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Michael Zaretsky

[Michael Zaretsky]

Associate Professor, Civil Engineering
Last Updated: April 14, 2021
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Research Interests

Research Interests
Architectural Engineering, Community Engagement, Design/Build, Integrated Design, Sustainable Design, Public Interest Design, Humanitarian Design

Teaching Interests

Teaching Interests
Architectural Engineering, Community Engagement, Design/Build, Integrated Design, Sustainable Design, Public Interest Design, Humanitarian Design

Biography

Biography

Michael Zaretsky is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering in the College of Engineering with a courtesy appointment in the School of Architecture in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs (CAPPA) at the University of Texas at Arlington. Zaretsky is the Director of the Architectural Engineering program in Civil Engineering. Zaretsky is a licensed Architect with extensive experience in local and international design/build projects. His research is focused around culturally and environmentally responsive public interest design projects and community engagement with underserved communities locally and internationally. His published work includes Precedents in Zero-Energy Design: Architecture and Passive Design in the 2007 Solar Decathlon (Routledge Press, 2009) and New Directions in Sustainable Design, with Dr. Adrian Parr (Routledge Press, 2010). Zaretsky has articles published in several architectural journals and has presented at conferences around the world on Sustainability, Humanitarian Design and Public Interest Design. He is presently writing Design Beyond Borders: Community Engagement in International Design/Build - a book that explores how those in practice, organizations and universities involved in international design / build projects engage those in underprivileged communities where they are working. Additionally, he is Director of Design for the Roche Health Center in rural Tanzania, a project of Village Life Outreach Project. Roche Health Center is the first–ever permanent health care facility in this region. The Roche Health Center opened April 1, 2011 and provides health care to as many as 20,000 villagers. Zaretsky was the winner of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Collaborative Practice Award in 2011 and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Award for Creative Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy in 2011 for the Roche Health Center project.

Licensure and Certifications

Licensure and Certifications

    • 2003 California Architecture License, California Architects Board

Appointments

Appointments

    • Aug 2016 to July 2018 Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Curriculum
      College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH, United States)
    • Sept 2012 to July 2018 Associate Professor
      School of Architecture and Interior Design, University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH, United States)
      Taught Architecture studio, lecture, seminar and honors courses at all levels of the curriculum.
    • Aug 2006 to Aug 2012 Assistant Professor
      School of Architecture and Interior Design, University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH, United States)
      Assistant Professor teaching studios, lectures, seminar and honors courses at all levels.
    • Aug 2004 to June 2006 Professor
      Architecture, Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, GA, United States)
      Professor teaching studios and lectures at all levels.

Memberships

    • Nov 2018 to Present Texas Society of Architects
      Chair of Community Design Action Team
      TxA is the state organization of professional Architects
    • Sept 2018 to Present American Institute of Architects
      AIA is the professional organization for Architects
    • Sept 2018 to Present Architectural Engineering Institute
      Established in 1998, AEI is the premier organization for architectural engineering, providing its more than 8,000 members timely technical information, professional advocacy, continuing education, and opportunities to excel in their careers. AEI supports the development of the Architectural Engineering Professional Engineering Exam.

Awards and Honors

    • Aug  2011 ACSA Collaborative Practice Award for Roche Health Center sponsored by Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
    • Jun  2011 NCARB Award for Creative Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy sponsored by National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

Other Activities

Other Activities

      • Feb 2020
        I was asked to be part of one of five teams that was invited to submit a proposal for the Dallas Convention Center. The team was led by MIG and Walter P. Moore though several architects and engineers were included. I was the Sustainability Consultant. We did not get chosen for the project. (Dallas)
        MIG Planning and Landscape Archtitecture
      • May 2019
        Over 200 civil engineering educators, practitioners, and guests convened at the 2019 Civil Engineering Education Summit in Dallas, Texas, in May 2019 to consider the future of civil engineering education. The group discussions and workshops produced four major objectives for engineering educational systems.

