Welcome to reCAP!

We hope you will enjoy this digital version.

The year 2020 has been a marker in time for all of us. We have had to become more resilient, inventive, patient, adaptive, good-humored, strategic, flexible, vulnerable, team-minded, supportive and (fill in your own adjectives), as we find our way together through Covid-19. We have also witnessed social upheaval, injustices, and civic dysfunction that has heightened the importance of confronting civic and community issues across our country.  The disciplines in our college – Urban Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Historic Preservation, and Construction Management – all have a vested interest in engaging our society, assessing the next challenges, and helping to lead, and model, a better future for all.

As we begin the fall semester, we have over 1,100 students spread over two campus buildings, with outposts at the Muncie Mall, Madjax – an innovation hub in downtown Muncie, and in downtown Indianapolis at the Elevator Hill tech campus. We convened our students on campus this fall on Aug. 24, teaching in a predominantly face to face curriculum. The look of our studios would probably shock you – our building capacities at any one time only accommodate about 39 percent of our prior total seats. We rotate parts of sections in and out, often with a morning and afternoon split cohort. Everyone is masked and positioned at least six feet apart. After-hours use of the buildings is by appointment and monitored.

Our students are handling this strange version of a design and construction school very well. They generally strongly prefer to be on campus, and in direct (but distanced) contact with faculty and peers, as opposed to a Zoomed environment. That said, Covid-19 has also taught schools like CAP to maximize the use of video conferencing for critiques, guest lectures and remote, expert instruction. If there is a silver lining, it is that we advanced light years in learning how to use distance education effectively. And on-the-ground at CAP, over the last six months, I have been proud and amazed as our faculty and students have faced every challenge with ingenuity and grace.

As we look forward to the coming academic year, we are determined to advance our vision, our strategic plan and our standard of excellence in teaching, in the face of unprecedented barriers and challenges. The CAP “roll up your sleeves and get it done” attitude has never been more in evidence than in our halls (and on our screens). Thanks to all of you who have contributed to our students’ success through your service on boards, in project critiques, as internship employers, and as donors. We are buoyed by your support and good will. And we extend our good will to you as you face the same challenges with creativity and grace.

Best wishes,

Dave Ferguson
Dean and Professor
R. Wayne Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning