A trip to Chicago – My favorite things

 

This field trip to Chicago was a precedent study for mixed used projects (residential, commercial, etc.) and incorporating parking structures. This year, our senior project is to design a project with these components, and Chicago has countless opportunities for learning. Throughout the trip we walked 11 miles around the city and visited parking structure after parking structure, as well as mixed used buildings and a couple of Whole Foods buildings.

I quickly fell in love with the projects and environment around Lakeshore East. It has major components of what my architecture dreams are made of, and, though I find it incredibly intimidating, I hope to one day be a part of a project of similar impact and magnitude.

Aqua

Aqua at Lakeshore East Chicago is one of my favorite projects in the city. Not least because it was designed by Studio Gang, a firm led by Jeanne Gang and one of my dream places to work (more about my take on women in architecture to come). I am intrigued by the combination of architecture and urban design that surrounds this project. Though I didn’t go inside, I was captivated by the use of materials and colors of the facades.

 

These residential spaces below the Aqua tower have direct access to the Park designed the Office of James Burnett. A wonderful space that combines open green spaces, with water features, and perfectly landscaped opportunities for sitting and walking around.  As I experience the park, it’s hard to believe how close it is to the hustle and bustle of downtown Chicago.

In this environment there is a sense of safety, and a sense of community as joggers pass by and others stroll around walking their dogs. Though Chicago is a large city, this is a fascinating example of a place that feels peaceful an sheltered.

This year, my project will be tiny in comparison to the projects around Lakeshore East.  However, I hope that in my own way I can achieve a similar sense of shielded rest from the agitation of daily life.

xo,

Stephanie

 

 

 

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Rewind : Year 1 – So it begins

2015. A simple year. My first year as an Architecture student was full of the usual, Gen. Ed. classes and the hectic running back and forth around campus. My favorite part has always been sitting at my drafting table, no matter the time of day.

1st year

Drawing and Graphics Studio was a studio to learn the basics. A gentle introduction to the tools and methods I used to think architects used their whole life. (That was a lie – Since the rise of technology, fewer and fewer Architects depend on hand drawing and rendering for any part of the design process).

Nevertheless, it was hand-drafted floor plans and sketches that first attracted me to pursue a career in architecture. I enjoyed every moment of it as I persevered through (and learned to love) the tiresome methods of drawing axonometric, oblique,

and perspective sketches. I enjoy sketching and coloring design proposals, and I hope to be able to incorporate sketching and hand-rendering as much as possible in my future career.

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These are just some of the examples of the work I did. It’s easy to look back and see all of the flaws in my work, but that’s the process of learning. The more of it I do, the easier it gets, and the more I enjoy it.

xo,

Steph

Refresh.

In between the crazy schedules of my life as an architecture student, I have permanently toyed with the idea of this blog.  The problem is that it scares me to begin anything new, unless I’m pretty sure I can conquer it. In this case, I’m not sure what it means to “conquer” a blog.

So I’m doing this for me, to look back, to learn, to keep track of where I’ve been and where I want to go.

If you’re reading this and it seems interesting, bear with me… It’s only going to keep getting better!

I’m a complete newbie to the world of blogging, and I’m a beginner in the world of architecture. I have a limited perspective but I want to share and learn from others as much as I can.

I will start by breaking down what my (studio) education in architecture.

My Studio Experience up to this point looks like this:

YEAR 1

  • Drawing and Graphics Studio

YEAR 2

  • Introduction to Design Studio
  • Architecture as Craft Studio

YEAR 3

  • Placemaking Studio
  • Background Building

YEAR 4 (Currently)

  • Comprehensive Design Studio

I want to break down each year by project in future posts, but for now feel free to browse my first ever attempt at a Portfolio (don’t laugh!). The PDF attached was my submission to be accepted into the professional program at Andrews University. It’s hopefully the first of many (better ones) to come.

I’m excited to be where I am. I’m enjoying my senior year to the fullest.

Here’s to 2 more years of college and couple more fore licensing! It’s going to happen!

 

xo,

Stephanie

Professional Program Portfolio Submission

 

 

 

Internship 1.0 – Conclusions

 

My first architecture internship lasted about 14 weeks. It has been a few months since it ended and I’m back in school for year 3.

I met amazing people and it was an unforgettable experience. It was more than I could have expected. After all, I was only a 2nd year architecture student. I was exposed to many different kinds of jobs, I worked on presentation models, helped a little with interior design decisions (with the actual interior designer), had a couple site visits, mostly worked on CAD, and even got to sketch out possible designs for a clinic.

Best of all, I can officially say I have started my AXP hours, though I still have some (most of them) to submit. I’m excited to say that I am a couple of steps closer to Architect.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”

Colossians 3:23

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Internship 1.0

First internship. It’s not even and architecture firm but an architecture branch of a hospital with the right environment and proximity. I’m not sure how I ended up in this position. About a month ago I decided that I needed to take more drastic steps to control my career path and instead of returning to Miami for a summer of retail, I decided to cast a wide net of emails and resumes to see if I could land a job that could teach me what life is like in an architecture environment.

I’m sure it wont be glamorous, I’m also sure there will be a lot of coffee fetching and errand runs. I am mostly sure that it will be new, and exciting, and that this is where I am supposed to be. That doesn’t stop me from being scared and anxious, and nervous about messing up or not knowing enough or being inadequate… so many things.

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Matthew 6:34