Congressman Peter Roskam Honors College of DuPage Architecture Program for Recent AIA Award

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By Jennifer Duda

Congressman Peter Roskam reads a proclamation honoring College of DuPage Architecture Professor Mark Pearson and his students during a recent visit to campus. Pearson’s students received a 2017 Distinguished Project Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects Northeast Illinois Chapter in October for a gathering pavilion they designed, built and installed on the COD campus in Glen Ellyn. View photos from the visit.

Joined by (from left) College President Dr. Ann Rondeau, Board Chairman Deanne Mazzochi and State Representative David Olsen, Roskam toured the Architecture program’s suite in the Technical Education Center and viewed conceptual designs and models of the AIA Award-winning project.

Located next to the McAninch Arts Center, the wooden open-air structure called Umbra 82 by the students, is designed it to play with light and shadow. “Umbra” refers to the darkest part of a shadow, while 82 is the number of white boxes inset into the piece. The project was the focus of an eight-week summer Design Build class in 2016 funded by a grant through the College Foundation’s Resource for Excellence program.

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