School of architecture

School Notes: School of Architecture
January/February 2024

Kent Bloomer (1935–2023)

Longtime faculty member Kent Bloomer ’61MFA died on October 22, 2023. A memorial, open to all alumni and friends, is being planned for April 28 at Yale. Bloomer—sculptor, author, and champion of ornament—taught at Yale for over 50 years and influenced thousands of students. Widely celebrated for his courses on architectural ornament, Bloomer also served as director of undergraduate studies in architecture for Yale College for 20 years and, more recently, taught the required visualization course for master of architecture students. Bloomer also founded his own studio that specialized in ornament for public buildings, including Pittsburgh’s Rodef Shalom Temple, the Chicago Public Library, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and for the Yale campus. 

Hybrid Urban Factory

On November 9–10, Nina Rappaport convened the symposium Hybrid Urban Factory—focused on reviving urban manufacturing through the lenses of design, zoning, and other policy tools—at the school. Speakers included experts in the areas of architecture, urban planning, public policy, nonprofit leadership, and local manufacturing. The keynote address was delivered by Nona Yehia, founder of Vertical Harvest Farms, detailing how urban manufacturing can create inclusive jobs. The first panel included presentations from Kristiaan Borret, master architect for the Brussels region; Lindsay Greene, CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard; and Giovanna Fossa of the Polytechnic University of Milan. Other speakers included Charlie Negaro, CEO of New Haven’s Chabaso Bakery, and Patrick McKenna of the North Hartford Partnership.

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