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The Latest News From The Architecture Department

Fumihiko Maki Designs New Sea World Culture and Art Center

Fumihiko Maki (Architecture ’53) designed the Sea World Culture and Arts Center, China’s “first major design museum” at the end of last year. It is a partnership between China Merchants Shekou Holdings (CMSK) and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Over the course of Maki’s career, he won the Wolf Prize from Israel in 1988, the Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture in 1990, the Gold Medal of the UIA in 1993, the Arnold Brunner Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1999, and the Praemium Imperiale from the Japan Arts Association […]

Detroit Alumni show in Oakland Press

More than two dozen local alumni from Cranbrook Art Academy in Bloomfield Hills have come together for a special exhibition in downtown Detroit this month. Many of the artists that graduated from Cranbrook Academy in the past decade have elected to stay in the Detroit area, contributing to growth of the area’s burgeoning art scene, which has attracted national attention. Read the full article here.

Bingol’s Detroit Lakes Project is Featured in “The New York Times”

The New York Times featured an article about Interim Architect-in-Residence Ceren Bingol completion of her project in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. According to the NYT,  “Although the project began with some seemingly simple objectives — renovate the kitchen of the 2,800-square-foot main house and refresh the 800-square-foot guesthouse, a converted garage that had developed a mold problem — it soon evolved into a full-blown gut renovation of both structures.”

Cranbrook Academy of Art Students Receive More Than $250,000 in Awards

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., May 11, 2018 — On the eve of its 2018 commencement ceremonies, Cranbrook Academy of Art celebrated another year of outstanding work by its graduate students at its annual Academy Awards Night on May 10.
Before a gathering of more than 200 students, families, friends and donors in deSalle auditorium at Cranbrook Art Museum, the Academy distributed more than $250,000 in fellowships, grants, awards, and scholarships. The awards are designed to support study at the Academy and to aid 2018 graduates in the transition from student to practicing artist.
Chen Li, a 2018 graduate of […]

Rapson Influenced Minnesota’s Design Culture

Ralph Rapson (Architecture ’40) was not a native Minnesotan—he was born in Michigan in 1914—yet it is hard to find another individual who has had as far-reaching an influence on the state’s design culture. A nationally respected architect with international projects under his belt by midcentury, he turned down the directorship of the Institute of Design in Chicago and moved to Minneapolis to head the University of Minnesota’s School of Architecture from 1954 to 1984. When he passed away in 2008, […]

“The Ice Palace” featured work in ice by current Academy students and alumni

TESSELLATE is the gallery operated by Elise DeChard (Architecture ’17) in Pontiac. The Ice Palace exhibition features work (all created in ice!) by more than a dozen Academy alumni and current students including: Torey Akers (Painting ’16), Molly Aubry (Print Media ’18), Eric Broz (Sculpture ’17), Jim Bullard (Print Media ’17), Rachel Deboard (Painting ’17), Mark Dineen (3D Design ’13), Sabastian Duncan-Portuondo (Fiber ’18), Lorena Cruz Santiago (Photography ’19), Rachel Ferber (Fiber ’18), Margaret Hull (Fiber ’16), Rachel Pontious (Painting ’17), and Anjuli Wright (Ceramics ’17).

Design99’s Reichert Is Featured in the “Detroitisit” About “The Art of Hoarding”

In Detroitisit artists Mitch Cope and Gina Reichert (Architecture ’03) spoke about making art in an the article, “The Art of Hoarding.” A married art duo known jointly as Design99—are among the most contemporary generation in a longstanding interventionist tradition of Detroit “house art,” which stretches back into the 1960s. In the “Banglatown” neighborhood, Reichert and Cope have been converting houses in their neighborhood into interactive works, collectively know as Power House Productions. In addition to the works that have evolved out of […]

“Metropolis Magazine” Readers Learn Florence Knoll Lessons

Metropolis Magazine’s Vice President of Design Paul Makovsky reflects on the lessons to be learned from Cranbrook’s Florence Knoll contributions to architecture and design.  According to the article, as a pioneer of interior and furniture design and a successful entrepreneur, she is one of the most influential architects and designers of postwar America, yet her mark on Modern design transcends any one of these fields. Her studies at Kingswood and Cranbrook Academy of Art during the 1930s impressed upon her a human-centered design approach.Her studies at Kingswood and Cranbrook Academy of Art during the 1930s impressed upon her a human-centered design approach. 

Alumna Jaworska Named Top Architect Working in the “Middle Ground Between Art and Architecture”

Cultured Magazine focuses on architect Ania Jaworska (Architecture ’09) when discussing a category of architecture these days that isn’t really about building structures to live and work in. It’s more about a conceptual practice that exists in a misty middle ground between art and architecture—think of Snarkitecture, among many others, doing fascinating work in this zone.
Jaworska has designed arenas and stadiums in the past, but she has lately tended toward big thinking about how we do (and don’t) […]

Architecture Alumni Are Part of SPACE10 Lab Created by IKEA

Alumni Yuan Chieh Yang (Architecture ’15), Benas Burdulis (Architecture ’16), and Emil Froege (Architecture ’15) have been working on through the SPACE10 Lab created by IKEA. The architects came up with three divergent yet equally innovative solutions to address the fundamental issue that plagues digital production: an apparent lack of a “human touch.” In a Post-Fordist world increasingly dominated by customization, this investigation holds obvious importance for a company which deals primarily in mass-produced ready-to-assemble products; however, with its advocation for the infusion of dying classical craft techniques into the digital manufacturing process, the experiment could be meaningful for many other reasons.

Jaworska Inteviewed by “Sight Unseen”

Ania Jaworska (Architecture ’09) is interviewed in Sight Unseen. See her work in our exhibition Cranbrook: A New Domestic Landscape currently on display Cranbrook Art Museum. Jaworska is also currently a MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program finalist.

“Seven Things to Know…” about Florence Knoll Bassett in “Artsy”

There is a great story on the extraordinary life of Florence Knoll Bassett and her deep connections to Cranbrook in Artsy.  According to Aileen Kwun, “Anyone who appreciates and recognizes classic designs from the mid-century period (or even the mid-century-inspired sets of Mad Men) has Knoll Bassett to thank for revolutionizing the way we live and work in the modern home and office.”

Cranbrook Academy of Art Students Receive More Than $200,000 in Awards

Annual “Academy Awards” Celebration Caps Off Academic Year

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., May 15, 2017 — On the eve of its 2017 commencement ceremonies, Cranbrook Academy of Art celebrated another year of outstanding work by its graduate students at its annual Academy Awards Night on May 11.

Cranbrook Art Museum Presents Cranbrook: A New Domestic Landscape Features work from alumni and Artists-in-Residence

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., May 8, 2017 – On May 12, Cranbrook Art Museum will open a new exhibition, Cranbrook: A New Domestic Landscape, which features contemporary furniture and furnishings by recent alumni and Artists-in-Residence of Cranbrook Academy of Art. The work challenges conventions of use, explores new materials and techniques, and blurs the boundaries between art, craft, and design. The exhibition will run from May 12, 2017 through January 14, 2018.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Announces the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award Finalists

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., April 28, 2017 – 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.

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.

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