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Shadi Nazarian’s Liquid Thresholds project has won the H. Campbell and Eleanor R. Stuckeman Collaborative Design Research Endowment Grant. The project will explore additive manufacturing of glass and ceramics. Collaborators on the project include Carlo G. Pantano, distinguished professor of materials science and engineering and director of the Materials Research Institute; Elizabeth Kupp, director of the Advanced Materials Processing Laboratory and senior research associate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering; David Saint John, instructor and director of the RepRap lab at Penn State; and Jamie Heilman, digital fabrication and specialized technologies coordinator. Nazarian is associate professor of architecture.

Ron Henderson, L+A Landscape Architecture, was landscape architecture design consultant to Wodiczko+Bonder on the “Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery” project design in Nantes, France. The project was recently nominated and short listed for the European Union Contemporary Architecture Prize, the Mies van der Rohe Award. The list included 34 projects selected from 335 nominations. The Prize is a joint initiative of the European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe. The principal objectives are to recognize and commend excellence in the field of architecture and to draw attention to the important contribution of European professionals in the development of new concepts and technologies. Henderson is department head and professor of landscape architecture and Asian studies, and Stuckeman Chair of Integrative Design.


Peng Gu (’03 M.L.A.) has been promoted to associate principal at Mahan Rykiel Associates, Baltimore, Md., and Hong Kong. The firm stated that “Peng offers a unique perspective to landscape architectural design with both a Master of Architecture and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree. Her dual background allows for a greater understanding of the relationship between buildings and their exterior spaces, and is shown through her work on campus, retail, mixed-use, and housing projects.” Mahan Rykiel Associates offers landscape architects, planners, and designers the opportunity to work on award-winning local, national, and international projects. Projects include planning and design for retail, resorts, downtowns and neighborhoods, campus and institutions, parks, and more.

Alice (Storm) Jones (’01 B.L.A.) has been promoted to senior associate at Mahan Rykiel Associates, Baltimore, Md., and Hong Kong. A landscape designer on a wide variety of national and international projects, Alice’s experience includes residential, streetscape, hotel/resort, healthcare, and campus design. Alice particularly enjoys creating dynamic outdoor spaces that promote learning, healing, and respite for children and students of all ages.

Devin Pedzwater (’96 Graphic Design) was named creative director of Italian Vanity Fair. He is working on a redesign of the magazine, which launches this month. Devin will be working in Italy through August before returning to his home in New York City. The magazine is online at

Louis D. Astorino (’69 Architecture) is chairman and founder of Astorino, Pittsburgh, and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Astorino was recently named as one of the nation’s leading architectural and engineering firms by Engineering News-Record (ENR). The publication ranked Astorino at 426 among the country’s top 500 design firms for 2012. Chosen from more than 1,000 firms that submitted data for the survey, the top 500 companies are ranked according to revenue for design services performed in 2012. “It is an honor to be consistently featured among the industry’s top architecture and engineering firms,” said Louis P. Astorino, CEO and son of Louis D. Astorino. “We approach every project with two goals in mind—design excellence and client satisfaction.” Louis D. Astorino is a Penn State Alumni Fellow and Distinguished Alumnus and a generous supporter of the College of Arts and Architecture. The full list of ENR’s top 500 can now be found at: For more information on the firm, please visit

Thank you to the following alumni and their firms who financially supported the Arts and Architecture 50th Celebration:

Fred Bonci (’73 Landscape Architecture), LaQuatra Bonci Associates

Dave Cavanaugh (’76 Landscape Architecture), Witkin Hults Design Group

Michael and Stacy Fisher (’79 Landscape Architecture), Site Resources, Inc

Karen Hirshorn Zuckerman (’85 Graphic Design), HZ Design Group

Paul Brourman (’86 Graphic Design), Sponge, LLC


Please check the Career Opportunities pages on the Stuckeman website for current job postings for alumni: To list a job in your firm, contact Kristin Barry of the Career Office at


The Penn State Architecture Alumni Group is currently in its annual course of elections for the board of directors. The Penn State Architecture Alumni Group was chartered in 2006 as an affiliate program group of the Arts and Architecture Alumni Society. All alumni of the program are automatically considered members of the Architecture Alumni Group. Since the group's inception, more than twenty different alumni have served for a time on the board of directors. Steve Cromity ('90 B.Arch.) currently serves as the board president. Architecture alumni should have received a ballot by email noting the candidates. Voting will conclude on May 10, and new terms will begin on July 1, 2013. Any questions on the election may be referred to Joyce Hoffman in the Arts and Architecture Alumni Office, at

May 11 WWW Drawing Symposium: Architectural Drawing from Pencil to Pixel

The Drawing Center, New York

Co-organized by the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at Penn State and The Drawing Center, New York City
At this May 11 afternoon symposium in Manhattan, renowned architects will meet rising stars from the worlds of fine art and computational design to discuss the evolution of architectural drawing in a digital age. How might digital technologies become capable of producing the calligraphic and gestural qualities often thought to be the exclusive domain of hand drawing? Representing diverse positions with regard to contemporary drawing, invited speakers will present current projects—including robotic drawing machines, large-scale hand drawings, and art installations—that point to potential hybrids between analog and digital techniques, for both poetic and practical purposes. 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster Street, New York, NY 10013; phone 212-219-2166

Reception for Architecture Alumni at AIA National Convention

Penn State will join other Pennsylvania schools of architecture and the AIA-Pennsylvania chapter to host an alumni reception at the AIA National Convention in Denver, CO. If you're attending the convention, please join us at the Hyatt Regency (at the Convention Center) on Friday, June 21, at 6:30 p.m. in Centennial Room G. RSVPs are not required but if you do plan to attend, feel free to notify College of Arts and Architecture alumni director Joyce Hoffman of your plans, at


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Anshey Bhatia (’05 B.S. Graphic Design) has founded verbal+visual (, an interactive studio that focuses on creating sophisticated digital experiences for people, projects and brands that inspire them. The studio has partnered with other companies across the board, including hospitality, luxury, fashion, sports, education and publishing. Anshey built his business primarily through connections with Penn State alumni, both as employees and clients. He currently leads the Penn State Graphic Design Alumni Interest Group, as well as the Penn State Small Business Owners group on LinkedIn (more than 1,000 members and counting). If you're in the Union Square area in New York City, stop by the verbal+visual office and meet all the Penn Staters on the team

Jake Lefebure (’96 B.A. Art–Graphic Design) of Design Army says “winning is everything.” He should know, as his firm lists more than 85 awards on its website. At the 2013 American Advertising Awards this March, in Washington D.C., Design Army received 24 new awards – six gold and 18 silver. The firm won with its campaign for The Washington Ballet's world premiere of the new show Alice (in Wonderland). With new costumes, choreography and musical scores, the ballet is a most curious performance. The costumes are a true looking glass of colors as Liz Vandal's (Cirque du Soleil's OVO) designs spring to life even when the dancers are standing still. Lefebure has also won awards from the Advertising Club of Metropolitan Washington (Best of Category and ADDY Award).

.Zak Pierce (‘07 B.L.A.) was recently named partner at CLH Design, a 12-person firm in Cary, N.C. He is living in Raleigh/Durham, where he started his landscape architecture career (at CLH Design), adopted two dogs (a lab mix and a great Dane), got married to his college sweetheart, and bought a house. He also became a LEED AP and a Registered Landscape Architect, and was elected membership chair of the North Carolina ASLA Executive Committee. 

