Nathaniel Brooks

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Byzantine Church Design Salon

In Judson University - Traditional Architecture & Urbanism on December 3, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Monday, December 6

1:00-5:00 pm

Harm A Weber Academic Center, second floor

Judson University

Featuring projects by: Molly Copeland, Drew Gander, Stephen Howard, Hilary Jackson, Loren Johnson, Wyatt Johnson, Richard Nichols, Michael Rabe, and Justin Spackman


Byzantine Church Design Critique II

In Judson University - Traditional Architecture & Urbanism on November 21, 2010 at 10:40 pm

More images of work in progress. Salon Presentation of final presentations December 6, 1-5 pm. Invitations forthcoming…

Byzantine Church Design Critique I

In Judson University - Traditional Architecture & Urbanism, Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 7:00 am

St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Elgin, Illinois recently asked for Judson University’s help in exploring possibilities for improving their campus. Following an extensive survey of the parish a new long-range planning study was completed, which the student designers in Judson’s fourth-year TAU studio are using as the basis for their design research. In addition to a variety of functional improvements, parishioners were clear in their desire for a beautiful temple reflecting the Byzantine heritage of the Orthodox faith that would signify the vibrant faith of their community and become a legacy for the church. Students have been working with the parish priest and various committees, and recently presented schematic concepts for review. Jurors included representatives from the parish committees,   Judson architecture professors Dr. Jhennifer Amundson, Dr. Christopher Miller, and Nathaniel Brooks, as well as TAU studio fellow and Judson graduate student Brian Mork.

1000 Years From Now

In Judson University - Traditional Architecture & Urbanism on September 29, 2010 at 5:59 pm

What will our towns look like? What will the transportation systems be? How will the existing infrastructure be incorporated or abandoned in the post-petroleum landscape? Where will our building materials, food, and other commodities come from, and how will they get from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’?The fourth-year Traditional Architecture and Urbanism design studio is currently investigating possible answers to these questions as they propose brownfield town developments to replace suburban sprawl in Chicago’s northwest suburbs.

A sketch concept for an agrarian community by Molly Copeland, Hilary Jackson, and Wyatt Johnson

An Agrarian City

A sketch concept for urbanizing existing suburban sprawl by Loren Johnson, Richard Nichols, and Justin Spackman

Self-sufficient mixed-use community

A sketch concept for a new pair of cities reconnecting the community to a nearby river by Andrew Gander, Stephen Howard, and Michael Rabe

Steve Mouzon visits Traditional Design Studio

In Judson University - Traditional Architecture & Urbanism on September 22, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Prominent architect and Original Green author Steve Mouzon was the guest critic for the Senior TAU studio’s Project for the Piazza della Rotonda. Mouzon applauded the forward-thinking of many of the projects inherent sustainability and adaptability. He was equally impressed with the level and quality of work produced in the compact two-week studio. Mouzon urged students to take advantage of the many tools and resources available to modern classical designers to ensure the appropriate and functional use of traditional elements and details. Mouzon lectured to a large crowd later in the day as the opening speaker in the 2010-2011 SoADA lecture series.

Studio Tour: Stonecarving

In Judson University - Traditional Architecture & Urbanism on September 22, 2010 at 2:17 am

Judson visits stonecarver Walter Arnold in his studio

Fourth-year design students in the Traditional Architecture & Urbanism concentration recently toured Walter Arnold’s stonecarving studio in rural Elgin, Illinois. After attending a third-year critique last spring, Mr. Arnold invited the students out to learn more about the art of stonecarving and its use in architecture. For more information see

Project for the Piazza della Rotonda

In Judson University - Traditional Architecture & Urbanism on September 22, 2010 at 1:55 am

How can the morphology of the urban context assist in shaping a new building on this prominent Roman piazza?

How can a background building to the Pantheon represent a variety of uses?

How can a courtyard shape a building at Rome’s latitude to maximize passive lighting, heating, and cooling?