This spring, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (The Clarice) at UMD will unveil a new production very different from the artists regularly showcased on stage. The newly refurbished Applause Café will offer an upscale dining experience for students and faculty, borrowing themes from California cafés and featuring a revamped menu.
Students from ARCH 402 were treated to a tour, last month, of two project sites in Washington, D.C.’s emerging Southwest waterfront, as they prep designs for a multi-family housing project in the Baltimore neighborhood of Mount Vernon. The two projects, designed by Perkins Eastman, offered a glimpse at new, sustainably-focused development that balances market trends—like the demand for urban, amenity-heavy, swanky enclaves—with the existing neighborhood context.
When Historic Preservation Alum Jon Pliska (MHP ’07) first embarked on a survey of the White House Grounds, it was expected to be a six-month assignment. For about three years, Jon had been working with the National Park Service’s (NPS) Historic American Landscape Survey—or HALS—as a contracted “landscape historian,” a cottage industry born from his bachelor’s degrees in history and biology, and raised during his time in graduate school at UMD.
ARCH Alum Stephen Ayers, FAIA became Architect of the Capitol in 2007, the 11th person to assume the role of caring for the U.S. Capitol complex. He is currently overseeing the delicate task of restoring the Capitol Dome, a four-year project that began in 2013. He is also the first architect certified as an Acredited LEED Professional by the USGBC and a member of the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation's Board of Visitors. Recently, the University of Maryland visited Ayers at the Capitol to talk about his job, the history of the Capitol building and his love for UMD.