Insight: Midterm at SAID

said by: Jordan Fitch

We spend so much time perfecting each and every lineweight or iterative model that we forget - there are 26 separate studio sections in SAID, each with a story to tell. We sourced a brief quote and a progress photo from each studio - scroll through the slideshow to check out what's going on as we enter the homestretch of the fall semester.

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FIRST YEAR: DESIGN LAB I

Faculty: Whitney Hamaker, Jungwoo Ji, Erin Kline, Meghan Minton, Vincent Sansalone, Ingrid Schmidt, Priyanka Sen, Melanie Swick

"We have been working on using different architectural elements to imply cubes, and translating that to something that could be built."

Andrew Clark - BS.Arch '21 - Schmidt

"CUBES - everything and anything having to do with cubes. What defines a cube, what doesn't define a cube, the negative and positive space within a cube - with the hope of developing a better understanding of space."

Jillian Moore - BS.IntD '21 - Sansalone


SECOND YEAR: DESIGN STUDIO I

Faculty: Shubber Falah, Whitney Hamaker, Hank Hildebrandt, Meghan Minton, Cheryl Nachbauer, Michael Rogovin, Joori Suh, Melanie Swick

"We are working on a design proposal for a Poetry Foundation for Cincinnati. We just finished a preliminary project studying how to design in section, along with diagramming environmental, programmatic, and situational factors. We are refining our designs through modeling, and working toward final documentation with sections, plans, elevations, and renderings."

Austin Woodruff - BS.Arch '20 - Rogovin

"I am working on a Poetry Foundation inspired by the concept of nostalgia and the connection between past and present."

Allison Albrecht - BS.IntD '20 - Suh


FOURTH YEAR: HOLZ UND STEIN

Faculty: Terry Boling

"The 'Holz und Stein' 2017 Travel studio just returned from from Europe. We've been to Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Split, Venice, Verona, and Vals to name a few places - and have been studying new innovations and old techniques in stone and wood construction. In Croatia, we worked with one of the last three stone carving schools in Europe where we learned traditional stone-carving. In Switzerland we visited innovative cross-laminated timber manufacturers and visited numerous notable wood construction projects. We have a final exhibition of their drawings from and after the trip at the end of the year that everyone should catch if they have a chance!"

Jonah Pruitt - BS.Arch '18


FOURTH YEAR: PSEUDOVERTICALITY ON THE HIGH LINE

Faculty: Mara Marcu

"Our studio is looking at skyscrapers along the High Line, using CATIA, which is the digital projection software used by Frank Gehry. Ultimately, our goal is to use the robotic arm to rout models of our project designs." 

Trenton Bradford, TJ Dunn - BS.Arch '18


FOURTH YEAR: BROOKLYN NAVY YARDS

Faculty: Liz Riorden

"Our studio is focusing on urban design and planning - we have a 16 acre site in the historic Brooklyn Navy Yards. Our program requires affordable housing, a performance space, a grocery store, and the incorporation of an existing building."

Alyssa Pack - BS.Arch '18

Model by Collin Cooper - BS.Arch '18


FOURTH YEAR: SOUTH CUMMINSVILLE

Faculty: Pravin Bhiwapurkar

"Our section is concentrating on the South Cumminsville area of Cincinnati, which was historically connected to the Northside neighborhood. The construction of I-74 severed this connection and the many shared services of these neighborhoods, such as housing, public spaces, grocery stores, and pharmacies - our studio is hoping to propose sustainable solutions for this underserved neighborhood."

Gabriel Berning - BS.Arch '18

Boards by Evan Schlenk - BS.Arch '18


FOURTH YEAR: ART SPACE IN NORTHSIDE

Faculty: Stephen Slaughter

"We are collaborating with a nonprofit organization called Professional Artistic Research Projects (PAR), to design a space for an art gallery, classroom spaces, and artist studios in Northside. We are exploring the use of shipping containers by researching the extent of shipping container culture and its potential in architecture. This studio is acting as a precursor to a future MetroLab project, as we are working toward an exhibition with PAR and potential project sponsors at the end of the semester."