CLH Design provides collaborative landscape architecture and civil engineering services specializing in higher education institutions, K-12 schools, parks, and municipal projects. Pierce manages a wide variety of projects, ranging from a fossil hunt and playground at the North Carolina Aquarium, to a 70-acre town park, to a brand new high school. "I am very thankful for the exceptional education I received at Penn State.  The landscape architecture program was not easy, but it sure is paying off.  I am proud to be a Penn State alum.”  –Zak Pierce

Philip F. Hallock (’36 Architecture) passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2013, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. He was 99.  Hailing from Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, Hallock majored in architecture at Penn State, graduating in 1936. After several years at various firms and a stint in the Navy during World War II, Hallock returned to State College in 1947 and started his own practice. Shortly thereafter he joined the Architecture faculty at Penn State, where he taught and maintained an active practice until his retirement in 1979. With numerous houses and buildings in the State College area, Hallock was best known for his purple house and purple classic Corvette on South Fraser Street where he had resided.

Further information on Hallock's designs can be found in the exhibit catalog Hallock's (Mostly) Hidden Houses: Buildings in the Centre Region housed in the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library in the Stuckeman Family Building. An online exhibit of the same name will be completed in the following months.{TI}

Faculty APRIL News

Denise Costanzo was awarded a 2013-2014 Faculty Research Grant from the College of Arts and Architecture for "American Architects, Postwar Rome and a Liberal Academy." She will be a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome for three weeks this coming summer. Her paper, "Text, Lies and Architecture: Colin Rowe, Robert Venturi and Mannerism," has formally been accepted for publication in the Journal of Architecture. In addition, she is presenting a paper titled "The Palazzo Soprano; or, McMansion as Threat" at the Society of Architectural Historians 66th Annual Meeting in Buffalo, N.Y.

John Dixon Hunt was recently elected a "Membro straniero" (foreign member) of L’Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Venice, Italy. Hunt is Eleanor R. Stuckeman Chair in Design at Penn State. He is professor emeritus of the history and theory of landscape, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, and a widely recognized and published expert in the literature, history, and theory of gardens and landscapes.

Marcus Shaffer recently presented a paper at the ACSA, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture's annual meeting in San Francisco. He will also be presenting a paper at the ICMMT, International Conference on Material and Manufacturing Technology, 2013, in Seoul, South Korea this summer.


Through April 12 Stuckeman Works exhibit, Rouse Gallery. The exhibit is part of the College of Arts and Architecture’s 50th anniversary celebration.

May 4 Spring 2013 Commencement, noon, Eisenhower Auditorium. Pre-commencement reception for the College of Arts and Architecture, 9:30-11 a.m., Walters Courtyard. A reception will be held at the Stuckeman Family Building following the ceremony.

May 11 WWW Drawing Symposium on Architectural Drawing, "From Pencil to Pixel," in Manhattan, in partnership with the Drawing Center, New York.

March Alumni  News

Stephen Koren (’03 B.L.A.) has joined the firm of Robert A. M. Stern in New York as project manager.

Yue Li (’95 M.L.A.) has been made partner at the Olin Group, bringing 17 years of landscape architectural expertise to the position.

Li’s design career began as a building architect. “I grew up in a family of architects and went on to study architecture at Tsinghua University in Beijing,” she said. “However, my passion was always in landscape—I was always more interested in the formation of the exterior spaces of buildings. Unfortunately, when I was a student in the mid-1980s, landscape architecture was not a recognized profession in China.”

After practicing as an architect in China for several years, Yue moved to the United States with her husband when he began studying architectural intelligent design at Penn State. Through her husband’s studies at Penn State, she met several landscape architecture professors and eventually enrolled in a class on the history of landscape architecture.

Yue’s career at Olin spans a decade and includes projects such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology Ray and Maria Stata Center in Cambridge, Comcast Center Plaza in Philadelphia, Grange Park at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, and a master plan for Mission Bay in San Francisco. Yue’s most recently completed project is Philadelphia’s Barnes Foundation.

In her free time, Yue loves to garden. She finds herself constantly moving her garden’s plants from one spot to another to accommodate something new. “Adding new plants in the garden is a lot like adding new furniture in the house,” she remarked. “If you bring home a new piece of furniture, chances are, you will have to move your existing furniture around so that everything looks good as a whole. It’s the same with plants!”


