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5/6/2015

There is a prescribed image of a typical architect and when I began as a new student it initially seemed as if there was a specific mold I must fit to be successful in the field. As college has progressed, experience has helped me realize that although many architects strive to encompass and strengthen specific traits there is still room for a variety of thinking and working styles. Integrating and capitalizing on the individual strengths of team members is what helps projects and firms function fluidly. This year our studio dynamic has continually highlighted a variety of strategies and opportunities to work with our teammates in creating... (more)

5/6/2015

“There are many sacred places which most people sense as sacred upon a first encounter and without the presence of any accompanying ritual or even any knowledge of their sacred history.” This is the opening statement made by Professor Michael Brill during his lecture titled Using the Place-Creation Myth to Develop Design Guidelines for Sacred Space.  He goes on to say that because we recognize these places as one of the set of sacred place, there must be a set of common and fundamental characteristics by which these places reveal themselves to us as sacred. The hypothesis he suggests is that we all, somehow, share in an archetype... (more)

5/4/2015

As computer programs get traded out for the “newest and best” program—one thing will remain an important component of architecture and design; sketching. Sketching is an important tool for designers and it can be an effective way to convey information to clients and contractors in a timely manner. Sketching, and other pictorial graphics, are some of the oldest forms of human communication and it is often easier to understand simple graphics—albeit quick graphics—than other forms of communication. 

 

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5/4/2015

Computer Numerical...

Theory & Feasibility

Designing Never Stops

Telling Your Story

Social Media

Herding Cats: A Lesso...

What is a Designer's...

Digital Design_Hand D...

Understanding Materi...

All Night? All Right?

Construction Safety

Communicating in the...

A Future for Seaton Hall

Biophilic Design

2 Pavilions: Diverging...

The Value of Shop Dra...

Stretching the Mold

Sacred Space

What we can Learn...

Women in the "Making"

Failing Fast & Failing...

The Power of Mock...

The Next Chapter

Value Competiton

Design Intentions

Budgeting & Architec...

Building Relationships

Art with Plumbing

Having Your Own Pla...

Communicate Early...

The 7 Phases of Fab...

SDOB

Art Intertwined with th...

Can You Please Every...

Building with Kultur

Studio Dynamic

Creative Power_Brain...

The Three Schedules...

Building New on Indig...

Women in Charge

A Sunday Afternoon in...

Designing in the Mod...

Thriving on Collaborati...

Looking at the Whole...

Studio Desk 101

Meet the Team

Making Competence

FAT: Flexible, Adapt...

Architect's Self Evalu...

Benefits of Design B...

The Truth in the Deta...

Studio Expansion: W...

design+make apprec...

Optimistic Continge...

Wood 101

Client Conversation:...

Great Expectations

The Future of Dry Fit...

Communication Brea...

Design Matters

Prototyping as a Tool

Expressive Diagraming

Blood, Sweat, and Provi...

design+make+sustain

A Departure From Fine ...

Facility Optimization as...

The Need for Quality C...

design+makeDISCUSSION

Macro / Micro

Taking a Public Interest

Conditional Making

Efficiency

Holding it Together

Keys to Graphic Commu...

This Program Has Been...

Expanded Partnerships...

Preserving Graduate Le...

Careful Consideration o...

Making the Switch

Pushing Back on the Be...

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Girl Scout Camp Assesm...

The typical visual you might have when someone mentions welding is probably not a 5’ 3” female welding in a grungy shop but instead, a guy wielding a gun with thick gloves, heavy duty jacket, and a black mask with sparks flying everywhere. After all, metal fabrication has always been a male dominated field. So, it was no surprise to me that people had a perplexed look on their faces when I tell them that I am welding for my architecture studio thesis project. It never fails to entertain the person I am explaining my tasks to— mainly because they don’t believe me.  Although it mildly irritates me, I fully understand this stereotyping. Females... (more)

5/2/2015

With the countdown until graduation rapidly dwindling, construction at the Alma Pavilion is in full swing. Some days are better than others, but overall we have been making great progress and rapidly gaining knowledge of construction. One of the biggest learning curves we have needed to conquer is craft and quality control, especially when faced with small details and connections. Inspecting welds as the steel structure is erected, we are proud of the skills we have developed, but also much more aware of the quality our work. We speak amongst one another about how to better control our welds, or how the detail could have been executed in... (more)