Bonjour

September 26, 2016 — Leave a comment

Bonjour Tout le Monde!

I think I said that right.

If the Masters of Architecture program at Wentworth is known for anything, it’s the travel studio. This year, there are 7 different studios whose projects are based in various cities around the world: London, Lisbon (Portugal), Benin (Africa), Bali, New Orleans, Shanghai, and Paris – which is my studio. I just returned to the states this morning after an amazing ten days over in France. Just to give you a quick summary, each studio class visits their designated city for ten days at the beginning of the semester, studies their site, comes back to Boston, and designs a project for that site. So yes, we spent time seeing the major landmarks, but we spent most of the time drawing, photographing, and analyzing qualities of the city to help with our design. In Paris specifically, we’re designing something (I haven’t decided what yet) along the Seine riverwalk. Needless to say, it was an unforgettable ten days and totally worth the mild jet lag. I can’t wait to find out what kind of design I come up with for the site – it’s always exciting not knowing what will spew out of your creative subconscious!

Here are some photos of the highlights, including our trip to the city of Nantes to study their riverfront and city development projects.

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Hey Hi Hello

September 9, 2016 — Leave a comment

Hello World!

This is my first blog post as an MArch student at WIT. First of all, thanks for reading! In case you were wondering, I’m writing this at 1:20 in the morning because this is the first moment of free time I’ve had all day; the coordinators of the MArch program here certainly know how to hit the ground running. Allow me to quickly summarize my to do list to give you a idea of what a semi-typical Grad student’s life is like:

-Thesis Prep // 3 discursive posters

-Studio-Paris // maps, photos, site analysis

-Design Entrepreneurship // try to remember whatever we did in class…

-start packing for Paris (study abroad studio)

-write a blog post

-Kickboxing Class // write & remember choreography

-wash my hair

Those are the major items and they all have a deadline of a few days (though perhaps the hair washing should happen sooner rather than later). So yes – I am a Graduate Architecture student who teaches kickboxing and is a Marketing Research Assistant to the Arch. Department and I love every second of it… well, most seconds. I’ve always loved school so this seems to be the perfect place right now and I’ve been eager to start Thesis work for several years. I’m headed in the direction of urban design / future development. I have included an image of one of my recent street analysis sketches. Though, as a seasoned design student, I know very well that what I have a few weeks from now will hardly resemble my current ideas. I guess we’ll see!

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