Graduation 2014

May 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

UNCG’s Class of 2014 gathered for Graduation at the Greensboro Coliseum. See more at: http://uncgnow.uncg.edu/uncg-commencement-2014-celebration-success/#sthash.8LripvrG.dpuf.  We are extra proud of our multiple honors graduates in this year’s IARc class.

We also had a special department graduation ceremony in the afternoon of May 09 at the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant.  Special awards were bestowed to several students  for their exceptional work.  Paige Hohlt and Alexandra Pokas both received the Outstanding Designer award, Monica Browning received the Community Engagement award, and Jack Kennedy received the Outstanding Senior award.  For the Graduate Program, the Outstanding Designer award was given to Felicia Dean and the Outstanding Graduate Student award was given to Christine Lumans.

The guest speaker was Leah Faile, IARc gradate and current Project Manager at O’Brien/Atkins Associates. She brought a special word of insight to our graduate student about their exciting and challenging next steps.  Her outstanding career is a testament to the success of IARc and she was a great addition to this very special event.

Please, Class of 2014 and new alumni, stay in touch with us and let us know all about the amazing things that you are accomplishing.  We wish you all the best.

Contributed by Beth McGee, faculty

Graduation 2014, photo by Beth McGee

Graduation 2014, photo by Beth McGee

New Student Group for IARc Grad Students!

May 5, 2014 § Leave a comment

There will be a new student group for IARc grad students, which includes Historic Preservation specializations as well as certificate graduate students. The objective of the group is to have a cohesive student-led organization that provides socialization and a sense of community, advocates for graduate resources, and provides a platform to request funding for events and conferences through the Student Government Association. There will be a kick-off event at the beginning of next school year.  If you are interested in joining or would like to find out more information, please contact Cat French [clwilso7@uncg.edu] or Mardita Murphy [mmmurph3@uncg.edu].

 

contributed by Sarah Harris [4th year]

 

 

Claudia Aguilera Guardado: 2013 Innovative Use of Technology in a Thesis or Dissertation Winner

May 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

On April 29, 2014 UNCG held its Honors Convocation award ceremony.  One of the awards was UNCG’s Innovative Use of Technology in a Thesis or Dissertation, which fellow IArc [grad] student, Claudia Aguilera Guardado, won for her thesis (description below).  In order to participate, one has to be nominated by their Department.  She became aware of the competition a few months before her thesis was due and spoke to Stoel Burrowes - her thesis chair - about it and was very supportive of the idea.  After graduating in December of last year with an M.F.A in Interior Architecture, Claudia left to her home country, El Salvador.  In March of this year, she received an email from  Dean Associates of the Graduate School, Laura Chesack PhD, letting her know she had been nominated and won!

When asked of her feelings for winning, she said:

I feel HAPPY! I feel proud of my professors, because they knew how to guide me in the whole process of my thesis, thanks to their help and support I got the award. I am glad they also believed in me and in my project. Also, I feel lucky, not only for having the opportunity to compete, but for having the best education while I was in the United States. I think this award was like the cherry on top of my vanilla ice cream! I feel very motivated to continue my research and see where it takes me.”

And at an attempt to summarize her thesis in a paragraph:

My thesis is about the development of a system of design that is a tool to communicate identity to products. The system of design was expressed through a Graphic Matrix that combining both, old and new, manufacturing technologies decomposes craft examples from El Salvador to create new products. The hierarchy of information helped to organize and visualize efficiently all the phases of decomposition. The craft examples from El Salvador go through all the phases in order to extract characteristics to be incorporated in the new product. The products created to test this Graphic Matrix were vessels and light fixtures using digital fabrication technology.”

Claudia has participated in several competitions, such as 2012 IDEC South Regional Conference at Richmond, VA, Center for Visual Artists Gallery and Phillips Collection Competition, and 2013 IDEC South Regional Conference at Peachtree, GA.  She received an honorable mention at Skewed Design 2012 – 7th Annual Chair Competition at Appalachian State University.  She has also won 1st Place in the Creative Arts Category at UNCG’s 2012 Graduate Research and Creative Expo.  As for her plans, Claudia is currently teaching for her home University “Dr. José Matías Delgado”, where she has to teach for 2 years as part of her Fulbright Scholarship award. She is also helping and getting involved with a non-profit organization “FABLAB EL SALVADOR” which is a new initiative that promotes digital fabrication and the Maker Movement in El Salvador. Claudia plans to continue her research and study a postgraduate degree on design thinking for business. As for being back in her country, “Being back feels good! I am back with my family and friends after almost 3 years of being away from home. Some days are hard because I got used to being in the USA, so I miss my time at UNCG a lot. I try to keep myself busy, it is helping smoothly with the transition. I never thought I was going to have a cultural shock but I am adapting back to my culture and that feels good!”

