April Newsletter

Dear Students, Colleagues, and Friends,

As you can see from the stories in this newsletter, our students, alumni and faculty continue to inspire. Each of these stories is a gift, reminding us of the strength, resilience and ingenuity of the members of our community.

Here’s what I would like to ask of each of you: please send me your positive stories and your advice for our students. A few sentences of support and encouragement will help connect our network, stimulate conversation, and provide our students with ideas for unexplored pathways.

With gratitude,

SoA’s Career Services Page Features Resources for Students and Alumni
We have refreshed our Career Services page to provide additional resources and services to students and alumni. You can find information about licensing and exams, scholarship opportunities, and search our Job Board. Please contact us if your offices are looking for a student intern this summer so that we can share job postings with students.

WSoA Announces Virtual Spring Events
Woodbury School of Architecture is pleased to announce a series of virtual events. Join live faculty talks, online classes, and watch student presentations and reviews. This Friday, April 17th at 1pm, faculty members Catherine Herbst and Marcel Sanchez-Prieto will discuss their current work for the first edition of Conversations. Next Monday at 1:15pm, Interior Design faculty member Heather Peterson will lecture about the languages of matter, material, and detail. Find out more.

Marcel Sanchez-Prieto Lecture
Join us for a faculty talk next Thursday, 23 April at 12pm with Professor Marcel Sanchez-Prieto. As co-founder of CRO Studio, Sanchez-Prieto’s collaborative practice focuses on urban renewal through architecture and research, including the development of design methodologies that expand geometry as a tool for urban sensing, architectural innovation through the incorporation of civic values and the potential of opportunistic landscapes.

Sonny Ward Joins California Architects Board as Governor-Appointed Member
School of Architecture alumnus Charles ‘Sonny’ Ward has been sworn in as one of two Governor-appointed members of the California Architects Board. Architect and principal of June Street Architect, Inc., in West Hollywood, he currently serves as Chair of the School of Architecture Advisory Board. In 2019, Sonny received the 2019 Woodbury School of Architecture Distinguished Alumni Award.

Alumni Spotlight: Susana and Jesse Santiago on Designing for Local Communities
Alumni Susana Santiago (BArch ’14) and Jesse Santiago (BArch ’14) met while studying architecture at Woodbury. Born in Perú, Susana has a diverse background, including working at a structural engineering firm, and at several construction firms. Jesse’s background is in landscape architecture, construction management, and hospitality. We caught up with Susana and Jesse to discuss how they are designing better spaces in their communities.

Woodbury Students Featured in arcCA Digest
AIA California’s journal arcCA DIGEST features Woodbury students from their briefing: “Motivation: What Students Say.” In the words of Woodbury School of Architecture student Nolan Brown, “I think one thing that architects need to constantly be aware of is our impact on our communities and how we can help improve them. We have tremendous gifts, talents, and influence, and we need to use all of it to the benefit of others.” Find out more.

Faculty Spotlight: Lara Hoad & Todd Erlandson Talk Brands-to-Buildings
Interior Design faculty members Lara Hoad & Todd Erlandson have taught classes at Woodbury while simultaneously working together at March Studio. Lara has a long-standing role overseeing March Studio’s design direction, while Todd has a breadth of architectural experience and reputation for creating successful projects for diverse brands and organizations. We caught up with Lara and Todd to discuss their work and teaching.

Three JSI Photographers Recognized in ’10 Photographs That Changed Architecture’
Julius Shulman, as well as Julius Shulman Institute Photography Awardees Hélène Binet and Iwan Baan, were included in Architizer’s recent piece on 10 Photographs That Changed Architecture. Their work was highlighted as some of the most influential photographs of architecture ever produced, causing us to rethink the way we view our built environment and generating new ideas about the role photography plays in the profession. Directed by Barbara Bestor, JSI promotes understanding and appreciation of photography of the built environment.

Giving Back: Woodbury COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund
Please consider giving to the Woodbury COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund. This Fund has been set up to make available critical resources for immediate needs like food, essential supplies and housing assistance for students who have been affected by this disruption. You can find out more through the online application which helps identify students with need.
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