Sprecher, Duncan, Nettler


Aaron Sprecher (M.Arch II, 2002) has been recently awarded the prestigious Canada Foundation for Innovation grant in support of his research laboratory LIPHE at McGill University School of Architecture in Montreal ($2M).

Under the supervision of Prof. Sprecher, LIPHE lab is one of the most sophisticated digital fabrication laboratory  in Canada and currently develops research projects in partnership with software developers, structural engineers, biologists and media artists. In collaboration with his practice Open Source Architecture (Ahrens, Neuman and Sprecher) and supported by large grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, LIPHE lab and its team of PhD and Post-Doctoral students are engaged into a series of research programs that seek ways to create a synergy between manufacturing processes, mechanical engineering and computational design. Aaron Sprecher is co-editor of the forthcoming book “Architecture in Formation” (Sprecher, A. and Lorenzo-Eiroa, P. eds.) to be released at the end of 2012.

With Performalism we propose a new approach to architectural design and fabrication. The project showcases the integration of multidisciplinary knowledge and partnership among experts in engineering and architecture. The research partnership stands at the crossing of design conception, digital manufacturing and engineering investigation.

Chris Duncan (M.Arch 1990) teamed with Lisa Gelfand to co-author Sustainable Renovation: Strategies for Commercial Building Systems and Envelope published in Fall 2011 by John Wiley & Sons.

Drawing on years of practice together at Gelfand Partners Architects, this forward-looking guide explores how the sustainable renovation of existing buildings presents great opportunities for initiating extensive changes in the performance of the built environment. Case studies of existing building upgrades illustrate strategies for sustainable renovations, along with current design approaches for radically improving the functionality of existing prewar, postwar, and late modern buildings.

Sustainable Renovation saves its key focus for institutional and commercial buildings, but discusses the challenges they pose within a global scope that encompasses all building practices.

Jonathan Nettler, AICP (M.A. Arch ’03) has been appointed as the new Managing Editor of Planetizen, the country’s most-visited independent website for urban planning news and commentary.

Jonathan is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and serves on the board of directors for the Los Angeles section of the American Planning Association (APA) as the vice director for professional development. He is also active in local volunteer organizations as a member of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council’s urban design and preservation committee, and a member of the board of directors of Hollywood Heritage.

Jonathan Nettler will oversee the operations of the Planetizen website, Planetizen Press, and Planetizen Courses, which collectively reachmore than 2.1 million unique visitors every year.