Search for New Faculty

April 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

During this past month, IARc faculty have conducted a search for a possible new faculty member. During the past two weeks, IARc students have had the chance to hear directly from two potential faculty candidates when each conducted a presentation on their work and scholarship experience.

Lauren B. Smith presented her doctoral scholarship interests in green design and children’s learning environments, and discussed her professional experience with the Chicago architecture firm of Perkins+Will. Smith has focused her scholarship on green building literacy, and has an interest in linking architecture to environmental education by asking “how do green learning environments teach users about the natural environment?”

Elif Tural, the second potential faculty member, is working on her post-doctorate at Oregon State, where she has focused her scholarship on community design centers (CDCs) and affordable housing for the aging. Tural spoke of her desire to bring an  inclusive, collaborative learning process to her teaching methods, as well as connecting real life experiences to the university’s outreach agenda. Tural hopes to continue CDC and green housing as her contribution to research efforts.

Both Smith and Tural spent time visiting student’s studios, seeing UNC G’s campus, presenting, and meeting with faculty.


Elif Tural presenting to IARc students and faculty


Contributed by Lyndsey Blackmon – [1st] year grad

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