Margaret (Penny) Dhaemers

Emerita Professor of Architecture
Department of Architecture
(510) 530-8433
(510) 643-5607
Research Expertise and Interest
architecture, electronic imaging, 2D and 3D

Professor Dhaemers was the fifth chairman of the Department of Design, CED, from 1970-1974, and chair of the Program for Visual Design from 1974-1976. This made her the only female chair in the history of the CED. After 1976, when all the programs on the campus were required to be located in a department, a highly active Visual Studies Study Area was incorporated into Architecture. The Visual Studies faculty became part of the Departments of Art, Architecture and Landscape Architecture as chosen by each. , , Dhaemers was an NEA grant recipient. Involved with multimedia since the seventies, she was associated with the National Center of Experiments in Television (NCET) of KQED and regularly received equipment grants. She was co-producer of video productions with Professor Emeritus Willard Rosenquist and Tom Hutchinson of the Media Center using imaging, dancers and computer musicians. They produced Digressions, and Light Gestures. , , Her book reviews include CPM for the Kaypro, Computer Graphics: A Survey of Current Techniques and Applications by John Lewell, for the Design Book Review. One of her major photographic projects was the visual and detailed examination of the Maybeck Recital Hall on Euclid Ave in Berkeley. She is represented in many collections with photographic, art and computer art works appearing in numerous publications: Arts and Architecture; she was featured in the PC World article Dynamic Design: CAD for Arts Sake by Janette Martin; she wrote many articles for the American Society of Media Photographers professional bulletins including an autobiographical article. Fleeting Electronics: Electronically induced Still Images; she was one of the featured digital pioneers in Digital Pioneers, a book on Digital Photography by Mikkel Aalund, Random House, 1992, etc. , , From Sept. to Nov. 2000: Dhaemers images defining and displaying Videospace were amongst the featured aspects of an exhibit curated by Steve Seid of the UC Art Museum showing the experimental work of NCET. , , In addition to teaching she presently serves on the campus Dorothea Lange and Eisner committees and is continuing to work with Visual Studies graduate students: Sue Benson and Marcus Hanschen. , , Her current research activity is primarily involved with creative output combining many computer programs in both 2D and 3D. She is a member of ACM (Association of Computing Machinery) SIGGRAPH and a board member of the San Francisco SIGGRAPH chapter.

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