        I was part of a small group invited to lead a participatory engagement workshop during the ASCE Civil Engineering Education Summit. We created an interactive model for envisioning the future of Civil Engineering Education. (Dallas, TX)
        Association for the Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Civil Engineering Education Summit

Support & Funding

Support & Funding

This data is entered manually by the author of the profile and may duplicate data in the Sponsored Projects section.
    • Dec 2020 to Oct 2021 Development of Guidance for Flood Early Warning Systems (FEWS) in Texas sponsored by  -  $250000
      (Funded)
    • Jan 2020 to Mar 2021 Research and Design of Outdoor Meeting Pods at the East Arlington Library and Recreation Center sponsored by  -  $21648
      (Funded)
    • May 2019 to Apr 2020 Future Cities, Livable Futures: Toward a Sustainable Model for Urban-Watershed Systems sponsored by  -  $49530
      (Funded)
    • Apr 2019 to Oct 2019 Hydrology Infrastructure Data Collection and Analysis Services for Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery Programs sponsored by  -  $499981
      (Funded)
    • Feb 2019 to Feb 2019 Evans and Rosedale Public Engagement Facilitation sponsored by  -  $7972
      Michael Zaretsky (Funded)

Publications


      In Process
      • Book
        Design Beyond Borders: Community Engagement in International Design/Build
        []. "Routledge Press". In Preparation; Not Yet Submitted.

      2010
      • Book
        New Directions in Sustainable Design
        [Parr, Adrian, Zaretsky, Michael]. "Routledge".

      2009
      • Book
        Precedents in Zero-Energy Design: Architecture and Passive Design in the 2007 Solar Decathlon
        [Zaretsky, Michael]. "Routledge".

      2010
      • Journal Article
        Fragmentation and Interrogation as an Approach to Integration
        [Wallick, Karl, Zaretsky, Michael]. International Journal of Art \& Design Education. 29(3), 303--312. "Wiley Online Library".

      2008
      • Conference Proceeding
        EXPO 2005--Nature’s Wisdom: An Ecological Pedagogy for Sustainable Transformation
        2007 ARCC Spring Research Conference: Green Challenges in Research, Practice, and Design Education, 16-18 April, 2007, Eugene, Oregon, USA, University of Oregon
        [Zaretsky, Michael]. 19.
      • Conference Proceeding
        Theory For Advancing Green Design
        2007 ARCC Spring Research Conference: Green Challenges in Research, Practice, and Design Education, 16-18 April, 2007, Eugene, Oregon, USA, University of Oregon
        [Briggs, Laura, Corner, Donald, Magee, Michael, Aloisi, Missa, Zaretsky, Michael, Muller, Brook]. 1.

      In Process
      • Research Report
        UNESCO: Water and Human Settlements: Integrated Development in Rural Human Settlements
        [Zaretsky, MichaelL, Cook, Julianne, Mai, Ann, Margarida, Angeles, Surio, Jodwin, Fernandez, Tajiri, Ramirez, Valerie, Mobarek, Rema]. This was a report for UNESCO - https://en.unesco.org/themes/water-security/hydrology/water-human-settlements. "UNESCO". Submitted.

Presentations

    • December  2019
      Zaretsky, Michael (Coordinator/Organizer), Fang, NickZheng (Coordinator/Organizer), Mattingly, StephenP (Coordinator/Organizer), "Texas GLO Stakeholder Summary Workshop:Comprehensive Analysis of Coastal Floodplain Resiliency Data: An Investigation of Nine Counties in the Upper Texas Coast", Texas General Land Organization, Beaumont, Texas. (December 14, 2019).
    • November  2019
      Zaretsky, Michael (Author & Presenter), "Global Health in Tanzania", UTA Global Health, UTA. (November 20, 2019).
    • October  2019
      Zaretsky, Michael (Co-Chair), Chiessa, DennisA (Co-Chair), "Community Design in Texas", Texas Society of Architects, Galveston, Texas. (October 26, 2019).
    • October  2019
      Zaretsky, Michael (Coordinator/Organizer), Coker, Coleman (Co-Chair), Bell-Eaden, Nai'lehR (Panelist), Colopy, Andrew (Panelist), McCorkle, BradA (Presenter), Moreno, Matthew (Panelist), Peters, Patrick (Panelist), "Academic Design/Build in Texas", Texas Society of Architects, Galveston, Texas. (October 25, 2019).
    • October  2019
      Zaretsky, Michael (Co-Chair), Peterman, Mark (Co-Chair), "Defining Design", Texas Society of Architects, Galveston, Texas. (October 25, 2019).
    • October  2019
      Zaretsky, Michael (Coordinator/Organizer), Chiessa, DennisA (Panelist), Kozak-Mitchell, Ellen (Panelist), Feehan, Benje (Panelist), "Public Outreach for Architects: Viable Options for Socially-Engaged Practice", Texas Society of Architects, Galveston, Texas. (October 24, 2019).
    • September  2019
      Zaretsky, Michael (Author & Presenter), "Community Design in Texas", Dallas American Institute of Architects, Dallas AIA office. (September 16, 2019).

