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Karen Van Lengen

Professor
Unit: School of Architecture
Department: Department of Architecture
Office location and address
Peyton House 202
1215 Lee St
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
Master of Architecture, Columbia University
Vassar College, B.A.
Biography

Karen Van Lengen, FAIA,  is the William Kenan Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia. She is an internationally recognized architect, researcher and academic leader. Van Lengen’s research has focused on the exploration of sound and communication as an integral part of the new public realm.  As a  University Research Fellow (2012-14) at the Institute for Advanced Technologies in the Humanities, she created an ongoing web-based project entitled “Soundscape Architecture”,  launched in 2014. This project celebrates the aural qualities of iconic examples of architecture using inventive interpretive and analytical processes. She is the recipient of a Jefferson Trust Grant to study the aural qualities of the University’s Academical Village with students and faculty collaborators. This work has led to the creation of another web site, (in collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Technologies) entitled "Listening to the Lawn".  Her art and architectural works have been acquired and exhibited at several international museums including, The Art Institute of Chicago  (MIX House Project), Columbia University Library Drawing Collection, (Berlin Library Competition Drawings), The Museum of the CIty of New York, (Soundscape New York Installation) and Amerika Haus Berlin, as well as several exhibition galleries.  She is currently working on experimental sound designs for architectural space with the aim to influence the scope and practice of architectural design. In addition to her design work, Van Lengen has lectured extensively, authored and co-authored several books and articles, related to sound, landscape and academic projects.

ARCH 2010: Foundation Studio II
Credits: 6
The foundations studios involve beginning design students in thoughtful application of fundamental design principles, foundational techniques of representation and fabrication and comprehensive critical design strategies. These courses foster the development of the beginning design student's design methodology founded on thoughtful, creative, ethical and rigorous work practices in service of exploring meaningful formal and spatial propositions. Prerequisite: ARCH 1010, 1020, 1030.
ARCH 3020: Foundation Studio IV
Credits: 6
This studio course emphasizes conceptualization and synthesis of complex programs in contemporary contexts at multiple scales. Prerequisite: ARCH 3010
ZFOR 3512: International Study
Placeholder course for students studying abroad
ARCH 4010: Research Studio II
Credits: 6
This studio course emphasizes conceptualization and synthesis of complex programs in contemporary contexts at multiple scales. Prerequisite: ARCH 3020
ARCH 4820: Teaching Experience
Credits: 3
Selected students lead a seminar (of 8 to 10 younger students each) for 'Lessons of the Lawn' and 'Lessons in Making.' All student assistants attend class lectures (for a second time) and then meet with their seminar groups weekly, leading discussions of topics and questions raised by the instructor.
ARCH 5403: Soundscape Venice
Credits: 3
This seminar will accompany and inform the work of the Venice studio in advancing our understanding of sonic environments. Working with both architectural and urban spaces in Venice, students will discover the city through their ears as well as their eyes. The course will include texts on contemporary sound culture as well as field studies of specific regions of the city. The sound projects will become part of a new web site, "Soundscape Venice".
ARCH 5500: Special Topics in Architecture
Credits: 1–6
Topical offerings in architecture.
ALAR 7010: Research Studio 1
Credits: 6
Advanced vertical studio, exploring complex issues and sites, often through interdisciplinary design research. Prerequisite: ARCH 6020 or LAR 6020.
ARCH 7010: Foundation Studio III
Credits: 6
Intermediate-level design problems, emphasizing analysis and synthesis of complex contextual, cultural, and constructional issues. Prerequisite: ARCH 6020 or chair permission.
ALAR 8010: Research Studio 2
Credits: 6
Advanced vertical studio, exploring complex issues and sites, often through interdisciplinary design research. Part one of a two part comprehensive design sequence. Prerequisite: ARCH 7020 or LAR 7020.
ALAR 8030: Design Studio 3
Credits: 6
Advanced vertical studio, exploring complex issues and sites, often through interdisciplinary design research. Prerequisite: ALAR 7010 and ALAR 8010.
ARCH 8480: Professional Practices
Credits: 3
Introduces the primary issues involved in the practice of architecture: professional ethics, business practices, project process and management, personnel management, management of the process of producing a building, and the methods available to do so.
ARCH 8800: Teaching Experience
Credits: 3
Teaching Experience Prerequisite: Permission of the chair.

Fellow, Institute for Advanced Technologies in the Humanities

Jefferson Trust Foundation Grant for “Listening to the Lawn” Project

Fellow of the American Institute of Architects

University of Virginia Zintl Leadership Award

Distinguished Achievement Award, Virginia Society of the AIA

First Prize winner, Amerika Gedenkbibliotek Competition, Berlin, West Germany

Third Prize, Formica 2000X Competition

AIA Honor Award, Fragrant Hill Hotel, Beijing, China (I.M. Pei & Partners)

Fulbright Fellowship in Architecture, Rome, Italy

American Association of University Women Academic Fellowship