Tag Archives: Renee Cheng

Paving the Way for a More Diverse Industry

For architecture students, the road to becoming licensed is a long one. Between school, internships, and preparing for the licensure exam, the mean time from high school graduation to becoming licensed is 13.3 years.ยน For many students, the current model puts an architecture license out of reach, this is especially true for minority groups and women. Reducing the time it […]

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School of Architecture Announces Leadership Change

Dear School of Architecture Faculty, Staff, Students, and Friends,Over the last decade I’ve had the honor and privilege serving as Head of the School of Architecture. I am proud of the work we’ve accomplished together, we’ve done a lot! My major goals as Head was to support curricular innovation and the strengthening of our programs. finding ways to work with faculty, staff, administration, students and alumni to identify the needs of the future. Starting with the invention of the nation’s first (and still only) Bachelor’s of Design in Architecture (BDA), continuing by strengthening our Bachelor’s of Science program, creating a nationally award winning “out of the box” revision to the M.Arch professional degree, growing our Master’s of Science Degrees including our…

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Trimming Years Off the Path to Architecture Licensure

[Update: October 23, 2013]A new article in Architect this week explains how our new M.S. in Architecture with a concentration in Research Practices (MS-RP) degree aims to help B.Arch or M.Arch graduates achieve licensure within six months of graduation.Students enrolled in the one-year MS-RP program will not only take coursework in research methods and analysis, but they will also spend 25 hours a week in a research practice internship. Based on their experience and interests, they will be paired with a faculty member and design firm in the Consortium for Research Practices to work on a research and practice (RP) internship.Read More[Original Post: January 18, 2013]Starting this spring, the School of Architecture will offer a new concentration in research practices…

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Architecture Head Renee Cheng Meeting with Students, Schools in China

The head of the School of Architecture, Professor Renee Cheng is visiting China over the next 10 days. She's speaking with Chinese students and faculty, and lecturing at a number of architecture schools. Xinle Wang (M.Arch '07) is acting as an ambassador during the trip. One of Professor Cheng's stops included the School of Architecture (pictured top, center) at Tianjin University , the first Chinese university, founded in 1895. Ralph Rapson (dean of the School of Architecture from 1954-1984) took University of Minnesota students there in the early 1980's. Yesterday, Professor Cheng had the opportunity to meet Tianjin's current architecture dean, Professor Tongtong LIU (pictured top, left), who also happened to be one of the Chinese students who shared a…

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