Kelli Plummer, Brett Smith - BS.Arch '18

Images by Ignacio Gonzalez - BS.Arch '18


FOURTH YEAR: INTERIORS

Faculty: Ann Black

"We just finished working on the PAVE 2017 Student Design Competition, which was in partnership with Chick-Fil-A. They asked us to redesign what Chick-Fil-A could look like on a college campus. For the rest of the semester, we are working on a fast-travel retail project, which asks us to reimagine the retail experience in airport duty-free stores as a location-specific experience."

Leah Wald - BS.IntD '18


M.ARCH 1: FOUNDATION STUDIO

Faculty: Tom Bible

"We've been working on case studies of the Modern masters (Aalto, Koolhaas, Mies, Zumthor, etc.), studying how past architects have regulated space, form and program. We just shifted gears toward a Poetry Foundation project for the remainder of the semester."

Todd Funkhouser - M.Arch '21

Image by Damario Walker-Brown - M.Arch '21


M.ARCH 2: COMPREHENSIVE STUDIO

Faculty: Jungwoo Ji, Vincent Sansalone, William Williams

"We are looking at abstract ways to map experiences. We just started our project that will continue until the end of the semester - the program is a multipurpose/flexible performance space on a site in Mount Adams."

Grant Koniski, Jessica Pfeiffer - M.Arch '20 - Sansalone


M.ARCH THESIS: FC CINCINNATI

Faculty: Aarati Kanekar and Michael McInturf

"How can the opportunity to design a stadium for FC Cincinnati be leveraged to best represent the city and further the economic development along the Riverfront?"

Emily Adams, Mackenzie Grause - M.Arch '18


M.ARCH THESIS: UPTOWN AND OTR

Faculty: Aarati Kanekar, Michael McInturf

"We are researching how to connect development in OTR and development in Uptown near UC. How do you activate the hillside in a way that drives development without displacing the current communities?"

Jordan Fitch, Jules Rosen - M.Arch '18


M.ARCH THESIS: NEW PHILADELPHIA, OHIO

Faculty: Aarati Kanekar, Michael McInturf

"We are researching how to revitalize a post-industrial/farming small town in rural Ohio. We are looking at the small downtown and the riverfront areas, as well as the regional satellite campus of Kent State University, and trying to strategize the best way forward for New Philadelphia, Ohio."

Stephanie Bross, Mandy Fortman, Sho Sugimoto, Jonathan Tomko - M.Arch '18


M.ARCH THESIS: CLUJ NAPOCA, ROMANIA

Faculty: Aarati Kanekar, Michael McInturf

"We’re designing a master plan for a small village outside of Cluj Napoca, Romania, with an emphasis on ecological living practices. Typologies of housing, how to organize roads and a village, that plus an ecological mindset, also introducing Romanians to a new way of life - doing something extraordinary in the middle of nowhere."

Seher Hashmi, Jingwen Pan, Mariela Ortiz Perez, Julian Roman, Kara Vujanovich - M.Arch '18


M.ARCH THESIS: POIANA, ROMANIA

Faculty: Aarati Kanekar, Michael McInturf

"We’re looking at responsible futures through the lens of what we might call landscape tourism, in a relatively untouched part of Romania. We are studying the economy of the nearby commune of Pietrosa, and we’re hoping our intervention can be an asset to the surrounding community, not just a tourist destination."

John Arnaud, Brent Nichols, Ben Romero, Tanvi Shah - M.Arch '18


M.ARCH THESIS: INDEPENDENT

Faculty: Various

Due to the variety of research topics, Re:SAID is working on a separate post with an image from each independent thesis - for now, stalk them on Instagram and check back for updates!

Caroline Bozzi, Mike Czmiel, Jessica Dangelo, Megha Dubey, Jamie Ferello, Kris Hemeyer, Kiana Memarandadgar, Lee Meyer, Kristin Plummer, Nicole Ridder, Adam Sambuco, Han Shen, AJ Sivakumar, Mark Specker, Bailey Stultz, Lauren Whitehurst, Kumi Wickramanayaka, Chas Wiederhold, Darion Ziegler - M.Arch '18


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