American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

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Architecture

Architecture

Wyly Brown (2006-07)
Wyly received a Master of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design in June 2006. Between 2006 – 2007, as a German Chancellor Fellow, he worked on designs for rapidly deployable disaster relief structures at the Technical Universität München and at the Universität Stuttgart. He is now employed at Behnisch Architekten in Munich, and is using the parametric design techniques developed through his research to build innovative roof structures. (12/8/09)

Erik Herrmann (2014-15)
Erik Herrmann is an architectural designer originally from Knoxville, TN. Prior to receiving the German Chancellor Fellowship, Erik worked at Gray Organschi Architecture in New Haven, CT, introducing digital and parametric design frameworks to the firm’s celebrated material experiments. Additionally, he served as a visiting critic with Gray Organschi Architecture at the Roger Williams University School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation in the Spring of 2013. His work and writings have appeared in architectural outlets like RIBA Journal, Perspecta and CLOG. He holds a Bachelors of Architecture degree from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University where he was awarded the Carroll L.V. Meeks Memorial Scholarship in recognition of outstanding performance in History. Erik will spend his fellowship year at the Institute for Computational Design in Stuttgart with host Achim Menges, the institute’s founding director. Through case studies from the history of computational design in Germany, his project will consider the evolving roles of the architects, scientists, engineers and planners working in computationally-mediated design environments. (09/15/2014)

Ivan Jimenez (2016-17)

Professionally, Ivan has collaborated with several international architecture offices in Germany (SFP Architekten), Spain (Enric Miralles/Benedetta Tagliabue-EMBT), Chile (Fluxá & Haas Arquitectos), and the United States (Intexure Architects, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs & MetaLab Studio). Moreover, he has an academic background from France, Mexico, and the U.S. He graduated from the University of Houston’s Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture with a Bachelor of Architecture, B.S. in Environmental Design along with a Construction Management minor. Ivan is also Co-Founder of Aora Space, an organization that looks to connect local start-ups to institutions and citizens worldwide. His German Chancellor Fellowship research, under the direction of Prof. Achim Menges – founding director of University of Stuttgart’s Institute for Computational Design- is entitled “The Robot Revolution: The Future in Architecture and Construction”. The study looks into advanced fabrication processes with a focus on robotics in Architecture and building at a large scale. (12/1/16)

Pamela Jordan (2014-2015)
Pamela is a preservation architect from Philadelphia, PA.  During her fellowship, she is investigating the intersections between soundscape study and historic preservation practice in Berlin. Her project explores acoustics as a way of accessing, understanding, and documenting our past and seeks to add a critical new understanding to sustainable heritage work and development. She is hosted by the  Institute of Fluid Mechanics and Engineering Acoustics at the Technische Universität Berlin (Technical University of Berlin), and the Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer (the Berlin Wall Memorial). Her previous work included an archaeological excavation in Arcadia, Greece and sustainable preservation design firms in Philadelphia, PA and Washington, DC. Her projects have been exhibited in venues such as the Goethe-Institut, Washington, DC and the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, MA. In addition to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accreditation, Pamela holds an undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as a Master of Architecture and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.

Lukas Kronawitter (2007-08)
Lukas graduated from Drexel University in 2006 with a BA in architecture. Working with several firms in the Philadelphia area Lukas developed a particular interest in the adaptive reuse and recycling of aging industrial buildings. Lukas traveled to Germany as a German Chancellor Fellow to investigate waste reduction in architecture at the Technical University of Munich Department for Building Construction and Building Materials Science. Research included contemporary practices for building materials recycling, life cycle analysis, and waste mapping. A particularly important goal was the development construction systems for closed-loop reuse. These systems, primarily applicable to multiple family housing, utilize 100 percent reusable building materials while allowing for complete deconstruction and dissassembly of construction components. Undamaged materials can therefore be isolated during renovations or dissasmbly for reuse. Lukas is enrolled in a Masters program in Resource Efficiency in Architecture and Planning at HafenCity University in Hamburg. (Write to info@americanfriends-of-avh.orgfor email address.) (8/10/10)

John Maciuika (1998-99)
John specializes in 19th and 20th-century modern architectural history and theory, with a focus on Germany and Central Europe. His research emphasizes issues of cultural identity in architecture, urbanism, and the applied arts, and concentrates particularly on Germany, Austria, the former Soviet Union, and the Baltic States. John studies such issues as the changing definitions of “modern” architecture over time, the cultural politics of architecture in particular national settings, and the impact that broader social, economic, and cultural processes have on design. John is Associate Professor of Art and Architectural History at the City University of New York, Baruch College, in Manhattan’s Gramercy Park area. He also teaches in the Ph.D. program in art history at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan. His book, Before the Bauhaus: Architecture, Politics, and the German State, 1890-1920, appeared with Cambridge University Press in 2005, and was the focus of his research in Berlin during his time as a German Chancellor Fellow and later as a Humboldt Research Fellow. John is the principal investigator for architecture and urbanism for the large, UCLA-based research website “Hypermedia Berlin”, and is working on two new publishing projects: a book titled The Berlin Palimpsest: Architecture as History in Germany’s Capital, and an edited collection of essays titled Local Modernities: Modern Architecture in Cultural Context. (6/26/09)

Alan Organschi (1992-93)
Alan Organschi is the design principal and a partner at Gray Organschi Architecture in New Haven, Connecticut. He is a member of the faculty of the Yale School of Architecture where he coordinates Yale’s first year graduate housing studio which culminates each spring with the student design and construction of an affordable house in New Haven. He also lectures on building technology in architectural design. From 2005-2007 he served as the Area Coordinator for the Material and Production curriculum at the graduate school. As a consulting expert and an active member of the Advisory Board for The Seedlings Teacher Collaborative, Mr. Organschi works closely with New Haven private and public school teachers to bring project-based education to the city’s schools. In 2009, he was one of the first recipients of a research grant from The Hines Research Fund for Advanced Sustainability in Architectural Design for his work on high density, high performance wood housing in the United States. Mr. Organschi received a Bachelor’s degree in History from Brown University and a Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture where he was awarded the William Wirt Winchester Travelling Fellowship for academic and design excellence. He has also studied at both the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York and the Rhode Island School of Design. After completing his graduate work in architecture, he edited the 27th edition of PERSPECTA: the Yale Architectural Journal. In 1992, he was awarded a German Chancellor’s Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. During the following year and a half he conducted research on the post-unification redevelopment of East Berlin. From 1994-96, he was the Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Wesleyan University. He has lectured on the subjects of architecture, technology, and urban renewal at the University of Minnesota’s Institute for Global Studies and at the Roger Williams University School of Architecture and has served as a guest critic at Harvard, Columbia and the University of Pennsylvania. (6/19/09)