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Dean, Hilsher present at 105th ACSA meeting in Detroit

Posted Date: Monday, April 3, 2017 - 10:45

The men pose for professional pictureAlfred State’s William Dean, professor in the Department of Architecture and Design, and Jonathan Hilsher, director of the Center for Civic Engagement, recently presented their jointly authored paper titled “Generating Discipline-Based Community Impact through Academic and Student Affairs Collaboration” as part of the 105th ACSA Annual Meeting in Detroit. The theme of this year’s meeting was “Brooklyn Says, ‘Move to Detroit.’”

This was the first time that Alfred State has been invited to participate at this national conference, which is sponsored by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).

Dean’s and Hilsher’s presentation featured a discussion of the sustained regional community engagement of the Department of Architecture and Design. It also elaborated on the enhanced impact realized through collaboration with a student affairs civic leadership initiative through the Center for Civic Engagement. 

A series of Southern Tier Architectural Resource (STAR) Center case study examples were used to illustrate best practices and a pathway to collaboration on course design, creative cooperation, and intentional partnership designed to maximize student learning and community impact. 

Fast track from architecture student to professional license

Posted Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 14:00

Girl smiles for pictureEven before graduation, Alfred State is providing guidance for architecture students to gain professional licensure. To assist, the Department of Architecture and Design recently appointed Adrienne Drumm as a student architect licensing advisor. 

Drumm will join Professor William C. Dean, RA, AIA, the department’s faculty architect licensing advisor, in providing information and guidance on experience and registration to the department’s 170 architecture students. Upon successful completion of the BArch degree, graduates may begin an internship and the other professional steps leading to licensure as a registered, practicing architect.

Architect licensing advisors are responsible for disseminating up-to-date information on the Architectural Experience Program (AXP) to students and faculty at their school.  The AXP is administered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), and is required for becoming an architect in New York State.

Like the AXP state advisors, these volunteers are informed on AXP by the National Chapter of the AIA on a daily basis, and also communicate with the AIA, NCARB, and with each other regularly. These individuals are also considered trusted sources of information on AXP and are funded to attend the annual Architect Licensing Advisor’s Conference.

Of her new position, Drumm says, “It is never too early for students to start thinking about licensure, and I am excited to help make sure we can make information easily accessible to all students.” 

Drumm is enrolled in the Bachelor of Architecture program at Alfred State, and is pursuing a concentration in construction management. For the past three summers, she has been gaining professional experience through internships at Klepper, Hahn & Hyatt in Syracuse, Clark Patterson Lee in Olean, and Ramsgard Architectural Design in Skaneateles. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark and Suzanne Drumm of Tully.

Architecture students aid in design of new historical societies building

Posted Date: Monday, January 30, 2017 - 15:00
Front of a building before and after pictures
Before-and-after photos of the building that now houses the
Andover and Allegany County historical societies.
The Andover and Allegany County historical societies now have a new home, thanks to the support of many, including some Alfred State architecture students.
Earlier this month, the historical societies marked the “soft” opening of their new location at 11 E. Greenwood St. in Andover at the former Andover Hardware store building. Terry Palmiter, assistant professor in the Architecture and Design Department at Alfred State, noted that students in his historic preservation studio were involved in creating a design proposal for the building.
Palmiter and the students documented the existing structure and, based on the needs of the historical societies, created their proposal. Then, through posters, models, and discussion, they presented their concepts and solutions of the interior space and exterior façade to the members of the family of Teresa and Dick Joyce, who spearheaded the project, as well as interested community members.
The project, Palmiter said, has now “come full circle,” and that the results exhibit the students’ contribution to a successful civic engagement project.
“The students can be proud of the critical thinking and design concepts that they created,” he said. “Being involved with a community design project offers a serious edge to the educational experience of each student. For them, to see the results of their efforts completes the cycle.”
Students involved in the hardware project include Fernando Azevedo Satos, of Fortaleza, Brazil; Alexis Blair, of Clifton Springs; Steven Carpenter, of Tioga, PA; Leticia De Jesus Ribeiro, of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil; Samuel Frauenhofer, of Endicott; Andrew Hammond, of Hornell; Brandon Holley, of Livonia; Sarah Latona, of Mount Morris; Ricardo Maragh, of Brooklyn; John Nickerson, of Brocton; Camilla Ribeiro de Abreu, of New York City; Brandon Stefanik, of Sauquoit; and Sayaka Takeda, of Chiba, Japan. All are members of the architectural technology Bachelor of Science program, except for Hammond and Holley, who are Bachelor of Architecture majors.
The successful adaptive re-use of the old structure came about through the efforts of many, Palmiter said, most notably the Joyces, who expressed their appreciation to everyone involved at the soft opening earlier this month. The grand opening of the building will be held in the fall.

