NEWS | Faculty Promotions at the School of Architecture
Friday, August 24, 2018
The following faculty has earned promotions for their work within the School of Architecture. Congratulations to each for your success!
Lecturer ranks are “for emerging professionals or emerging educators qualified by an appropriate degree or licensure.”
to PRINCIPAL LECTURER
The criteria for Principal Lecturer specify candidates who are “professionals or educators who have demonstrated competency in Teaching, Service, and investment in the cultural life of this, or another, school” and requires “relevant degree or licensure; exceptional performance as a Senior Lecturer or equivalent external performance.“
Ray has a Bachelor of Architecture (1982) and a non-accredited Master of Architecture (2010), both from the University of Arizona. He is a registered architect (1989, State of Arizona) and LEED Accredited (2008). Ray worked in construction and architectural practice for approximately forty years before starting his teaching career. He worked for noteworthy architects Judith Chaffee and Anderson DeBartolo Pan before joining a firm in which he became a principal in 1992, then starting his own practice in 1999.
His extensive and technical practice experience formed the foundation for much of Professor Barnes’s teaching, which is grounded in building technology and project management. Ray has developed and taught a range of courses:
- ARC 222: “Building Technology II”; Building Materials and Methods I
- ARC 521d: “Integrated Technologies IV”
- ARC 421f/520f: “Building Technology V”; Environmentally Adaptive Systems II (Active ECS)
- ARC 601: “Integrative Graduate Region Studio,” Co‐teacher
- 461p/561p: “Environmental Science Laboratory” OTC Module
- 461e/561e: “LEED and the Design Initiative”
- ARC 461r/561r: “Environmental Technology Systems”
In addition, he has been a regular committee member for MS.Arch research and thesis advising. Ray has participated in more than thirty workshops and seminars on teaching craft in the past eight years. In 2016, he was invited to be a UA Faculty Learning Community Facilitator.
Ray has contributed significantly to this School by his Service. To itemize a few of his more important accomplishments:
Archivist: Barnes has served for eight years as the School Archivist, meaning he collects and catalogs syllabi, studio briefs, and student work (physical and digital) for accreditation and other purposes. A tedious and thankless job, this work is required by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, Inc. (NAAB) and is essential to our reputation and our continuous improvement as a school. Ray conducted this with diligence, patience, and collegiality.
School sustainability: Barnes started the student chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council and served as its Faculty Advisor from 2012‐2015. During this period, he delivered three important initiatives that improved the sustainability and sustainability culture of the school:
- UA Classroom Technology Upgrade on Education Program (Energy‐efficient lights and controls at CAPLA Lecture Hall).
- Lights Out Green Fund Program (Energy‐efficient lights and controls at CAPLA Studio Floor).
- Students for Sustainability campus recycling bin replacement program.
Design Excellence: Since 2011, Barnes has organized the school’s Design Excellence Program, which involves mounting an exhibit of the school’s best work, supporting an AIA jury of the work, mounting the work for graduation festivities, then returning the work to archive. This program is important for parental and professional liaisons.
Liaison, Architectural Engineering: Since 2015, Barnes has served as the school’s liaison with the Department of Civil Engineering on the development and roll-out of the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering. This has required curricular knowledge, diplomacy, coordination, and communication skills. In this role, his has supported our faculty in the development of five courses that are part of this degree.
NTT Task Force: For years, Barnes has worked on new rights and responsibilities for career-track (originally referred to as non-tenure-track, or NTT) Faculty. He has been a leader in the movement within the school, an endeavor he has conducted with wisdom, background research, and collegiality.
CAPLA-SPOAC: Barnes is highly respected by his colleagues and, accordingly, was appointed by you to the College Strategic Planning and Operations Advisory Committee (SPOAC) to represent CT Faculty.
to SENIOR LECTURER
The specific criteria for Senior Lecturer require “professionals or educators who have demonstrated competency in Teaching, Service, and investment in the cultural life of this, or another, school.” Candidates must have a “degree in the field of instruction or licensure; exceptional performance as a Lecturer or equivalent external experience.”
