The American Academy in Rome (AAR) announced earlier this week that they are seeking a new Rome-based director to begin in July 2020 for an initial term of three years (2020-2023), with the potential for two one-year renewals. The current director, John Ochsendorf, assumed the role of the institute’s 23rd director in 2017 and will not be renewing his term. Originally selected from a large pool of candidates, Ochsendorf proved to be a great fit for the role due to the breadth of his research and academic experience. After earning his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in engineering at Cornell, Princeton, and Cambridge Universities, respectively, Oschendorf began teaching at MIT. His interests lie in the history of construction, masonry mechanics, and sustainable design, and has collaborated with art historians, architects, and engineers, and has studied and structurally assessed many historic monuments from around the world. As his three-year appointment is coming to an end, AAR is looking for a new director that matches the impact and expertise Ochsendorf brought to the table. The role involves working alongside the Academy’s president Mark Robbins on the intellectual and programmatic activities for all of the Academy’s activities in Rome. Together, they aim to push forward the Academy’s mission to create a “dynamic international community” of art-historical scholarship. The job description describes the main responsibility of the role is to “mentor, nurture, and advance the work” of the diverse group of scholars, artists, and designers that have been awarded Rome Prizes across a range of fields in the humanities. The academy’s Fellowship fields include Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern Italian studies. Ochsendorf himself was the first engineer to be awarded such a prize in 2007. In an email correspondence, AAR told AN, “While we would love for John to extend his time with the Academy as director, his home institution (MIT) is eager to have him back. We certainly do not blame them, as he continues to have an amazing impact on the AAR community and the institution as a whole.”
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California College of the Arts (CCA) has named Keith Krumwiede as its new dean of architecture. Krumwiede comes to CCA from the American Academy in Rome, where he is currently a Rome Prize Fellow in Architecture. Krumwiede is an award-winning educator who has explored the relationship between architecture and its cultural, social, and political contexts in his prior work, including most recently in a book titled Atlas of Another America: An Architectural Fiction. The 2016 book is written as a satirical assessment of the American Dream that takes place in a “fictional, but uncannily familiar, suburban utopia,” according to a press release. In 2017, the book received an Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Faculty Design Award. Keith Krumwiede’s appointment as dean of architecture follows the appointments of Allison Smith as dean of CCA’s fine arts department and of Tina Takemoto as the new dean of humanities and sciences earlier this spring. The appointments come amid a major expansion of the CCA campus in San Francisco by Chicago-based Studio Gang that aims to consolidate the school’s disparate campuses into a unified whole. Recently-revealed renderings for the expansion highlight a collection of open structures surrounding an elevated terrace as well as new multi-functional courtyards that will connect the old and new structures. The school also recently completed a new student apartment building by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects that will work toward CCA’s goal of adding up to 1,000 additional beds to the campus’s residential accommodations by 2025.
The American Academy in Rome announced its winners for the 2017–18 Rome Prize, a fellowship that supports advanced independent work and research in the arts and humanities. This year’s 29 recipients will receive a stipend, workspace, and living space at the Academy’s 11-acre campus in Rome to pursue further work among peers. Winners are selected annually through a national competition process and evaluated by an independent jury of scholars and artists. Highlighted below are the individuals that won the prizes for architecture, design, historic preservation and conservation, and landscape architecture. Architecture Founders Rome Prize Brandon Clifford Assistant Professor, School of Architecture and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Ghosts of Rome Arnold W. Brunner/Katherine Edwards Gordon Rome Prize Keith Krumwiede Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Associate Professor, College of Architecture and Design, New Jersey Institute of Technology A Pattern Book of Houses for a World After the End of Work Design Mark Hampton Rome Prize Jennifer Birkeland and Jonathan A. Scelsa Partners, op.AL The Roman Roof-Scape—The Atrium as Landscape–Urban Infrastructure Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Rome Prize Tricia Treacy Assistant Professor, Graphic Design, Department of Art, Appalachian State University modes + methods of dialog + collaboration Historic Preservation and Conservation Charles K. Williams II Rome Prize Lisa Deleonardis Austen-Stokes Professor, Department of the History of Art, John Hopkins University A Transatlantic Response to Worlds That Shake: Jesuit Contributions to Anti-Seismic Building Design in Early Modern Italy and Peru Booth Family Rome Prize Liz Ševčenko Director, Humanities Action Lab, The New School + Rutgers University–Newark Confronting Denial: Preservation for a Post-Truth Era Landscape Architecture Garden Club of America Rome Prize Rosetta S. Elkin Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University; Associate, Arnold Arboretum Shorelines: The Case of Italian Stone Pine Prince Charitable Trusts/Rolland Rome Prize Alison B. Hirsch AND Aroussiak Gabrielan Co-founders, foreground design agency, Los Angeles, California; Hirsch: Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture + Urbanism, School of Architecture, University of Southern California; Gabrielian: Ph.D. Candidate in Media Arts + Practice, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California Rome Real-and-Imagined: Cinematic Fictions and Future Landscapes For more on the 2017–2018 Rome Prize winners, see this list here. For more on the American Academy in Rome, see its website here.
The American Academy in Rome has announced the 30 winners of their 118th annual Rome Prize Competition. According to a statement, "Rome Prize recipients are provided with a fellowship, which includes a stipend and live/working space, and are invited to live in Rome for six months to two years to immerse themselves in the Academy community." The winners in architecture were Firat Erdim and Vincent L. Snyder; and Kim Karlsrud & Daniel Phillips, and Adam Kuby won in landscape design. The full list of winners can be found here.
The American Academy in Rome has announced the winners of the 117th annual Rome Prize, a national competition awarded to approximately thirty individuals who show outstanding work in the arts and humanities. The prize includes a fellowship and stipend, a study or studio, and an invitation to Rome for six months to two years to work within the Academy and with its students to further explore artistic, professional, or scholarly pursuits while learning from the knowledge of peers. This year, 44 individuals comprised nine peer juries that completed the application selection process. Highlighted below are the winners that make up this years architecture, design, historic preservation and conservation, and landscape architecture categories. ARCHITECTURE James R. Lamantia, Jr. Rome Prize Thomas Kelley Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago Partner, Norman Kelley, LLC, Chicago, IL and New York, NY Economy of Illusions: A (re)Valuation of Rome’s Visual Culture Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Rome Prize Catie Newell Assistant Professor of Architecture, Taubman College, University of Michigan Principal, *Alibi Studio, Detroit, MI Involving Darkness DESIGN Rolland Rome Prize Nicholas de Monchaux Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture and Urban Design, University of California, Berkeley Robustness, Resilience, Redundancy and Rome. Abigail Cohen Rome Prize Catherine Wagner Artist, San Francisco, CA Professor, Department of Art, Mills College Re-classifying History II HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND CONSERVATION Booth Family Rome Prize Thomas Leslie Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture, Department of Architecture, Iowa State University “Building Correctly:” Pier Luigi Nervi and the Synthesis of the Constructeur National Endowment for the Arts Rome Prize Thompson M. Mayes Deputy General Counsel, Law Department, National Trust for Historic Preservation Why This Place Matters Mark Hampton Rome Prize Max Page Professor of Architecture and History, Department of Art, Architecture, and Art History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst Usable Pasts: The Legacy of Mussolini and the Lessons of Scarpa LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Garden Club of America Rome Prize Bradley E. Cantrell Director and Associate Professor, Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, Louisiana State University Synthetic and Responsive Ecologies Prince Charitable Trusts Rome Prize Elizabeth Fain LaBombard Associate, James Corner Field Operations, New York, NY Living on the Edge: Re-thinking Landscape on the Periphery of Rome