CETA News and Events

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Save the date for this fall's CETA Design Expo on Friday, Dec. 13. More details coming soon!

From the latest innovative projects being created inside and outside our classrooms, to the latest faculty research, CETA is busy year-round with exciting news and events. Learn more about what our students, faculty, and alumni have been up to below as well as our upcoming events.

Attend An Upcoming CETA Event

Students are invited to join CETA at some of our exciting events for Fall 2019, including:

  • CETA Demo Day | Nov. 15
  • CETA Saturday | Nov. 16
  • Women in CETA Day | Nov. 22
  • CETA Design Expo | Dec. 13

If you're interested in learning more about CETA and the University of Hartford as a prospective student or family member, you're welcome to join us at one of our three open houses this fall. Learn more about these events and others from Admissions.

Fall 2019 Architecture Lecture Series

The Department of Architecture invites you to save the date for our Fall 2019 Architecture Lecture Series. Meet with top architects from industry as they discuss their work, philosophy, and ideas to inspire our next generation of architects. The events are free and open to the public and we encourage all members of the University to attend. All events will be hosted in 1877 Club on the University of Hartford campus at run from 4- 5:30 p.m.. The University of Hartford Architecture Lecture Series is made possible through The JCJ Architecture Endowment of the University of Hartford Department of Architecture. Learn more below.


October 16 | Sheri Beam

“Self-promotion: It’s Not a Bad Word Anymore”

Sheri Beam, Communication Strategist, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
sherifbeam@gmail.com | 757-344-0022

Sheri Beam graduated from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania with a degree in Spanish. She also has studied Spanish in Mexico and Spain.  After graduating, she taught Spanish in Pennsylvania and New York before returning to school at West Chester University for a Master’s degree in media. She then taught at North Dakota State University (NDSU) and at Hampton University in Virginia.  While at NDSU, Beam received a state grant to write, direct, and produce an award-winning documentary that aired on PBS in the Midwest. During her years at Hampton, she received four annual NASA-American Society for Engineering Fellowships to work as a writer/producer at NASA Langley Research Center, focused on helping researchers communicate their work.

Beam left education to work as a strategic communications expert for Research Triangle International at NASA, where she was responsible for idea generation, marketing, and outreach collateral for government, industry, and academic clients. During her tenure, she created a number of NASA communication “firsts,” including a series of award-winning technology videos called “Hallmarks of Success,” a public-private partnership event in New York City, and innovative branding and marketing collateral for various NASA organizations.  Her work received numerous NASA, Telly, Communicator, and AVA awards. Beam was recognized with the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal for her work with the agency’s small technology business partners. The award is highest service honor that NASA awards to a non-government individual.

Throughout her career(s), Beam has always had an interest in teaching and mentoring. For more than 20 years, she has been the intern director for the National Association of Television Program Executives and mentored many other interns at NASA. She has also taught conversational Spanish to adults at a nearby community college.

Now living in Florida, Beam works as a strategic communications consultant and content creator. She regularly provides workshops and training for different organizations, including the federal government. Once a week, she holds an “English Cafe” for adult non-native speakers. Her real passion is travel especially to Spain, because Spanish is still never far from her heart. Currently, she is working on two personal projects, including one about pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago.

Through creativity and imagination, Sheri generates new ideas quickly to help teams brainstorm the best solutions for communication needs and issues.  She has formed the right teams to tackle projects and then effectively leads them to put conceptual ideas into concrete actions and practices. By skillfully drawing linkages among facts, events, people, problems, or solutions, she can develop effective communication strategies and products that have helped her clients succeed. Because of her superb networking skills and ability to connect the dots, Sheri helps find solutions for a variety of team challenges. As demonstrated through numerous awards, her writing, editing, and producing skills for all forms of media are par excellence.

October 23 | Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA at University of Minnesota

The Architecture of Ethics

Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA at University of Minnesota
Professor, Director of the Minnesota Design Center and Dayton Hudson Chair in Urban Design

tfisher@umn.edu | 612-624-1013

Thomas Fisher is a Professor in the School of Architecture, Director of the Minnesota Design Center, and former Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. A graduate of Cornell University in architecture and Case Western Reserve University in intellectual history, he was the Editorial Director of Progressive Architecture magazine and was recognized in 2005 as the fifth most published architecture writer in the United States. He has written 10 books, over 50 book chapters or introductions and over 400 articles. His newest book, The Architecture of Ethics (Routledge, 2018), asks, “How do architects balance serving clients—in their “pursuit of happiness” through architecture—with the greater good of the community?”

November 20 | Anthony Acciavatti, PhD, AIA

“Stalking the Ganges Water Machine: Working Across Architecture, Landscape, & Urban Form”

Anthony Acciavatti, Ph.D., AIA at Principle Somatic Collaborative, New York City
Daniel Rose Visiting Professor in Urban Studies, Yale University


Anthony Acciavatti is an architect and historian with a background in geography. Acciavatti studied architecture, first at the Rhode Island School of Design, and then at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, where he was awarded the Frederick Sheldon Fellowship. He holds a Ph.D. in history and history of science from Princeton University and was the Sherley W. Morgan, Class of 1913 Fellow.  His most recent book, Ganges Water Machine (2015), is the first comprehensive mapping and urban history of the Ganges River Basin in over half a century. He spent a decade hiking, driving, and boating across the Ganges in order to map it and to understand the historical conflicts over water for drinking, agriculture, and industry. In 2016, Ganges Water Machine was awarded the 2016 John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize. Along with the book, Ganges Water Machine is an internationally traveling exhibition with recent shows in New York, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Seoul.

Acciavatti has worked as an architect in Europe, South Asia, and North America and is a principal of Somatic Collaborative in New York. He is a principal of Somatic Collaborative, an architecture and design office in New York.  Academically, he has taught at Princeton University and Columbia University as well as the Rhode Island School of Design. Currently, he is the Daniel Rose Visiting Assistant Professor in Urban Studies at Yale.

Career Services Events

CETA is proud to partner with UHart's Career Services to offer challenging and exciting events for students to become career-ready. Events include career fairs, resume boot camps, and more. CETA students are encouraged to attend the CETA Career Fair on Thursday, November 7. Learn more about other events below.

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