Mo Zell, RA, Associate Professor, Associate Dean

Bio
Mo Zell is the Associate Dean of the UWM School of Architecture and Urban Planning and principal of a design and research firm, bauenstudio. Her work is positioned at the confluence of architecture and installation. While architecture aspires towards permanence, installations are by their nature temporary and require a critical stance, one that provides possibilities to not only solve problems, but create questions and challenge preconceived notions. Zell fosters opportunities for students to work in a hands-on environment, at full-scale, and with real materials. The most recent collaborations include funded design/build studios working with Elizabeth Diller, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Sou Fujimoto, Sou Fujimoto Architects.
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The design work of bauenstudio has been recognized with several design awards including a Boston Society of Architecture (BSA) Honor Award, a Boston Society of Landscape Architecture (BSLA) Merit Award and an ACSA Faculty Design Award. Bauenstudio was also featured in Architecture Record as an emerging practice to watch.

Zell is the author of The Architectural Drawing Course published by Barron’s in the US and by Thames and Hudson in the UK. This book exemplifies her beginning design teaching pedagogy. She has been awarded numerous university grants that have been instrumental in completing her book and design research.

Education
Yale University, School of Architecture, M. Arch, 1998
University of Virginia, School of Architecture, BS in Architecture, Minor in Mathematics, 1994

Research Focus
Architectural Design
Architectural Place
Beginning Design Pedagogy

Courses
Arch 310 Fundamentals of Arch Design I
Arch 390/790 Constructed Site
Arch 636/836 Residual Space
Arch 685/885 Car Museum
Arch 800 Graduate Introduction Studio

Selected Work
ACSA Faculty Design Honorable Mention Award 2010, Zell, M. and M. Roehrle, collaborator. ‘The Construct of Remembrance’, 98th Association Collegiate Schools of Architecture Award.
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Zell, M. and M. Roehrle, ‘Big Box Redux’, Proceedings of the 98th Association Collegiate Schools of Architecture Annual Meeting: New Orleans, LA, 2010.

Zell, M. and M. Roehrle, ‘Park (ing) Lot’, Proceedings of the 98th Association Collegiate Schools of Architecture Annual Meeting: New Orleans, LA, 2010.

Zell, M and M. Roehrle, ‘New Suburban Prototype’, Poster Proceedings of the 97th Association Collegiate Schools of Architecture Annual Meeting: Portland, OR, 2009.

Boston Society of Architects Citation for Design 2008, Zell, M. and Roehrle, M., collaborators. BSA (Boston Society of Architects) Design Award honoring the Northeastern University Veterans Memorial, Fall 2008.

Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA) Merit Award 2008, Zell, M. and Roehrle, M., collaborators. Award given for the Northeastern University Veterans Memorial.

Zell, M., Principal Investigator. ‘New (Sub) Urbanism: Re-Think, Re-Zone, Re-Use’. UWM Graduate School Research Committee Awards (GSRC).

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