Maryland’s Real Estate Development Program kicked off the Fall 2019 Capstone competition on Friday night, December 13th, with five dual degree students (MRED/M.ARCH) presenting their projects to a panel of industry experts. Casey Huntington took top prize with her project, 1600 Nexus, a mixed-use, mixed-income development in the Point Breeze neighborhood of South Philadelphia that judges cited as beautiful and equitable development for a low-income community facing gentrification.
When Pablo Güiraldes was working towards his master’s degree in architecture in the late 1990s at Maryland, he was a teaching assistant in an ARCH 400 series course with Brian Kelly. It was around that time that he met architect Bob Allies, who came to Maryland to teach a 600/611 studio as a Kea Distinguished Professor. Allies was principal of a young design firm, Allies and Morrison, and had put together an impressive roster of projects, including the British Embassy in Dublin and a garden at the Tate.
Each semester, Master of Architecture candidates showcase a self-guided project developed during their final year of study as part of the architecture program design thesis review. Inventive, creative and oftentimes profoundly personal, thesis projects are a culmination of the skills amassed during the program, presented to a jury of professionals and the university community for critique and lively discussion. This year, 19 students will present projects that tackle a variety of contemporary challenges, from multigenerational housing to the demise of the honeybee.
Conventional wisdom dictates a slowdown in retirement. Yet, for Dr. Isabelle Gournay, it appears she is just getting started. Since transitioning to Professor Emerita of Architecture last spring, Gournay has released a new book on planned communities, contributed to a second book on American art deco and is adding new insights to the phenomenon of the American Beaux-Arts architect. But if retirement is about taking the time to follow your passions, Gournay is right on track.
The University of Maryland’s Historic Preservation Program has been awarded aChesapeake Material Cultural Studies Grant from The Conservation Fund. The grant will support completion of the documentation and study of the Kippax Plantation Archaeological Site, an ongoing archaeological project led by Professor and Interim Dean Donald Linebaugh.