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Two architecture professors saluted by AIA chapter

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JAN. 16, 2013 -- The Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) Architecture department has had two professors recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for their distinguished work in the field.

Dr. William Carpenter, professor of architecture, received the Bernard B. Rothschild Award from AIA Georgia in December. This is the highest award given by AIA Georgia, and it recognizes the most distinguished service to the profession of architecture in the state of Georgia by an architect who exemplifies the principles of the profession.

A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design accredited professional (LEED AP), Dr. Carpenter has spent 25 years in the field and is the founder and president of Lightroom, a nationally recognized design firm in Decatur, Ga.

He has been teaching architectural design, design-build, and theory and criticism at SPSU for 20 years. He is also a past president of AIA Georgia and currently serves on the AIA’s National Board of Directors. Dr. Carpenter is also a past Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) National Educator of the Year.

In January, the Young Architects Forum Atlanta [YAF Atlanta], a program of the Atlanta chapter of the American Institute of Architects, selected Joseph Choma, an assistant professor at SPSU, to receive the 2013 Emerging Voices Citation for his research and experimentation in architecture.

YAF Atlanta awards the Emerging Voices Citation to individuals and firms with a distinct ‘voice’ who demonstrate the potential to influence architecture and design within the Atlanta metropolitan area. Prof. Choma is the fourth member of the SPSU architecture faculty to have received this honor in the last decade; YAF Atlanta recognized Associate Prof. Kathryn Bedette in 2003 and assistant professors Liz Martin and Ed Akins in 2006 and 2008, respectively.

Joseph Choma with art installation“It's truly gratifying and a testament to the scholarship and service of the School of Architecture and Construction Management (ACM) faculty to have earned two prestigious AIA awards within such a short period,” said Richard Cole, ACM interim dean. “The honors earned by Dr. Carpenter and Prof. Choma bring significant local and national attention to our school and SPSU. The School of ACM is proud of their scholarship and service and the recognition they bring to our university.”

Prof. Choma is a designer and founder of Design Topology Lab, a research platform dedicated to the ontology of space defined by mathematics. He has taught architecture at SPSU since the fall of 2011.

He has been recognized in numerous design competitions and has been published in magazines and conferences internationally. His work has been exhibited throughout the world.

Prof. Choma is writing the first design guide to mathematical transformations, to be published by Laurence King Publishing in early 2014. He completed his graduate studies in design and computation at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds a professional degree in architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (N.Y.).

Earning the Emerging Voices Citation also earned Prof. Choma the opportunity to produce an installation and stage a solo exhibition at the Barbara Archer Gallery (280 Elizabeth Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30307) where it will remain on display through March 9.

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