It was 1986 when Professor James Merrigan, then head of Brookdale’s “Design and Drafting Technologies” program, spearheaded the effort to begin offering architecture courses at the college.
In the quarter-century since, Brookdale’s architecture program has launched countless success stories. After completing the first two years of their education here, graduates have transferred to such recognized baccalaureate programs as the Pratt Institute, Boston Architectural Center, the New York Institute of Technology, the University of Pennsylvania and the Southern California Institute of the Arts.
Locally and nationally, structurally and environmentally, program graduates and faculty have gone on to achieve great things in the last 25 years. This week, the program unveiled an official exhibit honoring those achievements in the Center for the Visual Arts (CVA) gallery in Lincroft.
All students and residents are invited to view a wide range of scale models, 3D printed sculptures, historic designs and other exhibits from program alumni during a free public reception at the gallery on Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. The event, cosponsored by the Brookdale Alumni Association, will also honor the enduring work and legacy of Professor Emiratis Merrigan, including a sampling of his painstakingly designed, exquisitely hand-crafted model airplanes.
“Anyone who has seen even a portion of this collection is rendered speechless,” said Professor Edward O’Neill, current head of the program and a proud Merrigan protege. “This is a resounding hooray for a man who had the foresight to lay the groundwork for the architecture program and the hindsight to maintain a legacy in paper, wood, and plastic.
“The program was created for the purpose of providing students with the opportunity to pursue a career in architecture and the many related fields within the building industry,” added O’Neill. “It celebrates the diversity of its student body and is dedicated to the proposition that every student is to have the chance to realize their dreams.”
O’Neill’s work will also be on display, including a scale model of the Parker Family Health Center in Red Bank, which he designed in 2001.
For more information on the exhibit, call Marie Maber at 732-224-2881 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More photos of the exhibit are available here.