Architectural design has been slowly seeping into my dream world. I find myself working through architectural questions in my sleep, effectively designing 24 hours a day. The all encompassing nature of the M.Arch.1 program at Cornell creates a sense of urgency to invent complex representational operations to communicate spatial ideas. Our first week of school was dedicated to learning the conventions of architectural drawing and in the next week we learned to realize the limitations of these practices and challenge the status quo. Orthogonal biases and sedentary experience were called into question, on my part, through the use of anamorphic projection and an engagement of a multiplicity of viewpoints. Spring semester has rolled around, and our class is learning to work fast and prolifically. We are pushing our limits, intellectually and physically, relying on our instincts to guide us through the design process. My fine art painting background is bubbling up to the surface, informing everything I produce, where my drawings of a voting pavilion design feel more like abstract paintings than conventional architectural drawing. As a beginning M.Arch.1 student, I am still in the process of fulfilling the requirements of this demanding program, but as soon as I get the chance I will begin to concentrate my efforts on the question of sustainable design. Global warming has forced the architectural inquiry of our times.
Maryland Institute College of Art, B.F.A. 2005
Artist/Special Finisher, 2005–07
Site and Architecture Workshop, Inc., Philadelphia, PA
Architectural firm with subcontract for design and construction of onsite interior finishes for the women’s lifestyle brand Anthropologie. Fabricated large scale site specific vignettes as a backdrop for Anthropologie merchandise. Collaborated with construction supervisors on twenty-three job-sites across the US. Partnered with the branding company Pompeii A.D. on the design of Anthropologie vignettes. Collaborated with fellow artists to conceptualize and sample finishing options for Anthropologie vignettes and furniture. Participated in finish review meetings. Coordinated communications and press aspects of an art exhibition installed in the Site and Architecture Workshop facility.
Fabrication Intern, Summer 2002 & 2003
The Orchard Group, Designer Builders, Brooklyn, NY
Helped fabricate all steel, concrete, and wood finishing work on an architectural model commissioned by Diller Scofidio + Renfro for The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, which was exhibited in the Venice Biennale. Participated in the model review meeting between the architects and fabricators. Constructed an experimental living space in Newberg, New York. Cut and welded steel tubing for a gallery façade subcontracted to The Orchard Group by Steven Holl.