Robert Fenza '80, of West Chester, Pa will be honored as a 2013 Distinguished Alumnus. He earned his bachelor's degree in philosophy (1980) and is associated with the College of Arts and Architecture. He is the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Liberty Property Trust, located in Malvern, Pa.

Jeffrey N. Morgan ('74 B.Arch.) was recognized in January by Dean Barbara Korner for having served ten years on the Arts and Architecture Alumni Society Board. Jeff's tenure on the board included two years as president and a total of six years as part of the Alumni Society Board's executive committee. In expressing thanks from the College, Dean Korner noted that Jeff's leadership as president had transformed the make-up of the board to ensure more effective liaison relationships with the academic units.

David Cavanaugh ('76 B.S. L.Arch.) and Bill Holloway ('82 B.Arch.) were elected to new roles with the Arts and Architecture Alumni Society Board at the Board's meeting in January. Cavanaugh will assume the board presidency for a two-year term and Holloway will serve as vice-president/president-elect for the same amount of time. Both terms begin on July 1. Fred Bonci ('74 B.S. L.Arch.), who has been serving as president of the Alumni Society for the past two years, will complete his service in that role on June 30 and move to the position of immediate past president.

Graphic Design Alumni Group forming: An affiliate program group (APG) of the Arts & Architecture Alumni Society, this group is being formed with the hopes of keeping Graphic Design alumni better connected and informed. It follows the model of successful alumni groups that are already up and running in Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Alumnus Anshey Bhatia (’05 B.Des) is acting as the point-person. Alumni interested in becoming involved can contact Anshey at


Rob Fenza (’80 B.Ph. LArch.) is being honored as Penn State’s 2012 Fundraising Volunteer of the Year. An article on his recent multi-year pledge to bolster the College of Arts and Architecture’s recruitment funds can be found here.

Reverend Taylor M. Potter (’50 B.S. Arch.) of Pasadena, California, died December 6, 2011. He was a Presbyterian minister, as well as an architect who built churches, hospitals, and schools as a missionary and architectural consultant. He completed more than 120 projects in more than 40 countries. More information on his career can be found here.

Terra Design Studios, the landscape architecture firm for which Cindy Tyler (’83 B.S. L.Arch.) serves as founding principal, is working with curators for The Carnegie International 2013, a blockbuster exhibit hosted by the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, to design an outdoor interactive art installation. The landscape design aims to rejuvenate the Forbes Avenue façade with refreshed plantings and lively exploration of the art piece.

Gina De Leon (’08 M.Arch.) is working on Houston's first LEED for Homes subdivision, which includes 95 affordable single-family homes. For more information, see the following video.

Laura Woolford  (’12 B.Arch.) is one of the newest members of the JKR Partners design team. After interning at the firm last summer, Woolford joined the team following her May 2012 graduation. To learn more about Woolford, view her profile at

Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd., an award-winning residential and institutional design firm, announced that Michele L. W. Thackrah (’93 B.Arch./B.S. Arch.), AIA, LEED AP, has been named a firm principal. She joins partners Peter Archer and Richard Buchanan and principal Daniel Russoniello in the leadership of the West Chester-based practice. Thackrah has significant experience in residential architecture, designing homes, and additions in urban and rural locations.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Professor of Landscape Architecture Kim Wilson (’78 B.S. L.Arch.) has been appointed to a three-year interim dean position at the UNL College of Architecture. The appointment started June 1. A member of the UNL Architecture faculty since 2009, Wilson also has appointments in UNL Cooperative Extension, and is program director for both landscape architecture and community and regional planning.

An April 2012 Washington Post article, “Outside in: A house and landscape are designed in unison, creating a seamless home,” featured “Running Cedar,” the property Richard Arentz (’86 B.S. L.Arch.) designed with architect Richard Williams and interior designer Jose Solis Betancourt.

HZDG, a boutique agency founded by Karen Hirshorn Zuckerman (’85 B.A. Art), took home four silver and three gold ADDY Awards at this year’s DC ADDY Awards, held on March 15. With more than 50,000 entries submitted a year, the ADDY Awards are the industry’s largest competition. Hosted by the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the competition is credited for judging campaigns from every angle by the industry’s top professionals on both local and national levels.

