June 2019 Alumni and Friends Newsletter
The preservation of Idaho’s structural sites has always been a top priority for the College of Art and Architecture — in the name of sustainability and celebrating our cultural heritage. Earlier this month, at Preservation Idaho’s annual awards ceremony, four of our architecture professors were honored for their positive impacts on historic preservation throughout the state, and I couldn’t be more pleased.
Professor Anne Marshall, Professor Emeritus Wendy McClure, Associate Professor Phil Mead and Associate Professor Emeritus D. Nels Reese were recognized for their contributions to the peer-reviewed online encyclopedia, Archipedia, which features the country’s most architecturally significant structures, published by the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH).
The team contributed to the encyclopedia’s section on Idaho’s most notable structures and through their 119 entries, sought to tell the social and cultural history of the state.
The SAH Archipedia project received the Cultural Heritage Preservation Award for the team’s work in “creating an accessible and comprehensive website of Idaho’s architectural history.” U of I students, along with other experts throughout the state, also participated in the project, contributing knowledge and images of buildings from their own communities.
In addition to honoring our Archipedia team, I’d like to acknowledge three valued faculty and staff members, retiring this summer, who for years have helped offer a remarkable education to our students.
Gary Austin, professor of landscape architecture, has been with us since 1991 teaching courses in rural community revitalization, water conservation technologies, stormwater management and irrigation design, to name a few. During his tenure, Gary traveled to several European cities researching sustainable urban development in the face of climate change and recently published his findings in European Green Capitals: Studies in Sustainable Development.
Jay Pengilly, director of the college’s Technical Design Studio, joined us in 1995 and helps students in the valued art of making. In 2016, Jay and Miranda Anderson, a clinical associate professor in our Interior Architecture and Design Program, won the national Interior Design Educators Council Teaching Excellence Award for the positive impact their Furniture Design and Construction course has on students. Jay also won several university awards for his dedication and service.
Susan Treu, the program coordinator for the Art + Design Program since 1998 and the Virtual Technology and Design Program since last summer, has long helped our programs stay afloat. In 2007, Susan won the university’s Outstanding Employee Award. During retirement, she’s looking forward to a little more gardening, birding and time with grandkids.
If you have the chance, please extend your thanks to these cherished members of our college, and your congratulations to the Archipedia team. Thank you, as always, for your continued support!
Shauna Corry, Ph.D.
College of Art and Architecture
Please continue to help us spread the word: We’re offering the first two years of undergraduate coursework in architecture and interior architecture and design — and the first year of coursework in landscape architecture — at our Urban Design Center in Boise. We’re excited to grow our statewide presence and offer students an incredible design education!
The Prichard Art Gallery, an outreach facility of the college, now has artwork on display through Sept. 22 by internationally acclaimed, Swiss-based artist Zimoun. Zimoun’s impressive sound installations reference the chaos of the modern day, inspiring viewers to take pause and engage the senses. The exhibit consists of 618 motors, 804 meters of rope, 341 sticks, 172 boxes, 920 grams of cotton, 22 cubed centimeters of felt, 161 wires, 105 disks, 11 springs and one video.
Ryker Belnap’s dream is to work as an architect.
His love for design and construction has led him to travel around the country and, recently, to a job offer at an architecture firm in Boise.
Belnap would like to use the skills he’s learned as a master’s architecture student at the University of Idaho in Boise to serve the community that has given so much to him.
“Being an architect means to me having the opportunity to design buildings and have something that I created be permanent, but it’s also a tool to provide opportunities for others to explore and experience the spaces I design,” Belnap said. Read More
Julia Ames, daughter of Leo Ames, a U of I grad and student in our Art + Design MFA Program in the 1980s, is working to establish an endowment for future MFA students in her father’s name. Leo grew up on a dairy farm near Heyburn and began landscape painting at age 17 with “a profound appreciation for the agrarian, natural world.” During his time at U of I, Leo was greatly influenced by art instructors Alfred Dunn, Charles Bartell, Arnold Westerlund and Mary Kirkwood. He later became the creative director and head of publications at U of I and was dedicated to the university’s Women’s Center and women’s rights movement.
To make a donation that will help activate Leo’s scholarship endowment — which happens once it reaches $25,000 — search for the Leo Edwin Ames Arts Scholarship Endowment on the university’s giving page. Donate Now
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Recent interior design grads Brooks Boyer and Ashley Buzzini designed a sculpture that was recently installed on the exterior of Café Artista, establishing an outdoor room and memory making space. Brooks and Ashley’s designs were chosen by Jolene Williams, a beneficiary of the Hagan Building, which was owned by her late father Roscoe Williams, once a dedicated Vandal booster. Jolene and her sister wanted something on the building's façade that honors U of I’s spirit and their late parents, so they approached Rula Awwad-Rafferty, head of our Interior Architecture and Design Program, for design assistance. In Fall 2018, Rula and Instructor Hani El Hajj taught a semester-long senior capstone course that engaged students in design concepts. The sculpture includes an outline of the state and musical notes to U of I’s alma mater, Here We Have Idaho. I hope you’ll check it out next time you’re downtown! See Photos