Super Jury
Friday, 04/30/21

Thesis Super Jury is a daylong, online event wherein a group of nominated students, recognized as having some of the most accomplished projects from the graduating class, will present to a small panel and compete for the Burton L. Kampner Memorial Award.

Thesis is the final studio in the Master of Architecture degree program at Taubman College. Under the guidance of faculty advisors, students conduct research and create works that engage the ever-changing cultural landscape shaping our discipline. Some studios are more self-directed while others ask students to develop projects under a section-wide thesis, and the option to work individually or in groups varies between studios. This means that frameworks for success can be different across studios, and an “accomplished” project could be defined by a wide range of factors. A project could be nominated because it has a clear position; it pushes the boundaries of representation; it speaks to audiences outside of the academy; it challenges the discipline’s core assumptions; it proposes new ways of working or making; it reaches a high degree of resolution as a building proposal; it opens up possible worlds...or because of other reasons that exceed this list.

There will be ten thesis presentations, one from each of our thesis sections. Students will have around 20–22 minutes for presentation and discussion, and the conversations are open to the public. In addition to determining the Kampner Award-winning project, members of the panel have also been asked to discuss the work in an online symposium at the end of the day.

This year’s panelists are:

Hazel Edwards

Chair and Professor, Howard University

Alessandra Ponte

Professor, Université de Montréal

Jacqueline Shaw

Assistant Professor, Rhode Island School of Design
Taubman College M.Arch ‘11

Lola Sheppard

Professor, University of Waterloo

Geoffrey Thün

Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Research + Creative Practice, Taubman College