Monthly Archives: July 2013

Former Ram Christian Burns ’07 Gets Shot at NBA

Christian Burns ’07 has spent the past six years playing basketball throughout Europe and the Middle East, but this summer he got the chance to shoot for the NBA.  Burns, a standout center for the Rams, recently returned from the …

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Disciplinary barriers no longer exist at PhilaU, Ron Kander says in Chronicle of Higher Education letter

Transdisciplinary education is a core component of a PhilaU education and critical to meeting the needs of students in the 21st century, Ron Kander, executive dean of the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, said in a letter to …

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PhilaU Architecture Students Exhibit Plans for Patch Adams Medical Clinic

Last year, 44 PhilaU fourth-year architecture students designed plans for a health clinic in an impoverished area of North Philadelphia that would also serve as a five-acre community center site offering child and elderly care, a library, farmer’s market, job …

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Landscape Architecture Program Director Claudia Phillips Named ASLA Fellow

Claudia Phillips, director of PhilaU’s Landscape Architecture Program, has been named a 2013 fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) for her exceptional accomplishments in the field. “It is an honor to be named a fellow of the …

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Natalie Nixon on fashion truck business model: BBC

Natalie Nixon, director of the Strategic Design MBA program, said fashion trucks are a cost-efficient alternative to retail stores, according to a July 25 BBC report on Philadelphia’s Smak Parlour fashion truck.  “Overhead is a lot lower than a typical …

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PhilaU interior design program is model of innovation: Interior Design

PhilaU’s interior design program’s project-based integrated practice model, in which interior design students work with other disciplines and industry and community partners, is a model for teaching innovation, Interior Design magazine reported July 22.  Program Director Lauren Baumbach developed the program, …

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PhilaU architecture students design for Patch Adams clinic: Philadelphia Inquirer

PhilaU architecture students last fall and spring worked on designs for a proposed Patch Adams free health and community clinic in an impoverished area of North Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported July 22.  “It is a very tough challenge” to …

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Fashion alum and Project Runway winner Jay McCarroll’s latest projects: Philadelphia Inquirer

Jay McCarroll, PhilaU fashion design alum and faculty member and winner of the first season of Project Runway, who has his own line of clothing and accessories in stores and online, has become Hamilton Mall fashion ambassador, The Philadelphia Inquirer …

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James Doerfler, award-winning educator and architect, named director of Philadelphia University’s Architecture Program

James Doerfler, AIA, CSI, professor and interim head of the architecture department at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly), will join Philadelphia University August 26, 2013 as professor and program director of architecture and architectural studies. Doerfler …

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Eileen Martinson named chair of PhilaU Trustees: Philadelphia Inquirer

Eileen Martinson, chief executive officer of Sparta Systems Inc., has been named chair of Philadelphia University’s board of trustees, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported July 15. In addition, PhilaU President Stephen Spinelli Jr. has been named to the board of the …

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