26 Feb

NewSchool Team Takes First in Reno!

CMteamCONGRATULATIONS to the NewSchool student team that won FIRST PLACE at the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Design/Build Competition! The NewSchool Foundation is proud to be the main sponsor for this amazing group of students, including our own Student Board Member Nick Kawamoto! This is the third time in three years that a NewSchool team has taken first place.

You can watch a video of their winning moment here.

You can watch the entire winning presentation here.

4 Feb

2015 Pillars Scholarship Presentations

Pillars Scholarship Presentations 2016

We are pleased to invite you to honor the 2015 Dr. Steve Altman Pillars Scholarship Recipients. Grace Lee, Ryan Stangl and John Knibbs will share with us the experiences that were made possible thanks to the scholarship awards, and inspire students to participate in 2016. At the event, this year’s Dr. Steve Altman Pillars Scholarship Award will be announced.

We encourage all to attend and to share this incredible opportunity for our students!

WHAT: Dr. Steve Altman Pillars Scholarship 2016 – Student Recipients’ Presentations

WHEN: Thursday, February 4th, 2016 at 6 PM

WHERE: The Students’ Lounge in the Main Building, NSAD


Grace Lee will speak about her proposal aimed to bridge the gap between Neuroscience and Architecture through research and the development of a database.

John Knibbs completed the Rome Study Abroad program offered by NSAD in Summer 2015 with the goal of bridging the gap between Architecture  and Costruction Management.

Ryan Stangl applied his award toward research for the publication of his first Academic paper, to be presented at the 2016 ACADIA Conference.

27 Oct

Hay Memorial Fund: Call for Proposals

Applications for the Hay Fund are now closed.

The NewSchool Architectural Foundation’s Harold Hay Fund seeks to honor the vision and dedication of Harold Hay by sponsoring action-oriented research, practical lectures, and the construction of demonstration projects that advance the knowledge, understanding, and application of passive solar technologies in the built environment.

  1. Use/Allocation of funds:
    • The total amount established by the Board of Directors for this year’s allocation is $25,000.
    • There is no limit on the number of projects that may be awarded, but the total amount awarded during this round will not exceed $25,000.
    • Awards may be made for the purposes of lecturer fees, honoraria, student stipends, or fabrication costs for prototypes, demonstrations, or installed operating systems.
  2. Threshold Criteria
    • Each proposal requires a NewSchool Faculty or staff sponsor.
    • Per the terms of the Hay Fund bequest, projects should be student-focused, promote a fossil fuel-free future, and/or should address issues of social and environmental responsibility. Projects may also educate the public on historical and new energy efficient design, and support students doing extraordinary research in these subject areas during their final year of research.
  3. Qualitative Criteria:

Priority will be given to projects that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Projects that enhance cross-disciplinary understanding of the built environment.
  • Projects that can result in physical construction or prototypes
  • Projects that have significant impact on the studio experience of the involved students.
  • Projects that make a contribution to the academic culture of the NewSchool.
  • Projects that embrace the tenets of social, environmental, and professional responsibility.
  • Projects that have practical applications.
  • Projects that have matching funds.
  1. Performance Criteria:
    • The completed project(s) must include a presentation of the findings/outcome, available free to the public.
    • The project should be completed within the 2016 calendar year, though exceptions may be made, at the discretion of the Board, for projects that require a different timeline.
  2. Evaluation
    • Project submittal will be evaluated by a Committee of the NewSchool Foundation.
    • The Foundation reserves the right to further develop and refine select project proposals in collaboration with the proposers.
    • Award decisions will be made in January of 2016 and funds are anticipated to be available for disbursement immediately thereafter.
    • The Foundation reserves the right to make no awards.
  3. Submittal:
    • All proposals should include a concise statement of the problem or issue that is to be explored, and how this relates to the proposal criteria.
    • The means by which this is to be done.
    • The names of any lecturers or technical professionals who would be remunerated or provided honoraria by the project.
    • A conceptual budget for allocation of the Foundation funds and other resources that are a part of the project.
    • The entire proposal should be no more than (4) pages, 11-point Arial with 1” margins.
    • Proposals must be submitted to the Foundation Secretary, Lucy Campbell via email at lcampbell@newschoolarch.edu by 5pm Friday, December 4, 2015.
    • Questions may be submitted in writing to Lucy Campbell at the email address above; she will distribute them to the review committee for their response.

Hay Fund Call for Proposals – 2015

17 Jul

NSF Archtoberfest Awards

final award
Awards presented at the NSF Archotberfest Fundraiser. Designed and built by NSAD students.

At the NewSchool Foundation Archtoberfest Fundraiser we had the pleasure of presenting some very special awards.








Alumni of The Year: Umber Kazmi

umber3Umber completed her Master of Architecture at NSAD in 2005. She went on to Director of A.R.E Education at Funkaar Institute, before founding her own architecture school in the Sacramento area: Adroit School of Architecture focused on licensure upon graduation. In addition to her academic work, Umber is an accomplished artist.



Faculty of the Year: Gil Cooke

Professor Gil Cooke has served NSAD as both President and Dean. Gil was awarded Faculty of the Year for his work with the Yantolo Foundation. Find out more here.






Built Environment Advocacy Award: Ron Roberts

ronrobertsSan Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts was given a special award in recognition of his tireless advocacy on behalf of our built environment. In particular, the Foundation recognized Roberts for his central role leading the creation of San Diego’s Waterfront Park. 

17 Jul

NSF Archtoberfest Fundraiser



Dr. Steve Altman PILLARS SCHOLARSHIP Fundraising Reception

Honoring Supervisor Ron Roberts

Thursday October 16, 2014 – 5:30 to 7:30pm

NSAD Art Center Gallery, 710 13th Street, East Village

Beer, Wine & Generous Appetizer Buffet

Tickets only $45


Additional Donations Welcomed 

Tickets & Donations at Eventbrite:


The evening includes a reception with this year’s scholarship winners and our special honorees:

  • Supervisor Ron Roberts – In recognition of his tireless advocacy on behalf of our built environment.
  • NewSchool Alumnus of the Year, Umber Kazmi honored by the NewSchool Faculty
  • NewSchool Faculty Member of the Year, Gilbert Cooke, FAIA, honored by the NewSchool Alumni Association

Proceeds from the event will fund the Dr. Steve Altman “Pillars” Scholarship. The scholarship supports NewSchool students of all disciplines whose academic achievement contributes to the four pillars of the NewSchool’s excellence:

  • International Commitment
  • Urban Engagement
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Preparation for Practice.

The NewSchool Foundation is a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit.

All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent permitted by law.

The NewSchool Foundation supports the educational mission

of the NewSchool of Architecture & Design and promotes the

awareness, appreciation and understanding of architectural design,

landscape architecture, and construction in creating the

built environment and building better communities.