Artist and color theorist to present at Alfred State lecture series

Posted Date: Monday, January 23, 2017 - 13:30

Ivy Stevens-Gupta working on a piece of her artFor those wondering why school buses are yellow and fast food restaurants employ red in their color schemes, color theory instructor and award-winning contemporary artist Ivy Stevens-Gupta will shed some light on why color matters in an upcoming presentation at Alfred State.

Stevens-Gupta will present in the spring 2017 lecture series of the Architecture and Design Department on Feb. 9 at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and will take place at the college’s Orvis Activities Center Auditorium. A reception will follow from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hinkle Memorial Library, during which refreshments will be served.

After studying art at Alfred University, Stevens-Gupta received her AAS in business administration from Corning Community College, a BS in marketing and an MS in liberal studies from SUNY Empire State College, and a certificate in interior design from Interior Design Institute. She is a former advertising manager for Gannett Newspaper Division and corporate relations director for Johnson at Cornell University.

Stevens-Gupta currently teaches color theory and painting, and works as a marketing consultant. Her vibrant paintings can be found in homes and offices all over the world and have appeared in several books on contemporary international artists.

Color can express various emotions and moods and adds brilliance to everyday life. In her lecture “Color Matters: Introduction to Color Theory,” Stevens-Gupta will discuss how color is used in global marketing, the psychological and cultural connotative properties of color, and the science behind color. Guests are invited to bring laptops or tablets to the lecture in order to participate in an interactive color test.

While on campus, check out Stevens-Gupta’s solo art exhibit at the Hinkle Memorial Library Gallery, on display now until March 3. To view her work online, visit Ivycreativedesigns.com.

Alfred State takes part in Appalachian Teaching Project Symposium

Posted Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 14:15

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) recently hosted seven Alfred State students at the 16th annual Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) symposium in Washington, DC.

Supported by ARC and organized by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University, ATP coordinates student teams from participating colleges and universities in Appalachia to develop applied research projects on topics related to building a sustainable future for the Appalachian Region. As part of ATP, student teams travel to Washington, DC, to formally present their research to other participating schools and ARC leadership.

“Each year, the Appalachian Teaching Project brings together students from across the region to share their research, work, and vision,” said ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl F. Gohl. “These next-generation leaders are energetic and innovative, and give a glimpse into Appalachia’s bright future.”

The Appalachian Regional Commission is a regional economic development partnership of federal and state governments across 420 counties in 13 Appalachian states. ARC's mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia.

The 2016 ATP symposium was held at the Crystal City Marriot in Arlington, VA, and featured 150 students representing 14 schools from 11 Appalachian states. The team from Alfred State included fourth-year students in the Urban Design Studio. They presented their research titled “Connecting Downtown to the River: A Vision for Sustainability and Growth in Wellsville, New York,” which discussed the Community Visualization Study completed for that community in fall 2016.