Eduardo has a professional degree (non-NAAB accredited) in Architecture from the Republic University, Santiago (1998); a Diploma in Urban Public Development from Catholic University of Chile, Santiago (2008); and a Master Degree in Urban Design from the University of California, Berkeley (2010). He is a registered architect in Chile. His experience in architecture and urban design, in combination with his Chilean heritage and bi-lingual abilities, make him an important resource on our faculty. Eduardo has had broad experience as a consultant, particularly with governmental and non-profit clients. His CV lists numerous clients and projects in Chile, California and Arizona with whom he has worked as a designer and consultant. Prior to the UA, Eduardo was an Instructor of Basic Design for the Ministry of Planning, Social Investment Fund, Atacama Region (2003-2004 ); a public education instructor for Habitat for Humanity (2004); and taught AutoCAD at Republic University, Santiago (1998).
In the School of Architecture, Eduardo has taught predominantly studios for beginning design students:
- ARC 101: Foundation Studio I (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
- ARC 101: Foundation Studio I (Peloton—2014)
- ARC 102: Foundation Studio II (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
- ARC 201: Principles (2013)
- ARC 202: Dwelling (2014)
Eduardo has also developed several important curricular initiatives:
- ARC 471B / 571B: Latin Practice Traditions (2016-2018): Teaches students the difference between professional practice in the US vs. Central and South America. His elective, which is open to all but attracts a strong following of Hispanic students, is highly subscribed.
- Summer study abroad: Professors Robinson and Guerrero lead a study-abroad program in Guerrero’s native country, Chile (2015). Students took a related studio-course pair, developed specially by the faculty members. The sites visited were exceptional.
- Multi-disciplinary urban design research studio: For three years, Eduardo has co-taught an urban design/housing studio for the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning. This work has placed or been a finalist (2016, 2017, 2018) in the Bank of America Merrill Lynch national Low Income Housing Challenge.
Eduardo has made several contributions to the School via service activities.
Camp Architecture (since 2015): Eduardo co-developed, and has co-taught, this camp for middle- and high-school students. A public service as well as a recruiting conduit, it won a 2017 AIA Arizona Community Education Award.
Lecture Series Archivist (2014-2015, 2017): Eduardo films, edits, and posts the school lecture series—along with occasional other events. He is a good editor and his work promotes the culture and the spirit of the school.
PUENTE Faculty Advisor (2015-): In sync with creating Latin Practice Traditions, Professor Guerrero started a Hispanic architecture club, which has celebrated cultural diversity and provided a home for Hispanics within the school.
Valerie has a Bachelor and Master (non-NAAB accredited) of Architecture from the UA and a BS. Arch from the University of Utah. She is registered in Arizona (2015). She was a staff architect (2009-2010) at the Tohono O’odham Ki:ki Association (housing authority in Sells, AZ). She has worked for, or consulted as an independent contractor, with three local offices of importance: Vint & Associates (2009-2010), Poster Frost Mirto (2009-2011), and Worker Inc. (2014-) where she has been universally respected and valued. She has run her own practice, FixCity, LLC (since 2009). Her decade of professional experience has involved all aspects of running a small practice, which has provided important grounding for her teaching.
Valerie has primarily taught structures, beginning with small graduate courses and moving into large undergraduate ones.
- ARC 520E: Structures II: Building Technology V
- ARC 520A: Structures I: Building Technology I
- ARC 322: Structures II: Building Technology IV
- ARC 221: Structures I: Building Technology I
- ARC 520C: Integrated Technology III
- ARC 520B: Integrated Technology II
- ARC 520D: Integrated Technology IV
Technology Stream Chair: Valerie was elected by her colleagues as chair of the Technology Stream in 2015 and reelected in 2018, which has also required her to serve on the Curriculum Committee. As stream chair, she coordinated a compression of the M. Arch Building Technology curriculum from seven courses to four. In this new curriculum, technology subjects (such as structures, materials and methods, and environmental control systems) were integrated within courses which required her to garner stream input, win support for the reduction and integration of courses and produce syllabi. She accomplished this work with collegiality and ultimately brought forward a stream curriculum that was adopted.
