Graduate Student Update

February 1, 2015 § Leave a comment

Graduate students finished last semester in a whirl wind, like most IARc students do.  Travis Hicks’ studio presented their historic mill adaptive re-use projects to architecture students at UNC Charlotte as well as a panel of experts during a critique in Gatewood.  The projects at Revolution Mills here in Greensboro, and each student chose a different section of the mill to focus on.  Eco-villages, Sustainable communities, Live / Work / Play, Organic groceries, Tea houses, and Boutique hotels were some of the included programs in the projects.

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Audrey Wagoner looks on as a UNC Charlotte professor explains the importance of line weight to her students.

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Material sample boards from Travis Hicks’ Revolution Mills adaptive re-use projects.

Students in Laura Cole’s research methodologies class completed a research project based on the Servant Center and their need to adapt their campus to better meet the needs of the organization and those it serves.  The Servant Center is an organization that works with homeless veterans and their mission is: “To empower the homeless and disabled, particularly Veterans, to become independent, contributing members of our community through housing, healthcare and restorative services.”  Hopes are that students will continue with this project and generate an architectural program for the organization.

This semester has started out a little bit differently than IARc students are accustomed, without a studio.  That’s right they are taking a semester to work on their thesis proposals and literature reviews.  This should give the students a better preliminary view of their thesis work and better prepare them for the studios that will come.  The topics students are working on are multidisciplinary and look at historic preservation, place making, and product design.  We will share progress on these topics later in the semester.

Contributed by: Jack Kennedy, Graduate Student

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