Time and Place

Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: SARUP Gallery (AUP146)/ Marcus Commons

The graduate class exhibition will take place in the Marcus Commons.

Sponsors – Zimmerman Studios and WC Consulting Inc.

Guest Critics:

Bob Somol: Robert Somol has been director of the School of Architecture since 2007. A design critic and theorist, he is the editor of Autonomy and Ideology (Monacelli Press, 1997) and has served on the editorial boards of Any and Log. His writings have appeared in publications ranging from Assemblage to Wired and will appear in a forthcoming collection of essays, Nothing to Declare. Somol is the co-designer of off-use, an award-winning studio and residence in Los Angeles that extends his interest in combining the speculative discipline of modernism with the material excesses of mass culture. In the 2015-16 academic year, Somol was a fellow at UIC’s Institute for the Humanities, where he worked on a book, This Will Cover That: Writing and Building from the Death of Corbusier to the End of Architecture; he also served as Baumer Distinguished Visiting Co-Professor (along with Neil Denari) at the Ohio State University.

Jenny Wu: Jenny Wu received her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University and Master of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design. Currently, Jenny is a member of the design faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI_Arc) and Columbia GSAPP. She has previously taught at institutions such as Syracuse University and Renssellaer Polytechnic Institute. In addition to her architectural practice, she also founded LACE by Jenny Wu, a line of 3D printed jewelry, in 2014. The pieces have been widely featured in publications, such as Forbes, People, and Elle Magazine. Most recently, Jenny was named one of four design visionaries by Porsche and Dwell Magazine in their “Powered by Design” documentaries, showcasing her pioneering work in 3D printing.

Ersela Kripa: Ersela has received numerous awards for her design work and scholarship, including the 2021 Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the 2018 Emerging Voices award from The Architectural League of New York, the Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome in 2010, and residency fellowships at the MacDowell Colony in 2009 and 2013. Ersela was named a Fellow of the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2010, and was recognized as one of ARCHITECT Magazine’s Emerging Talents in 2011. Ersela was awarded a University Design Research Fellowship at Exhibit Columbus in 2020-21, a Cameron Visiting Architect fellowship at Middlebury University in 2016, and named a DISCREET Fellow in Residence at the Berlin Biennale in 2016. Her research is particularly focused on uncovering the machinations of the securocratic regimes that surveil and control public lives. Ersela is an Associate Professor and Director at Texas Tech University College of Architecture (CoA) in El Paso; Director of Projects at POST (Project for Operative Spatial Technologies), a CoA research center; and Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Architectural Education. Ersela has taught at Columbia University GSAPP, Washington University in St. Louis, and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).

The schedule is as follows:

9am-10am – SUPERJURY Breakfast & Introduction

10am-12:30pm – Fall ’21 Studio/Seminar Review

12:30pm – Lunch

1:30pm – Spring ’22 Studio/Seminar Review

4pm – Superjuror Award Deliberation

5pm – Award Ceremony/Celebration Conciding with SARUP Spring Bash

What is SUPERJury

SUPERjury is a day-long review and celebration of the most provocative undergraduate and graduate projects in the school. With projects nominated for consideration by both students and faculty, the goal of SUPERjury is to foster self-reflection and stimulate a conversation about the state of architecture within the school and also how our work relates to contemporary issues in practice and the world. Students who are selected to participate in the review are recognized with honors and cash prizes. It’s a very significant event for the School of Architecture & Urban Planning.

Thank you to our host The American Institute of American Students (AIAS) and sponsors Zimmerman Architectural Studios, INC. and WC Consulting INC.

For more information contact Architecture Chair Kyle Reynolds.