graduate students: PROJECT PROFILES

November 30, 2009 § Leave a comment

This year IARc’s Graduate School had a record enrollment of students. Due to the high number of attending graduate students, the diversity of the projects also has had an impact in IARc. Projects range from several product designs to museum exhibit development to historic preservation. For several months graduate students researched and developed a topic of interest for their field of study. All projects are unique, and the grad students have kindly shared their theory, process and development with us. The following three graduate students concentrate their projects around museum design, and building preservation.

[Ashley Boycher] The Hatchery: An Exhibition-Retail Collaborative

The Hatchery grew from a business proposal by a faculty member of the business school, Joe Erba, his vision is to create a space to exhibit and sell student work exclusively. The Hatchery would accommodate visual art, performance art, and design work form various creative departments on campus including art, interior architecture, creative writing, consumer and retail studies, dance , music, broadcasting, cinema and theater. The project intends to foster community while cultivating talent and encouraging cross-discipline collaboration to bridge gaps within the university and between the university and the city. The following images are of the graphic Ashley created to brand The Hatchery and following are a few precedence studies.

Logo/Graphic Design. Project image courtesy of Ashley Boycher.
Photo Credits: left to right:,,
Project Photo Credits: left to right:,,

[Katy Brandt] Reinterpreting the Manufactured Home Archetype

Project theory and description. Project image courtesy of Katy Brandt.

Sketches and project development. Project image courtesy of Katy Brandt.

Individual parts. Project image courtesy of Katy Brandt.

Interior perspective. Project image courtesy of Katy Brandt.

[Vanessa Morehead]

In 1958 Lowenstein began teaching an innovative course in architectural design at NC Woman’s College (now UNC-Greensboro). Twenty-three female students designed a house, oversaw its construction and decorated the resulting structure, dubbed the “Commencement House” by the university’s public relations office. Through the use of exposed brick, wood and glass the interior design is integrated with the structural elements and exterior finishes. The free, spacious atmosphere is reinforced by use of a basic soft grayed green throughout the house. Accents colors offer vitality and interest as did accessories with the use of textured finishes such as grass cloth, wood, glass, plastic, cement and brick. The interiors were planned to create the largest space possible within a budget accommodate living requirements with a minimum of visual dividers. Family needs for privacy were handled without the loss of open areas required for general living purpose and entertainment. Glass walls in the master bedroom and living room overlook the garden from a generous balcony as a defining feature. The dining and family areas also employed glass walls that merge the indoor and outdoor spaces. Vanessa Morehead for her design will renovate the Commencement House into a faculty retreat house. The base of her theory for this design is based on Brooker and Stone definition of Intervention from their book rereading’s, Intervention is a procedure that activates the potential or repre sd meaning of a specific place. It only truly works when the architectural response of the modifications draw all their cues from the existing building. The designer will regard the building as a narrative, a story to be discovered and retold and through a process of uncovering clarification and interpretation will reveal and reactivate the place.

The original building provides the momentum for change; the designer’s localize and highly specific reading of the place will dictate the appropriate moves. In order to impose a degree of control or order, the building may need to be simplified, thus produce a new way of looking at or understanding it. The analysis and reading of the original building can often be destructive as it is constructive; the designer will strip away, remove, clarify, and undo in order to reveal new or hidden meanings.

Site. Images courtesy of Vanessa Morehead.

Current patio status of "The Commencement" House.

Current status of interior living room.

Proposed exterior development.

Proposed interior dining development.


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