Oh boy. I’ve been planning to create this for a while now and have been putting it off for too long. But here it finally is.
There are a lot of threads on here showcasing people’s different creative and artistic talents and projects that I find both very interesting and beautiful. So much so that I wanted to join in and post some of my own. However, I can’t write music, poetry, or short stories. I cannot draw or paint. And my musical talents are definitely not worth bragging about. I thought about it for a while and eventually realized that I could create a thread showcasing my architectural projects for school. As an architecture student I am given the opportunity to experiment with many different forms of media to present my ideas. My favorite is definitely creating physical models of the forms and spaces I imagine, however I am experimenting with graphic design and hand drawing as well.
I am currently about to begin my third year of studying architecture, so I’ll post all the projects I have already completed and then post future projects as I complete them. In each post I will do my best to explain the given prompt, show the flow and evolution of my ideas through the project, and include images of the final product. In my first year the prompts were pretty abstract as it wasn’t considered “architecture” yet (it was like a foundation design course to prepare us), but as I get further into my studies the prompts include more architectural and real-world ideas and situations.
Before I start posting projects though I wanted to give a little background information on my “architectural career” (if you can even call it that at this point ). Pretty much for as long as I can remember I knew I wanted to do something along the lines of designing buildings and structures. I was a huge Lego fan and was always building models of bridges and buildings from cardboard and popsicle sticks. But the question was always: architecture or engineering? I had always excelled at math so my parents as well as many of my teachers pushed me toward the engineering path. This debate continued all the way into high school when the time came to start touring colleges and thinking about the future. I toured one that was a dream school but way outta my price and academic range. Another just flat out sucked. But lastly came the college that I had grown up loving (my dad was a huge fan and pretty much forced me to be as well ). Situated up in the mountains, the campus was absolutely breathtaking. In addition, it was actually considered one of the best architecture schools in the nation. I remember all of this dawning on me as I walked through Burchard Hall during the tour. I realized that there was no other school for me and that I was going to become an architect.
Studying architecture in school is pretty different than most other majors because it isn’t in a classroom. We have other supplementary classes that we take traditionally with a teacher and lectures and tests, but architecture itself is a studio class. Each professor instructs in their own way, but they are all trying to get the same ideas across. They provide you with projects but for the most part let you work on your own. There are specific times we are required to be in studio (allowing us to receive individual or group instruction from the professor or give small class presentations of our progress) however most of the work is done outside of studio hours. I probably average around 6-8 hours in studio everyday of the week during the school year (even more when leading up to an important due date). The “pin-ups” or presentations are when we present our projects. Professors enjoy doing these differently, such as everyone presenting one by one to the studio, inviting other professors to critique the work in small groups, or comparing and discussing different people’s projects as a studio. The professors do not grade these pin-ups though. We don’t receive any grades throughout the year until our final grade which is based on our total effort throughout the semester. They don’t base the grade solely on the final product, but include all the work done leading up to it as well.
Pretty quick into my studies I began to develop my own architectural ideas. There are two sides to the architectural theory spectrum: intellectual and practical. Architects can fall anywhere along this spectrum, but I have found that I reside very strongly on the practical side. Intellectual architects like to develop and study ideas and concepts about forms and experiences within spaces. However, these ideas often have little to no real-world application. I am the opposite in that I want to design real buildings that people can physically experience and inhabit. My projects reflect these beliefs of mine. I achieve the goals of the prompt/client while creating experiential forms and spaces rather than using the projects to study ideas.
Thank you if you read all this . I know it was a bit long but I wanted to get it all out of the way before I started showing anything. Thanks and I hope you enjoy all my projects.
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Cliff Project - To Be Posted
Canyon Project - To Be Posted
Slope Porject - To Be Posted
Second Year Competition - To Be Posted
Archive Project - To Be Posted