Brent Leggs: Building a True National Identity

Brent Leggs is the executive director of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. Envisioned as a social movement for justice, equity, and reconciliation, the Action Fund promotes the role of cultural preservation in telling the nation’s full history, and empowers activists, entrepreneurs, artists, and civic leaders to advocate on behalf of African American historic places.

A Harvard University Loeb Fellow and author of Preserving African American Historic Places, which is considered the “seminal publication on preserving African American historic sites” by the Smithsonian Institution, Brent is a national leader in the U.S. preservation movement and the 2018 recipient of the Robert G. Stanton National Preservation Award. He is a Senior Advisor and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights Sites (CPCRS) and is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s graduate program in Historic Preservation.

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Marcelo Faiden: Dwelling Essays

Marcelo Faiden is the co-founder (with Sebastián Adamo) of Adamo-Faiden Architects based in Bueno Aires, Argentina. Their works have been widely exhibited and published, including at the Sao Paulo Architecture Biennial (2019), at the Chicago Architecture Biennial (2017), at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt (2015), at the LIGA gallery in Mexico City (2012) and at the Guggenheim Museum in New York (2010), among others. Four monographic publications compiled the work of Adamo-Faiden, the latest of which was published by TC Cuadernos in Spain (The Contemporary Constructor, Valencia, 2018).

Marcello Faiden was a professor at FADU-UBA (Buenos Aires, 2005-2010/2016-2018) and Di Tella University (Buenos Aires, 2012-2015). He has taught and lectured at numerous institutions including the Canadian Center for Architecture, Princeton School of Architecture, the Polytechnic School of Architecture of Madrid, the École Polytechnique Fédérale in Laussanne, the Escola da Cidade in São Paulo and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, among others.

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Projecting Fellows Dialogue Series: MODES OF PRACTICE

UVA’s Projecting Fellows brings together the 2019-2020 class of fellows from American architecture schools to explore a cross section of emerging interests in the discipline and the vehicle of the fellowship project. Each year, several architecture schools nationwide name fellows to join their programs and develop an intensive research or teaching project during a short-term appointment. With the fellowship comes some combination of project support, cross-pollination between research and teaching, and a platform with which to present and exhibit the work. Commonly selected via national call for proposals, fellowship projects are dually indicative of emerging interests in academia and evolving institutional agendas.

While each school supports the development and dissemination of fellowship work, no comprehensive venue for dialogue between fellows has taken shape. Leveraging the new normal of virtual engagement, Projecting Fellows creates a discursive platform, inviting fellows to share their work and to address emergent directions in architectural discourse. The paradigm shifts of 2020 make such dialogue across geographic boundaries and institutional lines more critical than ever. Projecting Fellows will address the meta project of the architectural fellowship – its role, its curation, and its consequences in shaping the discipline.

The series was organized by Assistant Professors Katie MacDonald and Kyle Schumann and will be hosted virtually over five evenings by the University of Virginia School of Architecture.

Wk. 5 Fellows:
Mentatalla Ahmed Agha, Design for Spatial Justice Fellow, University of Oregon, 2019-20
Matīss Groskaufmanis, Walter B. Sanders Fellow, University of Michigan, 2019-20
Eduardo Mediero, Fishman Fellow, University of Michigan, 2019-20
Amelyn Ng, Wortham Fellow, Rice University, 2019-21
Hans Tursack, Pietro Belluschi Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018-21

Moderators: Erin Besler + Sekou Cooke

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Projecting Fellows Dialogue Series: INFRASTRUCTURES AND ECOLOGIES

UVA’s Projecting Fellows brings together the 2019-2020 class of fellows from American architecture schools to explore a cross section of emerging interests in the discipline and the vehicle of the fellowship project. Each year, several architecture schools nationwide name fellows to join their programs and develop an intensive research or teaching project during a short-term appointment. With the fellowship comes some combination of project support, cross-pollination between research and teaching, and a platform with which to present and exhibit the work. Commonly selected via national call for proposals, fellowship projects are dually indicative of emerging interests in academia and evolving institutional agendas.

