Accomplishments: School of Architecture

September 10, 2020
Alfredo Fernandez-Gonzalez (Architecture) and his involvement with CarbonPositive RESET! have led to the UNLV School of Architecture being the only academic institution to be a partner, along with the American Institute of Architects and more than 15 of the top global architecture and construction firms, being part of a global teach-in to showcase the most effective building materials, construction methods, design tools, architecture and planning strategies and policies to dramatically and...
August 12, 2020
Dak Kopec (Architecture) was invited by Anant National University in Gujarat, India to present on the topic of design as a supporter and detractor to mental health and well-being on August 15th. The event is sponsored by Ashoka Center for Well Being in Gujarat, India with the intention to inspire people to have conversations with each other and to develop a feeling of solidarity as each person proceeds in their journey toward mental health and well-being.
May 26, 2020
Steffen Lehmann (Architecture) has been selected as one of the "Top 100 Leaders in Education" — an award to be conferred at the Global Forum For Education and Learning (GFEL) conference, which will take place in Las Vegas next month. The awardees were judged on the following five parameters: overall reach, industry impact, spirit of innovation, future readiness, and market demand. Next month he also will give an online talk, "Designing Urban Resilience." It is sponsored by the city of Reno, the...
February 4, 2020
Dak Kopec (Architecture) coauthored a chapter in Eric Rossen's second edition book Supporting and Educating Traumatized Students. Kopec coauthored the chapter with Davis Harte of the Boston Architectural College, in Boston. In the chapter, "Design as the Missing Variable in Trauma Informed Schools," they discuss the relationship between students' perceptions and behaviors as an outcome to their surroundings.
January 22, 2020
Sapira Cheuk (Art), Chad Scott (Teaching and Learning), and Richard Zwiercan (Libraries) are participating in an exhibition titled Existing in Thought, which is on display through March 4 at Winchester Cultural Center gallery. The exhibit features 42 works of art by 34 selected artists. Russian-born guest curator Valentin Yordanov has exhibited and studied internationally.
January 17, 2020
Richard Zwiercan (Libraries) had a work of art selected for the juried group art exhibition, Existing in Thought, which will be on display at the Winchester Cultural Center Gallery in Las Vegas through Feb. 6. 
December 3, 2019
Dafne Odette (Architecture) provided a presentation for the European Federation of Psychology Students Associations on the topic of experiential memory formation and retention through various measures that serve to trigger a memory. Her proposal went through a blind peer-review process, and there were more than 200 participants, including instructors and students, from schools of psychology throughout Europe.
December 2, 2019
Dak Kopec (Architecture) just returned from Prague in the Czech Republic and Vilnius in Lithuania where he delivered invited presentations. In Prague he spoke to more than 200 people for the European Federation of Psychology Students Associations on the importance of design within the psychosocial therapeutic process. He then flew to Vilnius to provide a lecture to the College of Architecture on the effects of war, climate change, monuments and memorials, and sociopolitical climates on people's...
October 15, 2019
Alberto de Salvatierra (Architecture), working in conjunction with undergraduate student Carley Pasqualotto (Architecture), was selected as a finalist in the 10th Non Architecture Competition: Dying. Their speculative design, "Project OSSuary," calls for the design and construction of Orbital Space Stations (OSS) in low-Earth orbit within the next 20 years to become humankind's insurance policy against a rapidly deteriorating planet. As a finalist entry, "Project OSSuary" will be published in a...
October 7, 2019
Iman Ansari (Architecture) wrote a review of the CCA Channel, which was published in the latest issue of Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. CCA Channel is the YouTube channel of the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), an international research institution based in Montreal. The review discusses the CCA Channel in the context of CCA's media history and the digitalization of archival material in architecture.  
August 20, 2019
Kendall Marsh, Dafne Odette, and Michael Sagun (all Architecture) pushed Top Tier initiatives through the presentation of original research at Clemson University’s International Nursing Conference for Excellence in Healthcare Design. Odette and Sagun presented on the development of an experimental memory-strengthening and enhancement device based on the convergence of neuroscience and Gestalt perceptions as the foundation for experiential memory. Data was filtered through design thinking...
April 10, 2019
Ray Cho (Hospitality) and Glenn Nowak (Architecture) were recently awarded a mini grant for their proposed cross-disciplinary project, Hospitality Design - Professional Project w/ Professionals' Assessments. The grant was awarded by the office of the vice provost for academic programs.