Ph.D. candidates Shenpeng (Frank) Zou and Binbin Peng have been awarded fellowships from the University of Maryland Graduate School for their outstanding efforts as scholars and contributions as graduate assistants. They are among an elite group of graduate and doctoral students to receive this honor, which provides them financial and academic support during their doctoral studies.
The University of Maryland welcomes Dr. Juan Burke, who will join the architecture program this fall as an assistant professor. Dr. Burke, who is currently an assistant professor at SUNY Alfred, brings substantial expertise as a professional and a scholar to UMD in both architecture and historic preservation. He previously taught as an assistant professor at the School or Architecture and Design, Technological Institute of Monterrey in Mexico.
Professor of Architecture Brian Kelly has been named Associate Dean for Development and Faculty Affairs, at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. A staple of the school for 30 years, Kelly will leverage his relationships and program expertise to assist with the school's development and fundraising campaign. In his new role, he will also assume responsibilities regarding faculty affairs issues from Professor Don Linebaugh. Kelly begins his new role July 1.
Writer Paul Coelho said, “In the search for your destiny, you will often find yourself obliged to change direction.” Dan Engelberg (M.C.P. '14) took a lot of different turns in his path to urban planning, ironically bringing him back to where his journey began: College Park, Md. Dan grew up just down the street from UMD’s campus on Beechwood Road, later moving to Columbia, Md. He completed his bachelor’s degree in mathematics at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, following some friends out to California after graduation with his sights set on some traveling.
Cities have the power to create an all-out assault on the senses. Ambient noise, in particular—the honk of a horn, a barking dog or the gleeful screams of a playground—can blend together into an auditory soup so droning and constant that we may tune it out completely. But what would happen if you stopped and truly listened to a city street's audio narrative? What would it tell you about a neighborhood’s social makeup, economic fabric or political affiliations?
This spring, graduate and undergraduate students from UMD's architecture program collaborated virtually with students from Al-Nahrain University in Baghdad for a joint-studio called "Bridging the Gap.” Now, in its second year, this cross-cultural, virtual classroom centers on bridging the distance and cultural gaps that exist across two continents, by exploring the commonalities, differences and challenges of each culture through site-specific projects. This year, the teams targeted marketplaces.
The University of Maryland welcomes Dr. Joseph Williams, who will join the Architecture Program this fall as an assistant professor. An expert in medieval architecture in Italy and architecture of the Islamic West, Dr. Williams received his PhD in Art, Art History & Visual Studies from Duke University. While at Duke, he was the recipient of the Phyllis W.G. Gordan/Lily Auchincloss/Samuel H. Kress Foundation Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize.