Glenn Birx, FAIA, a 1980 graduate of the University of Maryland’s architecture program, has created a new $30,000 endowment through the TerpStart Scholarship Program. The endowment will fund the Glenn Birx Scholarship, a need-based scholarship for students interested in pursuing a degree in architecture.
Three architecture courses have made the inaugural roster of Fearless Ideas Courses for the spring 2015 Semester by the University of Maryland’s Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The elite list of 15 courses, plucked from 30 proposals by an interdisciplinary campus committee, represent the best and most innovative learning laboratories on campus.
Over 260 community stakeholders met at the University of Maryland last month to forge a roadmap for creating vibrant, sustainable neighborhoods along the Purple Line, MTA’s proposed light rail system that will connect Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.
Assistant Professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation Michele Lamprakos and Nancy Um of Binghamton University organized an international symposium and roundtable in February, entitled, “Heritage and the Arab Spring,” at the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. The event brought together archaeologists, anthropologists, architects, architectural historians and preservation specialists to explore the role of cultural heritage in a new and shifting Middle East.
Kiplin Hall, home of the University of Maryland’s study center in North Yorkshire, England, has always been a place rich in history. This semester, six architecture seniors are discovering that the history of the land is as legendary as Kiplin itself. Working alongside Professor Emeritus Karl Du Puy, archeologists and area volunteers, the students helped survey the Kiplin estate for clues of its hidden history as part of a funded project called “Charting Chipeling.” It is the largest archaeological survey ever conducted of the grounds of a North Yorkshire stately home.
Bill Bonstra, FAIA (B.ARCH ’83) has spent his career as an architect seeking to enrich people’s lives through thoughtful design, a philosophy he has extended to his relationship with the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation for over 30 years. This past month, Bonstra, who has supported the school over the years financially and as an advisor, mentor and teacher, pledged a $30,000 endowment through UMD’s New TerpStart Matching Scholarship Program.
The National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter) has awarded University of Maryland Master of Architecture candidate Valerie Sherry a 2013 University Innovation Fellowship. She is one of 21 students from universities nation-wide accepted to the program this year, and the first University of Maryland student ever to participate. The University Innovation Fellowship is part of a national effort to arm students with the knowledge and expertise to create, innovate and compete in a global economy.
Conflict and Convergence: Urban Informality in Latin America is a symposium aiming to explore how recent experiences in cities—such as Medellín, Bogotá, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Caracas, among others—can serve as multidisciplinary models for urban and social revitalization in other parts of the world.