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APLA Welcomes New Hires

New Hires Fall 2016

Rob Holmes, Assistant Professor

Rob Holmes joined the School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture in 2016, where he teaches design studios and courses in landscape architectural history, theory, and contemporary issues. He is co-founder of the Dredge Research Collaborative, which investigates human sediment handling practices through publications, the DredgeFest event series, and various other projects. He is also co-author of Mammoth, a blog about infrastructures, logistics, landscapes, and architectural possibilities.

Before joining Auburn, Holmes practiced landscape architecture in Virginia, with Michael Vergason Landscape Architects, and taught in Florida, Virginia, Louisiana, and Ohio.

Read more about Rob here.

Shawn Protz, Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture

Shawn joins APLA from the University of Arizona where he taught as an adjunct faculty while concurrently directing Protz Architects. A licensed architect in Arizona, California, DC, and Pennsylvania, Shawn’s prior experience includes work for Rick Joy Architects and KierranTimberlake. Shawn is teaching third-year design studio and teaming with Justin Miller on Environmental Controls 1. Shawn and David Kennedy are serving as mentors to the fall NOMA student design competition team.

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David Kennedy, Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture

David comes to APLA from Boston, where he recently completed a MDes at the GSD, where he won the Daniel Schodek Award for Technology and Sustainability. While in Boston, David taught as an adjunct at Wentworth Institute of Technology. David is teaching fourth-year studio and teaming with Justin Miller on Environmental Controls 2. In the spring he will be teaching a seminar on mass timber construction based on his research at the GSD. David and Shawn Protz are serving as mentors to the fall NOMA student design competition team.

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Jake LaBarre, Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture 

Adding to the team in Andrew’s absence, we’ve hired Jake LaBarre to teach the third-year studio with Instructor Alex Henderson. Jake is an Architect and Builder who comes to Rural Studio from Seattle, Washington. Originally from rural Minnesota, Jake has over 10 years of hands-on design-build experience as a builder with JAS Design Build and as a sole practitioner. After he gained building experience, he returned to graduate school, and received his MArch from the University of Washington. A licensed architect in Washington State, he has worked for the award-winning firm, the Miller Hull Partnership for six years as a designer, project architect, and project manager. His work has focused on material salvage and re-use and collaborative design. In addition to his professional experience in architecture, Jake has been co-teaching at University of Washington for the last six years with Professor Steve Badanes in the Neighborhood Design Build Studio, which has won many design and community advocacy awards.

APLA Congratulates the following visiting faculty to their promotion to tenure track positions in the School:

Valerie Friedmann, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture

Il Kim, Assistant Professor of Architecture

Danielle Willkens, Assistant Professor of Architecture

Fall Adjunct Instructors - 

Zdenko Krtic, Landscape Architecture

Dick Hudgens, Architecture (Rural Studio)

Judd Landham, Landscape Architecture

Dan Ballard, Landscape Architecture

Dale Speetjens, Landscape Architecture

John Threadgill, Landscape Architecture

Randal Vaughan, Architecture

Ben Wieseman, Architecture