April 10, 2015 Visiting Critics: Spring 2015 Final Architecture Reviews

Spring 2015, the University of Tennessee School of Architecture will welcome guests from across the country to critique the final work of its students. “All of the reviewers should bring energy and enthusiasm to the discussions,” said Jason Young, director of the School of Architecture. “[T]hey are all committed thinkers in the discipline.  I look forward to the reviews and celebrating the work of the School through spirited discussion of the work and its implications for the future.” See the final review schedule

The line-up of visiting critics include:

Tom Buresh is Professor and Chair of Architecture at the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley, and Principal of Guthrie + Buresh Architects. Buresh was Professor and Chair of Architecture at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan from 2001-09. For the13 years prior, he was a member of the faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles. During the same period, he held visiting appointments at the University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, Berkeley; Rice University; University of Melbourne; University of Texas, Austin; and the University of Minnesota. In 1988, he and Danelle Guthrie established Guthrie + Buresh Architects. Their work has been published in over 55 books, periodicals, and newspapers and exhibited internationally in the cities of New York, Los Angeles, Barcelona, London, Copenhagen, Vienna, and Tokyo, among others. In 1998 Millar/Guthrie + Buresh’s project WaterWorks AWTP received a Progressive Architecture Awards Citation from Architecture Magazine. Guthrie + Buresh’s Work House project was featured in “The Un-private House” exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Buresh received a BA in Architecture from Iowa State University and a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Los Angeles. Buresh was the Dinkeloo Fellow at the American Academy in Rome in 1986. The College of Design at Iowa State University named him their 2000 Distinguished Alumnus, and in 2001 he was recognized as the Distinguished Alumnus by the Department of Architecture at the University of California, Los Angeles. While at Taubman College at the University of Michigan, Buresh received the 2003 Donna M. Salzer Award for excellence in teaching and the 2004 Faculty Service Award, and in 2009 was named the Emil Lorch Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning. In 2011 Buresh was named the Eva Li Chair of Design Ethics at UC Berkeley.


Court.BrianBrian Court is an architect and partner with The Miller Hull Partnership. His significant and award-winning body of work includes challenging design opportunities in the single and multi-family residential, urban infill, higher education and waterfront arenas. Notably, he led the design of the Bullitt Center–one of the most energy efficient buildings in the world, targeting Living Building certification. The recipient of the 2013 AIA Seattle Young Architect Award, Brian is highly sought after to share his knowledge with the design and sustainable business-minded community throughout the U.S. and abroad. He also enjoys sharing his love of architecture with youth through mentorship and engagement with design students at the university level. Brian earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the College of William and Mary and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Washington.


LeCavallier_JesseJesse LeCavalier is an architect with interests in logistics and urbanism and an Assistant Professor in the College of Architecture and Design at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Most recently, he was a Poiesis Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University, and a Senior Researcher at the Future Cities Laboratory as part of the Singapore-ETH Center for Global Environmental Sustainability. His current work investigates the spatial consequences of Walmart’s logistics operations. His article, “All Those Numbers: Logistics, Territory, and Walmart,” which appeared in Design Observer: Places, was named by the Atlantic as one of “Nearly 100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism” in 2011. He has also been published in design journals such as Cabinet, Public Culture, and AD. LeCavalier has a Doctor of Science from the ETH Zurich, a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University. He is a co-author, with John Harwood and Guillaume Mojon, of the publication This Will _ This (Standpunkte, 2009) and has contributed to Infrastructure as Architecture (Jovis Verlag, 2010), Cities of Change: Addis Ababa (Birkhäuser, 2009) and Deviations: Designing Architecture (Birkhäuser, 2008). In 2010-11, he was the Walter B. Sanders Fellow at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning where he taught design studios and research seminars. He spent three years teaching foundational design at the ETH Zurich and has also taught studios at Temple University Rome, Oberlin College, and American University of Sharjah. His professional experience includes two years at agps.architecture in Los Angeles, where he was involved with the design of the Portland Aerial Tram and the city’s new Children’s Museum.


nichols_sarahSarah Nichols is an American architect currently teaching the Urban Mutations on the Edge seminar and Master/Bachelor studio under the direction of Prof. Dr. Marc Angélil at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH). Since 2011, she has had her own Zurich-based architectural practice– Specter– and is an initiator of the project space Die Weinhalde. She holds an Advanced Master of Architecture from the postgraduate program of the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, where she was awarded the Berlage Institute Scholarship for her second year of study. She previously studied at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor receiving her Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 2006. Prior to establishing her own office, she worked for various architectural practices in New York and Beijing, including Steven Holl Architects where she was a project designer for the Sliced Porosity Block in Chengdu and the Nanjing Sifang Art and Architecture Museum.


Mark Sanderson is a principal at DIGSAU, an award-winning firm practicing contemporary architecture, urbanism and environmental design.  Based in Philadelphia, the firm is recognized for expertise in providing unique, high-quality design to a diverse client group. Mark is a relentless and strategic thinker who combines an ability to capture conceptual clarity with an acute attention to detail.  His extensive project experience positions him as an in-house expert in architectural technology, project management, and holistic visioning. Mark has applied technical expertise with prefabrication, innovative materials, and transfer technologies to increase the efficiency and quality of construction.  He is a Registered Architect in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the State of New York, and the State of Arizona.  Mark has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.


Sheridan_ClaireClaire Sheridan is the Director of Product Development at Blu Homes, a Vallejo, California company that applies advanced technology to design and build highly personalized, prefab homes with high standards for design excellence and environmental performance. Projects are designed and built in the Blu Homes studio/factory and are then folded for transportation nationwide in a standard 8.5 foot wide tractor-trailer. In addition to her professional practice, Claire is active in academic research and architectural education. She was the recipient of the Booth Fellowship, which took her to Rwanda to assist in the design and construction of the Butaro Hospital, a project with Partners in Health and The Clinton Foundation. She holds a Master of Science_Design Research (MS_DR) and a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the Catholic University of American in Washington DC.


Squire_MitchellMitchell Squire is Associate Professor of Architecture at the Iowa State University and lives and works in Ames. Solo exhibitions include Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa (2005); UNI Gallery of Art, University of Northern Iowa (2006); University of Michigan (2009); University of California, Berkeley (2010) and CUE Art Foundation, New York curated by Theaster Gates (2011–12). In 2010 Squire received a fellowship to attend the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture’s summer programme in Maine, and was recently listed among 25 artists in Art Review Magazine’s annual issue “Future Greats.” Mitchell Squire’s practice is founded on an exploration of how artifacts are projections of the body and how material culture becomes a lens through which to view society and history. Using a combination of found and salvaged objects his work creates a complexity of socio-political associations and personal narratives that underline particularly potent historic events and institutional practices that quietly and continually influence the American national dialogue.