Greg Burrell ('03 B.L.A.), an associate at OLIN, is part of one of the winning teams for a national competition to redesign the National Mall. According to OLIN’s blog, the firm and co-lead Weiss/Manfredi will reinvigorate the Washington Monument Grounds at Sylvan Theater with a performance landscape that “embodies the surprise and magic of the Shakespearean forest that inspired the name of the original theater nearly a century ago.”

Darrell Campana (’02 B.L.A.), RLA, ASLA, was promoted to associate at OLIN. With more than ten years of professional experience in landscape architecture, Campana joined OLIN in 2011. He is currently working on the design for the landscape of Washington University’s John M. Olin School of Business in St. Louis, Missouri, and creation of a private organic farm on a 356-acre estate in New Albany, Ohio. He also serves as CAD Operations and Data Manager, educating OLIN’s design staff on software and data management techniques and collaborating with project teams to review CAD documentation.

Michael LoFurno ('80 B.S. L.Arch.), adjunct assistant professor at the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture at Temple University Ambler, and his students received  “Best in Show” in the Academic Education category at the 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show in March. LoFurno teaches Landscape Design/Build Studio with Rob Kuper at the Ambler campus.

Spillman Farmer Architects received a Silver Medal from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Pennsylvania for ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, a performing arts, media, and cultural center located on the landmark Bethlehem Steel site in eastern Pennsylvania. Executed under the direction of Project Principal Barry Pell (’73 B.Arch.) and Project Architect Wayne F. Stitt (’95 B.Arch., ’95 B.S. Arch.), among others, the center lies at the foot of the abandoned Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces, 200-foot industrial ruins that tower above the country’s largest privately owned brownfield.

Jake Lefebure (‘96 B.A. Graphic Design) and his wife Pum Lefebure were named one of “Washington's Top Power Couples” by Capitol File magazine. (Lefebure won an Arts and Architecture Alumni Award in 2009. )“Buttoned-up Washington may not seem like the natural place to headquarter Design Army, Jake and Pum Lefebure's award-winning design firm known for its out-of-the-box flair,” the article states, “But there's also no better place to stand out. And with their Tim Burton–meets–Leave It to Beaver aesthetic, meticulous execution, powerful connections, and commanding presence, it becomes clear why Jake and Pum stand alone.”

Printers Park Playground, a Bronx playground designed by Stephen Koren ('93, B.L.A.) for the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, has won an Honor Award from the New York ASLA. The project is featured on the NY ASLA website and in the 2012 NYASLA Design Awards Exhibition, held at the Horticultural Society of New  York throughout the month of April.

Nathan Scott (‘07 B.L.A.) LEED AP has been promoted to associate of Mahan Rykiel Associates. Scott has helped craft revitalization plans with community stakeholders in numerous towns around the country. In addition, he has worked on several park master plans for Baltimore.

After working for 17 years with two of the largest and most prominent landscape architecture firms in the U.S. and Singapore, Gregory Kunak (’92, B.S. L.Arch.) co-founded Element Design Studio in 2011. The studio provides high quality landscape master planning and landscape architecture services for hotels, resorts, residential developments, and mixed-use projects.  The firm is currently providing landscape architecture services for hotel and residential development projects in Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Seychelles, Mauritius, and Vietnam.

Craig Byers (‘85 B.A. Graphic Design) joined HZDG as vice president and creative director. Byers will run HZDG’s midtown Manhattan office. Previous to joining HZDG, Byers was a creative director for the New York office of Landor Associates. Key client engagements included consumer and corporate projects: Barclays, Bradesco, Verizon, Dell, Hertz, Moen, Barilla, PepsiCO, Diageo, PLCB, Sephora, Human Genome Sciences, and the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.

Scott Patt (’93, B.A. Graphic Design) is the recipient of the 2012 College of Arts and Architecture Alumni Award in Graphic Design. Patt will be featured in the College magazine published in May.

