December 16, 2010
Professor Arpad Daniel Ronaszegi NCARB RA
Through involvement in academics, administration and professional practice, professor Arpad Daniel Ronaszegi has extensive experience in synthesizing the experimental, intuitive, analytical and technical aspects of education and design. He developed methods in design thinking and has successfully applied his comprehensive knowledge to developing ideas and solutions in education and practice. Besides academia, he is active in architectural and graphic design and professional photography.
He received a professional Master of Architecture degree from the Technical University of Budapest, Hungary, and a post-professional Master of Architecture degree with emphasis in design theory from the University of Illinois in Chicago, IL. He is a licensed architect.
He has established a design and consulting practice in 1990. Work includes architectural design and design-build projects, consulting on residential, church and commercial projects in Europe and the United States, graphic design, furniture design and professional photography commissions. He had exhibition of his graphics and furniture work in galleries in the United States and his photography work has been published in magazines.
Professor Ronaszegi is a professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design. He has been active in higher education for over 25 years since 1986. He is teaching graduate and thesis studios, graduate seminars, electives and graduate professional practice lecture courses. The work of his students received numerous awards. He has received grants to conduct research in design methodologies and historic and contemporary architecture. He was the director of European Programs Abroad and recently organized a graduate studio for students in London.
Professor Ronaszegi has traveled extensively and spends his time between Europe and the United states with his wife who is a professional writer.
In teaching he is interested in exploring with students the synergy that exists between the various components of architecture and the extended natural and human realm. Students are encouraged to develop their own language and methods of architecture as they prepare for professional life.
Studios are structured and focuses on the simultaneous exploration of intuitive and analytical aspects of design and the use of experimentation and research as equally essential components – ideation, research, experimentation and analysis are intersected using the discursive power of graphics and structured and spontaneous dialog within the studio environment. Students are encouraged to explore various media and these are seen as tools in the hands of the students to explore the potentials of their design and inform their thinking. The studios are rich creative and learning venues; they include lectures, dynamic group interactions, regular in-depth discussions with professor and workshop feedback opportunities for students.