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Fifth Year Architecture Studio Designs Innovation Barn Brewhouse

Project uses recycled materials to support the "circular economy."
   April 22, 2019

Students in Professor Deb Ryan’s fifth year architecture studio have designed and created a neighborhood coffee stand at the Innovation Barn in Charlotte’s Belmont neighborhood. The “circular economy” project, called Sweet Little Brewhouse, has transformed and enlivened an area adjacent to an old utility building using recycled and discarded products.  

According to a press release...

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SoA Professor Named to 50 Most Influential Women

Deb Ryan will receive the award from The Mecklenburg Times.
   April 19, 2019

Professor Deborah Ryan has been named one of The Mecklenburg Times 50 Most Influential Women for 2019. The annual awards celebrate the most influential women in business, government, education, law and non-profits in the Charlotte area.

Ryan is a professor of architecture and urban design and the director of the Master of Urban Design program at UNC Charlotte. A registered...

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SoA Announces 2019 Scholarships in Practice

The School of Architecture announces new Scholarship in Practice awards.
   March 21, 2019

The School of Architecture is pleased to announce the 2019 Scholarships in Practice:

C DESIGN Scholarship in Practice: Mariel Hamer
BB&M Scholarship in Practice: Cameron Day
CLARK NEXSEN Scholarship in Practice: Devin Waddell

The SoA Scholarship in Practice program was established in 2015. Each Scholarship in Practice provides the recipient...

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Students Help Design Levine Museum Exhibition

An architectural history class is designing "The Legacy of Lynching" exhibit for the Levine Museum.
   March 4, 2019

Students in the architectural history class “Museums: Southeast + Beyond” are working with the Levine Museum of the New South to design and present the exhibition The Legacy of Lynching. Coming to Charlotte from the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, the exhibition will open on April 24 and will...

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Professor Named to AIA College of Fellows

David Thaddeus has been named to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects.
   February 25, 2019

David Thaddeus, Professor of Structures and Architectural Design, has been named to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the AIA’s highest membership honor. Only three percent of AIA members achieve Fellowship (FAIA) status.

“David embodies the poetics and empathy of an architect with the calculus of an engineer,” said School of Architecture Director...

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Architecture Professor Leads Preservation Effort in Toronto

Professor Jeff Balmer has launched a petition to save Ontario Park.
   February 14, 2019

Architecture professor Jeff Balmer has initiated an effort in Toronto to preserve Ontario Place, a waterfront park designed in the early 1970s by Bauhaus-trained architect Eberhard Zeidler. Balmer grew up in Toronto and in a recent article in...

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City.Building.Lab Redesigns Plaza Midwood Alley

Prof. Nadia Anderson and research assistants have redesigned an alley in Plaza Midwood.
   February 13, 2019

Last fall the Plaza Midwood Merchants Association approached Associate Professor of Urban Design Nadia Anderson and asked whether the School of Architecture’s City.Building.Lab, a research arm of the SoA, would propose solutions for the Gordon Street alley, a dingy strip that lies between the Sherwin-Williams paint store and Snug Harbor music venue in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood. The...

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LandDesign Sponsors MUD Class to Study Digital Placemaking

LandDesign is sponsoring a class this semester in the Master of Urban Design program.
   February 8, 2019

The multidisciplinary design firm LandDesign is sponsoring a class this semester in the Master of Urban Design program to study digital placemaking. Led by Professor Deb Ryan, students in “Dilemmas in Modern City Planning: Digital Technology and Urban Activation” will work with LandDesign team members to explore the impact of technology on the design of public space.

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“Tiny Park” Is a Result of MUD and Middle School Partnership

Master of Urban Design students worked with 7th graders to design a "tiny park" by their school.
   January 24, 2019

A new “tiny park” near the corner of 10th Street and Jackson Avenue is the result of a community collaboration that brought students of the UNC Charlotte Master of Urban Design (MUD) program together with seventh graders from Piedmont Open IB Middle School.

Two years ago, MUD students, led by professor José Gamez and architecture graduate student and research assistant Amy Stewart,...

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Master of Urban Design Program Names New Director

Professor Deborah Ryan has been named the new director of the Master of Urban Design program.
   January 18, 2019

The UNC Charlotte School of Architecture is pleased to announce that Professor Deborah Ryan has been named the new director of the Master of Urban Design program. Ryan assumed program leadership on January 15.

Ryan is a registered landscape architect and a professor of architecture and urban design at UNC Charlotte, where she has taught since 1985. In 1999, she founded the Charlotte...

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