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NewSchool of Architecture and Design Announces Eight Faculty Development Grants Aimed at Advancing School’s Mission of Supporting Academic and Professional Excellence

Grant projects will advance school’s mission of supporting academic and professional excellence.

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San Diego—July 11, 2012—NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) announces the recipients of eight faculty development grants for projects that will benefit NSAD’s academic programs in architecture, landscape architecture, construction management and digital media arts. The grants, which range from $500 to $3,000, were awarded based upon proposal criteria that centered on advancing the school’s mission of supporting academic and professional excellence for students and faculty.

The proposals were chosen by a review committee that included faculty and school administrators, NSAD alumni, and members of the NSAD Board of Directors and NSAD advisory boards, with final approval by NSAD President Steve Altman. One of the grants goes to a team of two people, and the rest were distributed to individuals. The recipients, and their projects, are:

Miti Aiello, Architecture program lecturer, to attend a conference to strengthen the content and methods of delivery for the school’s History of Architecture sequence.

Philipp Bosshart, Architecture program lecturer and Fifth Year Undergraduate Program Level coordinator, and Patrick Shields, Architecture program adjunct instructor, to develop an exhibit showcasing design and architecture work by faculty and to create a venue for professional and academic dialogue in design and architecture.

Chuck Crawford, Architecture program associate professor, to develop a paper on “Assessment Techniques for the Creative Community.” The goal is to produce a paper for the NSAD community, and possibly for publication, that analyzes current rubrics and assessment tools that could be used to develop a methodology and alternative means of documenting learning outcomes for the creative community.

Amy Hoffman, Landscape Architecture program adjunct instructor, to lecture on and develop course materials on the topic of the history of academic campus landscape architecture. Research will explore how landscape architects and college patrons and founders of Southern California’s academic campuses, including Pomona College; San Diego State University; the University of San Diego; and University of California, San Diego; adapted and departed from East Coast campus designs.

Soudabeh (Sudi) Memarzadeh, Digital Media Arts program adjunct instructor, for specialized color training through an online course led by a renowned color specialist. Information from the course would be incorporated into her NSAD courses on color, design theory and digital technology through classroom material and activities.

Michael Riggin, Architecture program adjunct instructor, to pursue digital research for a proposed NSAD Special Topics Studio that explores the use of augmented reality in architectural design. As a result of the course, students will gain experience in augmented reality from a critical, practice-based vantage point by testing and using computer-generated, three-dimensional models that work in concert with more traditional media such as sketches, printed graphics and scaled physical models.

Linda Thomas-Mobley, Construction Management program chair, for assistance in preparing a book she is writing titled “Legal Concepts for Facility Managers.” The project will benefit both NSAD and construction management students for its noteworthy and relevant subject matter.

Jon Wreschinsky, Landscape Architecture program adjunct instructor, to create and lead one or more faculty development workshops on the topic of environmental sustainability aimed at increasing opportunities for instructors to incorporate sustainability issues throughout the NSAD curriculum. 

About NewSchool of Architecture and Design
NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD), founded in 1980, is located in San Diego, California. NSAD is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). ACICS is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. NSAD’s Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Architecture and Executive Master of Architecture programs are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). NSAD also offers a pre-professional Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, a Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Arts, a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, a Master of Landscape Architecture, a Master of Construction Management and a Master of Science in Architecture. NSAD was ranked among the top 10 undergraduate architecture schools in the western United States, according to the DesignIntelligence report “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools 2012.” For more information, visit

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