Lehigh University Chandler-Ullmann 208

AIA Eastern Pennsylvania October Chapter Meeting


Thursday, October 19th, 5 PM Lehigh University, Chandler-Ullmann Hall, Room 208

This historic landmark building occupies most of a city block in an important part of the city of Bethlehem. It is a significant resource that has been left vacant for many years. What can be done to save it? How can architects help the current owner? 


  • 5:00 PM AIA Introduction to Architecture Students and dinner provided by Lehigh Catering (Sandwiches/Beverages/Desserts)
  • 5:30 PM Design Charrette-AIA Architects team with student groups to design a new Boyd Theater in the City of Bethlehem.
  • 7:30 PM Voting for winning design

Cost: Free, Click here to Register by October 17th

Parking available at the Alumni Memorial Garage (No cost), Zoellner Arts Center Garage ($2), or on the street (Metered) This event will only work if there is AIA member participation.

Join us for fun, collaboration, spirited design discussion, and just a little pressure as the deadline time looms.




Anthony Viscardi

The 2017 Fall Conference - Crossings Between the Proximate and Remote, will be held October 12-14 in Marfa, Texas.   Abstracts were reviewed by anonymous peer-reviewers and this year's acceptance rate was a competitive 31%. 

Shadow Landings, a massive 3D abstract/conceptual piece measuring 9 x 55 feet, which was on view at the Allentown Art Museum's Trexler Hall earlier this year initially began in a glass-walled studio called the Creativity Lab on Hamilton Street in downtown Allentown.  The Creativity Lab began as a collaboration between City Center Lehigh Valley and the Allentown art museum to encourage community engagement.  At the Creativity Lab the public could watch and participate in workshops and open studios.  Shadow Landings currently resides in Viscardi’s studio space in Bethlehem.  

National Museum of Industrial History, South Bethlehem, PA


Saturday, December 10th @ 3pm
National Museum of Industrial History
South Bethlehem, PA

For the last portion of a three-course series in Product Design, Lehigh University students were challenged to design products to be sold at the National Museum of Industrial History in South Bethlehem.  The products are inspired by the museum and all contain a sheet metal component, but vary greatly in size and price. As college students, this is the first time we are selling our work and are super excited to share it with you!

Exhibition photos by Lehigh University photographer Christa New on this  site's Gallery page.


Allentown Art Museum - Trexler Hall Gallery

‘Shadow Landings’
November 13, 2016 through March 26, 2017
A Gallery Exhibition by Professor Anthony Viscardi
The Allentown Art Museum - Trexler Hall Gallery
31 N 5th St, Allentown, PA 18101 

‘Shadow Landings’, Professor Anthony Viscardi’s most recent work is an immersive installation (9’ X 55’) commissioned by the Allentown Art Museum.  The installation developed in the glass-walled studio of the Allentown Art Museums’ Creativity Lab, is located in center city, at a site which has allowed the public to observe the creative process over the past five months.

November 8, 2016 Morning Call photo journal:

Friday 11/4 - UC Lawn

At Fusion Studio we have a theory that as Lehigh students, we tend to assign labels to each other, but actually “we're knot so different”... To prove our theory, we will be hosting a campus-wide, interactive art installation promoting Lehigh unity through string art! Join the Fusion team this Wednesday through Friday from 11am to 4pm on the UC Front Lawn to see how you ~tie~ in with the Lehigh community (and grab some free snacks and Fusion stuff)!

Lehigh University: Sacred Grove @ Alumni Memorial Hall



Event Schedule


3:45 - 4:15 OPENING CONCERT 

Opening the event with the Choral group from Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, under the direction of the David B. Macbeth M.ed. ChM Artistic Director of Voice



Lehigh student Bryan Wright on the classical guitar.


5:00 - 5:15 SPEAKER

Professor Anthony Viscardi will introduce Mark and Lynne Hammerschlag, patrons for the Hammerschlag Design Series (HDS), and give a short presentation about the design-build process, based on the Guastavino technique, that he and HDS Visiting Professor Richard Kroeker, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, adapted for the construction of the acoustic shell titled, ‘Peggie’s Bell.’  


