The Julius Shulman Institute at Woodbury University in Burbank, Calif., recently announced that Teddy Cruz and Jennifer Siegal '87 have been named the first fellows of the institute.
As the Institute's inaugural fellows, they will share their approaches to architecture by lecturing, teaching, and furthering their areas of research in the trans-border region and mobile design, respectively.
Named for and supported by an internationally known architectural photographer, the Institute provides programs that promote the appreciation and understanding of architecture and design.
Siegal is known for her work in creating the mobile home of the 21st century. She is founder and principal of the Office of Mobile Design, a Los Angeles-based architecture firm that focuses on designing “non-permanently sited structures that move across and rest lightly upon the land.”
Her projects have been profiled in publications such as The New York Times and Esquire magazine. Her innovative mobile structures include customized, prefab Modernist homes; the Mobile Eco Lab that was used to teach area students about the environment; and the Portable Construction Training Center that was created for the Venice Community Housing Corporation.
Siegal's projects were featured in her book, “Mobile: The Art of Portable Architecture,” published in 2002. After receiving her undergraduate degree from William Smith College, she earned a master of architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture, also in Los Angeles.
Cruz is best known for his socially responsible and artistically motivated projects focusing on housing and urban development along the Tijuana-San Diego border. Born in Guatemala, he is now principal in his own studio and has taught at the Woodbury School of Architecture and Design's San Diego campus. Cruz is an architectural graduate of Cal Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, with a master's degree from the Harvard School of Design.
The Shulman Institute focuses on Shulman’s involvement in the principles of modernism and offers classes, lectures, seminars, tours and workshops at elementary, middle and high schools in the area, as well as at community centers. It also serves as an archive and research center, with the photographer’s workbooks, books, correspondence, kudos, and other artifacts of his career serving as a resource for students and scholars.