SARUP is proud of the work NOMAS is doing to be change makers during this time of heightened visibility of racial inequities. They have pledged to donate to a number of organizations that are fighting against injustice for Black and Brown citizens, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Black Leaders Organizing for Communities (BLOC), Wisconsin Voices, and Milwaukee Freedom Fund, and have already raised $2000!

NOMAS states: “As future designers and architects of the world, we must practice working, designing, and educating the people in our communities through architecture, we cannot stand by and wait until everyone, regardless of race, religion or gender has an equal opportunity to create, to design, and to participate in the built environment.”

Learn more about their efforts on their “Black Lives Matter” Instagram post and how you can support this dynamic student group.

2020-2021 FELLOWS

SARUP welcomes two new teaching fellows for the 2020-21 academic year, Sarah Aziz (Fitzhugh Scott Advancing Theories Fellow) and Lindsey Krug (Fitzhugh Scott Innovation in Design Fellow). “We are thrilled to have Sarah and Lindsey join our architecture community during this academic year,” says Department of Architecture chair and associate professor Mo Zell. “The role of the fellowship is to promote and provoke more risk taking in our students, broaden their intellectual curiosity, and activate our building and our virtual environment.”

Sarah Aziz joins SARUP from Texas Tech University, where she was visiting assistant professor of architecture. She holds a B.Arch from Liverpool John Moores University and an M.Arch from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work explores ways of circumventing existing, ineffective modes of information distribution and cultural production through fringe research and the production of temporary discursive spaces, and includes her directorship of MOOCH Series, exhibitions in Tokyo, London and Chicago and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship.

Lindsey Krug joins SARUP from Chicago, Illinois, where she is a designer and researcher. She holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.Arch from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Krug has previously practiced at WOJR, SITU Research, ODA, and Studio Gang. Through the lens of the architectural user as a body in space, Krug’s work focuses on how design solidifies and reinforces taboos, hierarchies, inequities, and materiality into built form. Most recently, her project titled “Women Offer You Things,” a study of print magazines, gender, and semiotics of the countryside, was exhibited at the Guggenheim in New York as part of the exhibition Countryside, The Future curated by OMA/AMO.


If you missed the SARUP alum panels on “Navigating an Uncertain Job Market,” you can view the recordings. A big thanks to our alumni panelists Greg Cook (Holabird & Root), Barbara Hughes ( architecture), Alexander Walker (City of Milwaukee), Matt Dumich (SmithGroup), Angie Nygren (Populous), Bryan Howard, AIA, (Perkins and Will), Allyson Nemec, AIA, (Quorum Architects, Inc), Ali Kopyt, AIA (Korb + Associates Architects), Tuan Tran, (Design Fugitives), John Horky, FAIA (Kahler Slater), and Alex Timmer, (SARUP). The sessions were moderated by DAR Chair Mo Zell.


The COVID-19 emergency has resulted in lost wages, with students losing part-time and summer jobs and parents unable to support their college student as they intended before the pandemic. Some students have needed to pay for housing in Milwaukee that they are not using after moving home at spring break. Many students discovered that they needed to have better computers, better internet access or better software. Here at SARUP, we were pleased to be able to fill some of these needs as classes moved online with computers recycled from our studios and access to software or substitutes for commonly used programs. Even so, we anticipate students will find it increasingly difficult to make ends meet. We are particularly concerned about students becoming food insecure or losing access to housing.

The federal CARES Act has provided some much needed funds, and UWM (and SARUP) are supplementing those with the Chancellor’s Student Success Fund. Please help us support our students as they return in the fall. SARUP has earmarked a portion of our unrestricted gifts to make sure no SARUP student needs to go without basic necessities. If you have other ideas about how you can help, please contact Interim Dean Nancy Frank.


In these times of heightened awareness of racial struggles, injustices and inequities, SARUP is proud to partner with the outstanding leadership and members of NOMAS to address the challenges and inequities that BIPOC SARUP students experience within our program. In response, Dean Nancy Frank has tripled her own support for minority scholarships. From the UWM SARUP budget, she has committed $5,000 as a challenge grant to raise $5,000 in new donations for scholarship to recruit under-represented students.

Will you be a change maker? To answer the challenge, please click here to donate by August 15th; in time to make an impact in this academic year. Whether giving on-line or via check, please reference SARUP account 684600 and that your gift is for under-represented students.

Read more about SARUP’s commitment to inclusivity.


SARUP is following the Chancellor’s guidelines for safely opening the school to students in September. While prioritizing studios and workshop courses for face-to-face delivery, staff is considering social distancing and safety plans for each classroom and common workspaces.

Courses will be taught online or in a hybrid mode that will allow some personal interaction during the semester, allowing for special accommodations for students who need them. Our priority is to ensure safety while focusing on providing students with as many tools for success as we possibly can.

Currently, events are limited to no more than 50 participants, so we anticipate relying on videoconferencing for lectures, meetings and professional networking events. We had some great successes with online programs this spring and look forward to extending our reach beyond southeast Wisconsin by continuing to offer programs online.




Nikole Bouchard has been recognized with a UWM Undergraduate Teaching Award.

Dr. Kirk Harris was interviewed by Good Morning America and ABC News.

Dr. Ivy Hu has been appointed to the governing board of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.

Dr. Arijit Sen was interviewed by WISN 12 about the ways he and SARUP students expect the COVID-19 pandemic will shape architecture in the future.

Kenneth Adams was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Medal and Certificate as the top student in the M.Arch program.

Bella Biwer and Lexie Peterson received Dean’s Honors for their outstanding performance in the BSAS program.

Forrest Elliott was recognized as the outstanding student in the MUP program with the AICP Certificate.


Tommy Yang, BSAS 2017 will represent Parsons School of Design at the NYCxDesign Festival with his graduate thesis, which will be part of the live exhibition in October (if the pandemic stabilizes). He was selected to be the graduate commencement speaker for the School of Constructed Environments, and was awarded the Alpha Ro Chi Medal 2020 for Design Excellence, a Department of SCE Architecture Honors Award 2020 and the Eileen Gray Thesis Prize.

Quincy Drane, BSAS 2018 and Teonna Cooksey, BSAS 2019 are recipients of the Wisconsin Architects Foundation 2020 Out-of-State Study Scholarship. Teonna will be attending Columbia University, while Quincy makes the move to the Parsons School of Design.

We’re proud to share your achievements! Please send a note to Sharadha Natraj with your update.