Courses

      • ARCH 5670-004 ADVANCED DESIGN STUDIO
        (Course Id: 100248)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021
      • AREN 2315-001 CONSTR MATERIALS & METHODS
        (Course Id: 113532)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • AREN 1205-001 INTRO TO ARCHITECTURAL ENGR
        (Course Id: 113531)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021
      • AREN 4383-001 SENIOR PROJECT
        (Course Id: 112982)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • AREN 4383-011 SENIOR PROJECT
        (Course Id: 112982)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • ARCH 3551-1
        (Course Id: 113526)
        Fall - 2020
      • ARCH 5670-003 ADVANCED DESIGN STUDIO
        (Course Id: 100248)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • ARCH 3551-001 BASIC DESIGN FOR ENGINEERS
        (Course Id: 113526)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • ARCH 5391-001 CONFERENCE COURSE
        (Course Id: 100222)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • AREN 2315-001 CONSTR MATERIALS & METHODS
        (Course Id: 113532)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • AREN 1205-001 INTRO TO ARCHITECTURAL ENGR
        (Course Id: 113531)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • AREN 4383-001 SENIOR PROJECT
        (Course Id: 112982)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • AREN 4383-011 SENIOR PROJECT
        (Course Id: 112982)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • ARCH 5670-003 ADVANCED DESIGN STUDIO
        (Course Id: 100248)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2020
      • ARCH 5670-004 ADVANCED DESIGN STUDIO
        (Course Id: 100248)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • ARCH 3551-001 BASIC DESIGN FOR ENGINEERS
        (Course Id: 113526)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • AREN 1205-001 INTRO TO ARCHITECTURAL ENGR
        (Course Id: 113531)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • AREN 4383-001 SENIOR PROJECT
        (Course Id: 112982)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • AREN 4383-011 SENIOR PROJECT
        (Course Id: 112982)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • AREN 4300-001 ADVANCED TOPICS IN ARCH ENGR
        (Topic: Humanitarian Design & Engineer | Course Id: 112977)
        Summer - Five Week - First - 2019
      • AREN 4300-002 ADVANCED TOPICS IN ARCH ENGR
        (Topic: Appropriate Technologies | Course Id: 112977)
        Summer - Five Week - First - 2019
      • LARC 5660-001 ENRICHMENT DESIGN STUDIO
        (Course Id: 100420)
        Summer - Five Week - First - 2019
      • LARC 4395-001 SELECTED TOPICS LANDSCAPE ARCH
        (Topic: Tanzania: Humanitarian Design | Course Id: 112100)
        Summer - Five Week - First - 2019
      • LARC 4395-002 SELECTED TOPICS LANDSCAPE ARCH
        (Topic: Tanzania:AppropriateTechnology | Course Id: 112100)
        Summer - Five Week - First - 2019
      • AREN 3110-001 AREN COMMUNICATIONS
        (Course Id: 112970)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • AREN 1105-001 INTRO TO ARCHITECTURAL ENGR
        (Course Id: 112962)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • AREN 4383-001 SENIOR PROJECT
        (Course Id: 112982)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • AREN 4383-011 SENIOR PROJECT
        (Course Id: 112982)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • ARCH 2553-1
        (Course Id: 88252)
        Fall - 2018 Download Syllabus
      • AREN 1105-4
        (Course Id: 91995)
        Fall - 2018 Download Syllabus
      • ARCH 2553-001 BASIC DSGN/DRAW FOR ENGINEERS
        (Course Id: 112377)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • AREN 1105-004 INTRO TO ARCHITECTURAL ENGR
        (Course Id: 112962)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018

