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Street Co-Naming Honors J. Max Bond Jr.

On November 19, former CCNY dean of architecture and visionary architect and activist J. Max Bond Jr. (1935-2009) received a quintessential New York honor: The southeast corner of West 162nd Street and St. Nicholas Avenue is now J. Max Bond Jr. Way. Speaking at the co-naming ceremony, CCNY President Vince Boudreau remembered Bond as "always looking forward and looking back. He sought to educate young people while commemorating the history of struggles and achievement." CCNY alumnus and NYC Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez hailed Bond as a "great champion of social justice." The Spitzer School of Architecture's current dean, Gordon Gebert, lauded Bond’s leadership of the faculty and the school, commenting, “Max Bond put the City College school of architecture on the map." Gebert also commended Bond's deep and enduring commitment to the students. "Bond served as a vivid role model to minority students. He would come to the school nearly every Saturday to visit students at their drafting tables in the design studios in Shepard Hall, offering personalized suggestions and guidance on their design projects and encouraging their efforts to become architects." Bond led the architecture school from 1984 to 1992. He is also the namesake of the Spitzer School’s research and design center.

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Spitzer School of Architecture DACA Statement

STATEMENT OF THE FACULTY The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture The City College of New York/CUNY As designers, historians, researchers, and staff who are privileged to teach and work at the City College of New York, we are part of a community of students, colleagues, and professionals from around the world; they enrich our creative, intellectual, and scholarly lives each and every day. We are connected to vital global networks of creativity and scholarship, and freedom of exchange and travel in all directions are essential to the work that we do. We welcome the important ‐‐indeed indispensable ‐‐ contributions made by visitors, migrants, and refugees to our country, to our fields, and to our campus. We, the faculty and staff of the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, express our unwavering support for all members of our community, especially to our students and colleagues who are threatened by the hostile and discriminatory environment that is increasingly the project of the U.S. administration. We will show our resolve in every way available to us and do all that we can to overturn this threatening and un‐American drive. To that end, we condemn the decision to rescind DACA, issued by President Donald Trump on September 5, 2017. We also condemn previous actions taken by the Trump administration that propose to ban entry to the United States for non‐citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries and have vastly expanded the number of undocumented immigrants expelled from the United States. And we are appalled by the rise of neo‐Nazi movements, the events in Charlottesville, and what we see as a rising threat to other groups, from the Dreamers and other immigrants, to transgender students and women, to those who are simply making academic visits. We are acutely aware of the egregious history of nativism and racism in our country and its enduring effects on our buildings, landscapes, and cities and the people who build and inhabit them. We cannot stand silent as new federal rules are put in place that invoke ethnic and racial prejudice and condone everyday acts of violence; this reminds us of other shame‐ filled episodes in our history, from the Chinese Exclusion Acts to the Executive Order sending Japanese‐Americans to internment camps, and the refusal of Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany. Learning from the past is the first step in preventing abuses in the present and imagining a more just and equitable future. It is critical that the United States continues to welcome newcomers of all backgrounds and nationalities. This is fundamental to free intellectual inquiry, to the creativity that sustains us, and to our democracy. The faculty and staff of the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York value diversity, inclusivity, and mutual respect and are committed to maintaining them as central to our mission and our beliefs and to fighting against unjust and divisive actions that are hostile to them. We stand united, in solidarity with all members of our community and will defend their right to remain with us with all our ability. Adopted unanimously on March 2nd, 2017 ; Reaffirmed and updated September 7th, 2017. [PDF version]

Architecture students and Professor Fabian Llonch (left) at the Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família in Barcelona during their summer 2017 study abroad.

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9 Spitzer Students Receive Castagna Scholarship Covering Tuition and Study Abroad

Nine architecture students are benefiting from the new Castagna Architectural Scholarship, which provides a full year’s tuition plus funding for study abroad and books. Several recipients, in both the B Arch and M Arch I programs, studied in Berlin or Barcelona this past summer, and two students are on semester-long exchanges in Spain this fall. “The Castagna Scholarship allows immersion into other cultures--broadening one's outlook, acceptance, and integration of new cultural ideas,” said Solomon Oh, a fifth-year B Arch student who studied in Barcelona during Summer 2017. “Studying in Barcelona revealed the city's positive permeability between public and private realms; the experience will indefinitely inform my practice of design.” Interim Dean Gordon Gebert noted the effect of the program for both the students and the school. “Nine talented and deserving students from diverse backgrounds have received important avenues for growth--a truly transformative opportunity they would not have had without the vision and the generous support of the Castagna Architectural Scholarship Program.” The scholarships are made possible through the foundation’s generosity and continued commitment to public education. Students are selected based on factors including achieved academic excellence and financial need. Along with Oh, recipients are Daniel Blanc and Mark Weinberger from the B Arch program and, from the M Arch program, Glenn Bell, Grace Lawal, Kiamesha Robinson, Matthew Shufelt, Rachel Ware, and Håkan Westergren.

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