New Faculty Spotlight

September 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

Running the wood shop this year is new faculty member Sebastian Lindquist. He has a background in art, with a BFA in drawing from the University of Missouri. He spent the last four years studying Computer Science with a focus on programming and algorithms. His current interests include traditional woodworking, interactive environments and objects, and generative design. Visit him in the wood shop, or check out his website here.

A familiar face around the studio, Felicia Dean is the new director of CAM studios this year. Her journey includes an influential ensemble of her creative endeavors in Studio Art, Furniture Design, Interior Architecture, Upholstery, Graphics, and Millinery.  As an artist and designer, she creates works of art by actively researching, reflecting, experimenting, and producing projects which embody theories, methods and process of both disciplines.  Additionally, her work utilizes research from numerous disciplines, which include art, craft, furniture, fashion, graphics, mathematics, interior architecture, and entrepreneurship. She strives for the user/viewer to experience not only a physical connection with her works, but also an emotional engagement with them. You can get to know Felicia by visiting her in CAM studios or exploring her website here.

We also welcome professor, Maruja Torres, this year. Maruja has a multi-cultural, interdisciplinary background that includes bachelor and master’s degrees in architecture as well as a doctorate in design, construction and planning carried out under a Fulbright fellowship.  She is an award-winning educator and has experience teaching in architecture, interior design and sustainability programs in nationally ranked programs at Iowa State University and the University of Florida, as well as in Venezuela. Maruja brings her experience as advisor of over 30 interdisciplinary research projects and graduate theses, including the creation of near net-zero energy houses for the 2010 Solar Decathlon Europe and the 2011 Solar Decathlon.

Maruja is as passionate about design as she is about advancing sustainable design education and practice.  She is an accredited LEED BD+C professional, has actively participated in the creation and implementation of the Sustainability and the Built Environment major at UF,  and is a board member and standards developer for the Green Advantage green construction personnel certification program.  Her research efforts, conference presentations, and scholarly publications address a range of scales and domains in which sustainable design is developed and applied to the benefit of individuals, communities and the larger global society. Look for her in [3rd] year studio, and classes like IAR 334 and IAR 535.

Contributed by Chelsea Green, [3rd] year

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