Architecture Student News: Spring 2018

Ten men in a row in business casual clothing, some holding award certifcates
The Hemmeter Award-winning student team included Samuel Capps (M.Arch. '18) and Vishal Mehan (M.P.S. RE '19), fourth and fifth from left. photo / provided
a woman waves for two very large box cameras while another woman looks on
_NO_ PHONE BOOTH, by Heesun (Joyce) Han (B.Arch. '18), in Ho Plaza. photo / provided
A pink colored diagram of airborne contaminants with text and drawings.
Second Nature, work by Robyn Houghton (B.Arch. '18) and Dana Muhsen (M.Arch.II '18). rendering / provided
multicolored fractal rendering of an imaginative architectural design
Detail from Alien Interfaces, work by Warisara Sudswong (M.Arch. '17). rendering / provided
The Hemmeter Award-winning student team included Samuel Capps (M.Arch. '18) and Vishal Mehan (M.P.S. RE '19), fourth and fifth from left. photo / provided _NO_ PHONE BOOTH, by Heesun (Joyce) Han (B.Arch. '18), in Ho Plaza. photo / provided Second Nature, work by Robyn Houghton (B.Arch. '18) and Dana Muhsen (M.Arch.II '18). rendering / provided Detail from Alien Interfaces, work by Warisara Sudswong (M.Arch. '17). rendering / provided
News
July 31, 2018

Samuel Capps (M.Arch. '18) and Vishal Mehan (M.P.S. RE '19) were part of a cross-disciplinary team with students from the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business that won the Hemmeter Award. The award is given by the Hemmeter family to the business plan most likely to launch a successful business, as determined by Johnson's entrepreneurship faculty.

Osehikhueme (Ose) Ibiwari Etomi (M.Arch. '18) was named a finalist in the Robert A. M. Stern Architects (RAMSA) Travel Fellowship. The fellowship is open to graduate students in their penultimate year of a professional or post-professional degree program in architecture at one of 20 participating schools in the U.S. and Canada.

Aslihan Gunhan (Ph.D. HAUD '22) was the cowinner of the 2018–19 Cornell Institute for European Studies (CIES) Sid Tarrow Paper Prize for her work "Malign Houses, Benign Museums: Biography of the Azaryan Mansion / Sadberk Hanım Museum." Gunhan also received the best paper award during the Europe Day ceremonies held by CIES in May, and her paper was accepted for the Middle East Studies Association Annual Conference in San Antonio in November. Additionally, Gunhan was awarded a 2017–18 Robert D. and Bonnie G. MacDougall Memorial Scholarship in support of summer travel to Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey, to conduct primary research for her dissertation.

_NO_ PHONE BOOTH, a moving art installation by recent graduate Heesun (Joyce) Han (B.Arch. '18), aimed to bring the camera obscura outside the discussion of the studio classroom. Funded by the Cornell Council for the Arts, the installation moved across the Arts Quad and Ho Plaza in May so students could experience the apparatus themselves.

A project by Robyn Houghton (B.Arch. '18) and Dana Muhsen (M.Arch.II '18) placed third in the Seventh Advanced Architecture Responsive Cities Competition. Second Nature addressed urban air pollution by creating a responsive air purification system. The project was completed for the Breathing Architectures option studio taught by fall 2017 Gensler Visiting Critic Shawn Rickenbacker.

Gökhan Kodalak Ph.D. HAUD '19) authored a chapter for a new book titled Spinoza's Philosophy of Ratio (Edinburgh University Press, 2018). Kodalak's chapter, "Spinoza, Heterarchical Ontology, and Affective Architecture," examines latent potencies and far-reaching implications that underlie a missed encounter between Spinoza's philosophy and architecture.

Anna Mascorella (Ph.D. HAUD '19) received three grants to support her dissertation research in Rome during the spring semester, including a 2018 Dissertation Research Grant from the Italian Art Society; a 2018–19 Timothy Murray Graduate Travel Grant from Cornell's Society for the Humanities; and a Research Travel Grant from Cornell University Graduate School. Mascorella's dissertation, "Restore, Displace, Appropriate: Negotiating the Baroque Legacy in Fascist Rome," focuses on the redesign of Rome that was initiated by Italy's National Fascist Party in the 1920s.

Papers drawn from the dissertation of Elizabeth Muller (Ph.D. HAUD '18) were presented at three academic conferences during the spring semester. Muller's dissertation investigates nonfiction film as a mode of analysis of the built environment at the turn of the 20th century in the U.S. She presented "Media and Modularity: Photography, Film, and the Standardization of Modern Building" at the College Art Association annual conference in Los Angeles; "Seriality and the City: Early Actualities and the Construction of Urban Spatial Narratives" at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference in Toronto, Canada; and "Beyond Anonymous History: New Narratives of Technology and Media" at the Society of Architectural Historians annual conference in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Laura Stargala (M.Arch '20) won the Allwork Women's Auxiliary Eleanor Scholarship from the Center for Architecture commission. The merit-based scholarship supports architecture students with demonstrated financial need. Stargala was nominated by Kent Kleinman, former Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of AAP. Each of the five 2018 Allwork recipients received an award of $7,500.

The architecture platform KooZA/rch featured work by two students in the spring semester. In February, Warisara Sudswong's (M.Arch. '17) thesis Alien Interfaces: Exploring a World Beyond Reality was highlighted. The project "looked through the eyes of extra-terrestrial perception and alien types of vision as a way to develop a working methodology that challenges drawing the unknown." Lucy Yu's (B.Arch. '19) project A World with No Work — a reimagination of the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York — was featured in June. During her research, Yu interviewed friends and family "about what they would do if they weren't financially obligated to work, and ironically the response was: they would still work."