The newest cohort of graduate students at the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation recently headed to Annapolis as part of the semester-opening interdisciplinary tour. Despite heavy rain and rising waters, the group had a fulfilling trip visiting three different development projects along with the U.S. Naval Academy. The sites provided the opportunity to discuss topics ranging from designing and building within the city and Annapolis Historic District to zoning regulations and climate change.
The Fall Lecture, Women in Real Estate Development, will take place on October 3. This is an exciting panel made up of leading women in the industry. Panelists include: Pamela Askew, WC Smith; Victoria Davis, Urban Atlantic; Leila Finucane, Victory Housing, Inc.; and Julie Smith, The Bozzuto Group.
MRED alumni and current MRED student happy hour will be held on September 19 from 4:30-7:30 pm at Burton's Grill in College Park/Riverdale (near the new Whole Foods). Come for complimentary appetizers, a cash bar and stay for the networking and fun!! Please RSVP to Carrie Chard at firstname.lastname@example.org (for planning purposes).
The Master of Architecture experience culminates with the thesis review. A year in the making, thesis review comprises roughly 60 heart-pounding, spirited and transformative minutes. It is a composite of skill, design thinking and interpretation wrapped in a meaningful, often personal self-directed design project. Students work under the guidance of a faculty thesis committee of three—from thesis match to presentation—to create a written and illustrated document that encapsulates their unique vision.
For the past five years, Gérard Boulin, a program assistant for UMD’s Real Estate Development Program, has been quietly sending his spare cash and supplies collected from friends and colleagues to Haiti. This generosity is distributed through Boulin’s nonprofit SWIFF Inc. foundation, going to an orphanage for girls and for assisting his hometown of Léogane, Haiti.