Service to the University

    • Nov 2019 to  Present Student Org Advisor (Professional Org)
      UTA Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Student Group
      I am the co-advisor for the UTA EWB Student Group with Dr. Melanie Sattler
    • Sept 2019 to  Present Committee Chair
      UTA Regional Centre of Expertise of North Texas - https://sustainability.uta.edu/rce/
      I was asked to lead the Research and Development Committee for the UTA RCE of North Texas
    • Oct 2018 to  Present Student Org Advisor (Professional Org)
      UTA Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) Student Group
      I helped created the AEI Student Group and act as their advisor.
    • Aug 2018 to  Present Chairperson
      Architectural Engineering program
      I am the Director of the Architectural Engineering (AREN) program within the Civil Engineering Department in the College of Engineering. My responsibilities include: Enrollment, recruitment, Curriculum development, Industry outreach,Teaching courses, Hiring faculty, Program development, ABET Accreditation
    • Aug 2018 to  Present Program Coordinator
      UTA Architectural Engineering Recruiting
      As the Director of Architectural Engineering, I have done several things for recruiting.
    • Aug 2018 to  Present Task Force Chair
      UTA Community Design/Build Center Design Committee
      As a result of the STARs grant that Dean Adrian Parr and I received, we are creating a Community Design/Build Center in a City of Arlington building at 200 Cooper Street. Faculty and Administration from CAPPA and the UTA Facilities group have worked with us to design the space and get it built.
    • Aug 2018 to  Present co-Director and grant co-PI
      UTA Community DesignBuild Center
      As a result of the STARs grant that Dean Adrian Parr and I received in fall 2018, we have been developing the UTA Community DesignBuild Center.
    • Aug 2018 to  Present Internal Advisory Board
      UTA Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact (ISGI)
      I am an Internal Advisory Board member for the ISGI. We meet quarterly and address sustainability issues for the university. My specific role is to focus on academic sustainability.
    • June 2020 to  Aug 2020 Committee Chair
      Architectural Engineering / Civil Engineering Search Committee
      The Chair of Civil Engineering, Dr. Abolmaali, asked me to lead a faculty search for a non tenure-track Instructor to teach structures courses in the CE and AREN programs.
    • Sept 2019 to  Apr 2020 Chairperson
      UTA Architectural Engineering Faculty Search
      I led the Search Committee for a new full-time tenure-track faculty member in the Architectural Engineering program with the Civil Engineering Department.
    • Sept 2019 to  Apr 2020 Committee Member
      UTA School of Architecture Faculty Search
      I was a member of a search committee to hire a design/build faculty member in the School of Architecture.
    • Sept 2019 to  Oct 2019 Reviewer
      UTA Student Fulbright Committee
      I was asked to be a reviewer for UTA students who were applying for Fulbright Scholarships
    • June 2019 to  Aug 2019 Guest Speaker
      College of Engineering Faculty Retreat
      Dean Crouch asked me to present on Global Engagement within the COE.
    • June 2019 to  Aug 2019 Program Coordinator
      UTA Architectural Engineering Promo Video
      We created a new promotional video for the UTA Architectural Engineering program (funded by Civil Engineering) - uta.engineering/architectural
    • June 2019 to  June 2019 Faculty Advisor
      East Africa Study Abroad 2019
      I co-led a study abroad program in July 2019 for 7 undergraduate and graduate students to Kenya and Tanzania