Freshman Physics: For two years, Valerie has been improving the delivery of physics, which leads to the failure of many from the Foundation program. She has worked with physics instructors, TAs, and overseen special tutorials for Architecture students. Her dedication to learning and student improvement is characteristic of her commitment to education.
Camp Architecture: Valerie has assumed primary responsibility for Camp Architecture, a summer program for middle- and high-school students. She has done an exceptional work and is regarded fondly by students and parents.
Paul has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Minnesota (1989) and a Master of Architecture from SCI-Arc (1997), both accredited. His education at SCI-Arc formed a significant and forward-looking understanding of and abilities in design. He is a registered architect in Arizona (2009). He has worked regularly in a number of small firms since 1989, most notably doing design/build work with the DesignBuild Collaborative from 2001-2015. Working with that firm’s founder, Paul Weiner, Reimer developed the ability to build and design for rammed earth and to innovate mixtures, such as scoria. His understanding of construction and his fabrication skill as influences in design make him an important contributor to this school’s philosophical principles.
Paul has won peer-reviewed design awards in his practice:
- 2005, AIA Arizona: Energy Award - Honorable Mention: Rincon Mountain Rammed Earth Residence
- 2007, AIA Western Mountain Region: Merit Award: Rincon Mountain Rammed Earth Residence
- 2014, AIA Southern Arizona: House of the Year Award: Lava House.
Besides the UA, Reimer has taught at Catholic University as an adjunct faculty member. Since 2001, Paul has taught design studios at almost every level and courses in Design Communications at this school:
- ARC 101: Design Studio I
- ARC 102: Design Studio II
- ARC 201: Design Studio III
- ARC 202: Design Studio IV
- ARC 301: Design Studio V
- ARC 302: Design Studio VI
- ARC 401: Design Studio VII
- ARC 451b: Design Studio IX
- ARC 497b/597b: Leadership Institute
- ARC 509a: Summer Immersion Design Studio
- ARC 509b: Design Communication II
- ARC 510a: Summer Immersion Design Studio
- ARC 40a: Design Communication I
- ARC 540b: Design Communication II
Reimer is gifted in teaching beginning design and has been effective in both the B. Arch and M. Arch early studios at teaching with foundational teaching. He has been involved with the M. Arch degree since its opening in 2011 and has been actively involved with M. Arch admissions. He was charged with co-developing and teaching the introductory Immersion Studio and the associated Design Communications course. He has been largely responsible for getting incoming M. Arch students off to a good and positive start. From 2011-2012 and 2015-2016 Paul was the coordinator for ARC 301 | Tectonics Studio, where he developed the curriculum, wrote the project briefs, organized his co-teachers, oversaw grading, and managed the studio’s culture and development. Since 2010, he has also been involved in ARC 302 | Land Ethics Studio and contributed significantly to its pedagogy of passive climate design, sensitivity to landscape, and the design-grouping of small buildings in the land. He was named Archon Professor in 2013.
Paul has been active in our school, always being positive and willing to serve when asked. His most notable contributions have been on the M. Arch Admissions Committee and the SoA Sustainability Pedagogy Task Force and Committee, which developed our Sustainability Protocol for which he was the primary champion. Based on the International Living Future Institute’s “Living Building Challenge,” this program made the SoA the first accredited professional degree in the nation to adopt a sustainability protocol across an entire studio curriculum; In 2015, it was awarded the Environmental Excellence Crescordia Award for Environmental Education/Communication by Arizona Forward. The Sustainability Pedagogy Committee also developed its own sustainability design awards, nicknamed the “Monsoon Awards” (or “Soonies”), to encourage a culture of environmental awareness. Reimer played a major role in this program.
