Professor, Architecture, Interior Architecture, Designed Objects (1985). BSED/BARCH BSU/CAP, 1978 and MARCH, 1984, University of Ilinois at Chicago. Exhibitions: Art Institute of Chicago; Chicago Architectural Club. Screenings: PBS Retrospective; National Building Museum; International Animation Festivals. Publications: Aesthetics of Sustainability; Culture of Design Education; Greening Imagination: Eco Web Teaching; International Design Principles+Practices Journal; NEXT.cc What Design Is; Architecture: An Interactive Introduction; Architecturanimacion; Paris: Design Education. Collections: Getty/Metropolitan Museum; PBS Image Union. Awards: Union of International Architects; National Endowment for the Arts; National Environmental Education Foundation; United States Green Building Council; American Institute of Architects; American Architectural Foundation; American Planning Association; Wisconsin Arts Board: Graham Foundation; Fulbright; PBS.
Experience at SAIC
The SAIC community is a creative commons with extreme divergence yet incredibly focused convergence of energy, ambition and intention. There is no better place to challenge, critique, communicate, create and collaborate than SAIC. Living and learning in a city like Chicago offers a dynamic and ever changing laboratory for exploration and experimentation.
The Art Institute and School nurture and critically challenge design advocacy work. I arrived in 1985 upon invitation of John Kurtich and had immediate connection to experience with the environment through use of everyday technology for participatory public understanding. SAIC's department of interior architecture was small at that time (2 FT and 5 PT) but with a history of integration with the school through environmental design and "design from inside out" from its original teacher, Polish architect, Marya Lilien, first female apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright. Chairing the department, I expanded the Interior Architecture BFA to a professional degree under the critical eye of a newly formed Design Advisory Council initiating Midday Musings with local art and design professionals, a monthly exhibition schedule, and Art and Design NEXUS courses: Fashion and Architecture (Fashion); Interactive Space (Performance); Digital Portfolio (Graphic Design); Immersive Space (Art & Technology); Architecture & Film (Film & New Media), Green Materials (Fiber & Material Studies); Architecture and Design Theory (Liberal Arts), Interiority (Art History) and Ethical Imagination (now Eco Design). Through four presidents and three deans, I contributed to the Design Initiative discussions (with Anne Tyler, Visual Communication, and Clive Dilnot, Design Theorist) expanding faculty and design degree options and establishing the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects with new graduate degree programs in architecture.
I continue to teach both graduate and undergraduate seminars and studios introducing design through contemporary environmental theory working to remediate post industrialized brownfields and revitalize communities through alternative learning experiences.
Design advocacy and art are socially engaged practices that analyze and activate the world. Architecture integrates art and science in design practices at specific sites that respond and grounds complex systems of information in new ecologies of place. Working in academia tests and challenges ideas informing design my practice that works to elevate value in new relationships between the built and natural environments across broad bands of culture.
Participatory design methods encourage reading and learning with access to and use of broad bands of media- creating, communicating and collaborating ideas. From studying and creating animated films, creating the first CD on Architecture by an architect and connecting a network of learners through eLearning opportunities, I am a leader in integrating everyday technology in design education.
Ecological Urbanism and Environmental Design Education
Post industrial urban regeneration through eco literate education are the work of this century. With more than half of the world's population soon to be living in cities and many lacking basic needs of clean water and good food, architects have a responsibility to change the face of development. The triple pundit effort (people, planet, profit) demands participatory design with diverse political, economic and social organizations generously sharing best practices and redefining strategies to implement change that improves living. Participatory design opens access to design education as critical to critique consumption and propose humanitarian living solutions. Service on several national and local boards (AIA Committee for Architecture Education;Metropolitan Planning Council; Project for Public Space; EU's Internet of Things) connects a network of advocates for access to and design of creation of public space and interactive 21st century learning experiences.
Teaching informs my practice with STUDIO 1032 is involved with urban design strategies for green initiatives along the Milwaukee-Chicago Corridor continued to service collaboratory teams at Prairie Crossing, IL; Milwaukee's Wisconsin Avenue Pedestrian Corridor (2006); Milwaukee's North East Side Plan (2009); Milwaukee River Greenway Corridor Plan (2009–2010; Greening Goose Island (2009), Retrofitting the St. of Wisconsin Building (2010) and proposing an ecological gateway to Milwaukee's lakefront (2013).
Design education to design denied teachers, students and school communities is shared with co-creation of NEXT.cc, a free eLearning resource that nurtures creativity and ethical imagination. An educational non profit, NEXT.cc, introduces what design is, what it does and why it is important to K12 educators students and families. Through NEXT.cc, a collaboration of college students from SAIC, Harvard, MIT, CCA, and UWM with K12 teachers, administrators and architects) I deliver Design as Nature Professional Development Workshops, keynote speeches and consult on integrative place based project curricula for schools in the United States and internationally.
Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.