9:00am - 2:00pm EDT May 6

Thesis Prize Jury

A select group of undergraduate and graduate students from the class of 2017 will present their theses and compete for prizes that will be presented at the 2017 convocation ceremony on May 13.

  • Jonathan Anthony (B.Arch)
  • Maxwell Baum (B.Arch)
  • Chris Bressler &  Colin Hoover (M.Arch)
  • Taiming Chen & Yiwei Wu (B.Arch)
  • Cherif Farid (B.Arch)
  • Taylor Hagan (B.Arch)
  • Ana Hernandez Derbez & Domenica Velasco (B.Arch)
  • Max Kronauer (B.Arch)
  • Paul J. Lee (B.Arch)
  • Vivek Njanappilly (M.Arch)
  • Alexandra Ramirez (B.Arch)
  • Russell Scheer (B.Arch)
  • Ania Sernicki (B.Arch)
  • Hye Rim Shin (B.Arch)
  • Evangeline Soileau (B.Arch)
  • Yang Song (M.Arch)
  • Trang Tran (B.Arch)
  • Dean’s Thesis Citation
  • James M. Britton Memorial Award: Jury Prize
  • James M. Britton Memorial Award: Faculty Prize
  • James M. Britton Memorial Award: Best Thesis
  • 9:00 Jurors + faculty meet (brunch)
  • 10-11:30 Student presentations, Slocum Auditorium
  • 11:30-12:30 Viewing of projects, Slocum Hall
  • 12:30-1:00 Jury/Faculty deliberation, Marble Room
  • 12:30-1:00 Refreshments for students, VC Studio
  • 1:00-2:00 Thesis Prize Jury panel discussion, Slocum Auditorium
Alan Berger

Alan Berger is the Norman B. and Muriel Leventhal Professor of Advanced Urbanism at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is founding director of P-REX lab, and founding co-director of the Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism at MIT. Berger’s work focuses on environmental problems caused by urbanization worldwide; His teaching and research emphasizes the link between urbanization and consumption of natural resources, and the waste and destruction of landscape, to help us better understand how to proceed with redesigning around our lifestyles for more intelligent outcomes. He coined the term “Systemic Design” to emphasize the importance of linking local and regional systems throughout the design process. Previously, Berger was an associate professor of landscape architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is Honorary Professor of Landscape Urbanism at Oslo School of Architecture in Norway, and is a Prince Charitable Trusts Fellow of The American Academy in Rome. Most recently his work on urban wetlands was published in the President Obama’s White House Water Summit Report, and he serves as the only academic judge for the Hyperloop One Global Challenge.

Branden Hookway

Branden Hookway holds a master of architecture from Rice University and a Ph.D. in the history and theory of architecture from Princeton University. He is a cultural theorist whose interests include architecture, urbanism, design, and art; philosophy and critical theory; history of technology and science; organizational theory and human factors; media theory and new media. He teaches at Cornell University in the Department of Architecture and the Department of Information Science. His recent book from MIT Press, Interface (2014), discusses issues of subject formation, agency, power, and control, within contexts that include technology, politics, and the social role of games. He is the author of Pandemonium: The Rise of Predatory Locales in the Postwar World, and is currently working on a theoretical treatment of the cockpit as a prototype of human-machine interaction.

Georgina Huljich

Georgina Huljich received a master of architecture from UCLA and Diploma designation from the National University of Rosario, Argentina. She is co-principal, with Marcelo Spina, of P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S, an award-winning architectural design practice based in Los Angeles. P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S is internationally recognized for its subtle approach to architecture; one that seamlessly integrates advanced technology within an extensive consideration of form, novel tectonics and innovative materials. The studio’s work has been exhibited and published worldwide, most notably at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Venice Biennale in Italy, the Art Institute of Chicago, San Francisco MOMA, and the Vienna MAK Museum, where their work is also part of the permanent collections. Previously, Georgina Huljich worked at the Guggenheim Museum and the architectural firm Dean/Wolf Architects in New York, and as project designer at Morphosis in Los Angeles. She has lectured extensively in the U.S. and internationally. She has held numerous teaching positions including adjunct professor UCLA School of Architecture & Urban Design, Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professorship at Yale, and visiting critic at Syracuse Architecture.

Julio Salcedo

Born in Madrid, Spain, Julio Salcedo holds a B.A. in architecture and sculpture from Rice University, and a master of architecture from Harvard University.  He is the chair of the Spitzer School Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urbanism at City College in New York. Prior teaching engagements include Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Syracuse University, and Cornell University.  He has been a juror for the Architectural League Prize, the AIA awards in Puerto Rico and Western Mountain Region, and the Kay e Sante nan Ayiti sustainable housing competition in Haiti. In addition to his 2011 book Generic Specific Continuum, Salcedo’s work has been exhibited at the Farnsworth Museum and has been widely published. Salcedo is a registered architect and principal of award-winning New York City design firm Scalar Architecture. Projects include a recently completed master plan for Hamar, Norway; an ongoing multi-use building for a community health provider in NYC; and ongoing projects in central America with the collective Regional. Salcedo has won major design awards such as the Architectural League Prize and the European Prize.  Previously Salcedo has worked for some of the most recognized firms in the field such as Machado Silvetti, SOM, the sustainability leader Cook and Fox and Pritzker Prize winner Rafael Moneo.  

Matt Shaw

Matt Shaw is an architecture writer, editor, etc. interested in political aesthetics, interaction design and comedy as formal generator. He is senior editor of The Architect’s Newspaper and founder and co-editor of Mockitecture, a half-manifesto/half-satire collection of architectural debauchery. He has worked for the Columbia Laboratory for Architectural Broadcasting (C-Lab), Storefront for Art and Architecture, and been published in The Architectural Review, Beyond, Domus, Icon, and the Architect’s Newspaper. He wrote and researched two editions of the guidebook Europe’s Top 100 Architecture and Design Schools for Domus. Matt Shaw leads the experimental research group Critical Method Unit (CMU) at Syracuse University NYC Architecture Program and has been an invited critic at numerous schools including Yale University, Columbia University, and UCLA.

Darius Sollohub

Darius Sollohub AIA is a tenured associate professor at the College of Architecture and Design at New Jersey Institute of Technology and has been affiliated with the school since 1996. He served as director of its New Jersey School of Architecture from 2010–2015, administering graduate and undergraduate programs in architecture and planning. From 2007-2010, he was director of the school’s infrastructure planning program. Darius Sollohub teaches and consults on architecture and planning topics at multiple scales, including civic architecture, infrastructure, resiliency, housing, transit-oriented development, parking, and earth art. His interest in design pedagogy is expressed in his upcoming book, Millennials in Architecture: Design and Disruption, to be published by the University of Texas Press in 2018. Sollohub is a registered architect in New York and New Jersey and is a published and award-winning designer formerly with Rosenbaum Sollohub Architects, Polshek and Partners (now Ennead), Ellerbe Becket and Steven Holl Architects.


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