Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration: Shapiro Center News
Douglas Pancoast has been appointed as the Director for the Earl and Brenda Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration.
Douglas, a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects, has a long history of leadership in SAIC's work with our collaborative partners, faculty, and students. He spearheaded the school's current involvement in the Urban Sciences Research Coordination Network. Funded in part by a National Science Foundation grant, this collaboration with SAIC, the University of Chicago, and Skidmore, Owens, and Merrill, examines how urban data collected by the City of Chicago and other sources can help make a more livable city. This work has helped Douglas develop curriculum geared toward making architecture more sustainable, useful, and usable.Douglas has also worked as a researcher on sensing and data projects with Argonne National Laboratories and on multiple curricular initiatives funded by Motorola through the SAIC's GFRY studio among many other ambitious and civic-minded projects. Moreover, he has been an important member of the Shapiro Center since its inception. Douglashas served on the advisory board, and he was instrumental in helping faculty and staff visualize the potential of the Shapiro Center.
Douglas will begin his new role on January 22, 2014, during which time he will continue to teach classes in AIADO. Jaclyn Jacunski will be supporting him in her role as Research Associate to the Shapiro Center. With our new director and administrative refinement, the Earl and Brenda Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration will continue its trajectory as an innovative and integrated resource for SAIC.
CAA panel: Stamps School of Art and Design + School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Friday, February 14, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
MacLean Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave.
Open to the public
Sponsored through the Earl and Brenda Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration at SAIC, faculty from both the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan and from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago will partner in presenting a panel on Friday, February 14 to coincide with the annual CAA conference being held in Chicago from February 12–15, 2014.
The proposed panel event is intended to bring together artists, designers, and cultural practitioners from each of the two schools who have an interest in further articulating the particular research cultures that emerge and evolve in relation to contemporary art and design practices. With the burgeoning contemporary international discourse concerning the role of research in the art and design fields, particularly as support grows for funded research projects in the humanities and aesthetic practice continues to be academicised through the creation of doctoral degree programs, it is important to create opportunities to engage in discussion and debate on the particular methods, modes, and means of research used by cultural professionals. By focusing on practitioners’ own definitions and interrogations of the individualized, academic and para-academic strategies they employ, the panel discussion hopes to broaden and question the definitions of "research" that have traditionally been formulated by the academy.
Stamps School and SAIC faculty will engage in previous campus and studio visits in order to familiarize themselves with each others' work prior to the panel. The panel will take place in the SAIC Ballroom and will be moderated by Dean Guna Nadarajan (Stamps School) and Rebecca Duclos (SAIC), with an introduction from Douglas Pancoast, Director of the Shapiro Center. The four participating faculty are Matthew Kenyon and Anne Mondro (University of Michigan) and Ruth Margraff and Shawn Decker (SAIC).