Association of Architecture School Librarians
April 10-13, 2014 | Miami Beach, FL
CALL FOR SPEAKERS
Materials collections are becoming increasingly relevant in supporting architecture and design programs, offering faculty and students learning opportunities in these and related disciplines. The importance of hands-on materials research is a recurring topic at many colleges and in the architectural education literature. It is a key component to students’ learning in design disciplines and the tactile and visual experience of handling physical samples allows students to investigate and discover materials in new ways.
In June 2013, the IMLS-funded symposium Materials Education and Research in Art and Design: A New Role for Libraries was held at Rhode Island School of Design to address questions and propose solutions surrounding the creation, development, and support of materials collections by academic libraries. This unprecedented event gathered international researchers, authors, administrators, faculty, librarians, and students to benefit from each other’s approaches to such collections and went far to foster a new community. A white paper from that event will appear in early 2014 and will be used to partially frame the discussion.
This 90-minute panel will be comprised of 4-5 speakers in the first hour and allow for discussion in the remaining time.
- Mark Pompelia, Visual + Material Resource Librarian, Rhode Island School of Design
- Kasia Leousis, Architecture and Art Librarian, Library of Architecture, Design, and Construction, Auburn University
- Barbara Ann Opar, Architecture Librarian, Syracuse University
- Others to be announced.
The full speaker program is now online for this Spring’s Symposia focused on ‘Materials, Systems, Innovation, and Sustainable Development’
Confirmed participants include: John Abelson (UIUC), Mike Ashby (Cambridge), Yves Bréchet (INP-Grenoble), Rudolph Buchheit (Ohio State), Bill Callister (Utah), David Embury (McMaster), Peter Goodhew (Liverpool), Mark Miodownik (UCL), Srinivasa Ranganathan (IISc Bangalore), and Rick Sisson (WPI).
Jen has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin. As director of the University Co-op Materials Lab, she seeks to cultivate an active center for material research, development, education, and experimentation that is engaged not only with the School of Architecture but with the wider university and beyond. As curator, Jen is committed to the Material Lab’s focus on innovative and sustainable materials and systems. She is thrilled to be immersed in the world of materials during this fascinating confluence of design, technology, economics, sustainability, and culture and looks forward to exploring the myriad possibilities of materials and material strategies through these lenses.
After three years as Director of the Materials Lab in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, Sydney Mainster has accepted a position as a designer with an architecture firm in New York City. Sydney has done great work at UTSOA and was a fantastic speaker and contributor this past June at the materials symposium at Rhode Island School of Design. The materials world will miss her but we wish her well.
Sydney has asked that we announce the job vacancy, which is posted at https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/hr/jobs/nlogon/130711010606.
The third annual meeting of the Materials Special Interest Group will take place on Friday, April 26 from 4:45-5:45 pm in Conference Center 208. http://arlisna2013.sched.org/event/45bd466ac0d82db30b60091d06429063#.UXLaeIJAvzF .
I am assembling an agenda for the meeting, so please submit any topics you would like to have discussed via comment to this post or send to email@example.com. In addition to those, the agenda will focus on the upcoming materials forum in early June at Rhode Island School of Design, http://materialresource.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/fleet-library-at-rhode-island-school-of-design-receives-imls-grant-for-materials-forum/
The Fleet Library at Rhode Island School of Design is the recipient of a $50,000 National Forum Grant from the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS) to hold a symposium titled Materials Education and Research in Art and Design: A New Role for Libraries. From June 6-8, 2013, this unprecedented summit will convene international stakeholders, including artists, architects and designers, educators, researchers and librarians, to focus on the resources and documentation that are required to prepare art and design students for knowledgeable, responsible, and innovative use of materials in their professional work. Participants, including designers in the field, will speak to the current practical and expansive needs for information about materials; in addition faculty now teaching in art and design institutions will articulate the support they need to develop and collect material knowledge and share it to their students. Librarians in the process of building collections and databases of material samples will also be on hand to speak to the issues they have encountered. Respondents and other participants from Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) schools with materials collections, as well as faculty and librarians from these and other AICAD schools and university art and architecture programs at non-AICAD institutions will attend the forum. The symposium includes an evening keynote and reception, a day of sessions, and a half-day workshop. A white paper will serve as a record of the symposium and a guiding resource for the creation and development of materials collections.
Confirmed keynote speakers include:
- Billie Faircloth, Research Director at KieranTimberlake, Philadelphia
- Liat Margolis, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at University of Toronto
- Chris Lefteri, Design Materials Specialist at Chris Lefteri Design Ltd., London
- Rosanne Somerson, Furniture Maker and Provost at Rhode Island School of Design
Confirmed designers/firms include:
- Michael LaGreca, Material ConneXion
Participating schools include:
- California College of the Arts (San Francisco)
- College for Creative Studies (Detroit)
- Emily Carr University of Art + Design (Vancouver)
- Harvard University (Cambridge)
- Holon Design Museum (Israel)
- Kent State University (Kent, OH)
- Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore)
- Ontario College of Art & Design University (Toronto)
- Otis College of Art & Design (Los Angeles)
- Pratt Institute (Brooklyn)
- Rhode Island School of Design (Providence)
- School of Visual Arts (New York City)
- School of the Art Institute of Chicago
- University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)
- University of Virginia (Charlottesville)
- University of the Arts (Philadelphia)
Registration $30. Look for more information to appear on the Fleet Library website, http://library.risd.edu.