Faculty Books + Awards

Our faculty have been busy! Help us celebrate their authored books as well as national and international awards.


College of Architecture and Urban Studies Dean’s Office

Exploring the Architecture of Place in America’s Farmers Markets

Albright’s book draws attention to the simple but elusive architectural space of public and farmers markets. It discusses three seminal types of markets—heritage buildingopen-air pavilion, and pop-up canopy—demonstrating the characteristics of each type using a mixture of narrative and illustration. Some of the architectural elements discussed include walls that layer, openings that frame, roofs that encompass, and niches that embrace. While each of the case studies illustrates shared characteristics of one of the architectural typologies, each farmers market is distinct in the specific ways it reflects the local culture and environment.

Publisher: University of Cincinnati Press (April 2020)


School of Architecture + Design

Blurred Transparencies in Contemporary Glass Architecture: Material, Culture, and Technology

In this book, Ishida brings to light complex readings of transparent glass through close observations of six pivotal works of architecture. Written from the perspectives of a practitioner, the six essays challenge assumptions about fragility and visual transparency of glass. Buildings examined in the book include a sanatorium with expansive windows delivering light and air to recovering tuberculosis patients, a pavilion with a crystal clear glass plenum circulating air for heating and cooling, a glass monument symbolizing the screen of personal devices that shortened the distance between machines and humans, and a glass building symbolizing the social and material intertwining in the glass ceiling metaphor.

Publisher: Routledge (April 15, 2020)

Recent National and International Faculty Awards

The following recognition and awards have been bestowed upon CAUS faculty for their scholarship, outreach, and teaching over the last six months.


In a first for CAUS, Edward Becker, assistant professor of architecture, was awarded a Wood Innovation Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for his proposal titled “Increasing Hardwood Utilization in the Cross-laminated Timber Market.” The grant advances research in wood products that create jobs, revitalize local economies and support sustainable forest land management.

Donna Dunay, the G.T. Ward Professor of Architecture, was recognized as a Most Admired Design Educator of 2020 by DesignIntelligence. Dunay was also appointed to the American Institute of Architects Strategic Council for the Region of the Virginias. The Council is charged with surveying the profession to identify opportunities and threats, and also with engaging in strategic planning to inform the goals, objectives, and strategies of the AIA.

Jonas Hauptman, assistant professor of industrial design, was awarded a Runner Up in the Emerging Research Award Paper Category at the 2019 Autodesk Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) national conference.

The fog harp, a joint project between Brook Kennedy, associate professor of industrial design, and Jonathan Boreyko, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has been named a finalist in the 2020 Industrial Design Excellence Awards.

Jodi LaCoe, visiting assistant professor of architecture, led a multi-faceted team to the Smooth Operators Industry Engagement Award in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon Design Challenge 2020. In addition to partnering with officials from the City of Alexandria, the team worked closely with local firms including AECOM, AkulAR, Alpha Corporation, Cvike, GHT Limited, HDR Inc. Additional team members include faculty advisors Milia Boroyevich, Igor Cvetkovic, J. Dennis Daniels, Georg Reichard, Susan Piedmont-Palladino, Joseph Wheeler; graduate teaching assistants Golnar Ahmadi, Mahsa Hedayati; and students Najd Alnajidi, Yasmin Dambo, Shayan Ghodousi, Michael Hannawi, Mona Koushkebaghi, Sean McCarthy, Sari Melhem, Sun Qianyi, Cristina Tognotti, Evan Wolford, Yutaro Yamaya.

Margarita McGrath, associate professor of architecture, was awarded an Arnold W. Brunner Grant for Architectural Research from the Center for Architecture and AIA New York for her project titled “Land Ho! The Endangered Mobile Home Park as a Hothouse for Alternative Forms of Affordable Living.”

Martha Sullivan, assistant professor of practice in the industrial design program, was invited to Songjiang, China, as a Visiting Scholar at the Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts (SIVA), where she led a workshop on the process of press molded ceramic tiles. The entire collection of tiles will be installed at the National Children’s Hospital in Shanghai, associated with Fudan University, and detailed in an upcoming book. Sullivan also served as a featured speaker in SIVA’s Intangible Cultural Heritage series for a Chinese national audience.

Lisa M. Tucker, professor and program chair of interior design, was recognized as a Most Admired Design Educator of 2020 by DesignIntelligence, making it the third year in a row for Tucker to receive the recognition.


Georg Reichard, associate director for research and associate professor of building construction, and Robert Dunay, the T.A. Carter Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture + Design, led a student team that received an Honorable Mention in the Office Building Division in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon Design Challenge 2020. Reichard was also appointed president of the Society of Building Science Educators, an association of university educators and practitioners in architecture and related disciplines who support excellence in the teaching of environmental science and building technologies.


Steve Hankey, assistant professor of urban affairs and planning, received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award to award to measure air pollution with bicycle sensors and a smartphone app. This is the first CAREER Award for a SPIA faculty member in the school’s history. Read more about it here.


Meaghan Dee, assistant professor and chair of graphic design, received two Bronze awards from the Indigo Design Awards for her logo designs and a Silver Graphis Award in the Poster Annual 2021 category.

Wallace Lages, assistant professor in the creative technologies program, received the Best Demo award at the 2019 ACM Symposium on Spatial User Interaction in New Orleans. Lages and colleague Doug Bowman (professor of computer science) received the award for their work on augmented reality workspaces that adapt to the physical environment around the user.