David Kratzer receives a 2014 Nexus Learning Award


Nexus Learning Awards Recognize Teaching Excellence at PhilaU
Posted on April 2, 2014 in University Headlines

More than a dozen Philadelphia University faculty and staff members were honored at the 2014 Nexus Learning Awards ceremony on April 1 in the Kanbar Campus Center Performance Space.

Jeff Ashley, interim director of the Center for Teaching Innovation & Nexus Learning, said the event's honorees "capture the essence of what it is to be an innovative, engaged and active educator," calling the event an "opportunity to honor those individuals or groups who exemplify the Nexus Learning approaches that we value so greatly at Philadelphia University."

From some 20 nominations, four Nexus Learning Awards were granted to individuals and groups of faculty or staff members who implemented active, collaborative, real world experiences infused with the liberal arts into the classroom through extra-curricular experiences.

Each received $250 for instructional supplies to facilitate Nexus Learning in the classroom.

The winners are:

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Evan Laine, law and society program director; Donald Dunham, assistant professor of architecture; Frank Baseman, graphic design communication program director; David Kratzer, associate professor of architecture; Stan Gorski, associate director Paul J. Gutman Library; Jennifer Barr, Arlen Specter Center for Public Policy archivist; Elizabeth Lewis, project manager; Karen Albert, Paul J. Gutman Library director; and Sarah Moore, The Design Center collections curator—This team led an interdisciplinary collaboration between students, the Paul J. Gutman Library, The Design Center and The Arlen Specter Center for Public Policy to create the exhibit "Single Bullet: Arlen Specter and the Warren Commission Investigation of the JFK Assassination."

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This entry was posted on May 20, 2014




Eugenia Ellis Leads Design-Build Project at Drexel for Mantua Urban Peace Garden


Drexel Helps Community Garden Spring Up in Mantua
30 October 2013 by Matt Erickson

What was once a vacant lot in West Philadelphia's Mantua neighborhood is now a vegetable-filled garden, thanks in part to Drexel. And with more help from the University, the site may be transformed even further in the future.

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Drexel's contributions are far from complete. Gena Ellis, an architect and associate professor with a dual appointment in the College of Engineering and the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, has a hope for a transformable structure that could serve all sorts of purposes for the garden. She'll be leading a multidisciplinary two-term course, starting in the winter, during which Drexel students will design and build it.

The goal will be a structure that can provide shade during the hot summer months to protect the fresh produce and can transform from a farmer's market to a festival stage: a structure that can accommodate different kinds of community activities from small group gatherings to music festivals. Ellis said, "What if, like a radio's dial, its acoustic properties could be "tuned" to focus inward for intimate storytelling and outward for community concerts?" It could serve as something beyond that for Mantua, too, she said."The transformable structure could become a community landmark and place of identity for the residents."

But whatever this structure turns out to be, she said, it will be planned and designed along with PHS and neighborhood residents in consensus.

"The hope is for it to be the community's dream, not Drexel's dream," she said.

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This entry was posted on March 11, 2014




Philadelphia University Exhibit—Single Bullet: Investigation of the JFK Assassination


This entry was posted on January 17, 2014






Eugenia Ellis Leads Research Team Ameliorating Symptoms of Dementia



Ameliorating Symptoms of Dementia at St. Francis Country House: Evidence-Based Design Study of the Efficacy of a Daylight-Matching, Low-Energy LED Luminaire Prototype
08 October 2013 by American Society of Interior Designers

Q&A with Dr. Eugenia Victoria Ellis, research team lead at Drexel University

What was the inspiration for your research?
My firm, BAU Architecture, has been working for the past five years with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, a Catholic charity that among other initiatives operates several skilled nursing facilities in the area. A large portion of our work for them has been interior renovations for various areas of their skilled nursing facilities. A few years back, I was invited to St Francis to evaluate their fourth floor dementia unit. Having worked with them for a number of years, I knew there were certain suggestions they would implement and others that they would not.

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This entry was posted on October 08, 2013






Students Of David Kratzer Continue Work On JFK Exhibit

In the Fall of 2013, Philadelphia University is hosting an exhibit celebrating the life of Arlen Specter entitled "Single Bullet: Arlen Specter and the Warren Commission Investigation of the JFK Assassination." Architecture and Graphic Design students joined forces to generate collaborative exhibit pieces charged with placing visitors "in the place of" Specter and JFK during the assassination and subsequent Warren Commission to empirically understand the nature and gravity of the events. Led by professors David Kratzer, architecture, and Frank Baseman, graphic design, along with exhibition advising by architecture professor Donald Dunham, the collaborative student team focused on the graphic design and didactic content of the exhibit as well as three primary constructions. With the first, visitors can sit in an abstraction of the Continental limousine that JFK was riding in to experience, via camera, the differing directions of assassination shots and conspiracy theories. For the second, visitors can view through an abstraction of Zapruder whose film of the assassination became the iconic documentation and evidence of the assassination. With the third, an abstraction of Dealey plaza provides the centerpiece for the Warren Commission section of the exhibit. Students presented the graphic design language and interim constructions to dignitaries at the Groundbreaking including Specter family members. Students will complete the constructions over the summer as part of the PNC grant that primarily funded the project. The exhibit will open in October 2013.

Limo model puts visitors where JFK sat during assassination
April 25, 2013

By Aaron Moselle, @awmoselle

The exhibit will be held in the Paul J. Gutman Library from October 2013 through March 2014.

The single bullet theory, the late U.S. Senator Arlen Specter's controversial explanation of the John F. Kennedy assassination, will sit at the center of an upcoming exhibit at Philadelphia University in East Falls.

Specter is often credited with developing the theory during his time as a staffer with the Warren Commission, which famously investigated the 1963 assassination.

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This entry was posted on April 25, 2013






Transitional Housing Booths Give Residents Needed Personal Space

Now that the transitional housing booths have been installed and in use for the past few months, residents are able to give their feedback.

Phila. U. students face challenge in designing women's shelter

By Hillary Siegel, Inquirer Staff Writer
POSTED: April 14, 2013

Architecture students at Philadelphia University confronted an unusual challenge when they created a living environment for residents at the Women of Change shelter in Philadelphia.

The shelter, for women with mental illness who are chronically homeless, is meant as transitional housing.

The students had to solve this puzzle: How to create beds and a living area that were comfortable and provided some privacy, without making them too comfortable or too private - the shelter should not be so nice that residents never want to leave.

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This entry was posted on April 14, 2012






Transitional Housing Booths Installed @ Women of Change Safe Haven

Spring 2012 Design X students of the socio-political design-build studio collaborated with Project HOME, the largest private homeless advocate in the Philadelphia region, on the design and prototyping of homeless shelter constructions including sleeping 25 dorm privacy partition stations and community room screening benches. PhilaU Occupational Therapy students offered programming and critique assistance. Cavo Design, a steel fabrication firm led by PhilaU alum, began fabricating the privacy partitions in July, 2012. The partition system has been assembled and installed at @ Women of Change Safe Haven this past weekend.

For the Design on the Delaware Conference and Trade Show 2012 in Philadelphia, David Kratzer lead a presentation on the interdisciplinary project with Paul Sassani, Project HOME; Marc Caccavo, Cavo Design; and three students who who participated in the studio.

Phila U. students design and build transitional living booths for local homeless shelter
December 12, 2012

By Meg Frankowski for NewsWorks

The shelter is located on Arch Street in Philadelphia.

The Women of Change Safe Haven shelter, located at 2042 Arch Street, received a fresh look, integrated storage and improved privacy thanks to a group of 14 ambitious architecture students at Philadelphia University.

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This entry was posted on December 12, 2012