Todd Kohli (’98, B.L.A.) RLA, ASLA received recognition in the February 2012 issue of Landscape Architect and Specifier News for Midtown Tokyo, “a 25-acre mixed-use project…that revitalized the Roppongi (“six trees”) neighborhood, part of which was a former military site and off limits to the public.” Kohli served as the project manager.

Chip Kidd ('86 B.A. Graphic Design) is a featured speaker at TED2012.

Doug Patt ('91 B. Arch.) has written How to Architect. “Patt--an architect and the creator of a series of wildly popular online videos about architecture--presents the basics of architecture in A-Z form, starting with ‘A is for Asymmetry’ (as seen in Chartres Cathedral and Frank Gehry), detouring through ‘N is for Narrative,’ and ending with ‘Z is for Zeal’ (a quality that successful architects tend to have, even in fiction--see The Fountainhead's architect-hero Howard Roark.)” The full description from MIT Press, along with a limited-time offer, can be found here.

Timothy McDonald ('89 B.Arch.) and the rest of the project team from Onion Flats are nominated for an international award: ArchDaily 2011 Building of the Year.

BLT Architects in Philadelphia promoted Nicole M. Dress ('92 B.Arch.) AIA, LEED AP to associate. Nicole joined the firm in May of 2007 as a senior architect, and as project manager for Revel Resort, a $6.3 million project. Nicole's leadership has been instrumental in the success of the project, scheduled to premiere May 24, 2012. In addition, Nicole played a leadership role in the firm’s Intern Development Program (IDP), creating and providing an exemplary environment for interns to pursue licensure, and enabling BLTa to win the 2010-2013 IDP Firm Award. Nicole is the president of the Alpha Rho Chi Foundation, a founding member of AIA Philadelphia’s Women in Architecture Committee, and a recently elected member of AIA Philadelphia’s Board of Directors. 

Reid Fellenbaum  (‘09 B.L.A. Landscape Architecture) is a finalist in the 2012 Gerald Hines Urban Design Competition. He is pursuing his Master of Architecture at University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Mark Allen Focht, FASLA ('83 B.S. L.Arch.) is running for ASLA national president. LAND will provide complete election coverage in the coming months, beginning with the publication of the candidates’ election statements in early March. The candidates for president-elect will also be participating in the LAND president-elect candidate forum in April and May, and the text of their speeches to the Board of Trustees and Chapter Presidents Council in mid-May will also appear in LAND. For the professional membership, general election voting for the president-elect will open on Monday, May 14, and close at midnight PDT on Wednesday, June 13. The Tellers Committee will convene on Friday, June 22, to review and verify the election results. For more information, see here.


Frank O. Moyer (‘76 B.Arch.) of Allentown, Pennsylvania, died November 20, 2011. He was a U.S. Postal Service clerk.

Bimal Balakrishnan (’04 M.S. Arch.) PhD, assistant professor of architectural studies at the University of Missouri, received the 2011 Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award from the University of Missouri. For more information, see here.

The October 2011 Journal of Architectural Education includes two articles by Penn State alumni:

Michael Jemtrud (’93 B.S. Architecture/Bachelor of Architecture, ’93 B.A. Philosophy) contributed “The End of Design and the Architectural Final Project” and Judith K. De Jong ('90 B.S. Architecture, '90 B.Arch) co-authored "Housing Urbanism."

William A. Schweitzer, Jr. ('71 Arch) died in July of 2011. He was a business owner in Verona, Pa. For more information, see here.

Robert B. Widder ('48 Arch) died on June 8, 2011. He was a WWII Air Force veteran and retired designer at Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. For more information, see here.

Patrick Ytsma, ('81 B.Arch.) died in early December after being struck by a car while bicycling. He was 53. For more information, see here.

