ASU Art Museum holiday sale through Dec. 21

December 6, 2013

This holiday season, find a unique and affordable gift for a loved one  – or yourself – at the ASU Art Museum store, and take advantage of a great holiday sale discount.

All regularly priced merchandise – including exhibition catalogs, gifts, toys and jewelry – is 20 percent off, now through Dec. 21. ASU Art Museum members receive an additional 10 percent off. Download Full Image

The ASU Art Museum store features a number of handmade items by local artists, ASU alumni and faculty, as well as jewelry and other accessories, works from artists around the world, hand-made greeting cards, imaginative and challenging toys for children and other unusual items, all eligible for the holiday sale discount.

When you shop at the museum store, you’re supporting ASU Art Museum programs – and shopping local. According to Local First Arizona, of which the museum is a member, when shoppers choose to spend their money locally, 73 percent remains in the local economy, compared to just 43 percent from non-local stores.

The ASU Art Museum is part of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University and is located on the southeast corner of Mill Avenue and 10th Street in Tempe. Metered parking is available in the lot directly west of the museum entrance; museum admission is always free.

The store is open during regular museum hours, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Tuesdays (during the academic year) and 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. The museum is closed on Sundays and Mondays. To speak with a member of the museum store staff, call 480.965.9076. 

Juno Schaser

Event coordinator, Biodesign Institute


ASU Design School professor takes top architecture award

December 6, 2013

Faculty and alumni from The Design School in the Arizona State University Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts won several awards at the American Institute of Architects Arizona Design Awards Gala, including the Arizona Architects Medal, the organization’s highest honor.

The 2013 American Institute of Architects Arizona gala, which took place at the A.E. England building in Phoenix on Nov. 2, 2013, honored architects from across the state for their for exemplary projects or service to the community. The award-winning Desert Courtyard House. Photo courtesy of Wendell Burnette. Photo courtesy of Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Download Full Image

Craig Barton, director of The Design School, said that the recognition of Design School faculty and alumni by the American Institute of Architects Arizona ”highlights both their work as designers and the connections between The Design School and the professional community. Their projects are exemplary and help to describe new models of design practice. We value their efforts, recognition and continued engagement with the school.”

Jack DeBartolo lll, a longstanding member of The Design School’s architecture program and currently a faculty associate in the school, received the 2013 Arizona Architects Medal, the highest award given at the state level. Past awards have gone to Arizona-based architects ranging from Michael Goodwin to Will Bruder.

The medal is presented to members who have “advanced the profession of architecture” and recognizes “their outstanding professional achievements and their sense of social responsibility.”

Wendell Burnette, a professor of practice in The Design School and also a longstanding member of the architecture faculty there, received an American Institute of Architects Arizona honor award – the top prize in that category – for the Desert Courtyard House.

Steven Fucello, a graduate of the architecture program in The Design School, is the principal for Fucello Architects, the firm that won both the Sustainable Living Award and an American Institute of Architects Arizona design honor award for its Tom’s Thumb Trailhead project.

Tom’s Thumb Trailhead provides access into the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve’s multi-use trail network. The project site is located at the northern base of the McDowell Mountains. The facility provides parking for 224 vehicles, interpretive displays, a formal gathering area for educational venues, equestrian access and waterless restrooms.

Fucello said that it was “very humbling” to receive recognition from AIA AZ for the Tom’s Thumb Trailhead project.

“Personally, this project will hold a special place in my career because I feel it truly highlights knowledge and sensibilities that were developed from cross-disciplinary studies between the Master of Architecture and Master of Environmental Planning programs while attending ASU,” Fucello said.

Fucello noted that although there was no formalized joint-degree program between architecture and environmental planning when he attended The Design School, the directors of both programs worked with him to craft a specific program to meet the requirements of both concurrently.

“With [the directors’] encouragement and support, I graduated with both degrees, which laid the foundation for a heightened sensibility to the natural desert environment.”

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Communications and Media