The Latest News From The Architecture Department

Cranbrook Academy of Art Graduate Degree Exhibition Opens at Cranbrook Art Museum on April 23

Exhibition Preview on April 22
OPEN(STUDIOS) Returns on April 30

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., March 21, 2017 –The 2017 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art opens to the public on April 23 and will showcase work from more than 60 graduating Cranbrook Academy of Art students. Featuring pieces that are the culmination of two years of studio work from a diverse group of students, visitors will see firsthand what it takes to become tomorrow’s creative leaders. The exhibition will run from April 23 through May 14, 2017, at Cranbrook Art Museum.

Reichert and Cope Exhibit at David Klein Gallery

Gina Reichert (Architecture ’03) is part of Organizational Strategies for the After Life: Gina Reichert & Mitch Cope at David Klein Gallery.

Cranbrook Grads Part of SPACE10 Residency

Architects Emil Froege (Architecture ’15), Yuan Chieh Yang (Architecture ’15) and Benas Burdulis (Architecture ’16)are exploring the intersection between classical and digital, always looking for a digitally-fabricated architecture that relates more closely to nature.

Ceren Bingol Named Interim Architect-in-Residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art

Dan Kinkead Named Visiting Architect-in-Residence
Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Dec. 5, 2016 – Christopher Scoates, the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum, and the Cranbrook Academy of Art Board of Governors, announced today that Ceren Bingol has been named the interim Architect-in-Residence and Head of the Architecture Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Bingol will begin her tenure on January 6, 2017, and her position will continue through the 2016-2017 academic year. She will then stay on for the entire 2017-18 academic year.

While here, Bingol will be collaborating with Dan Kinkead, AIA, Principal, at SmithGroupJJR, during the spring 2017 semester.

Fritz-Laplanche’s “Naked Eyes Collection” Opens at the French Cultural Center in Boston

Haitian artist Gregory Fritz-Laplanche (Architecture ’15) opens an exhibition called The Naked Eyes Collection at the French Cultural Center in Boston.

Dosier Creates Sustainable Tabletop Material

Ginger Krieg Dosier (Architecture ’05), CEO of bioMASON, developed a marble-esque tabletop material, which was recently featured In a Popular Science article about sustainable alternatives to leather. 

Cranbrook Alums in Art Basel Miami Beach December 1-4, 2016

On your way to Art Basel Miami Beach? Be sure to see Cranbrook Academy of Art alumni and their work.

Here’s list of alumni who we know will be exhibiting.

Jaworska Opens “SET” at Volume Gallery

Ania Jaworska (Architecture ’09) opened SET at Volume Gallery in Chicago. SET is a collection of units that share visual and physical similarities. This fixed resemblance is identified by consistency of color, material, scale, shape, form, and self-aware parts of the grouping.

“Barbed” Features Cranbrook Alums in Latest Issue

Detroit Art Magazine Barbed featured numerous Cranbrook alums in its latest issue. Jessica Frelinghuysen (Architecture ’06) was interviewed about her latest solo exhibition, Its Exercise Time held at Popps Packing Gallery in October 2016.

Rapson Thirty-Nine Collection Debuts at Leland International

Midwest Home magazine featured an article about a Ralph Rapson (Architecture ’40) collection debut at Leland International. The Rapson Thirty-Nine Collection’s  furnishings are based on the whimsical drawings the architect created in the 1930s while at Cranbrook, where he collaborated with such designers as Charles Eames and Harry Bertoia. If you want to learn more about Rapson, check out this video in honor of the collection’[…]

Robert Brooks Is Finalist in AIA Film Challenge

The short film highlighting the work of Robert Brooks (Architecture ’05) and his design partner is a finalist in the AIA film challenge. The film shows 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. Winners are listed here.

Tod Williams and Billie Tsien To Design Obama Presidential Center

Cranbrook Academy of Art National Advisory Council member and Cranbrook Schools graduate Tod Williams and Billie Tsien were named architects of the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago. They also designed the Williams Natatorium on Cranbrook’s campus.

William E. Massie Announces Departure from Cranbrook Academy of Art

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., June 8, 2016 – Cranbrook Academy of Art announced today that William E. Massie, Architect-in-Residence and Head of the Architecture Department, will leave the Academy at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year. Massie notified the Academy of his decision earlier this week.

Amy Green Deines Named Dean of Cranbrook Academy of Art

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., May 19, 2016 – Christopher Scoates, the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum, and the Cranbrook Academy of Art Board of Governors announced today that after a comprehensive search, Amy Green Deines, Associate AIA, IIDA, has been named Dean of Cranbrook Academy of Art. She begins her tenure July 1.

Gina Reichert Named New Citizen Artist Fellow at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts

Gina Reichert(Architecture ’03)has been named to The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts first class of its new Citizen Artist Fellows program. The program recognizes artists across the country who utilize their art form for positive impact on communities small and large. Reichert and her partner Mitch Cope established a network of project houses strategically situated throughout the Detroit neighborhood where they live through Power House Productions, an artist-run neighborhood based nonprofit organization.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Announces the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award Finalists

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., April 21, 2016 – Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce the finalists for this year’s Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award.

