About: Civism and Cities
Civism and Cities aims to serve those interested in a Western language of architecture and practices of humanly-scaled and energy conserving urbanism: open-ended (in the sense of adapting to the present and future), politically and socially pluralistic (shaped by local concerns for climate and traditions and materials), affirming communal institutions (rather than personal aesthetic statements), and aimed unapologetically at beauty. The aim is to make buildings and places that serve communities and dignify individuals by respecting and visualizing their present and historical connections in built environments.
Judson University’s program in architecture has uniquely accommodated two approaches to architecture one of which is traditional architecture and urbanism. Undergraduates from 2001 to 2008 were provided an opportunity to take one traditional architecture and urbanism studio in the fall of their senior year. From 2008 to 2012 curriculum concentrations were approved at the undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The graduate program concentration permitted students to take two of their three required studios in the concentration; the undergraduate concentration permitted students to take three of their required eight studios in this concentration.
In this period, about half of Judson’s graduates, at both the undergraduate and graduate level, have elected the traditional approach. Perhaps because the graduate program is nearly unique in the country, the undergraduate degree-holders concentrating in traditional architecture and urbanism have returned at a higher percentage rate to fill the Judson graduate program.
These students, even in the recent recession, have been employed or self-employed at numbers equal to students preparing differently (ie, at very high percentages). Judson graduates have worked and are working in the firms and agencies renowned among this community of practitioners.
To date, four Judson graduates, including Grant Saller, have been accepted to the Notre Dame University School of Architecture, which is acknowledged to be the world’s premier institution for those interested in classical architecture and traditional town design. Samuel Lima and Brian Mork have been awarded full fellowships in the Notre Dame post-professional program. Hannah Weber, admitted to the M.Arch. program, was selected, with funding, to take their dual degree.
Sam Lima may be the single most decorated student in the history of the Judson program having been acknowledged in a number of national competitions. Below, at Student Work Reviews, see that Judson student work has been featured in the Classicist, the journal that speaks, at an extraordinarily high standard, for this community of practice. The work of numerous Judson traditional architecture and urbanism students and projects was recognized in the inaugural 2015 Student Design Awards Winners and Student Design Awards Honors.
True to mission, these students have served numerous communities in a process called a charrette. A professional (or, student architecture) team works in a local venue (from one day to a week) with the community looking over their shoulders to strengthen what the community sees as important in the built environment and to improve what the community sees as counter-productive infrastructure. See community charrettes.
Students who have pursued this approach to architecture have been acknowledged by faculty in the university as being sophisticated in their critical thinking and philosophic rationale. The alumni, who followed this approach, have been some of the most committed to the program generally and most eager to see their opportunity maintained and enriched for those students who will follow at Judson.
For more, see Engagement.
This site, mastered by Christopher C. Miller, supports the instruction of those students interested in traditional architecture and urbanism, potential employers, and as a research site for advocates of this approach to architecture; of course, all are welcome.