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Visiting International Scholars and Faculty

Visiting International Scholars

In addition to international students, APLA has played host to a number of international visiting scholars. These colleagues spend an average of three to four months on campus and use their time with us to pursue research based in the region and to learn about U.S. design and planning education by working alongside their APLA colleagues in the classroom and studio. Richard Pie

During the spring and summer of 2011, Professor Ricard Pie of the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC) completed a very successful stay as a Visiting Scholar in the CADC, working with our programs of architecture and landscape architecture.  Pie ( “pee-yea”) is an architect and urban planner based at the UPC’s Valles campus near Barcelona, Spain. Pie also serves as the Director of the Higher Technical School of Architecture (ETSA) at the University of Malaga. In addition to his work in the academy, Pie has served in key urban planning and design roles in Barcelona, including Barcelona’s planning for the Olympic Games.

Pie’s time at Auburn was devoted to the study of the connections between urban planning and tourism in coastal cities in the American Southeast and in the observation of teaching methods used in the landscape architecture and architecture programs at Auburn. Pie’s stay at Auburn has led to the creation of a formal student exchange agreement between Auburn and the UPC, with the first exchanges anticipated in the 2013-14 academic year.

Miklos Oroszlany

Miklos Oroszlany is a Hungarian architect who visited Auburn as a Fulbright Scholar for nine months in Fall 2011 and Spring 2012.  Miklos graduated from the Faculty of Public Building Design in Budapest, and his thesis project, “Trash House,” was a re-use center dealing with waste and paper-based building materials.

Miklos chose to continue his research at Auburn University because he was impressed by the re-use of waste products at the Rural Studio.  Working closely with Associate Professor Sheri Schumacher, Miklos developed teaching skills to further his research.

“Auburn University was welcoming, and I learned a lot about education, research and architecture.  I have seen how to integrate architectural research into the design process and how students can make a strong influence on local communities,” says Miklos.

Miklos visited many of the outreach programs of the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture.  He was particularly impressed by the influence between buildings, materials and their local culture.  As Miklos explains, “The American material culture is slightly different from the European attitude.  I could see these differences through student projects.”

A tireless traveler and photographer, Miklos crisscrossed Alabama.  He says, “Fortunately, I had the chance to experience the whole state.  I have met the Gee’s Bend community.  I have visited ‘Newbern downtown.’  I have tried the special pies at Pie Lab and the boiled peanuts at the Birmingham Peanut Depot.  I have visited the Urban Studio and the Red Barn.  I have seen amazing abandoned gas stations and lively horse auctions.  I have experienced the living history of Alabama and the civil rights movement.  I have spent an inspiring nine months at Auburn. Returning to Hungary, I realize how it changed my perspective.  This change is based on a continuous interaction of education, architecture, and culture.”

Yan Guo

Yan Guo is an architect from the Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture. Her interest is in the exploring the use of vernacular forms and tradition in contemporary architectural design and planning. She is also actively engaged in developing international study programs with American universities. During her stay at Auburn in Fall 2012, Yan worked with faculty from the McWhorter School of Building Science and the Master of Real Estate Development to explore future collaborations with their programs.

Dr. Bahadır Numan currently teaches at the Istanbul Technical University (ITU) Department of Interior Architecture as an instructor in Presentation Techniques and Interior Design studios.  He was appointed as the Departmental Vice-Head in 2011.

Hosted by Professor Tarik Orgen in Fall 2012, Bahadir taught in the third year architecture studio at Auburn.  Bahadir coordinates international exchanges including Erasmus and the Auburn Semester in Istanbul Program.  For this unique visit to Auburn, Bahadir accompanied nine students from ITU.

Bahadir completed his undergraduate degree in architecture at Eastern Mediterranean University in his native country of Cyprus.  Bahadir also holds a Master of Architecture from North Carolina State University and completed a PhD in Architectural Design at ITU with his dissertation “Analysis of a Problematic City Block in Mardin: The Milli Settlement.”

Dr. Paul Cullen is an Associate Professor in the School of Visual Arts at Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. He teaches sculpture and practices as a sculptor. Paul has exhibited internationally (including Sydney, Tokyo, Stockholm, New York, Seoul, London) and has recently published a book of his work titled R/P/M.  Paul was a Visiting Fulbright Scholar with the Master of Landscape Architecture program for three months over summer 2012.

While in Auburn, Paul collaborated with Rod Barnett, Chair of the Master of Landscape Architecture, on an interdisciplinary project–Contingency–that developed proposals for interventions at a range of sites across Alabama. These proposals, which included models, drawings, plans, photographs and a real time installation of five, 45 gallon drums filled with sod, were exhibited in the CADC Gallery in June 2012. Paul is currently developing a website devoted to the project, and the pair are hoping to take the show to Birmingham in the next year.