IARc Department Heads to Monticello and Fallingwater

April 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

This last weekend the IARc department travelled to visit both Monticello, home to the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson; and Fallingwater, home to the Kaufmanns (owners of an elegant department store in the 1930’s, which is now part of the Macy’s chain); which was also built by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

The group met up Sunday bright and early and boarded a tour bus, heading off to our first stop on the trip: Monticello. Once we arrived, we separated into smaller tour groups and prepared to tour the house; while there we would learn various facts about the interior and architecture of the home, and also about Jefferson and his family which occupied the residence. From there, we enjoyed lunch and independently toured the grounds for various sketching/learning opportunities. When the time came to leave, a minor hiccup occurred with the tour bus, which delayed our schedule by a few hours. Once that was fixed, we were on our way to the Casselman Inn in Grantsville, Maryland to stay for the night.

The next day, we all enjoyed a nice breakfast in the quaint restaurant located at the inn before heading off to our final destination: Fallingwater. Once there, we again separated into three smaller groups and prepared ourselves for the tour (as there were some strict rules set in place to help preserve the artifacts within the home). While in the home, we learned about both Frank Lloyd Wright’s design process and ideas behind the construction of the home, as well as a bit of history about the Kaufmann family. Once the tour was over, we again enjoyed lunch and had a few hours to spend sketching or relishing the fantastic scenery the home was built within. Once it was time to leave everyone boarded the bus and eight hours later, we were home.

mont 1

falling 1Photo Credits: Jolene Mallen

Contributed by Jolene Mallen [1st] year

Trade Show Re-Cap

April 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

A few weeks ago, 6 vendors visited the studio to show the products they sell and represent. In case you missed it, here’s a quick recap with links to the companies’ websites so that you can check them out and maybe use them in a future project!

Milliken Carpet


Forbo Flooring






King Bostrom


DHA of the Carolinas representing:

Bernhardt Design/ Textiles, Carnegie Fabrics, Bright Chair, Resolute Lighting, Datesweiser, Anzea, and Takeform Architectural Graphics

Make sure you come out to the next trade show. There are always free samples of materials and sometimes even free snacks!

contributed by Sarah Harris [4th] year


Ashby Dialogue “Adapting to the Future: Architecture and Sustainability” April 7th, 2014

April 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

IARc’s department chair, Anna Marshall-Baker, lead a discussion in a series of faculty-student conversations, the Ashby Dialogues, called “Adapting to the Future: Architecture and Sustainability” on April 7th from 5-7pm in the atrium of the Sullivan Science Building. The conversation about sustainability in future architecture posed a lot of questions and comments from faculty and students alike.

One question was ‘When the “green” trend ends, what is next?’ One person answered that sustainability cannot be a trend for our generation; he said that for our parent’s generation it is just a fad because there isn’t as much at stake, but for the millennial generation, sustainability is a must. We must make changes and we cannot fail. Also, a point was made that unfortunately, design tends to favor aesthetics and style over the importance of designing a place where a human can thrive. This is why sustainability seems like a fad right now, because being “environmentally conscious” is “in”.

Another person asked “Is the integrity of architecture lost when ignoring sustainability?” I thought this was a great question and very relevant to the topic at hand. The group then discussed the government’s attitudes toward green building, ego vs. affinity, “starchitects” and hostility at the municipal level, commercialism and selling the idea of sustainability to the general public, as well as affording sustainability.

The conversation came to a conclusion with one main point. It’s not just the government’s attitudes or the general public’s attitudes about sustainability that need to change, it’s our own. It’s our responsibility as designers to have the attitude that sustainability cannot be a trend in design; it must be the only way to design.

contributed by Sarah Harris [4th] year

UNCG IIDA Chapter Participates in Adopt-A-Stream Cleanup

April 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

On Saturday morning, several students volunteered in the City of Greensboro’s Adopt-A-Stream Program that helps to reduce the amount of waste littering our streams and endangering wildlife. The students collected several bags of trash from the department’s newly adopted stream in Peabody Park. This stream runs from the front of the high-rise dorms on campus and across Market Street. As a result of adopting the stream, a sign will be placed on Market Street reading UNCG Interior Architecture which signifies our commitment to organize a cleanup of the stream twice a year for at least 2 years. This was a great volunteer opportunity for students and is yet another way our department is committed to sustainability.

