Judson Honors Former President Dr. James Didier at Spring Architecture Symposium
(Elgin, IL - March 20, 2012) - Judson trustees, administrators, faculty, students, and alumni gathered on Friday, March 16 to honor former university President Dr. James Didier for his key role in establishing the architecture program in 1997. The event was held during the second day of the spring architecture symposium, which explored themes related to the intersection of Christian faith and architecture.
At the ceremony, Didier was honored for his 45 years of service to the institution with a crystal plaque and Trustee Emeritus status. The architecture department also formally named their annual spring symposium to honor his leadership in establishing the architecture department as the "James Didier Symposium On Christ and Architecture."
Didier served as Judson President from 1992 to 1998. Prior to his presidency, Didier served as Judson's executive vice president from 1980 to 1991, and before that he served as Judson's Dean of Student Affairs from 1967 to 1991. After retiring as president in 1998, Didier continued to serve on the Board of Trustees. He recently resigned from his position as a trustee, effective March 1, 2012. He and his wife Joan currently reside in St. Charles, Ill.
The architecture department is celebrating 15 years since it was first established under Didier's leadership. Plans for the program began in 1996 when Didier granted permission to then-Chair of the Art and Design Department to conduct a feasibility study for a new program in architectural studies within a Christian evangelical context. In one year's time the program was established and has grown into one of the strongest programs for the liberal arts and sciences university. Accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board in 2004, the program is widely acknowledged for its innovative approach to architectural education including a one year preceptorship (internship) and its context of an evangelical Christian institution. Environmental stewardship is a design philosophy which guides the program and its approach to architecture education.
The School of Art, Design and Architecture is housed in the Harm A. Weber Academic Center, a state of the art LEED Gold building designed by international architect and Cambridge University professor C. Alan Short. Students complete their architecture education within one of the greenest buildings to study architecture in the United States.
Judson University is an evangelical Christian liberal arts and sciences university located in Elgin at Illinois 90 and State Road 31. It also has a campus in Rockford, Ill. Since 1963, Judson University has provided the Fox River Valley with a Christian, liberal arts and sciences education by offering four-year degrees in more than 60 majors and minors; graduate programs in architecture, literacy and organizational leadership; and on line and accelerated adult degree program. To learn how you can prepare for a successful career and experience Judson’s Christian community, sign up for our April 13 Preview Day by going to JudsonU.edu/VisitJudson.