The research team was led by Professors David Carli and William Dean. Dean was also named an Appalachian Teaching Fellow for the 2016–2017 academic year, along with Dr. Craig Clark. Carli and Dean both teach in the Department of Architecture and Design. As part of their ATP visit to Washington, DC, the Alfred State team also toured a number of monuments and museums on the National Mall, including the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Led by the Consortium of Appalachian Centers and Institutes, the ATP offers students a unique opportunity to conduct active community-based research on their campuses.

Nearly 2,000 students from 20 colleges and universities across Appalachia have participated in the ATP since the program began in 2001.

students with professors at the symposium in Washington, DC
From left, Professor David Carli, Department of Architecture and Design; Shirleejae Illsley, of Castle Creek; Kelsey Ayers, of Leicester; Samantha Keene, of Bergen; Robert Apgar, of Waterloo; Jessica Woughter, of Andover; Nathan Piscitelli, of Wellsville; Vanessa Brand, of Cobleskill; Professor William Dean, Department of Architecture and Design (ATP Teaching Fellow); and Appalachian Regional Commission Federal Co-Chair Earl F. Gohl.  Illsley, Woughter, Piscitelli, and Brand are Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) majors, and Ayers, Keene, and Apgar are architectural technology majors. Photo courtesy of photographer Lloyd Wolf.


Architecture Professor Dean appointed to CDC Rochester Board

Posted Date: Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 10:45

The Community Design Center of Rochester, the region’s only non-profit, citizen-driven organization dedicated to promoting healthy, sustainable communities, recently appointed two new members to its Board of Directors, including Alfred State Professor of Architecture William Dean, AIA, NCARB, LEED® AP.

William DeanDean, a registered architect, has been a faculty member at Alfred State since 2000. He holds a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree and Master of Architecture from the University at Buffalo.

At Alfred State, Dean founded the fourth-year Urban Design Studio, which promotes student civic engagement as a means of helping communities in the Rochester area and New York's Southern Tier visualize potential solutions for revitalizing their neighborhoods and business districts.

Speaking about his appointment to the board, Dean said, “Alfred State’s Department of Architecture and Design has enjoyed a great working relationship with the CDC Rochester for over 12 years. I am honored to serve on the board, and give back to an organization that has provided so many service learning opportunities for me and my students over the years.”

Prior to joining the college, Dean practiced with several firms in the Rochester area that specialized in residential, commercial, and health care design. He also maintains a consulting practice focused on helping clients plan for creative and sustainable improvements to their living and working environments.

Dean's applied research interests include issues related to new paradigms of professional practice, and community design and development through the work of the Urban Design Studio and the Southern Tier Architectural Resource Center.

His community and professional services span numerous activities in the region, and he has participated in many CDC Rochester projects. Dean has been designated as an Appalachian Teaching Fellow by the Appalachian Regional Commission and received the Alfred State College Council's Award for Leadership through Civic Engagement in 2013.

In addition to Dean, the CDC Rochester also appointed Monica C. McCullough, Esq. to its Board of Directors. McCullough is the president of MM Development Advisors, Inc., which specializes in providing comprehensive real estate development, community development, and general administrative advising to not-for-profit organizations and mission-focused, community-oriented private companies.

Livonia resident receives scholarship

Posted Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 12:00

Brandon Holley, center, at awards ceremonyBrandon Holley, of Livonia, was awarded the 2015 Thomas Wurzer Memorial Scholarship at the January meeting of the Rochester chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) at the Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester.

Holley is a third-year architecture student enrolled in the Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) program at Alfred State, and a member of the school’s soccer team, which he led in scoring last year.

The purpose of the scholarship is to recognize a deserving student in an architectural, engineering, or constructional technology program, based on merit and by intent to aspire to a career in the design or construction profession.

From left to right are Kenneth Christiano, CSI, CDT, of SWBR Architects and president of CSI Rochester; Brandon Holley, Bachelor of Architecture, Livonia; and Jessica Kruse, CSI, CDT, LEED GA, LaBella Associates and education chair of CSI Rochester.