Service to the Profession

    • Oct 2018 to  Present
      Committee Chair (Austin, Texas, US)
      Texas Society of Architects (TxA) Community-Engaged Design Committee
      In fall 2018, I was asked to be lead the TxA Community Design Committee (recently changed to the Community-Engaged Design Committee). As of fall 2020, I am co-chairing the committee with Nicole Joslin.
    • Nov 2019 to  Dec 2021
      Committee Chair (Dallas, Texas, US)
      CityLab High School Summit
      I am a member of the CityLab High School Foundation Board and the co-Chair of the CityLab Summit for 2020 and 2021.
    • Oct 2020 to  Dec 2020
      External Academic Program Reviewer (Albuquerque, New Mexico, US)
      University of New Mexico (UNM) Department of Architecture
      I was asked to be an external reviewer for the UNM Department of Architecture.
    • Jan 2020 to  Jan 2020
      Attendee, Meeting (Los Angeles, CA, US)
      Design Futures Faculty Convening
      I am involved with the Design Futures Student Leadership Forum - http://www.designfuturesforum.org/. Each year, faculty who are involved with community engagement are invited to attend a meeting addressing critical issues within the discipline.
    • Jan 2020 to  Jan 2020
      Committee Chair (Austin, Texas, US)
      Texas Society of Architects Committee Chair meeting
      I attended the TxA Committee Chairs meeting at TxA offices in Austin
    • Sept 2019 to  Nov 2019
      I was an invited Architectural Reviewer for the competition (Dallas, Texas, US)
      Topping Out
      I was an invited architectural critic for the Topping Out Competition - https://www.toppingout.org/. The mission of Topping Out: To celebrate outstanding built environments, while raising money for educational opportunities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area which foster the development of our future leaders.
    • Oct 2019 to  Oct 2019
      Panel Moderator (Dallas, TX, US)
      AIA Dallas Built Design Awards
      I was the moderator for the Jury Panel for the AIA Dallas Built Design Awards
    • Jan 2019 to  Feb 2019
      Workshop Organizer (Fort Worth, Texas, US)
      UTA Institute for Urban Studies
      Alan Klein, Director of the IUS; Dennis Chiessa, Assistant Professor from UTA Architecture; and Iran Mejia, UTA Graduate Student in Architecture and I created an interactive workshop to engage the residents of the Evans / Rosedale community in Fort Worth to envision the future of their neighborhood.
    • Aug 2018 to  Oct 2018
      I was an invited architectural critic for the Topping Out Competition (Dallas, Texas, US)
      Topping Out
      I was an invited architectural critic for the Topping Out Competition - https://www.toppingout.org/. The mission of Topping Out: To celebrate outstanding built environments, while raising money for educational opportunities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area which foster the development of our future leaders.

Service to the Community

Service to the Community

    • Sept 2020 to  Present
      Committee Member (Dallas, TX, United States)
      Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)
      I was asked to be part of a Dallas AIA committee that is the design development of the DART D2 Subway project
    • Nov 2019 to  Present
      Chairperson (Arlington, Texas, US)
      Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) Forum 2022
      I led the submittal of a proposal to AEI to host the AEI 2022 Forum at UTA in spring 2022. I created a committee of faculty and industry leaders who developed a proposal for a Forum entitled Mindful Urbanism.
    • Apr 2019 to  Present
      Committee Member (Arlington, TX, United States)
      Architectural Engineering Institute Academic Committee
      I am the representative of the UTA Architectural Engineering program on the AEI Academic Council. We meet monthly to discuss issues related to Architectural Engineering programs.
    • Sept 2018 to  Present
      Board Member (Dallas, Texas, US)
      CityLab High School Foundation
      I am a member of the CityLab High School Foundation Board - https://citylabhsfoundation.org/. CityLab High School is a unique public high school that provides a hands-on education for city youth that focuses project-based learning education based on architecture, planning and environmental science.
      We meet regularly to support the programs of the school
    • Aug 2010 to  Present
      Board Member (Cincinnati, OH, United States)
      Village Life Outreach Project
      Served on BOD for VLOP since 2010
    • Sept 2019 to  Sept 2021
      Chairperson (Dallas, Texas, US)
      CityLab High School Summit Co-Chair
      As a member of the CityLab Foundation, I was asked to co-chair the CityLab Summit for 2020 and 2021

Other Creative Activities

Other Creative Activities

    • Architecture
      • Roche Health Center
        Beginning in 2008, I have been the Design Director for the Roche Health Center building projects in Roche, Tanzania. The first building, a clinic, opened in 2011 and we have since designed and built a duplex nurses' housing unit, a duplex staff housing unit, an office and several elements of infrastructure.
        We received funding ($200k) in 2020 to begin a new maternity ward to be built by 2022. I am leading the design of the RHC Maternity Ward., Village Life Outreach Project, Inc.
        http://rochehealthcenter.weebly.com/
        [Non-refereed/non-juried]