PROFESSOR OF PRACTICE RANKS
Professor of Practice ranks are “for established professionals qualified by a terminal degree or licensure and practice experience, with a body of work recognized through publication, design awards, or other peer recognition; and for established educators qualified by a terminal degree or licensure and teaching experience, with recognition of their teaching through conference presentations, publication, teaching awards, or other peer recognition.”
to ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PRACTICE
The specific criteria for Assistant Professor of Practice allow two alternative bodies of experience, those who are “established professionals with interest in teaching” or “established educators who have demonstrated competency in Teaching, Service, and investment in the cultural life of this, or another, school.”
Andrea has a Master’s of Architecture from the IUAV University in Venice, Italy. After school, he did competitions with Alberto Ferlenga Architetti Associati in Milan (2004-2005). He worked for the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam (2005-2009), where he worked on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange and the Fondazione Prada (Milan). While working at OMA, Bertassi was also a freelance intern for Werkplaats Vincent de Rijk in Rotterdam. His passion for new possibility and expression in architecture clearly grew from these formative experiences. After leaving OMA, Bertassi founded XCOOP, a design practice that has undertaken projects at various scales in different parts of the world. Three of XCOOP’s projects have won international peer recognition:
- 2008, New International Fair of Sardinia Competition, Cagliari, Italy: honorable mention.
- 2009, Un'idea per la ricostruzione - Emergency shelter Competition, Abruzzo, Italy: honorable mention.
- 2015, Dutch Consumers' Association competition, The Hague: first place. Under construction.
Andrea also has substantial teaching experience. He has been a visiting instructor at five institutions:
- University of Central America in San Salvador (2009)
- de Koning Academy, Rotterdam University (2011-2013)
- Technical University Delft (2013)
- KRVIA Mumbai (2013-2014)
- the Academy of Architecture Mumbai (2013-2014)
From 2014-2016 he was a Fellow at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, serving as Faculty Chair his second year. Andrea has been a lecturer at this school for the past two years. He is known for his commitment to students, which whom he is a gentle, though sometimes provocative, guide.
Jesús has a Master and a Bachelor of Architecture from Texas Tech. After school, he worked for Rick Joy Architects (2004-2005), from 2005-2007 for Hord Coplan Macht, (Baltimore) as well as for Sebastian Mariscal Studio (Cambridge) in 2007. In much of this early experience, Robles gained experience in project management and construction, which influenced his design approach and has become formative in his teaching and practice. In 2007, he co-founded DUST as a high-end design/build practice, which has won five national and international peer awards:
- 2013, Architectural Record: Record Houses for the Tucson Mountain Retreat (blind review).
- 2016, Architectural Record: Casa Caldera. Architectural Record (blind jury).
- 2016, World Architecture News: WAN House of the Year for Casa Caldera.
- 2016, Architectural Review: AR House Finalist – Casa Caldera (blind jury).
- 2016, Terra Awards 1st International Prize for Contemporary Earthen Architecture for Casa Caldera, finalist.
He has won three state and regional awards:
- 2012, AIA Southern Arizona: Honorable Mention for the Tucson Mountain Retreat
- 2017, AIA Arizona: Honor Award – Distinguished Building, for Tucson Mountain Retreat
- 2017, AIA Arizona: Merit Award – Distinguished Building, for Casa Caldera
He also has one peer recognition for teaching:
- 2017, AIA Arizona Design Pedagogy Award (shared).
Jesús has been invited to lecture about DUST’s work at schools of architecture and architecture societies throughout the United States; DUST’s work has been widely published. At this school, Jesús has been a principal contributor to the development of the Material Fabrication courses, which underwrite a fundamental understanding of materiality and craft in our B. Arch pedagogy.
Teresa has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arizona and is a registered architect. After school, she worked for Design and Building Consultants (1994-1995) and from 1994-1998 for Bob Vint and Associates as a project architect. In 1999, she co-founded Ibarra Rosano Design Architects, a practice known for its powerful connection to the desert and its clear, archetypal, minimal design. Rosano has won three national and international peer awards:
- 2010, Russian National Architecture Fair: invited exhibit, “Zodchestvo 2010: Current North American Architecture.”
