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School of Architecture Announces New Faculty

Four new professors bring broad expertise to the SoA.
   May 24, 2022

The School of Architecture will welcome four new faculty members in the upcoming academic year. Matthew Gin and Jonathan Dessi-Olive will join the faculty in tenure-track positions. Elena Vazquez-Peña and Julio Diarte will join as visiting scholars with two-year appointments. All will begin teaching this fall.

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Architecture Alum Named to CBJ “40 Under 40” List

Ian Patrick ‘07, ’09 is the founder of the Charlotte design firm biloba.
   May 18, 2022

Ian Patrick, who received a B.A. in Architecture in 2007 and a Bachelor of Architecture in 2009 from UNC Charlotte, is among the recipients of the Charlotte Business Journal’s 2022 “40 Under 40” awards. A council member for the Town of Harrisburg, Patrick is a founding partner, with his wife Erin, of the Charlotte design firm biloba Architecture.

Now in its 29th...

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Dean’s New Book Advocates for a Water-centric Approach to Architecture & Urban Design

"Blue Architecture" demonstrates how water stewardship can and must shape good building design.
   May 12, 2022

A new book by Brook Muller, dean of the College of Arts + Architecture, argues for the creative opportunities – and moral imperatives – of “embedding water-related concerns” into architectural design. Blue Architecture: Water, Design, and...

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AIA Charlotte Funds Two New Scholarships

Awards are intended to attract students from populations underrepresented in architecture.
   May 10, 2022

The Charlotte chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has established an endowment to fund in perpetuity two annual student scholarships in the School of Architecture. Committed on the occasion of the School’s 50th anniversary, the gift represents the largest single gift the AIA Charlotte section and its board have made to any organization.

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Architecture and Chemistry Students Join Forces for Pop-up Museum Project

MOFs get macro treatment in architecture students' designs.
   May 9, 2022

Over the past semester, architecture students have been working together with chemistry students to translate the nano scale of chemistry to the macro scale of architecture.

Five teams of students from Assistant Professor of Architecture Rachel Dickey’s spring Graduate Topical Studio, with guidance from Associate Professor of Chemistry Christopher Bejger’s graduate research assistants...

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Health Monitoring System for Elderly Wins NSF Grant

Dr. Mona Azarbayjani (architecture) and Dr. Hamed Tabkhi (engineering) are co-PIs.
   April 24, 2022

A project co-led by Dr. Mona Azarbayjani, associate professor of architecture, and Dr. Hamed Tabkhi, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has received a Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I (STTR) grant from the...

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Students Build Play Structure for Neighborhood Park

“Pastel Pile” turns upcycled tires into playground fun.
   April 13, 2022

A group of architecture students under the direction of Associate Professor of Architecture Marc Manack recently designed and installed a play structure for the Coulwood Hills Neighborhood Park in northwest Charlotte.

The "Pastel Pile” was made from upcycled tires, paint, and mulch from fallen trees (provided by Mecklenburg County). Materials were funded by a public grant obtained by...

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INES PhD Candidate Recognized at Research Conference for Interdisciplinary Project

Roshanak Ashrafi is mentored by Dr. Mona Azarbayjani and Dr. Hamed Tabkhi.
   April 12, 2022

Roshanak Ashrafi, a Ph.D. candidate in the interdisciplinary Infrastructures and Environmental Systems (INES) program, recently received third place for her oral presentation at the 2022 Graduate Research Symposium. The INES program is housed in the William Lee States College of Engineering and includes faculty from multiple departments...

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Architecture Student Wins Prize for Oral Presentation at Graduate Research Symposium

Ketki Prashant Bapat graduates in May with an M.Arch. and M.S. in Architecture and Building Science.
   April 4, 2022

Ketki Prashant Bapat was awarded first place for her oral presentation in the category of Arts & Architecture at the 2022 Graduate Research Symposium. Bapat is a dual degree graduate student pursuing a Master of Architecture and a Master of Science in Architecture and Building Science. She will graduate this May.

Bapat’s research project, “An Air-Depolluting System for Indoor VOC...

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Architecture Students Win Awards from Metal Building Manufacturers Association

Competition challenged students to create a metal building design for an elementary school.
   February 23, 2022

One former and two current undergraduate architecture students were awarded prizes in the inaugural Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) Student Design Competition. The competition for undergraduate and graduate students challenged participants to create an innovative metal building design for a one or two-story elementary school housing approximately 200 students.

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