3/1/2014

The process of material and hardware selection is not just about choosing the strongest, most cost effective, or obvious choices. Our job as architects is to carefully choose materials that will ensure function while maintaining a high degree of design. It is a constant process of understanding and addressing how our decisions relate back to our initial design thoughts. While it would be simple to go to the local hardware store and select the standard nuts and bolts, it is far more complicated to see past the technical aspects and look at the emotion and intention behind design...  (more)

2/28/2014

When we began the year, Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) tasked our studio to design a mobile office, located in the historic Northeast Kansas City. After working individually to preform background research and programming, three pairs of students were selected to develop a proposal. The goal for each group was to design a unique proposal that would be fabricated by our studio during the spring semester. Matthew Cadle and I spent the majority of the semester exploring a design consisting of four components which would be able to ship as one complete package....  (more)

2/22/2014

Tracing American architectural pedagogy to its roots provides valuable insight to the development of the profession. Over the past three decades, a variety of educational paradigms have played their role in shaping the contemporary education system. Earliest traces reveal aspiring architects would attain a position as an architectural craftsman, such as a carpenter or brick layer, providing the opportunity to acquire practical knowledge of architecture through the physical task of constructing...  (more)

2/1/2014

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Roof_Ground_Winner

Girl Scout Camp Assesm...

Results are in from Omaha’s Green in the City Competition, and we’re excited to announce that our team, comprised of el dorado inc, Urban Rain Design and the KSU Design+Make Studio won. The full press release follows... (more)

2/1/2014

In the fall of 2013, our studio completed an assessment of the Girl Scouts of America camps in the NE Kansas and NW Missouri Council. This gave us the opportunity to explore the role of architect as programmer, researcher, and planner. Through our own camp observations, survey data from user groups, and understanding of precedent studies, we helped the Camp Property Committee better understand their existing facilities.... (more)