2016-17 Architecture Department Newsletter
Ceren Bingol has been named as his interim successor for the remainder of this academic year and the entire 2017-18 academic year.
Currently an architect based in New York City, Bingol is originally from Istanbul, Turkey. Read the full press release about Bingol and her many accomplishments here. Read the story about the appointment in Architect magazine.
This year, she will be collaborating with Dan Kinkead, AIA, Principal, at SmithGroupJJR, during the spring 2017 semester. Kinkead will advise students on project work based in the city of Detroit. After the spring semester, Kinkead will continue to serve in an advisory capacity
We’ll also be joined this semester by Aaron Jones (Architecture ’11), a registered architect, illustrator, and fabricator based in Detroit. And we look forward to welcoming Tod Williams and Billie Tsien for a lecture and studio visit.
Visiting Artists and Architects
The workshops and visiting artist program supported by each department allow students to hear from a variety of voices in the world of art and design, and often establish connections that extend well beyond the two years of graduate study.
This spring, acclaimed architect Vito Acconci will visit the Academy to deliver the special lecture, POTHOLE/SINKHOLE/PITCHOLE/CHUCKHOLE/
MUDHOLE/RUT/PIT. He will spend four days with our students, discussing work and touring the city of Detroit.
This past fall, we welcomed Peter MacKeith, Dean of the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas. In the lecture, “A House of Finland,” he traced the emergence, development and ongoing vitality of Finnish cultural identity through a century of significant architecture and design, presenting examples from the last 100 years, and emphasizing the building of community through public architecture.
Curious about who else has come to Cranbrook? Watch all archived lectures on our website
Current Student Exhibitions and Projects
Dewhirst and Meredith Phillips (’17) were also selected to serve in an Incubator Residency at Talking Dolls, and experimental studio on Detroit’s east side, founded by Academy alumni. Each year, select Academy students are invited to join them for this summer residency.
Elise DeChard was awarded a residency at the La Ira de Dios, an artist-run space based in the center of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Only eight international artists are chosen for the residencies, and each give a public artist talk and participate in a group exhibition. While there, she worked on site-specific urban micro-installations built to collect traces of airborne pollution as a record of place.
DeChard has also taken advantage of the low prices of local real estate and purchased a home in the nearby city of Pontiac which she will use in her upcoming thesis project.
2016 Graduate Degree Exhibition Project
They installed their work outside of Cranbrook Art Museum, but within the Museum grounds. Each student was provided with a structurally generic 8’x 8’x 12’ box, and it was placed according to the conceptual nature of their work.
By moving from the traditional museum installation into the landscape surrounding Cranbrook Art Museum, the work was pushed into a new realm that provided the viewer with a unique immersive environment.
It afforded the viewer an opportunity to discover, enter, and experience the spatial qualities of each piece while also contributing to the larger conversation of the collective.
Alumni Projects and Exhibitions
bioMASON Stool and Table
Image by Knvul Sheikh for Popular Science
Emil Froge at Space 10
Brianna Matzke Recital
Gina Reichert (Architecture ’03) was recently named a Citizens Artist Fellow at the 2016 Kennedy Center Arts Summit. The program recognizes artists across the country who utilize their art form for positive impact on communities. Reichert and her partner Mitch Cope established a network of project houses strategically situated throughout the Detroit neighborhood where they live and work.
Ginger Krieg Dosier (Architecture ’05) continues to make news with her bioMASON company which “grows” bricks from bacteria. Her “stools made from toadstools” are pieces of furniture made entirely from the mycelium “roots” of mushrooms, agriculture waste, and microorganisms. Read about the project in Popular Science.
Robert Brooks (Architecture ’05) and his design partner recently won the Grand Prize in the I Look Up Film Challenge, sponsored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Their film depicts the work between the Design Build Studios of Louisiana Tech University and Medcamps of Louisiana, a non-profit organization that provides free summer camp experiences to children with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Watch it here.
Recent graduate Benas Burdulis (Architecture ’16) is showing his Graduate Degree Exhibition work, Daylight Study Time-Lapse as part of the Broken White exhibition in the Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
Burdulis also participated in a residency at Space 10 with two other Academy alumni, Emil Froge (Architecture ’15) and Jesse Yang (Architecture ’15) where they explored the intersection between digital fabrication and classical craft. Read about the project here.
Ingrid Schmidt (Architecture ’16) is working as a designer at michael mcinturf ARCHITECTS in Cincinnati, Ohio. Most recently, she collaborated with a team of artists to build, animate, and program holographic visuals for a piano recital by Brianna Matzke.