While each school supports the development and dissemination of fellowship work, no comprehensive venue for dialogue between fellows has taken shape. Leveraging the new normal of virtual engagement, Projecting Fellows creates a discursive platform, inviting fellows to share their work and to address emergent directions in architectural discourse. The paradigm shifts of 2020 make such dialogue across geographic boundaries and institutional lines more critical than ever. Projecting Fellows will address the meta project of the architectural fellowship – its role, its curation, and its consequences in shaping the discipline.

The series was organized by Assistant Profs. Katie MacDonald and Kyle Schumann and will be hosted virtually over five evenings by the Uni. of Virginia School of Architecture.

Wk 3 Fellows:
Jorge Orozco Gonzalez, Architectural Design Fellow, Princeton Uni. 2018-2021
Karen Kubey, Design for Spatial Justice Fellow, Uni. of Oregon, 2019-20
Piergianna Mazzocca, Emerging Scholar in Design, Uni. of Texas at Austin, 2019-21
Young-Tack Oh, Michigan Mellon Design Fellow on Egalitarianism and the Metropolis, Uni. of Michigan, 2019-21
Ryan Roark, Ventulett NEXT Generation Teaching Fellow, Georgia Tech, 2019-21

Moderators: Sylvia Lavin + Jason Young

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Projecting Fellows Dialogue Series: MATERIAL CULTURES

UVA’s Projecting Fellows brings together the 2019-2020 class of fellows from American architecture schools to explore a cross section of emerging interests in the discipline and the vehicle of the fellowship project. Each year, several architecture schools nationwide name fellows to join their programs and develop an intensive research or teaching project during a short-term appointment. With the fellowship comes some combination of project support, cross-pollination between research and teaching, and a platform with which to present and exhibit the work. Commonly selected via national call for proposals, fellowship projects are dually indicative of emerging interests in academia and evolving institutional agendas.

While each school supports the development and dissemination of fellowship work, no comprehensive venue for dialogue between fellows has taken shape. Leveraging the new normal of virtual engagement, Projecting Fellows creates a discursive platform, inviting fellows to share their work and to address emergent directions in architectural discourse. The paradigm shifts of 2020 make such dialogue across geographic boundaries and institutional lines more critical than ever. Projecting Fellows will address the meta project of the architectural fellowship – its role, its curation, and its consequences in shaping the discipline.

The series was organized by Assistant Profs. Katie MacDonald + Kyle Schumann and will be hosted virtually over five evenings by the University of Virginia School of Architecture.

Wk 2 Fellows:
Adam Barrett Miller, Race & Gender in the Built Environment Fellow, Uni. of Texas at Austin, 2019-21
Jacob Comerci, William Muschenheim Fellow, University of Mich., 2019-20
Zach Cohen, Christos Yessios Visiting Assistant Professor, The Ohio St. Uni., 2019-21
Katie MacDonald, Tennessee Architecture Fellow, University of Tenn., 2019-20
Kyle Schumann, Tennessee Architecture Fellow, University of Tenn., 2019-20

Moderators: Brandon Clifford + Alvin Huang

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Wellness and Design for Sea Level Rise

Wellness is a timely topic in the midst of a global health crisis. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, human and planetary health have been prominent in popular and scholarly publications. Faculty in several disciplines at the University of Virginia School of Architecture focus on wellness and the School’s Center for Design + Health showcases our diverse efforts. My scholarship at UVA and built work with Crisman+Petrus Architects develops sustainable design strategies for buildings, landscapes, and cities confronting climate change and sea level rise. While coastal Virginia experiences significant sea level rise that threatens human well-being, the creative and technical expertise of Virginia’s architects is needed to holistically imagine and integrate buildings, public spaces, and infrastructure in unprecedented ways.

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The Case for Public Space: Green Spaces & Wellness

cycling child in public green spaces.
Image courtesy VMDO. © Prakesh Patel

Public spaces are easy to take for granted. They are always there. Backdrops for our social outings, phone conversations, dog walks, and commutes. As our daily footprint narrows under “stay at home” measures, we must reconsider our relationship with public spaces – those parks, trails, and green spaces – that provide incredible health benefits, at a time when one could argue that we need them the most

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