Philadelphia University Class of 2013

Congratulations to the Philadelphia University Class of 2013 graduates!  We are excited to add you to our extensive list of alumni!  To read more about our graduation speakers, the accomplishments of our graduates, and details of the ceremony, click here.

Check out some photos taken by WHYY of the ceremony and celebration…

Exciting News from Philadelphia University's College of Architecture and the Built Environment

Philadelphia University’s College of Architecture and the Built Environment has released its April 2013 Newsletter, and it highlights a number of wonderful happenings in the college!  To read the full newsletter, click here.

Here are some of the highlights we thought you might be interested in…

Accepted Student Day

  • On March 2, 40 high school seniors who were accepted into the College of Architecture and the Built Environment programs for the fall 2013 semester visited campus for a preview of academic life at PhilaU.  The event featured a design competition where students were paired up and challenged to design new playground equipment. Given kits of parts including wooden sticks, cardboard, fabric and hot glue, the soon-to-be students had two hours to design and produce a model of their idea. The top three designs were selected by a jury of College of Architecture and the Built Environment professors. First prize went to Jeff Sroka and Khristian Bochage.  Congratulations!

Distinguished Professors and Lecturers

  • Lauren Baumbach, associate professor and director of the interior design program was recently honored with a national teaching award from the Council of Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) for innovative teaching methods. The award is granted to only one or two professors each year from all CIDA-accredited design programs in the United States and Canada.
  • As a part of the College of Architecture and the Built Environment’s Spring Lecture series, Philadelphia University hosted Laurie Olin, one of the most renowned landscape architects practicing today.

Award-winning Student Work

  • Philadelphia University interior design students continued their impressive run of success in awards competitions this year with a clean sweep of first, second and third place at the 2013 International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Student Design Competition for the tri-state chapter.  Congratulations to Tia Ryan ’13, Melissa Nemeth ’13, and Patricia Oliveira ’13. Ryan also was one of six PhilaU interior design students to receive top awards at the annual KlingStubbins design competition in the fall.
  • New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently challenged young innovators to repurpose New York City’s 11,000 payphones in a way that would promote a safer, healthier, more sustainable and informed city.  Architecture student, Christian Kaulius ’15 has been named as a finalist in this challenge with his proposal for a radically redesigned network of payphones that would provide total wi-fi coverage of New York City. These payphones would feature a touchscreen interface, bike share program, crime alert system and wi-fi enabled augmented reality.
  • PhilaU Architecture students Stephanie Leigh Ziegler ’13 and Scott Murphy ’13 have been named finalists in the 112th John Stewardson Memorial Scholarship in Architecture, which seeks to explore the issues of spirituality, environmental stewardship, energy neutrality, and architectural excellence via the design of a Monastery for the Order of the Cistercians in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
  • Fifth-year Architecture students represented Philadelphia University at “Green, Urban, Glocal: Student Work from Philadelphia Architecture + Design Schools,” an annual event sponsored by the Philadelphia Center for Architecture. The exhibit featured innovative projects from five Philadelphia architecture and design schools, including Philadelphia University, Drexel University, Temple University, the University of the Arts and the University of Pennsylvania.
  • College of Architecture and the Built Environment landscape architecture and architecture students have been participating in documenting historic landscapes through the HALS Historic Landscape Survey developed by ASLA and the National Park Service.  Through documenting these historic sites, the students involved developed a better understanding of historic documentation standards developed by the National Park Service, and several documents produced have been submitted to the Library of Congress.
  • Upper level construction management students are fully engaged in the pursuit of a safer workplace through a new course offering called Construction Safety and Risk Management.  . Students are now able to learn the techniques of hazard awareness, avoidance, and protection in the workplace.

Interested in learning more about Architecture, Interior Design, Historic Preservation, Landscape Architecture, and Construction Management?   Join us this summer for PhilaU’s College of Architecture and the Built Environment’s Career Discover Workshop.