Viscardi will also discuss the collaborative experience that engaged Lehigh students from the Department of Art, Architecture, and Design (A|A|D), and the College of Engineering, noting a special thanks to A|A|D Professor Nik Nikolov’s Technology Class, who also dedicated class time to the project. Images of the process will be projected on the inside surface of the Bell. 



Visiting Professor of Music, Chris Gross with perform an experimental music piece by John Cage called, ‘But what about the noise of crumpling paper.’  He says, “If I were to give a brief explanation (but without giving away the whole piece) I would say it is a musical work that explores the mindful experience of sound in/and/of an environmental space."



Chris Gross returns to play a cello piece; #3 Sciarrino Ai Limite della Notte, to conclude the event. 


Refreshments will be served.


Dale Strohl '58 Grant Award Recipients
The Dale S. Strohl '58 Award supports research in the Humanities and Social Sciences for students working with any Lehigh faculty member.  A Strohl grant is intended to expand the experiences, perspective and skills of our students through involvement in research.  The following students were awarded grants for the work as titled:
Courtney Avery, architecture major: “Contemporary Urban Development of London: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park”.  
Justine Gaetano, Design '16: “'The Purity Series' - Digital Photography".  
Elias Hess, Architecture '16: “Getting There: Finding America Then and Now”.  
Nicole Powell, Architecture '16: “The World Seen Through The Eyes of Le Corbusier”.  
Brennen Stenke, Architecture '16: “Collective Environmental Degradation due to Urbanization in Maritime Southeast Asia: Externalized Costs of Development in Jakarta, Indonesia”.  
Ben vanSchaayk, Architecture '16: “Habitat 67 and the Architecture of Montreal”.

Richard Redd Award
Named for emeritus faculty, Richard Redd this award bestowed annually by faculty to a student with senior standing majoring in art, architecture, design or art history for their outstanding performance in the classroom and studio while making significant contributions to the culture of the department and fostering a healthy espirit de corps.  The 2016 award was split between the following well deserving students: 
Justine Gaetano, Design '16
Elias Hess, Architecture '16 

Theodore U. Horger '61 Award
The establishment of two permanent endowment funds from his estate: the Theodore U. Horger '61 Visual & Performing Arts Scholarship Fund and the Theodore U. Horger '61 Artist-In-Residence Fund in the Performing & Visual Arts is a most fitting and perpetual memorial of Ted's love for Lehigh and the visual and performing arts.  The 2016 award was given to rising senior:
Domenica Massamby, Architecture major
Williams Prize
Established in 1908 by Edward H. Williams, professor of geology and mechanical engineering, the Williams Prizes, which range from $200 to $100, recognize outstanding work in writing and performance.  The 2016 prize recipients in AAD are:  
Samantha Kupersmith, Arch '16,
Elias Hess, Architecture '16,
Simone Cotton, Design major

Lehigh Review
The Lehigh Review is an entirely student-produced journal of the arts and sciences which contains undergraduate art, scholarly articles, academic essays or book reviews written for a Lehigh course.  The Review publishes submissions which demonstrate imagination, original insight and mastery of the subject.  The 2016 twenty-fourth volume included works from the following AAD students:
Design Editor
Jaclyn Sands,  Art, '16 & Design "16
Staff Editor
Christelle Salloum, Architecture major

Todd Austin, Architecture '16 
Simone Cotton, Design major 
Justine Gaetano, Design '16
Amelia Galgon, Studio Art major
Grace Johnjulio, Design '16
Calli Katzelnick, Architecture major
Peter Kostakos, Architecture '16
Samantha Kupersmith, Architecture '16
Sathya Ram, Design '16
Monica Shell, Design '16
Reid Weber, Design '16
Collin Wolf, Architecture major
Yuqing Ye, Architecture '16

Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest honor society in the United States and is represented at Lehigh by the Beta chapter of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the 27th oldest in the nation.  This year's recipients are
Elias Hess, Architecture '16
Kathryn Hoover, Architecture '16
Katherine Koomar, Art '16
Department Honors
Exceptional students in Art, Architecture and Design may apply for departmental honors at the end of their junior year or at the beginning of their senior year.  To be eligible a student must attain a 3.5 GPA in his or her major program and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.  The following were 2015-2016 Department Honors students:
Katherine Koomar, Art '16
Samantha Kupersmith, Architecture '16


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.