The award is part of Cranbrook’s long-standing partnership with Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and represents the company’s commitment to both the Academy and art and design education worldwide.

Anders Ruhwald and Cranbrook Alums Featured in New York Times

In a the New York Times article, “The Five Most Important New Dealers on the Forefront of Design,” work by Artist-in-Residence, and Head of the Ceramics Department, Anders Ruhwald is featured in the Volume Gallery image. The article also mentions of work by Jesse Moretti (2D ’13), Jonathan Muecke (3D ’10) and Doug Johnston (Architecture ’07).

Knoll Oral History Project Describes Life at Cranbrook

Atlanta Magazine featured an excerpt from a Knoll oral history project undertaken by the Atlanta-based nonprofit Art Papers. In it, several Cranbrook Academy of Art alumni are featured, along with Knoll’s experience at Cranbrook. She says, “…at Cranbrook [Academy of Art]. There were many people there; it was a fantastic group. Charlie Eames was there, Eero [Saarinen] and people like Ed Bacon, who was a fantastic city planner of Philadelphia; Harry Weese, an excellent architect from Chicago; Ben Baldwin, an […]

Alum Ginger Krieg Dosier’s Startup Is Using Bacteria To Grow Bricks

Ginger Krieg Dosier (Architecture ’05) company BioMason is featured in an article in Inc. Founded in 2012 by Dosier and her husband, Michael, the building-materials company grows bricks and masonry from scratch without the need for any heat. See more about the startup here.

Harvard GSD Shortlists 3 Architects for 2015 Wheelwright Prize

Quynh Vantu (Architecture ’09) was recently shortlisted for the Harvard University Graduate School of Design Wheelwright Prize.

Alum Doug Johnston Featured in LVL3 Spotlight

In his LVL3 Spotlight, artist Doug Johnston (Architecture ’07) discusses his work, living in Brooklyn and his upcoming exhibitions.

Detroit Design Festival Video Clip Features Cranbrook Alumni

Cranbrook Academy of Art grads Bethany Shorb (Sculpture ’01), Wes Taylor (2D ’11), Jack Craig (3D ’12), Scott Klinker (Design ’96 and current 3D Design Artist-in-Residence), Mark Dineen (3D ‘13) and Charlie O’Geen (Architecture ‘10) as well as work by Katie Craig (Sculpture ’15) and Nick Cave (Fiber ’89) were featured in the Detroit Design Festival video clip showcasing Design in Detroit. The festival was held in September 2015,

Charles and Ray Eames Exhibition in London

Featured in The Guardian, The husband-and-wife design duo may be famous for their moulded plywood furniture and plastic chairs but, as a new exhibition reveals, film was fundamental to their shared vision of the universe. The World of Charles and Ray Eames is at the Barbican, London EC2, from 21 October.

Ruth Adler Schnee Receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award is Ruth Adler Schnee. She was presented with the award at the Academy’s May 8 commencement ceremony.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is one of the highest honors bestowed by the Academy and recognizes graduates who have demonstrated creativity, innovation, leadership, and vision through their contributions to the practices of architecture, art, and design, as well as to Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Cranbrook Opens Its Doors to Showcase Graduate Work and Work Spaces

The 2015 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art opens to the public with a special ArtMembers’ Opening Reception on April 18, and will showcase work from the next generation of architects, artists and designers who are shaping the future of art and design. The exhibition features pieces that are the culmination of two years of studio work from a diverse group of 69 graduates. The exhibition opens to the public on April 19 and will run through May 10, 2015.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Named a Top Producer of Fulbright Students

The Chronicle of Higher Education has once again ranked Cranbrook Academy of Art as a top producer of U.S. Fulbright students. With three grants received last year, Academy students have now received a total 25 grants over the past 11 years.
Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 360,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Over 1,800 U.S. students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study […]

Academy Architecture Student Wu Liangyong on China’s Fog

An interesting profile on how China’s fog weighs heavily on the shoulders of its premier architect, Wu Liangyong, a former Academy Architecture student.

Ruth Adler Schnee Wins 2015 Kresge Eminent Artist Award

Congratulations to Academy alum Ruth Adler Schnee (1946) on her Eminent Artist Award from The Kresge Foundation.

Bill Massie Featured in The New York Times

Architect-in-Residence and Head of Architecture Bill Massie’s Wessen Lawn Tennis Club recently opened its 24-court private outdoor grass-court center. The$1.5 million project in Pontiac, Mich. is the reinvention of a closed community center. More additions to the grounds’ facilities are continuing. For the full story, click here.

William Massie-Designed Home Profiled In Dwell Magazine

William Massie, Architect-in-Residence and Head of the Architecture Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art, recently completed a hybrid prefab home design for musician and vintage furniture retailer Greg Wooten.

