School of architecture

School Notes: School of Architecture
September/October 2017

Alumni in the news

Lord Norman Foster ’62MArch opened the headquarters of the Norman Foster Foundation in Madrid with a star-studded two-day symposium. The foundation will promote interdisciplinary collaboration among architects, environmentalists, planners, and artists. Trattie Davies ’94, ’04MArch, was nominated by students to deliver a lecture at “Inspiring Yale” on the insights she has gained in the course of practicing architecture. “Inspiring Yale” is an annual event that showcases outstanding alumni of the 13 graduate and professional schools. Jonathan Sun ’15MArch released Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too, based on his popular Twitter account @jonnysun. The book has won general acclaim, including a profile in the New York Times and a sold-out event at the Strand Book Store in New York. The AIANY/Center for Architecture has awarded Seher Erdogan Ford ’04, ’09MArch, a 2017 Arnold W. Brunner Grant for Architectural Research to study virtual 3D representations of the Church of Studius/Mosque of Imrahor in Istanbul.

Looking at homelessness at the Festival of Arts & Ideas

Students working on the Jim Vlock First Year Building Project teamed up with Columbus House, a New Haven–based homeless-services provider, to construct an interactive pavilion on the New Haven Green for the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. The pavilion created a gathering space for discussing issues of homelessness and housing affordability. Vitrines and audio stations embedded in the pavilion’s table featured data, interactive displays, and personal stories.  

Fifty years of environmental design

On November 9–11, the Yale School of Architecture will host a symposium to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the master of environmental design program. Environment, Reconsidered 1967–2017 will feature presentations from distinguished alumni on their career paths and on the interdisciplinary nature of the MEnvD program. Sociologist and urban theorist Richard Sennett will deliver the keynote lecture.

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