Eric Stark – Associate Professor of Architecture, Architecture Program Coordinator
Professor Stark came to UMA in 2005 having spent the previous 11 years in Boston, most recently working for the firm Perry Dean Rogers | Partners Architects. There he worked on various institutional projects including the McCain Library at Agnes Scott College, 60 Oxford Street for Harvard University, and an addition to the National Library of Medicine. During that time he also served as an adjunct professor at the Boston Architectural Center, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Professor Stark graduated magna cum laude from Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa in 1989 with a BA in Theater Design and a minor in Shakespearian Literature. After working in theaters on both coasts, he received his Master of Architecture degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, graduating in 1998 with a Letter of Commendation for Outstanding Achievement.
In addition to teaching at UMA, Professor Stark maintains a small architectural practice in Portland doing residential and institutional work in Maine. His on-going research includes community partnering, the use of diagram in architecture, the intricacies and practice of weaving, and the design of vessels.
Amy Hinkley – Assistant Professor of Architecture
Professor Hinkley graduated from Cornell University with a B.Arch in 1994, with awards in both design and outstanding academic achievement. After working at architectural firms in Illinois and Massachusetts, she moved back to Maine with her husband to raise their three boys and live on their family’s farm.
A practicing architect, Amy’s professional work evidences a commitment to sustainable construction methodologies and building systems, as well as larger issues of landscape, site and community. Issues of environmental and ecological sensitivity are deeply grounded in her design ethic, and she is constantly searching for ways to make buildings more sustainable through design solutions. Her academic research interests center on not only on the use of wood as a structural element, but on how the use of wood has evolved over time in relationship to resource scarcity and the emergence of conservation as a guiding ethic in architectural practice.
Teaching students the iterative design process reinforces her belief in the importance of that process in deriving solutions to the complex design problems that we face today.
Assistant Professor Sanjit Roy
Sanjit Roy teaches the upper level Comprehensive Design Studio in addition to courses in Digital Design and Structures. He is also responsible for the forthcoming India Research Program which takes students from UMA to India for systematic investigations into high density urbanism in Indian cities. His research interests span the fields of architectural theory, structural form and high density urbanism and his research has been presented at conferences in the US and abroad. He serves as the Architect Licensing Advisor for the program catalyzing the students’ engagement with the profession by assisting them in securing internships and guiding them through the licensure process. He is a Registered architect in jurisdictions in the US and India and he has designed projects in various countries around the world. His work has won design competitions and has been published internationally.
Roger Richmond – Professor of Architecture
Student’s Choice Faculty of the Year for 2001, Professor Richmond is a registered architect and holds a Master of Arts in Architecture Degree from the University of Florida. He was the first and only architect at the time commissioned by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) in Houston, to design zero and “artificial” gravity living environments on space stations and planetary fly-by missions. His work and research for NASA continued at the University of Pennsylvania while working on a Ph.D. and studying conceptual architectural design in the World Masters Class of Louis Kahn.
He was an assistant professor of Architecture at North Dakota State University, and an instructor in architectural design at the University of Southern Maine and the Maine College of Art. He is now Professor of Architecture in the B. A. in Architecture program he helped create at the University of Maine, Augusta. Professionally he is a partner in SpaceTherapy®, a design analysis firm, and has completed work on his book Manipulating Spaces (What We Do To Them And What They Do To Us) now used as a text in the studio design course, and which was designed as a companion book to his interactive television course on design theory and creative awareness.
In addition to Professor Richmond’s academic pursuits, his artwork has won regional and national awards, and he has been published both here and abroad. Professor Richmond is the national competition winner for Maine’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial. He has given workshops on glass art design and construction through his studio, and by special invitation, conducted a workshop on glass art in Kobe, Japan. He is a 3-D photographer and gives 3-dimensional slide presentations on art and architecture throughout New England and internationally.
Associate Professor Peter Precourt
Peter began teaching at the University of Maine at Augusta in 2006. He lives and works in Winthrop, Maine, with his wife and two children. He has prior university teaching experience at William Carey University in Gulfport, MS, the University of Houston in Houston, TX, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston Glassell School in Houston TX. Perhaps Professor Precourt’s most innovative academic work has been in the development of team teaching and civic engagement at UMA. He has team-taught Graphic Storytelling in Form and Practice, a 6-credit interdisciplinary course with Professor of English Lisa Botshon. He was the lead professor in a new Interdisciplinary course in Data Visualization with guest lecturers from experts in the fields of Sociology, Math, Business, Architecture, Ethics, GIS and Human/Computer interaction. He also co-created and co-taught the nine-credit interdisciplinary Collaborating with the Community, which integrated art, architecture, philosophy in the classroom and in Augusta’s Bread of Life soup kitchen and homeless shelter. He is now collaborating with the Architecture Department in their first year curriculum, and teaching the Introduction to Visual Communication course.
Professionally, Professor Precourt has an extensive body of work focused primarily in Painting, Drawing and most recently, the Graphic Novel. He works out of his storefront studio, art:works on Main, and recently commandeered a small storefront on Water. St. in Downtown Augusta to create POPUP 265 Gallery. Precourt curates contemporary art exhibitions there, with a primary focus on Maine based artists.
