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Community - Campus Day of Service

April 5, 2014

On Saturday, April 5th, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign kicked off National Volunteer Week with an inaugural Community-Campus Day of Service. Over 60 students, faculty and staff worked with six community partners on seven projects to complete pre-construction projects, community garden spring preparation projects, flyering in the community, reorganizing classrooms at Tap in Leadership Academy, cataloging choral literature, and preparing a Bee Garden. A big thank you goes out to all who helped on April 5!


Enriching perspectives through community engagement

Michael Andrejasich

Michael Andrejasich

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
College of Fine and Applied Arts

School of Architecture Faculty Profile

Professor Andrejasich is the Associate Dean of the
College of Fine & applied Arts of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign responsible for Undergraduate Academic Affairs.  He served as Interim Director of the UIUC School of Architecture from January 1999 until August 2004.  He earned a Bachelor of Science Architectural Studies and a Master of Architecture from that institution. 

Professor Andrejasich emphasizes service and teaching and his research and creative work support this effort. Affordable housing, community design & development and environmental design ethics are his primary research topics.  Recent practice has focused on housing and community design. He was the principal architect and designer of the St. Jude Catholic Worker House, the Center for Women in Transition Forbe's House and designer of the Champaign Housing Authority scattered sites project. Professor Andrejasich is active in Habitat for Humanity and has been a principal investigator and past director of ESLARP since Fall 1990.  Both activities include significant student participation and a large service-learning component.

Professor Andrejasich has served on the Board of the Association of CollegiateSchools of Architecture (ACSA) as the Director of the West Central Region, the national Intern Development Program Coordinating Committee (IDPCC) and the AIA/ACSA Mentorship Task Force. He is active in the American Institute of Architects   (AIA) and has held several officer positions in local and state\regional components including past-president of AIA Central Illinois .  He is a member of the Sate of Illinois Architect’s Licensing Board and currently serves as its Chair.

He has advised and mentored architecture students and interns in the Intern Development Program (IDP) since 1989 serving as Illinois State Coordinator and Illinois Educator Coordinator. His interest in mentoring extends to local youth activities, working with local middle school and high school students interested in careers in design, integrated arts and building technology using set design, lighting, stagecraft and set construction as a media. He is also the project coordinator for summer outreach programs targeting youth ages 13-19 where he organizes service projects in distressed and under-represented communities.

ESLARP Director

Jan. 1996- Aug. 1997
Aug. 1994- May 1995


  • Emerson Park
  • Opal's House
  • Village Theatre
  • Eagle's Nest
  • Washington Park
  • Landsdowne
  • Olivette Park
  • Loisel Hills
  • Alta Sita & Virginia Park
  • Dunham Museum/Workshop
  • Edgemont
  • Neighborhood College


  • Williams Park
  • Jones Park Project
  • Farmers Market

Publications/Conference Presentations

  • "A Promotion and Tenure Model Built on Public Service", Academic Chairpersons Conference, February 2002
  • "Building Social Capital in University-Community Partnerships", HUD COPC Conference, October 2001
  • "The Engaged University" UIUC Chancellor's Conference, February 2001
  • "Civic Engagement", AAUP Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, June 2000
  • "Building Local Government Support", Illinois Campus Compact Annual Meeting, April 1999
  • "Campus-Community Research", Urban Coalition Conference, St. Paul, MN October1998
  • "Building Community Trust", CURA, Humphrey Institute, Minneapolis, MN October1998
  • "Institutionalizing Community-University Partnerships", Moderator, 1998 HUD COPC Conference, September 1998
  • "Case Study: East St. Louis Action Research Project", ACSA Administrators Conference, November 1997
  • New Housing in Winstanleyy-Industry Park, East St. Louis Action Research Project,     WIPNO, Inc. 1996
  • Collaborative Design: Neighborhood-Based Community Development, ACSA Annual meeting, Seattle, WA  1995
  • "Service Learning: Forging Partnerships between the University and the Community", ACSA West Central Meeting, October 1995
  • "The East St. Louis Action Research Project: Community Partners", Planners Network Conference, May 1995
  • "Collaborative Design: Interdisciplinary Learning Opportunities in Community Development", ACSA Annual Meeting, March 1995
  • Special Focus Session: East St. Louis Action Research Project, ASLA Annual Meeting, 1993
  • Neighborhood Improvement Plan: Winstanley-Industry Park, East St. Louis, IL May 1992


  • 2002 UIUC Campus Award for "Excellence in Public Engagement"
  • 2001 "Outstanding Faculty Award for Public Service" by the College of Fine and Applied Arts
  • 2000 "Outstanding Leadership Award" by the National Organization of Minority Architecture Studies
  • 1999 "Outstanding Leadership Award" by the National Organization of Minority Architecture Studies
  • 1997 "Honor Award for Service" by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
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