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Professor Jeffrey Ochsner Wins 2012 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Distinguished Professor Award

Department of Architecture Professor Jeffrey Karl Ochsner is a recipient of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture’s (ACSA) 2012 Distinguished Professor Award. The Distinguished Professor Awards recognize professors who “… inspire and challenge students, contribute to the profession’s knowledge base, and extend their work beyond the borders of academy into practice and the public sector.” Professor Ochsner will receive his award at the ACSA’s 100th Annual Meeting in Boston (March 1-4, 2012). Click here to read juror comments and for more details…

Insurgent Public Space and Contemporary Urbanism: Series of Talks by Professor Jeff Hou


Jeff Hou, Associate Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture, has been delivering a series of talks on the topic of insurgent public space and contemporary urbanism since last fall. In September 2011, he was the inaugural speaker for the City Series at the New School in New York. While at the New School, he was also a panelist at a symposium titled “Making Cities, Whither Design?” In November, Hou lectured at the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University, and spoke at the “Opening Spaces, Nurturing Cities” Symposium in Taipei. In March 2012, he will be the keynote speaker at the SHIFT! 2012 Conference at Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia, Canada), and will also participate at the “Urban Axioms” Symposium in Stockholm in March.

Last December, Professor Hou authored the statement by ADPSR (Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility), supporting the right to peaceful protests and freedom of assembly in the context of the Occupy Movement. He will also be on a panel titled “Freedom of Assembly: Public Space Today Redux,” at the Center for Architecture in New York in early February. Professor Hou’s latest writing appears in Service-Learning in Design and Planning: Educating at the Boundary, edited by Tom Angotti, Cheryl Doble and Paula Horrigan (New Village Press 2011). He is also contributing a chapter to The Emerging Asian City: Concomitant Urbanities and Urbanisms, edited by Vinayak Bharne (Routledge 2013).

Professor Fritz Wagner Co-edits New Book on Livable Communities

Fritz Wagner, Research Professor in the Department of Urban Design and Planning, and Managing Director of the NW Center for Livable Communities, and Professor Roger Caves, San Diego State University, co-edited a book titled, Community Livability: Issues and Approaches to Sustaining the Well-Being of People and Communities. The book explores what is meant by the term “livable communities” through the examination of case studies in selected cities throughout the United States, Brazil, and England.


UDP's Chuck Wolfe Sustains a Broad Web Presence

Chuck Wolfe, Affiliate Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Design and Planning and a practicing attorney specializing in land use, environmental law and permitting, is bringing his professional expertise to several notable on-line news and information sites: The Atlantic; Grist; Huffington Post; and Crosscut. Chuck writes on the complexity of issues facing today’s cities and neighborhoods, as well as spotlighting the impact of innovative ideas and new trends in the increasingly urbanized world.



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