Trandafirescu promoted to associate professor with tenure in architecture
Anca Trandafirescu has excelled in a wide range of design projects that have earned her an extensive international reputation as well as important design awards. The social and public aspects of her work are exemplified by Hot Air, an ironic “anti-monument” installed in the main square of Timisoara, Romania, the city of her birth, that critiques the limited freedom achieved 20 years after the fall of communism. Her technological expertise is evident in c_LITH (an abbreviation for carbon monolith), a project designed in collaboration with her partner Glenn Wilcox in their firm area.architecture. Winner of the prestigious 2014 Architecture Magazine R+D Award, c_LITH is a freestanding structural prototype built out of experimental lightweight carbon fiber shaped partly by digital fabrication and partly by hand into interconnecting components. What unites these and other prize-winning projects is Anca’s path-breaking explorations of the design locus where the machine-made meets handicraft and where the technological encounters the social. Anca is an award winning designer, an exemplary teacher, and an engaged citizen of the college.
Prior to her tenure track appointment in 2008, Anca was a lecturer in architecture for three years at Taubman College, and in 2005 was awarded the Muschenheim Fellowship for Architecture. She was also an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts from 2002-2004. Anca is a registered architect in the state of New York and maintains a professional practice called area.architecture, founded in 1993 in partnership with Glenn Wilcox. Concurrent with her own practice, Anca has also worked in four different architectural practices in Oregon, New York and Michigan as an Architectural Designer and Project Manager. She holds a Master of Architecture with Distinction from the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College, London, U.K.(2002) and a Bachelor of Architecture from Temple University, Philadelphia (1993).