Class of 1989

Renée Cheng AB ’85, MArch ’89 Named Dean of UW College of Built Environments

Renée Cheng AB '85, MArch '89

Renée Cheng AB ’85, MArch ’89 has been named dean of the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments. Her term is set to begin on January 1, 2019, following approval by the UW Board of Regents. She currently serves as professor and associate dean of research at the University of Minnesota, where she developed the Master of Science in Architecture with a concentration in Research Practices (MS-RP) degree program.

“Professor Cheng recognizes that the building professions – from architecture to urban planning to construction management – are part research and part practice. Their work reflects our communities, serves them and becomes part of them,” said UW Provost Jerry Baldasty in a press release. “By continuing to advocate for a research-based approach to this work, and increasing the number and visibility of women and people of color, Professor Cheng will serve as a dynamic leader in the college and beyond.”

A registered architect, Cheng worked for Pei, Cobb, Freed and Partners and Richard Meier and Partners before founding Cheng-Olson Design. She has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching, including ACSA/AIA awards for Practice & Leadership and Distinguished Professor this year. She has twice been named a top 25 most admired design educator in the United States by DesignIntelligence.

“The College of Built Environments is a unique collection of disciplines that together, have unparalleled access to, and impact on, the lives and well-being of each and every community around the globe,” Cheng said. “I am honored and excited to join the College of Built Environments and work with new and existing partners, in the greater Seattle area and elsewhere, to collectively make the greatest positive impact.”

Read the UW announcement.

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posted March, 2018

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Five Alumni Elected to 2018 Class of the College of Fellows of AICP

John M. Dugan MCP '71, Hazel R. Edwards MAUD '89, William Klein LF '91, Shafik I. Rifaat MArch '65, Philip L. Walker MDes '94

Five GSD alumni have been elected to the 2018 Class of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP). The highest honor bestowed upon members by AICP, Fellows are honored for achieving “excellence in professional practice, teaching and mentoring, research, public and community service, and leadership.” Congratulations to:

John M. Dugan MCP ’71
Hazel R. Edwards MAUD ’89
William Klein LF ’91
Shafik I. Rifaat MArch ’65
Philip L. Walker MDes ’94

There will be an induction ceremony for the Class of 2018 during the National Planning Conference in New Orleans on Sunday, April 22, starting at 4:15 p.m. CT. Learn more.

Image courtesy of AICP.

posted March, 2018

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Alumni Honored with AIANY 2018 Design Awards

Phil Freelon LF '90, Nader Tehrani MAUD ’91, Katherine Faulkner MArch ’93, Daniel Gallagher MArch ’91, Nahyun Hwang MArch ’01, David Eugin Moon MArch ’01, Rob Rogers MDes '89

Projects by a number of GSD alumni have been honored with 2018 Design Awards by AIA New York. The top prize went to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture by Freelon Adjaye Bond / Smithgroup, led in part by Phil Freelon LF ’90. Award recipients will be featured in the Center for Architecture’s 2018 AIANY Design Awards exhibition (opens April 20, 2018), and included in AIANY’s Oculus magazine.

Alumni winners include:

ARCHITECTURE – HONORS

NADAAA, firm of Nader Tehrani MAUD ’91 in collaboration with partners Katherine Faulkner MArch ’93 and Daniel Gallagher MArch ’91
Project: University of Toronto Daniels Building at One Spadina
Location: Toronto, Canada

INTERIORS – HONOR

N H D M, firm of Nahyun Hwang MArch ’01 and David Eugin Moon MArch ’01
Project: Nam June Paik Art Center Renovation
Location: Yongin, South Korea

URBAN DESIGN – MERITS

NADAAA, firm of Nader Tehrani MAUD ’91 in collaboration with partners Katherine Faulkner MArch ’93 and Daniel Gallagher MArch ’91
Project: Justice in Design
Location: New York, NY

ROGERS PARTNERS Architects + Urban Designers, firm of Rob Rogers MDes ’89  
Project: Houston-Galveston Area Protection System (H-GAPS)
Location: Galveston Bay, TX

See all the winners.

