From left to right: Jessica Perry, assistant professor; Enrique Bernal Ponce, associate professor; Stella Diane Abijuru, associate professor of practice; Thomas Hurst, assistant professor, and Jussara Shultz Bauerman, professor. [Courtesy of the School of Architecture & Interior Design]
All were licensed practicing architects in their countries of origin and will augment the SAID’s already impressive faculty. Additionally, one team member is moving from part-time adjunct faculty to full-time adjunct faculty and another has increased her role with the program by moving from adjunct-contract to part-time status.
Collectively, these moves enrich and diversify the expertise available to current and future SAID students, along with new programming within the school’s Urban Design Studio.
The three new professors are Enrique Bernal Ponce (associate professor), Jussara Shultz Bauerman (professor) and Stella Diane Abijuru (associate professor of practice). Enrique Bernal Ponce has more than two decades of experience in architecture and education. He founded and served as director of the architecture program at the University of Montemorelos, Mexico. Ponce also co-founded an architectural consulting firm, is a sought-after presenter with an impressive array of publications and is well-versed in teaching a range of vital subjects, including basic digital modeling, contemporary trends, residential design and more.
Jussara Shultz Bauerman brings 30 years of diversified workplace and teaching experience to her new role as professor. She recently served as director of the Architecture and Urbanism program at Centro Universitario Adventista de Sao Paulo, Brazil. Additionally, her background includes extensive work designing Adventist churches and schools.
Stella Diane Abijuru is a licensed practicing architect in Rwanda, joining SAID after working for the highly acclaimed international architecture firm, MASS Design. Abijuru is an SAID graduate, having earned her Master’s in Architecture from Andrews in 2020.
In addition, two current faculty have taken on additional responsibilities for the 2023–24 school year. Thomas Hurst, who began serving as part-time adjunct faculty in 2022–23, is moving to full-time adjunct faculty, effective this fall. Hurst has 35 years of experience as a millwright and will teach Woodworking I and II and will also lead the woodworking studio.
Jessica Perry is moving from adjunct-contract to part-time status. She has nearly two decades of experience as a licensed interior designer and is heading up the SAID initiative to expand the interior design program.
“I’m delighted that the School of Architecture & Interior Design was able to invest this year in further enriching our students’ education by bringing in acclaimed new faculty and elevating the role of two additional key instructors,” said Lionel Johnson, chair of the School of Architecture & Interior Design. “We also are pleased to have new opportunities for students to gain practical experience and further our mission service in honor of God.”
Andrews University’s architecture program was the first and remains the only bachelor’s and master’s degree-granting program in Adventist higher education, as well as the only Adventist English-language program of its kind. The program is also one of only a few faith-based universities in the nation to hold National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB) accreditation. The program has been ranked in the top 25 percent of architecture programs nationwide and also has been ranked at #18 for architecture programs in private, non-profit universities.
The School of Architecture & Interior Design remains deeply committed to its mission to promote stewardship, rigorous scholarship and creative problem-solving, all for the glory of God.
Founded in 1874, Andrews University is a premier institution of higher education for the Seventh-day Adventist Church and offers more than 150 areas of study, including advanced degrees. Its main campus is in Berrien Springs, Michigan, but the University also provides instruction at colleges and universities in more than 25 countries around the world.
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