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Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture SDC Newsletter – Spring 2013

Greg KesslerI hope you enjoy this edition of the School of Design and Construction e-newsletter. As you can see from our new name, we have had some significant change and transition in the school in the past year.

As many of you may know, the School of Architecture and Construction Management grew this year to include the departments of Interior Design and Landscape Architecture.The addition of these programs expands the integration and collaboration that have been a hallmark of the School of Architecture and Construction Management for the past several years and makes our program truly unique in the country.

With more than 700 students, we now have every discipline represented in our school that is required to create the built environment. This unique program presents a huge opportunity. No other programs are so collaborative among the design disciplines.

In particular, our students are learning the language, viewpoints, and values of different disciplines. They are learning that by working together, they can make a better product. Such an environment prepares our students for the workforce that they will encounter when they graduate.

At the undergraduate level, studies during the students’ first year will be highly collaborative. In the following years, the students will gradually begin focusing on their specific disciplines. Then, they will come together collaboratively again for their senior capstone design projects. A series of integrative courses got underway in the past year, and students have been brought together physically in Carpenter and Daggy Hall.

Earlier this fall, we held an open house to celebrate the new school, and on March 28-29, we will hold our annual Integrated Education Symposium, which allows third year students from all of our disciplines to come together for two days of learning and collaboration.

I hope you enjoy reading about some of the exciting innovations that are coming out of the new school as we continue to grow.

I would also like to thank you for your support of the school over the last several years. I will be stepping down in June as director, and we are now in the process of looking for a new school director. As I go back to my teaching and scholarship duties, I look forward to following the future successes of our students and faculty.

Thank you. Sincerely,
Greg Kessler