Architecture students from Lee-Su Huang and Lisa Huang’s Advanced Graduate Design 1 studio (the first year of our 2-year Master of Architecture program) displayed their work this week in the Architecture Atrium Building. It is currently on display if you would like to come check it out for yourself.
“This studio project started at the beginning of the semester,” Architecture assistant professor Lisa Huang explained. “Each student began with the creation of a full-scale drawing that captures a concept about transmitting and/or regulating natural light.”
This studio project received the National Council of Architectural Registration Board’s 2015 NCARB Award, which recognizes innovation in integrating architecture education and professional practice.
Each student then had to speculate on the potential materials depicted in that drawing. Each student produced many material studies experimenting with material qualities and the processes of working with building materials. The physical models that are in the gallery are 1/2″ scale models that zoom out to examine the wall fragment as a building fragment.
“Very rarely do architects build their own design with their own hands, yet materials and assemblies is the medium in which architects work,” Huang explained. “This is an opportunity for the students to test their speculative work (the drawings and small models) at a real scale.”
These projects will be in the Atrium for two to three weeks so the class can examine and discuss weathering issues and lessons learned.