We want to congratulate her on her success and wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors!

Claudia Aguilera Guardado with her award

Claudia with her award

Contributed by Linda Melendez [2nd] year

IIDA’s April GRA Event: Commercial Design in the Triad: Designers’ Community Impact

May 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

Last week Thursday, April 24th, IIDA’s Triad City Center hosted a GRA event,  Government and Regulatory Affairs (now known as Advocacy), to bring awareness to designers.  This event was hosted at Inmar, a technology company headquartered in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem.  The event consisted of three speakers and a tour of the new facility, which was a former RJ Reynolds Tobacco factory building, that houses over 800 employees in more than 240,000 square feet.

IIDA Triad Co-chairs, Christy Gardner (L) & Michelle Christie (R)

IIDA Triad Co-chairs, Christy Gardner (L) & Michelle Christie (R)

The first speaker was Scott MacMeekin, IIDA Carolinas VP of Advocacy, who talked about elevating the profession.  Three points in doing this was striving to be better through education and knowledge, getting involved such as through advocacy, and coming up with a good elevator speech when asked what it means to be a designer.  The second speaker was Travis Hicks, Assistant Professor of UNCG’s Interior Architecture department.  Travis spoke about the importance of designing for corporate interior facilities like Inmar, in a light and comical way through a list of the multiple roles a designer has and is, for example magicians, detectives, etc.  Travis also mentioned CC-ED, Center for Community Engaged Design, as well as Action Greensboro and how IArc is involved.

 

Travis introducing his 2 favorite topics

Travis introducing his 2 favorite topics

The last speakers were Tina Kneisel, Finance Projects Manager at Inmar, and Peter Marsh, VP of Workplace Strategies, who spoke about the design of the new facility.  Some of the things mentioned were flexible space that allowed the sharing of ideas (Inmar was previously broken up into three separate buildings), with 65 meeting rooms the ration is 1:1 meeting seat to building (industry norm is a ratio of 1:6), 36 SF work area with sit/stand stations and adjustable levels of privacy, and ‘neighborhoods’ that included semi-enclosed spaces, enclosed spaces, meeting rooms, amenities, and way-finding among other things.

 

One of multiple examples of flexible space

One of multiple examples of flexible space

Example of singular office space

Example of singular office space

Another example of flexible space

Another example of flexible space

'Neighborhood' floorplan

‘Neighborhood’ floorplan

One of many different meeting spaces

One of many different meeting spaces

Top of Inmar building

Top of Inmar building

View of the center from 2nd floor

View of the center from 2nd floor

Dining area

Dining area

View of center from bottom floor

View of center from bottom floor

Inmar logo used as an interesting detail along hallway

Inmar logo used as an interesting detail along hallway

For more images and information on the project, visit here.

Contributed by Linda Melendez [2nd] year

Best Wishes to Departing Faculty

May 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

There is sad news to report.  There will be four faculty members of our department leaving this year: Dickie Cox, Doug LeckieBeth McGee, and Matt Jones.

Dickie Cox will be moving to New Jersey due to his wife receiving tenure at Monmouth University.

Doug Leckie (IArc undergrad alum) plans to find a position as a design consultant, product or furniture designer.  Possible locations are San Francisco or Los Angeles, CA, Portland, Oregon, or New York.

Beth McGee (IArc grad alum) will be working on her PhD in Interior Design at the University of Florida.

Matt Jones (IArc undergrad alum) will be working on his MFA in Sculpture at the University of Cincinnati.

I, like the rest of the department, wish them the best of luck and success in their ventures!

Departing faculty, Doug (L), Matt (C), Beth (R)

Departing faculty, Doug (L), Matt (C), Beth (R)

Departing faculty, Dickie (L) and Doug (R)

Departing faculty, Dickie (L) and Doug (R)

Morning studio bidding farewell to faculty

Morning studio bidding farewell to faculty

Students Clint (L) & Allie (R) speaking to Dicke (CL) & Doug (CR)

Students Clint (L) & Allie (R) speaking to Dicke (CL) & Doug (CR)

Addie - Matt's wife (L), Matt (C), and Beth (R)

Addie – Matt’s wife (L), Matt (C), and Beth (R)

Contributed by Linda Melendez [2nd] year

Historic Preservation Career Panel

May 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

Graduate students in the Historic Preservation concentrations and Museum Studies majors attended a career panel on Wednesday, April 16th.  The panel comprised of 4 guest professionals– two Interior Architecture and historic preservation professionals and two museum studies professionals.  The two historic preservation professionals were Heather Wagner Slane  and Sara Davis Lachenman – both of whom are graduates of UNCG.  Heather owns a preservation and architectural history consulting business while Sara is owner of Four over One Design, a preservation design and consulting firm.  The other two guests were Ann Grimaldi, the Education Director of Weatherspoon Art Museum, and Frachele Scott of the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum.  

