Author Archives: Liza Otto

2019 Study Abroad in Berlin

This summer, a group of ten undergraduate and graduate students traveled to Berlin, Germany, for Spitzer’s Summer Abroad program. The course is coordinated annually by Associate Professor Christian Volkmann and this year was taught by Ahu Aydogan and Yee Lin. The City College students joined others from the German University of Technology in Oman as

Melendez to Exhibit at London Design Festival

Professor Frank Melendez‘s start-up, bioMATTERS, will exhibit its 3D wall system, Meander Series, at the 2019 London Design Festival. Meander Series, which will be part of the festival’s Biodesign Here and Now exhibition, has a dual performative function: it provides a solution for sound sensitive environments and improves indoor air quality. The exhibition runs September 19-22

Michael Sorkin Studio Is Finalist in NYC Housing Competition

Hiding in plain sight in New York City are nearly two dozen potential solutions to the city’s affordable housing shortage. Small, irregular vacant lots that are residential-ready yet challenging in scale to develop, these 23 city-owned properties are the focus of the 2019 Big Ideas for Small Lots NYC competition, which has named as a finalist

“Bre△the” Project Wall Demos Plant-Based Air Remediation

Bre△the is a botanically based air-purifying system constituting plant-based air-remediation strategies. It is hydroponic, meaning that the plants grow without soil in a medium that is composed of adsorbents and porous glass stones that capture and filter toxins in the air. This system can be used as a model for a self-regenerating solution that could

Williamson Wins Honors, Election

Associate Professor June Williamson has recently been elected to two positions and honored by the Architecture Alumni Group. At-Large Director, ACSA In 2018, Williamson was elected At-Large Director of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), which provides a forum for ideas in architectural thought, education, and research. The association includes more than 500

Spitzer School Class of 2019

The Spitzer School congratulates the class of 2019! On May 31, approximately 100 graduates were awarded degrees of Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Master of Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture, and Master of Urban Planning. Graduation Slideshow Continuing students winning awards and scholarships were also recognized at a separate award ceremony on