Architecture News

January 2020

Associate Professor Troy Peters was recently elected the President-Elect of the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE). The SBSE is a national association of university educators and practitioners in architecture and related disciplines who support excellence in the teaching of environmental science and building technologies. 

Associate Professor Troy Peters earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Conservation (Sustainable Building Systems) in May 2019 from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, under advisor Dr. Ajla Aksamija. Dr. Peters’ dissertation is titled Predictive Modeling of Automated Building Façade Elements to Attain Thermal Comfort in Passively Conditioned Buildings in Different Climates.

Associate Professors Troy Peters and Jennifer Lee Michaliszyn revised the Instructor’s Manual to Accompany Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings (MEEB). Troy Peters also contributed chapters to MEEB. Both John Wiley and Sons; 13th edition, published 2019.

December 2019

Kelly J. Hutzell, Director of the Graduate Program, published an essay titled “Pittsburgh’s Plans: Triumphs and Tribulations of Urban Renewal,” in the book Imagining the Modern: Architecture and Urbanism of the Pittsburgh Renaissance, by Rami el Samahy, Chris Grimley and Michael Kubo, in May 2019. Initiated as an award-winning exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art in 2014, Imagining the Modern explores Pittsburgh’s ambitious modern architecture and urban renewal program that made it a gem of American postwar cities, and set the stage for its stature today. Imagining the Modern is available from The Monacelli Press.

Wentworth Studios Engage Communities Near and Far
This fall’s fourth-year architecture students stepped outside the comfort of their traditional studio setting to examine problems that engage wide-ranging communities in Boston and Venezuela. The projects—each linked to one of three academic concentration areas—explored problems faced by urban communities, with the intent to find design solutions in support of equity and civic life.

Twelve students from Associate Professor Rob Trumbour's Emerging Technology concentration worked with the Hyde Park YMCA and Wentworth’s Center for Community and Learning Partnerships to provide a new outdoor lobby shade structure between the building and the street. Trumbour, who holds the William E. Roberts Professorship, introduced his students to the Autodesk Build Space, where they tested tools such as a five-axis water jet and a six-axis industrial robot. These were used to develop fabrication methods for precast concrete formwork in conjunction with a local precasting company. Students have developed end-of-arm tooling and workflows to build modular formwork robotically. The project will continue over several semesters, leading to the eventual fabrication and installation of the structure at the Y.

Thirty-two students from Professor Mark Pasnik’s Adaptive Interventions concentration studio and seminar (co-taught with Adjunct Professors Maressa Perreault, Kennan Rhyne, and Aaron Weinert) engaged with Boston Public Schools to reimagine the future of the O’Bryant School in Lower Roxbury. The concrete structure, designed in the 1960s and 1970s by renowned modernist Marcel Breuer, is in need of substantial changes to update its learning environments. Meeting with juniors and seniors from the school, Wentworth students developed twelve proposals, several of which will provide a foundation to further study in the spring. The teams heard from engineers, architects, preservationists, historians, educators, and students—and eventually presented findings to leaders from Boston Public Schools and the Boston Mayor’s Office.

Twelve students from Professor Robert Cowherd’s Urbanism concentration studio worked individually and in groups to develop proposals for the transformation of the La Charneca neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela. The students proposed new infrastructure, a library, a church, terraced market gardens, and a 140-meter housing tower with public connections between a new school in the valley and the Metro Cable station. The studio is partnered with CCScity450.org in connection with the celebration of the 450th anniversary of the Spanish foundation of Caracas.

These studios represent Wentworth’s continued commitment to learning through engagement with the outside world, allowing students to consider pressing societal, environmental, and architectural issues while serving the needs of others.

November 2019

Adjunct Professor Christina Lanzl, PhD, conducted a study on renowned New York artist Joyce Kozloff’s mural at Harvard Square for the MBTA and facilitated the design process for a Civil-Rights-Era Tribute in Roxbury for the City of Boston. Her recently released book on CBT Architects co-founder, Richard Bertman: The Sculptures, explores the synergy of art and architecture. Prof. Anne-Catrin Schultz wrote in her review: “This well written catalogue raisonné documents Bertman’s artistic development over five decades and situates his art in its cultural, social and art historical context.”