Some of the advice given was the importance of having well prepared personal documentation such as cover letter and resume and to include language from the job description or posting in your documentation and that broad and versatile experience looked good. Also, the panel advised to utilize resources such as faculty to review these documents while you have access to them. As far as self-presentation, the panel seeks well-kept and put together individuals. Also,  the panel pointed out that however you advertise yourself publicly can be seen by prospective employees.  According to Mardita Murphy, a graduate student concentrating in Historic Preservation, advice that stood out was as a business owner you “can expect to wear multiple hats, self-teach skills like website development, business, and real estate because it is a one man show most of the time.”  The biggest reason that stood out was because two of the HP members graduated from the IARc program concentrating in Historic Preservation – Heather and Sara – and they have now both established their own design companies/firms. The moral being owning a business requires versatility.

 

Contributed by Linda Melendez [2nd] year

[1st] Year & [2nd] Year Critiques

May 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

On Monday, April 28th, Dickie Cox & Dough Leckie‘s [2nd] year studio presented their final project gallery-style in the Crit Room (401).  As previously mentioned, the final project consisted of creating a piece of furniture for adults that also had a form of play for children.  Just like the previous project, the class was broken down into three groups with each group rotating per hour.  Both instructors discussed with each student about their project.  Other instructors stopped by the viewing, such as Tommy Lambeth, Stoel Burrowes, and Matt Jones.   [2nd] year did a great job for this final project.  It was exciting to see what type of furniture was chosen and how each of us developed our play.  Below, are some of the pieces from the project.

 

Elliot Peace's Conveyor Chair

Elliot Peace’s Conveyor Chair

Alex Brigman's Milo Chair

Alex Brigman’s Milo Chair

Kayla Carter's Rack N' Noughts

Kayla Carter’s Rack N’ Noughts

Emily Spainhour's Bookrace

Emily Spainhour’s Bookrace

Alexandra Palma's Tree House Table

Alexandra Palma’s Tree House Table

Hunter Morton's TeleChairs

Hunter Morton’s TeleChairs

Matt Elliot's BookLight

Matt Elliot’s BookLight

Matt Elliot's BookLight

Matt Elliot’s BookLight

Linda Melendez's Skee Sling

Linda Melendez’s Skee Sling

Morgan Rigsbee's Geo'd

Morgan Rigsbee’s Geo’d

 

On Tuesday, April 29th, [1st] year studio presented their final project.  Their last project was very interesting, as it revolved around devising a creation story after conducting an initial precedent study about an existing culture and then constructing a mask to represent that culture.  The creation story was later embodied into a full body “mask” based on the story.  Their stories were very interesting and entertaining, or as Tommy Lambeth put it “very poetic”.  Along with Tommy, [2nd] year studio, Dickie CoxDoug Leckie, Hannah Mendoza, and Travis Hicks were also present.

102 S14 final- Amy, Photo by Hannah Mendoza

102 S14 final- Amy,
Photo by Hannah Mendoza

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102 S14 final- Taylor, Photo by Hannah Mendoza

102 S14 final- Tiffani, Photo by Hannah Mendoza

102 S14 final- Tiffani,
Photo by Hannah Mendoza

102 S14 final- Ryan, Photo by Hannah Mendoza

102 S14 final- Ryan,
Photo by Hannah Mendoza

102 S14 final- Julia, Photo by Hannah Mendoza

102 S14 final- Julia,
Photo by Hannah Mendoza

102 S14 final- Josh, Photo by Hannah Mendoza

102 S14 final- Josh,
Photo by Hannah Mendoza

102 S14 final- Jolene, Photo by Hannah Mendoza

102 S14 final- Jolene,
Photo by Hannah Mendoza

102 S14 final- Hayden, Photo by Hannah Mendoza

102 S14 final- Hayden,
Photo by Hannah Mendoza

102 S14 final- Elizabeth, Photo by Hannah Mendoza

102 S14 final- Elizabeth,
Photo by Hannah Mendoza

102 S14 final- Ashley, Photo by Hannah Mendoza

102 S14 final- Ashley,
Photo by Hannah Mendoza

102 S14 final- Amy, Photo by Hannah Mendoza

102 S14 final- Amy,
Photo by Hannah Mendoza

 

First group of presenters during Q&A

First group of presenters during Q&A

First group of presenters during Q&A

First group of presenters during Q&A

Presenters from first group posing after final critique

Presenters from first group posing after final critique

Contributed by Linda Melendez [2nd] year

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