STEPHANIE Z. PILAT (PhD 2009), Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Oklahoma, is the 2016 recipient of the Society for Italian Historical Studies’ Helen and Howard R. Marraro Prize for her book, Reconstructing Italy: The Ina-Casa Neighborhoods of the Postwar Era (Ashgate, 2014). The Marraro Prize recognizes the best book in Italian history each year. Pilat’s book has already been lauded in reviews from both the Journal of Italian Studies and the Journal of Urban Studies. The book project built on her Ph.D. dissertation completed at UM in 2009 with Professor Lydia Soo.
MICHAEL MCCULLOCH (PhD 2015) completed his dissertation, “Building the Working City: Designs on Home and Life in Boomtown Detroit, 1914-1932,” in summer 2015, receiving Taubman College’s Distinguished Dissertation Award in Architecture. He is currently a Fellow of the Michigan-Mellon Project on Egalitarianism and the Metropolis, and Lecturer in Urban Planning. Michael recently gave invited talks at the Chicago History Museum and the University of Michigan, and presented a conference paper at the Society of American City and Regional Planning History in Los Angeles. He is currently at work on an article and a book prospectus, addressing Fordist culture and worker’s housing in early twentieth-century Detroit.
CONRAD C. KICKERT (PhD 2015) joined the University of Cincinnati as an Assistant Professor of Design in Fall 2015. Kickert published “Active Centers—Interactive Edges: the Rise and Fall of Ground Floor Frontage,” in URBAN DESIGN International (2016) 21, 55–77. doi:10.1057/udi.2015.27 online 23 December 2015.