The firm of alumnus Tim McDonald (PSU BArch, 1989) was chosen by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority Board to develop the Rivage site in the East Falls section of Philadelphia. "The Ridge" will bring 126 residential units and 8,700 square feet of retail to a currently vacant parcel. It will be the city's first and the nation's largest net zero energy mixed-use residential-retail community. Net zero energy means that the development's net energy consumption will be zero. Fore more information, click here. McDonald received a Penn State College of Arts and Architecture Alumni Award in 2007.

Leo Mullen (’70 B.A. Art, ’72 M.F.A. Graphic Design) was honored with the 2011 AIGA DC Fellow Award. The AIGA Fellow is a national program through which each chapter can recognize one or more mature designers who have made significant contributions to the local design communities and chapter by raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct. Leo  was awarded the title of Penn State Alumni Fellow in 2002; he will be the speaker at the College of Arts and Architecture commencement ceremony in May 2012. He was Lanny Sommese's first grad student. For more information, click here.

Todd Woodward ('95, B.Arch) is the co-editor of LEVERAGE: Strengthening Neighborhoods through Design, a new publication by the Community Design Collaborative. Published on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Collaborative, LEVERAGE showcases the approach and success of this groundbreaking community design center, which provides pro bono design services to nonprofits in Philadelphia and the region. Essays in the volume consider the role of designers as advocates and policymakers, the future of design activism, and the broad implications of public interest design work. For more information, click here.

A team led by Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects—including Rebecca Slenker AIA ('05) and Frank Dittenhafer FAIA ('78)—won the inaugural Voussoirs Award for their Codo 241 project in York, Pennsylvania. Alpha Rho Chi Fraternity announced the winners of the award on March 26, 2011 at its National Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Voussiors Award recognizes completed projects whose product is the exceptional collaboration between design consultants, builders, clients and the community. The name of the award is derived from the arch. In order for an arch to stand on its own, each voussoir, or element of an arch, must hold its equal share of the load, working directly with the other components in complete unison. Similarly, each collaborator within a design project must work in close association with the rest of the team in order to create a truly successful product. For more information, click here.

Alumna Martha Carothers, a professor of art at the University of Delaware, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant for the 2011-2012 academic year to work in Hong Kong. For more information, click here.

Alumnus F. Eric Goshow (Goshow Architects, New York, NY) was voted 2012 Vice President and President-elect of the New York State chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIANYS). As 2013 President, Goshow will lead all efforts related to the chapter's main goal: to positively influence state legislation in connection with the practice of architecture.

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On September 28, 2011, Denise M. Husband ('78 B.S.LArch.) was elected president of the 2011-2012 Board of Directors for the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CL ARB). See more here.


Andrew Weinheimer ('08 B.Arch.) Winner of the AIA Pittsburgh Young Architect's Design Studio Competition -- See more here

Herbert A. Mendt ('46, Arch) died on April 1, 2010. He was a retired architect in New Westminster, BC.

Delaware Valley Green Building Council Sustainable Design Competition | Second Place – Sara Petit (’09 B.Arch.) and Marco Virgili (’07 B.Arch.) for their design “Bike Park: Making Space for the Urban Commute” – See more here

Jeffrey Butcher's ('05 B.Arch.) work with Studioplex chosen to be displayed at the Venice Bienalle -- See more here


Ken Hendrickson, a graduate student in the Landscape Architecture integrated BLA/MLA program, won second place in the “Nature in Neighborhoods: Integrating Habitats” international design competition in Portland, OR. Hendrickson completed this design project as part of his Fall 2007 LArch 414 studio with Professors Barry Kew and Larry Gorenflo. He was also one of only ten students selected nationwide for a 2008 summer internship with Design Workshop, an international landscape architecture firm based in Denver, CO.

SARA-NY Design Awards | Award of Merit – Andrew Blaydon (’06 B.Arch.) for his project “An Interpretive Center for Fishing Creek Valley”


In 2007 ASLA presented the National Park Service with an Honor Award in the General Design Category for The Restoration of Giant Forest, Sequoia National Park, California. Joanne (Hartman) Cody (82), a Senior Landscape Architect at the National Park Service’s Denver Service Center, was one of the Job Captains for this project.