Lafayette Plays Host to Notre Dame Urban Designers // News // School of Architecture // University of Notre Dame

A series of brain-storming sessions staged throughout last week by a visiting group of architecture grad students from the University of Notre Dame considered various development scenarios for three sites stretching from the historic Holy Rosary Institute on Lafayette’s north side to the downtown area to the new Our Lady of Lourdes campus on the city’s south side. The group of Louisiana first-timers arrived Monday and included seven grad students led by Jennifer Griffin and John Griffin, husband/wife and both professors with Notre Dame’s School of Architecture. The trip south, says Jennifer Griffin, who spoke with ABiz during the group’s…

Rockford Design Workshop

In the spring of 2010, Michael Watkins (Michael Watkins, Architect; Gaithersburg, MD) suggested to LiveWorkLearnPlay (LWLP), Montreal, that they consider the Judson Traditional Architecture and Urbanism group as a potential academic resource in their consultancy to the Rock River Development Partnership (RRDP), the latter purposed to revitalize Rockford, Illinois. In May, a team of JU students, new graduates, and alumni convened in Rockford on East State Street in an empty storefront to set up a week long design studio.  The studio team, directed by Nathaniel Brooks and Christopher Miller, Ph.D. comprised  Nicholas Gouwens, Brendan Herr, Seth Holmen, Aaron Holverson, Matthew…

Judson Today – Architecture Article Judson Architects Help Build Communities

Excerpts The spaces in which we live and work have an enormous impact the quality of our lives and our work, whether or not we always realize it. An architect is taught to assess these spaces, and then discover new ways to improve them so that we can live and work better. At Judson, an architect is taught that great design not only impacts how we live and work, but also how communities connect and grow. A series of recent urban re-design projects have allowed the architects of Judson – students, alumni, and faculty alike – to aid local communities…

Rockford Register Star. Our View: Students’ vision shows potential of downtown

Pretty pictures. We confess those have been code words for our frustration with the fact that not much moves past the sketch stage in downtown Rockford. However, we hope pretty pictures by graduate students from Judson University Department of Architecture are an exception. It didn’t take a City Council vote or hundreds of thousands of dollars of consultant fees for the students to create dozens of drawings, photo illustrations and maps of a revitalized East State Street. In fact, it took less than a week. Our personal favorite — OK, so it’s close to the News Tower — is a…

Rockford Register Star: ‘What if …’ fuels the look of ‘more’ for downtown Rockford

ROCKFORD — More businesses, more people, more trees, more banners, more crosswalks, more interesting street corners — more of the stuff that would make downtown a viable social and commercial center. It’s all part of a vision created by a handful of graduate students from Judson University’s Department of Architecture. In less than a week they created dozens of drawings, photo illustrations and maps of a vibrant East State Street, the initial revitalization focus of the Rock River Development Partnership. Among the ideas: State Street bridge: Students who wondered why a four-lane bridge leads to a two-lane street rehabilitated it….

Rockford Register Star: Judson University architectural students set up shop in Rockford

Judson University architectural graduate students arrived downtown Monday afternoon and in short order turned an empty storefront into their headquarters for a design blitz. Folding tables and chairs were set up and shifted around to create workstations. Extension cords and power strips were deployed to power laptops. Large maps detailing the development of downtown Rockford since the 1890s were taped to walls. Sandwiched between Runner’s Image and the Rockford Wellness & Diagnostic Center, the storefront at 222 E. State St. will be a hive of activity this week. A handful of Judson students — most of them received their master’s…

Newark, Ohio, Historic East End Visioning Charrette

Judson architecture students (Rhyse Altman, JoAnna Hastings, Nick Gouwens, Brendan Herr, Tracy Mau, and Brian Mork) and Christopher Miller assisted Prof. Karl Sandin and Denison University students and supported Ohio State University’s Neighborhood Design Center in Newark, Ohio, for the Historic East End Visioning Charrette.