Image: Nam June Paik Art Center. Courtesy of N H D M.

posted February, 2018

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Alumni Honored with 2017-18 ACSA Architectural Education Awards

Renee Cheng AB '85, MArch '89, John Ronan MArch ‘91, Aziza Chaouni GSD '05, Jonathan Rule MArch '08, Jacob Wayne Mans MDes '16, Clare Robinson MArch '01

Six GSD alumni have been honored with 2017-2018  Architectural Education Awards for their outstanding work as architectural educators. They will be celebrated in March at the 106th ACSA Annual Meeting in Denver. In addition, GSD Professor Jorge Silvetti received the Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education this year.

ACSA/AIA Practice & Leadership Award

Renee Cheng AB ’85, MArch ’89, University of Minnesota, Professional Practice Class

Distinguished Professor

Renee Cheng AB ’85, MArch ’89, University of Minnesota
John Ronan MArch ‘91, Illinois Institute of Technology

ACSA Collaborative Practice Award

Aziza Chaouni GSD ’05, University of Toronto, “Let’s Talk”

ACSA Faculty Design Award

Jonathan Rule MArch ’08 with Ana Morcillo Pallares, University of Michigan, MUDEM

JAE Best Article Award Design as Scholarship

Jacob Wayne Mans MDes ’16, “Scaling for Non-Expert Production,” University of Minnesota

Clare Robinson MArch ’01, “Scholarship of Design Architecture in Support of Citizenry,” University of Arizona

posted February, 2018

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Antonio Fiol-Silva MAUD ’89 Project Named Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence Gold Medalist

Antonio Fiol-Silva MAUD '89

SteelStacks Arts and Cultural Campus — a $93.5 million transformation of an abandoned steel mill into a mixed-use art, cultural, and entertainment district with multiple projects led by Antonio Fiol-Silva MAUD ’89 as Principal-In-Charge and Planner — has been named the 2017 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence Gold Medalist. Founded in 1986, the national award celebrates “transformative urban places distinguished by their economic and social contributions to America’s cities.”

Fiol-Silva is Founding Principal of SITIOa collaborative practice of architects, urban designers and planners based in Philadelphia. 

Read more about SteelStacks, Fiol-Silva, and the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence. 

Image courtesy of SITIO. 

posted June, 2017

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Dr. Branko Kolarevic MDes ’89, DDes ’93 Elected President of ACSA

Dr. Branko Kolarevic MDes ’89, DDes ’93

Earlier this year Dr. Branko Kolarevic MDes ’89, DDes ’93 was elected president of the Association of the Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). This past July, he started his first year of the four-year term on the ACSA’s Board of Directors as Second Vice-President.

October 2016

posted December, 2016

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Edwin Goodell MArch ’89, Craig Mutter MArch ’92, Jeffry Burchard MArch ’08 Named Partners at Machado and Silvetti

Jeffry Burchard MArch '08, Edwin Goodell MArch '89, and Craig Mutter MArch '92

Machado and Silvetti Associates, the architecture and urban design firm of Rodolfo Machado and Jorge Silvetti, Nelson Robinson Jr. Professor of Architecture at the GSD, is now known as Machado Silvetti. In addition, the practice has added four new partners, three of whom are GSD alums: Stephanie Randazzo Dwyer, Edwin Goodell MArch ’89, Craig Mutter MArch ’92, and Jeffry Burchard MArch ’08. After more than three decades of steady, successful practice, Machado Silvetti’s portfolio reflects the diverse scope, scale and breadth of the firm’s experiences. Securing and building on this legacy, the new office structure represents an evolution of the practice while reflecting the persistent quality and spirit of the work. Visit their new website at machado-silvetti.com.

June 2015

posted December, 2016