Adopt-A-Stream Participants from left: (top) Matthew Weikert, Chelsea Epes, Monica Browning, Matthew Elliott, (bottom) Lakiesha White, Linda Melendez Photo Credit: Paige Hohlt

Adopt-A-Stream Participants from left: (top) Matthew Weikert, Chelsea Epes, Monica Browning, Matthew Elliott, (bottom) Lakiesha White, Linda Melendez
Photo Credit: Paige Hohlt

Trash collected from our adopted stream  Photo Credit: Paige Hohlt

Trash collected from our adopted stream
Photo Credit: Paige Hohlt


Contributed by Monica Browning [4th] year

Digital Craft Exhibit conclusion

April 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

On April 3rd, a reception was held for both the Novem Mason Symposium as well as a reception for the Digital Craft Exhibit. This exhibit displayed a large handful of student and faculty work from both the Interior Architecture and Art departments. Faculty and students seemed pleased with this exhibit, and visitors were very impressed and intrigued by the variety of work displayed. Below is a picture of the Digital Craft exhibit.



Contributed by Torrey Orlopp [3rd] Year

IARc Symposium Honoring Novem Mason and Mary Miller-AM Seminars

April 10, 2014 § Leave a comment


From April 2-4, the Novem Mason Symposium was held.  On Thursday, April 3 there were various seminar lectures by faculty and other members of the design community that spoke throughout the day on various aspects of the creation/design process. I attended 4 seminars held in the morning hours with topics ranging from design failures, sustainability, technology, and preservation in the design process.

The first seminar was held by Tommy Lambeth, (former IARc department chair).  He spoke about his own design failures and his process of learning from them. During his presentation he showed the audience examples of pieces he felt were less than becoming and told us how he grew from them. His main point: don’t be afraid to fail, its okay, don’t stop working at it because you’ll grow from it in the end.

During the second seminar, held by Beth McGee, we did a walk through of the IARc department library. We learned during her presentation that Novem Mason donated a great deal of the books currently available to students and staff for loan. We also learned about the cataloging done within the library in order to organize the books available.  And lastly we talked about the library’s focus on sustainability.
During the third seminar, held by Doug Leckie and Dickie Cox, the topic changed to speak about the need for both handmade and computer fabricated design. We met within the Gallery on the first floor of the Gatewood building, where we toured the pieces on display that used both handmade and computer fabricated design features; like CAM, CAD, Shapeways, etc. Within this seminar the overall theme was stressed that both methods of design are needed to create a cohesive and successful project.

During the fourth and last seminar attended, held by Jo Leinmenstoll, she spoke about the need and importance of preservation within design and communities. She showed examples of this with photos taken from her own classes she teaches during the summer and spring semesters.

Symposium AM presentation images together

Photo Credits: Jolene Mallen

Contributed by Jolene Holbrook [1st] year




Trip to BC Workshop in Dallas, TX

April 8, 2014 § Leave a comment

In March, a select group of students and faculty had the opportunity to attend the Building Communities (BC) Workshop on community engaged design in Dallas, TX. Among this group was Shelley Gates, a [3rd] year undergraduate student in Interior Architecture. “It was an incredible experience all around. One of the most important things I took away from this experience is the understanding that members of a community are the experts on that community, and a designer cannot simply come in without listening to the voices of the community to make their design decisions.”

Laura Cole’s 3rd year studio is currently working on fine-tuning their tiny house projects in groups of seven or eight to submit to the Small House Contest. Shelley explained that one of the houses the group visited during the BC Workshop was 850SF, energy star rated, and cost only $65,000. This truly inspired her and she brought back her findings to her small house group to energize them as well! Shelley is also involved in the Cottage Grove Initiative and she has great ideas and insights to bring to the table about community engaged design thanks to this educational trip.

Below are three pictures of this trip taken by both Shelley Gates and Travis Hicks.





contributed by Torrey Orlopp [3rd] year


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