Professor Mark Pasnik and his firm OverUnder edited and designed Justice Is Beauty (the Monacelli Press, 2019), a publication on MASS Design Group’s first decade of practice. The book highlights MASS’s buildings in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Malawi, Rwanda, and the United States. Essays, film stills, projects, and conversations, including two led by Professor Pasnik, tell the story of MASS’s effort to link architecture and human dignity, while serving communities in need.

October 2019

Professors Robert Cowherd and Antonio Furgiuele, participated in the “Future of Making – Activating Neighborhoods”, a community think-tank event organized by Wentworth’s Accelerate Program. The workshop allowed community leaders, industry partners, Wentworth faculty and students, to generate ideas on how to bring new technical knowledge and strategic partnerships to Boston area residents.

August 2019

Associate Professor Anne-Catrin Schultz presented “Fake Structures–Real Architecture? From the Parthenon in Athens, Greece to the Parthenon of Banned Books in Kassel, Germany” at the ICSA Conference held at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal on July 25, 2019. ICSA 2019 is the 4th International Conference on Structures and Architecture organized by the International Association for Education, Research and Cooperation. The conference paper, which examined the changing nature of an iconic building replicated countless times, was published in the book “Structures and Architecture: Bridging the Gap and Crossing Borders” by CRC Press.

June 2019

Adjunct Lecturer Zach Cohen will join the faculty at the Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University as the Christos Yessios Visiting Professor. The Professorship “provides a residency to investigate a specific project related to emerging digital fabrication tools and related technologies.”

May 2019

Associate Professor Antonio Furgiuele presented “Mediating Theory” a proposed syllabus that reframes the role media plays within architectural discourse at E-Flux symposium ‘Theory’s Curriculum’ in NYC. The event assembled 24 academics to advance the role of architectural theory within academia and its relationship to contemporary global practices. More information at: https://www.e-flux.com/architecture/curriculum/

April 2019

Professor Mark Pasnik edited and published Henry N. Cobb: Words & Works, 1948-2018 (Monacelli Press), the first book dedicated to the career of this preeminent American architect. Cobb is a founding partner of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, where he has worked continuously since 1955, and was chair of the department of architecture at Harvard from 1980-1985. His buildings appear across the globe and include Boston’s own John Hancock Tower and most recently the One Dalton residential tower under construction just a few blocks west. Pasnik’s architecture firm OverUnder designed the book. It has been reviewed in Archinect, Architect’s Newspaper, Architectural Record, Boston Globe, Log, and Metropolis.

Associate Professor Antonio Furgiuele gave a talk, "Deceiving the Architectural Enemy: Media & the Camouflage Imaginary, 1942", at the ‘Latitude’ symposium at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Professors Robert Cowherd, Jennifer Gaugler, and Antonio Furgiuele participated in the annual Global Architecture History Teaching Collaborative (GAHTC) members’ conference. Professors Robert Cowherd serves as a Board Member for the GAHTC.

Assistant Professor Meliti D. Dikeos was selected to present her paper titled, “Light as an ambient material in transformative ‘urban’ night spaces” at the 14th European Architectural Envisioning Association Conference, Nantes, France, September 2019.  The paper will be published in the conference proceedings.

March 2019

Associate Professor Lora Kim presented a paper titled “Developing Site Intelligence,” at the National Conference on the Beginning Design Student at the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver on March 15, 2019. This paper was published in the proceedings for the conference, Constructing Context.

Associate Professor Antonio Furgiuele presented a paper titled “Performance Cubed,” at the NCBDS Conference at the University of Colorado Denver in March. The presentation and paper highlights the historical significance and theoretical value of the pedology of performance in architectural education.

Associate Professor Anne-Catrin Schultz was a co-organizer for the Citixl Workshop “Reclaiming Space” held at Accelerate at Wentworth Institute of Technology on March 22 and 23. The workshop was an international collaboration between Tom van Arman (Citixl in Amsterdam), the Wentworth Architecture Department, Accelerate and the City of Boston. It brought together students, alumni, community leaders, faculty, business leaders, City Council President Andrea Campbell and city representatives. https://vimeo.com/333544234