Emily Andrews is a student at the University of Texas, School of Architecture. Here she talks about a project she completed within Professor Wiedemann’s Vertical Studio course.


Emily Andrews - Map

How did you create this project?

Our studio focused on the segment of the El Camino Real de los Tejas that falls between San Antonio and Austin, TX. Before we started mapping, I had been reading Domingo Ramon’s expedition diary of 1716, and was becoming lost in his descriptions and encounters. When we were told to go explore the trail on our own, I immediately noticed the dissimilarities in my encounters to that of Ramon’s. I made my map as a means to document both our journeys, with emphasis lying on our points of interest and stops along the way. For Ramon, those almost always happened at river crossings; mine happened at gas stations, swimming holes, and historical missions.

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How did you decide which tools to use?

I decided to use photography in contrast with journal entries as a way to document. I worked primarily by hand, printing the photographs and journals onto Mylar and then adhering them to my 9+ ft map. I studied a series of folding techniques early on before folding the final map. The folds were important to highlight my points of interest and to see where Ramon’s points correlate. They were also are a way to emphasize duration and the difference in time it would take me to travel the 80 miles vs. Ramon.

Where do you typically display your work online?

Instagram and Facebook

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Why did you choose to go to architecture school?

I chose to pursue architecture in my undergrad at the University of Washington in Seattle. I took advantage of exploring different drawing classes and art classes, and began to consider it as a major. I took a summer intro studio and it sealed the deal for me. I loved the culture of studio and the dynamics of the classes, everything was interesting and I knew that I had to pursue it further.

Tell us about your school’s architecture program.

This is my first semester at the UTSOA. I’ve found the school has a great mix of diverse faculty interests which allows you to seek out particular focus areas, but also keeps discussion in the school dynamic and meaningful. The first studios you take here are Vertical Studios, which means that students’ backgrounds and skill levels vary and everyone brings something unique to the table.

What do you love about studying architecture?

I love being in a place where I can explore my own thoughts on architecture, while being surrounded by colleagues who are also eager to have discussions on what the role of architecture in our society is today. The culture of architecture school, the studios, theory discussions, site visits, is what I’ll miss most when I graduate. You’re really in a place where everyone is eager to learn and explore and it’s an exciting energy.

What are your plans post-graduation?

I think the first thing I’ll do when I graduate is travel. The second thing is find a job that doesn’t feel like a job.


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#IMADETHAT @NYIT Nicholas Soniprasad

Nicholas Soniprasad is a student at New York Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Design. Here he talks to us about his midterm project for ARCH-291 Parametric Design with professor Jason Van Nest.

Nicholas Soniprasad

How did you create this project?

I first sketched the design out on paper and then generated a 3D model in Rhino using the Paneling tools and Grasshopper plugins. After a few modifications a laser file was created in AutoCAD to fabricate the pieces. Acrylic sheets were laser cut and glued together to form the lamp.

Nicholas Soniprasad

How did you decide which tools to use?

This was a midterm project, so, given that we had to meet certain deadlines and expectations, the use of Rhino was the most efficient software. We had access to the Paneling tools and Grasshopper plugin which, made manipulations easier.

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Why did you choose to go to architecture school?

Initially, I was interested in the traditional building construction field. However, four years later my outlook has changed. New technologies have served as a unique medium for design and construction.

Tell us about your NYIT’s architecture program.

The architecture program at NYIT is rigorous. We have many dedicated faculty members and small studio classes. Our fabrication lab is equipped with updated tools for students to experiment with. The School of Architecture and Design does a good job focusing on the entire field, from fundamental design to professional practice. I love the design process.

What do you love about studying architecture?

It is exciting to know that you’ll never really be done with a design. There is always room for improvement if you are looking at it the right way.

What are your plans post-graduation?

My plans are to continue researching Parametric Design. After returning from my first trip to Europe, I plan on traveling abroad to gain inspiration. There will always be plenty to learn.


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