- 2015, National Solar Design Award: Sunpower, "Intelligent Award for Excellence": Catalina Residence.
- 2015, City of Tucson, a national competition to commemorate shooting of Congresswoman Giffords, et. al., Finalist (of 4), January 8th Memorial Competition
She has won over seventeen state and regional awards:
- 2008, AIA Southern Arizona:
- Citation Award: Garcia Residence
- Merit Award and “Home of the Year” Award: the Six
- Merit Award: the Winter Residence
- 2008, Arizona Chapter of the American Concrete Institute: “Structural Design and Innovation” Award: Moltz Landscape.
- 2009, AIA Southern Arizona:
- “Home of the Year” Honor Award: the Double
- Merit Award: the Double
- 2009, Residential Architect: Merit Award: Single Family Production Housing, the Six.
- 2009, Custom Home Magazine: Merit Award, Outdoor Spaces: Moltz Landscape.
- 2011, AIA Southern Arizona: "Home of the Year" award: Patagonia Residence.
- 2012, AIA Southern Arizona: "Home of the Year" award: Levin Residence.
- 2013, AIA Southern Arizona: Design Honor Award: Levin Residence.
- 2014, AIA Southern Arizona: “Home of the Year” award: Pontatoc Residence.
- 2015, AIA Southern Arizona: “Unbuilt” award: Field of Lights: January 8th Memorial.
- 2016, AIA Southern Arizona: "Interior Architecture" award: Brother John's Restaurant.
- 2017, AIA Arizona: Home of the Year Honorable Mention: Innes Residence
Teresa has taught at the UA SoA since 2011. She developed our site planning courses for both the B. Arch and M. Arch degrees. She has, with her partner Luis, hosted many, many, many events for students and faculty at her home/studio.
Bob has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arizona and is a registered architect. He graduated from the UA in 1982, where he studied under James A. Gresham, FAIA. After working in two community-based practices, Vint joined his former teacher as a project architect. Gresham was a leading local architect of exacting design standards who, among other notable buildings, designed the UA’s subterranean learning center on the mall; Bob was greatly appreciative of and influenced by, his mentor. From 1987-1990, Vint was a teaching assistant for Alternative Building Materials at the Aga Khan Program of for the Study of Islamic Architecture at Harvard and MIT, where he developed a material and historical sensibility that would characterize his later work. In 1992 Bob founded what was to become in 1993 Vint & Associates Architects Inc. In 1997 he received the National Trust Historic Preservation Honor Award for his work on the San Xavier del Bac Mission, for which he has been the restoration architect.
Bob has won over ten state and regional awards:
- 2009, Metropolitan Pima Alliance: Common Ground Award for Architecture & Design: Tucson Fire Central
- 2008, Tucson/Pima Historical Commission: Preservation Award: Sam Hughes Elementary School Expansion
- 2004, Sonoran Institute:
- Best of Tucson Award for Public Green Building: St. Michael's Student Center
- Best of Tucson Award for Historic Preservation: Cheyney House Rehabilitation
- 2004, Tucson/Pima Historical Commission:
- Preservation Award: Agua Caliente Ranch Preservation
- Preservation Award: Court Avenue Rowhouse
- 2002, Arizona Commission on the Arts: Honor Award Arizona Heritage Preservation (SHPO): Cheyney House Rehabilitation
- 2001, Tucson/Pima Historical Commission: Preservation Award: Cheyney House Rehabilitation
- 2001, Arizona Planning Association: Current Topic Award: Stone Avenue Corridor Study
Since 1994, Vint has been affiliated with the UA’s Southwest Center as a guest lecturer on preservation, desert architecture, and urbanism. His publications include articles in the Journal of the Southwest by UA’s The Southwest Center. Bob has maintained extensive professional community service in Tucson. In recent years, Bob began his UA teaching with what is now History IV. Given his passion for, and intimate knowledge of, settlement in the Sonoran desert, he developed his Sonoran Urbanism elective in which he takes students to see and study the gems of the southwestern region.