Cranbrook Alumni Win Big at ArtPrize

Congratulations to Cranbrook’s big winners at this year’s ArtPrize! Gina Reichert’s (Architecture ’03) collaborative Design 99 was awarded the Juried Grand Prize of $100,000 for their work “Displacement (13208 Klinger St)”, and the collective know as Complex Movements, featuring Wes Taylor (2D ’11) and Tiff Massey (Metals ’11) won the Juried Time-based/Performance Award of $20,000 for their work “Three Phases.” For a complete list of ArtPrize winners, click here.

Three Cranbrook Academy of Art Graduates Receive Fulbright Grants

Cranbrook Academy of Art announces that three recent graduates have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program Grants. This brings the total number of Academy students who have received grants over the past 11 years to 25 – making the Academy, per capita, the highest producer of student Fulbright scholars in the United States. The Academy also continues to be named one of the Fulbright program’s “Top Producing Institutions” by the Institute for International Education.
This year’s recipients include:
Ryan Debolski (Photography ’14)
Debolski will travel to Oman to compile a photographic […]

Bill Massie Featured in The Oakland Press

Architect-in-Residence and Head of Architecture Bill Massie is currently hard at work developing the Wessen Lawn Tennis Club, a $1.5 million project with 24 grass tennis courts and four hard tennis courts in Pontiac, Mich

Ginger Dosier (Architecture ’05) Awarded First Place in the Cradle to Cradle Innovation Challenge

Ginger Dosier (Architecture ’05) Awarded First Place in the Cradle to Cradle Innovation Challenge

CAA alum Ginger Dosier was recently awarded first place in the Cradle to Cradle Innovation Challenge for her company BioMason’s CO2-free brick production process. BioMason uses bacteria to ‘grow’ bricks out of readily available materials such as sand.

Harry Weese Honored for Metro Rail Transit System Design

The Washington, D.C., Metro rail transit system, designed by Harry Weese (Architecture ’39) was selected for the 2014 AIA Twenty-Five Year Award. The prestigious award recognizes architectural design of enduring significance, conferred on a building project that has stood the test of time by embodying architectural excellence for 25 to 35 years.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Graduates Featured in Detroit Design Article

This article on Detroit’s emerging, collaborative art scene features several Cranbrook alumni, as it takes a long look at what’s happening in the city today. The article states, that, “Amid the city’s vast expanses of decay, pockets of talented and capable institutions, skilled designers, artisans, and tradesmen persevere, seeing potential where others see loss.”

Cranbrook Academy of Art Graduates Receive More Than $200,000 in Grants from the Knight Foundation

This weekend, the Knight Foundation awarded $2.1 million in grants to 56 projects aimed at expanding the arts in the city of Detroit. Several of the award winners are Cranbrook Academy of Art graduates, and we are extremely proud of their success. According to the Knight Foundation, they received 1,400 applications – the most applications per capita that the nonprofit has received in the contest’s three-city, six-year history. In June, the 1,400 submissions were narrowed down to 84 finalists. Dennis Scholl, Vice President for the Arts at the Knight Foundation, said in an interview with […]

Cranbrook Academy of Art Alumni Awarded Fellowships from The Kresge Foundation

Four Cranbrook Academy of Art Alumn were awarded 2013 Visual Arts Fellowships from The Kresge Foundation, continuing Cranbrook’s tradition of developing some of the most sought-after talent in the metro Detroit area.
Of the nine artists who received grants, a remarkable four are graduates of the Academy. They are Jon Brumit (Painting ’99), Jason Carter (Painting ’11), Kate Daughdrill (Print Media ’11) and Charlie O’Geen (Architecture ’10).
Kresge Artist Fellowships were awarded to 17 individual metropolitan Detroit-based literary and visual artists and one team of artists. Each of the 18 total fellowships includes an unrestricted […]

Cranbrook Artists-in-Residence and Alumni Exhibit at Art X Detroit

Current Artists-in-Residence Liz Cohen, Heather McGill and Mark Newport are all exhibiting at Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience, along with CAA alumni Corrie Baldauf (Fiber ’09), Laith Karmo (Ceramics ’06), and Gina Reichert (Architecture ’03). Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience is a free, five-day experience that celebrates Detroit’s arts scene, April 10-14, 2013. Throughout more than a dozen venues in the Midtown Detroit district, the public is invited to experience an exciting collection of dance, music and theatrical performances, literary readings, workshops, panel discussions and much more created by the Kresge […]

Dwell Magazine Highlights Class of 2012 Cranbrook Graduates

Matthew PlumsteadClip Tree
The October issue of Dwell magazine features the designs and projects of several 2012 Cranbrook Academy of Art graduates. Doug Skidmore (Architecture ’12) recently completed a historical renovation on a Boise residence that introduces new design while respecting the home’s history. And in new product news, Matthew Plumstead’s (3D Design ’12) “Clip Tree” is profiled along with Jack Craig’s (3D Design ’12) “Plugged Stool.”

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