Assistant Professor Paul Fowler
Paul Fowler has been practicing architecture for 20+ years in several different locations in the United States. Throughout his career, he has worked on significant projects, like the first LEED certified hospital in the United States (Boulder, CO) as well as smaller and more personal residential projects. He has an avid interest in the environment and touching the earth as gently as possible in the work he is involved with.
Paul has worked as an adjunct professor at Wentworth Institute of Technology, University of Maine Augusta and Boston Architectural College for the past 10 years while simultaneously practicing architecture full-time.
Paul holds a Masters of Architecture from the University of Florida, a BFA in photographic illustration from Rochester Institute of Technology. He is a LEED accredited professional and a registered architect. Paul enjoys life on the seacoast living in York, Maine with his son.
Adjunct Professor Michael Belleau
Professor Belleau grew up on Main Street in Orono Maine playing basketball, eating Pat’s pizza, and sneaking into the UMO field house. Later, as a fisherman on a dragger out of Cape Cod, he developed a love of entanglement with the natural world and it’s rhythms. After studying architecture in Boston and London, Professor Belleau returned to work in Maine where he designed, among other projects, the minimalist modern fire station at Bangor International Airport. He opened his own office in Portland in 2001 focusing on simple and sustainable solutions to client briefs.
In 1992 he published the first of many articles on urban design in Maine, “Portland: Back to the Future”, which laid out a blueprint for developing Portland and Maine as a walkable, sustainable place. The theory class he teaches at UMA is focused on providing students with a base knowledge to allow them to pick up a theory book with confidence. In addition Professor Belleau is committed to helping each student create a personal theoretical approach to their work.
Adjunct Professor Luc Demers
Luc Demers is an artist living in Southern Maine. In the early nineties he studied art at USM, completing the BFA program with a concentration in photography. In 1994, while continuing to pursue his personal work, he began working as a commercial photographer as well as shooting editorial work for The Casco Bay Weekly and The Maine Times. In 2010 he earned his MFA in Visual Art at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Currently, Demers is an exhibiting artist, freelance photographer, and is educator in the first year sequence in the Architecture Department.
Adjunct Professor Joe Leasure
Joseph Leasure graduated magna cum laude from University of Maine, Orono with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering, specializing in Structural Engineering. He has been providing structural engineering services primarily in the New England area for over thirty years. He is the President and Owner of L&L Structural Engineering Services, Inc., in South Portland and provides project management and technical design services in all aspects of Structural Engineering. Mr. Leasure is proficient in the analysis and design of structural steel, cold formed light gauge steel, concrete, masonry, and timber framed construction. He has a wide variety of diversified experience in commercial, municipal, residential and heavy industrial facilities. Joe teaches the Structures II course in the Bachelor of Architecture sequence.
Adjunct Professor Jessie Carroll
Jessie Carroll, a project architect at Whitten Architects, finds the practice of residential architecture to offer an opportunity for thoughtful and empathetic design. Jessie brings her experience, both practicing commercial architecture in Boston based firms including; Utile Inc., Chan Krieger and Sieniewicz, and Cannon Design, and as a residential construction manager, to her design work. Jessie aims to produce architecture that is place driven and function oriented, with a process that is client focused and builder friendly. Jessie’s interests span beyond the production of architecture to the study of process and the business of practice. Jessie’s brings her enthusiasm for the profession to her fourth and fifth year students, to empower and engage students in thinking about the profession beyond the drawing board.
Adjunct Professor Malcolm Collins
Mac is a licensed architect with a practice based in Freeport. He is focused on historic buildings, downtowns, and campuses. He has directed projects for the University of Maine; Bowdoin, Bates and Colby Colleges; L. L. Bean; and Pineland Center. He consults with Main Street building owners through the Maine Downtown Center. Mac is a current member and past chairman of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission and a past president of Greater Portland Landmarks. He has been leading the UMA/ARC thesis class for the past few years.
Adjunct Professor Tobias Gabranski
Professor Gabranski has worked as an architect and designer in rural New England since 1984. Currently he works out of a studio in Bath, Maine, working on both residential and commercial projects. In his practice, he is interested in how architecture can help his clients achieve a heightened experience of both life and place, and strives to create settings of deep and lasting significance at any scale. In the studio, he pushes his students to discover solutions that focus on space making and spatial sequences, and asks them to iterate through diagram, parti, model, and section. Toby has taught both the third and second year studio sequences at UMA.
Adjunct Professor Chris Delano
Professor Delano graduated from Lehigh University with a B.A and from University of Washington with a Master of Architecture in 1997. He has practiced architecture in Baltimore, Seattle, Raleigh, and now in his own firm outside of Portland. Chris’ work continues to pursue the relationship of landscape, light and material, to achieve finely tuned living environments for people. He currently lives with his wife and three children in Windham. Maine.
Adjunct Professor Andrew Holbrook
Andrew Holbrook, P.E. is a Mechanical Engineer at Holbrook Engineering, LLC and has 25 years of experience in the design of mechanical systems for industrial, government, commercial and residential buildings. He has hundreds of completed designs in the field. He has worked extensively with energy analysis of new and existing buildings including LEED certifications and energy efficiency credits. Andrew brings to the class an understanding of client focused designs that strive to maximize the use of limited space and resources in coordination with architectural design. Andrew is the instructor of the “Mechanical Systems in Architecture” course for students pursuing their Bachelor of Architecture degree.