Building C, 2nd floor lounge

Thursday, Nov 8 at 6pm, for a third year we will be running the AIA mentorship program. 

PALM (Promoting Advocacy and Licensure Through Mentorship), is a state-wide initiative of the American Institute of Architects, and again it is being implemented with Lehigh University.

Its goal: to create a positive dialogue between design and architecture students and design professionals regarding our role as Architects/Designers and the path taken to acquire licensure. 

WHEN: Thursday, Nov 8 @ 6-8 pm (Crit review, portfolio, and resume)

Architects will help you with

  • Navigating portfolio design

  • Writing your CV

  • Applying to graduate school

  • Finding a job

WHERE:  Lehigh University, Mountain Top Campus, 113 Research Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Building C, Second Floor Lounge.

Pizza will be served.  

113 Research Drive, Building C, 2nd floor lounge area

For the sixth year in a row, AAD will host the AIA Eastern PA Annual Design Charette on Thursday, Oct 18 at 6pm in the 2nd floor lounge area of Building C. 

Assistant Professor Susan Kart, curated the new exhibition of African Art at Smith College Museum of Art. 

In September, Kart held a Graduate Student Lecture "Teaching the Arts of Africa" with the Tyler School of Art, at Temple University Art History Department.

And in a forthcoming publication in 2019 (Pearson) wrote the "Arts of Africa" Chapter on African Art for M. Stokstad and M. Cothren ART: A Brief History, 7th Edition, textbook.

Dr. William Crow, LUAG Director and Professor of Practice was an invited speaker and panelist at the UNESCO Cultural Form in Lima, Peru this past May and recently a panelist at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Panelist.

Dr. Crow has a publication in the Journal of Museum Education, 2018 titled Empathy and Analogy in Museum Education. Co-authored with David Bowles, The Getty Center, Los Angeles.  

RBC Room 251

Professor Gans will hold a Brown Bag series in RBC Room 251, September 26 at 12:10pm.

photo of Alex Adamski

Recent architecture alum, Alexandra Adamski, GAr’19, will receive the 2018 Kanter Tritsch Prize.  Adamski’s work focuses on creating building designs that engage with socioeconomic conditions to strengthen urban communities.  Read the full article here.  

Meghan Thomson stands by her handmade candles
When Meghan Thomson ‘18 was growing up, she spent most summers in her Kinnelon, NJ garage working on painting wooden signs and giving them to friends and family. That creativity and giving spirit still burned bright for her at Lehigh. In late spring semester Thomson created pastel-colored candles made from crayons and offered them to students at the EWFM Library to combat stress during finals.
The candles -- crayon on the bottom, wax on the top -- were part of a project in a spring Sculpture I class taught by art professor Lucy Gans. In the course, students were asked to design works of art with an interactive component and that made a social impact on campus. While candles cannot be used on campus, she hoped students would appreciate their symbolic association with light in darkness, relaxation, and warmth. “The emphasis is on the crayon because it symbolizes going back to the roots of education, to the simpler times of kindergarten and joy,” Thomson said. “The candle also represents light in a ‘dark time,’ also know as finals.”
A marketing major, with a minor in graphic design, Thomson has always had a love for art and a devotion to giving back to the community. Two murals she created are on display in Kinnelon. She painted one, Georgia O’Keefe’s 1927 Red Poppy, inside her high school. The other, a Kinnelon Rec Football Colts logo, covers the side of a snack shack at the town municipal fields. Thomson said she loved making them because she was able to give back to her hometown through art. “It's a hobby I've always loved.”
Other students in Thomson’s class explored planned obsolescence and environmental issues through their sculptures. For one project, two students bought the entire front end of an old Ford truck from a scrap metal yard, painted half bright yellow and covered it in hundreds of lemons. “Their piece symbolized the transition from well-made, heavy-duty cars to the "lemon" cars that don't last as long. It pokes fun at products made today and how nothing is made as well anymore,” she said.
Another student made seven turtle shells out of clay. Thomson said “As you look at each shell, they start to decay, which represents the turtles and other sea creatures that perish because of pollution and trash that damage and affect our beautiful oceans.”
Reflecting on her last two weeks at Lehigh, she said “We all started in the same place, coloring in kindergarten and it is amazing from that path how people lives have gone in such different directions, even at the same school people are doing such different and incredible things!”
As for life after Lehigh, Thomson plans to work for Covanta, a sustainable energy company based in Morristown, New Jersey, where she will become part of their design and marketing team.
LTS was pleased to support Thomson's vision, and this project aligns with the changing role of library spaces to not only house library and computing resources, but to serve as a community space and center for student exploration and scholarly expression.

Lucy Gans will exhibit several works at the Contemporary Renaissance Women exhibition opening this Friday at the Banana Factory

Congratulations to the following AAD students whose work was accepted into the 2018 Lehigh Review.

Yu Fan (Max) '20

Danielle Gyory '19

Zhenyu Li '18

Olivia McGeough '19

Hana Non '19

Christelle Salloum '18

Long Ping Shao '19

Garrett Stehley '18


Professors Bruce Thomas and Ricardo Viera were honored for their many years of teaching at Lehigh during the Alumni panel and award presentation at the Moving on Starts with a Farewell Gala event held on Friday, May 4.  



Prior to the Mountaintop reception AAD held an award presentation.  Adrienne Redd presented to Architecture major, Christelle Salloum '18 the 2018 Richard Redd Award which recognizes outstanding performance by a senior in the classroom and studio in the department major course of study. 
Congratulations, Christelle
William B. Crow has been named the next director of the Lehigh University Art Galleries. Photo: © 2018 Jackie Neale

William B. Crow has been named the next director of the Lehigh University Art Galleries.  Read the article here.  

Congratulations to AAD student Sophia Eschenbach-Smith, the recipient of this year’s Leonard P. Pool Prize! The prize is awarded each year to students who exhibit entrepreneurial talents, such as creating a product or operating a business while attending classes at Lehigh. Sophia’s award-winning design began with a solution to a cut-and-paste project in ART03: Two-Dimensional Design!

Jolie Coquette_Alston

AAD alumnus Kimber-Lee Alston, Design'13, TE '14 is the founder of Jolie Coquette. Kimber-Lee is based in San Francisco, CA and recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund her "Ready-to-Play-Wear" Playsuit.

Image borrowed from Jolie Coquette website.

Athena Jewelry - Christina Kazakia '08

AAD design alumnus Christina Kazakia '08 designed smart safe jewelry "Athena" for Philly start up Roar for Good. Check out their Indiegogo campaign to crowdfund her design.

Congratulations to Randi Tutelman, Design '12, TE '13G and Amy Mazius, Design '13, co-founders of Eleanor Kalle, a lifestyle jewelry brand with products selling at four Urban Outfitters stores in New York City and Los Angeles.

Image borrowed from Eleanor Kalle website.

Kristopher Takács, Arch '95 (by SOM)

Congratulation to AAD architecture alum, Kristopher Takács, Arch '95 who will assume the lead in the Washington, D.C. practice of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM).

Dominique Brown '14

Dominique tells the story of her RIND project

Lisa Glover - Dino

Lisa Glover '13, graduated from Lehigh with a major in architecture and art minor.  While continuing her education in Lehigh's Technical Entrepreneur graduate program, she ran a successful Kickstarter campaign enabling her to fund her start up company KitRex - a puzzle-craft company.