorial Union

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

Rachel Liberty

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.

attendees at ceremony

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.

2015 Fall Advisory Board and Bill Zahner Lecture

Posted: Oct. 12, 2015

collage of lecture attendees

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

Boyscouts in ilab

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

cartoon of bus and people with steam balloons

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

Chancellor Loftin and ArchSt students

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."

Tom's work entiled 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 and group

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 and other recipients

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

group photo of attendees

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

group photo of symposium attendees

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.

Read more on symposium

Relationship Between Learning Spaces and Learning Skills

Posted: May 21, 2015

crowd with raised hands

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.

Newton Dsouza speaking

Asha Kutty speaking

Art Mehrhoff speaking

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

group photo of housing specialist honored

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 at work

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

Nick Peckham

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

Nick Peckham

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

person in wheelchair

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.

Students Design City of Columbia Bus Shelters

Posted: Jan. 2015

painting of woman's face on shelter

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.

See article in Columbia Tribune

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, Ruth Tofle and Frank Francis, Jr.

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.

Lyria Bartlett on jumbotron

Golden girls

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."

Program flyer

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.

Undergraduate Research

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.

Past recipients

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater Visit

Posted: Jun. 15, 2014

students sitting in circle


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.

Honoring Dr. Phillips

iLab Featured in Local Newspapers

Posted: Apr. 28, 2014

The Immersive Visualization Lab was recently featured in the Columbia Missourian and Columbia Tribune.

front cover of Missourian

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.

See press release

Dr. Dsouza with award

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.

See images

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:

See list of activities and Arizona itinerary

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.

See invitation

Ruth Tofle, Dean Jorgensen and Ronn Phillips

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!"

Article from Columbia Daily Tribune

Karen Johnson

Dr. Dsouza, Dr. Tofle and Karen Johnson

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!

Overseas Adventure

Posted: Jun. 10, 2013

Dr. Benyamin Schwarz led students on a 14 day tour of Ireland and the United Kingdom.

students at Stonehenge

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. ( ) 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

Each year, DesignIntelligence honors excellence in education and education administration by naming 30 exemplary professionals in these fields. Among this list is our own Dr. Ruth Tofle.

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

MU is accessible, affordable and accountable.

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.

ARCH student's display at MU Student Center

Read more on the Unions' Art Blog

2011-2012 Vanguard

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.

destruction zone

Institutional Merit Award for ArchSt Graduate Program

Bimal Balakrishnan explains potential of digital tools

Rachel Liberty designs display of Jefferson Epitaph

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi signs books after lecture

Antoine Predock awarded MU Doctor of Fine Arts Honoris Causa


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