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  • Fall Lineup...

    Fall lineup just got announced. Atelier Bow-wow and Mark Lee (together), Craig Hodgetts, and Barton Myers for 3rd year options studios. Research studios will be by Neil Denari, Greg Lynn, Dagmar Richter, and Kivi Sotamaa. Second year major building studio: Dagmar Richter, Roger Sherman, and Harvey...


  • Reflections

    On the drive home from the final crit, the sun was just setting as the days have been getting longer and longer. The jacarada petals littered the street and the sweet scent of citrus was in the air. All these small minutia that signaled the start of summer seemed heightened. Inside, I felt a sense...


  • YOU'RE INVITED

    Come one come all.


  • Final Sprint/Marathon

    Final Review is Monday for us first years. Anyone in the LA area is welcome to come and check it out. Just took my structures final and the tech seminar final review was yesterday which went well. It's now just studio left so I'm trying to crank. The panels from the tech seminar will be up in the...


  • HN>

    i am losing my f-ing mind. everyone keeps saying. god, you look tired. i never get that. i must look pretty bad. 12 days...


  • Now do you want to be happy? Or do you want to be an architect?

    Yeah, that's what I thought. Three weeks left of the first year of the M.Arch I program. It's amazing that I'm nearly 1/3 of the way through at the same time it seems like I've got forever. Studio project is going well. It was a bit stagnant for a while as I never really liked (very much) what I...


  • panels part II

    to answer a few questions and provide more info... tiles are vacuumed formed PETG plastic so they're a few ounces at best for a 15" wide panel. think the weight of a 2 liter soda bottle. the process is intended to simulate superplastic forming of aluminum panels. the studio is inteded to use...


  • Mid-Review 1

    First mid-review for tech seminar. Went really well as a whole. Every group has put in a ton of work and everyone has some really nice results. Our half scale mock up came out quite nicely. We finished it in semi-matte white and it turned out nicely. More work to be done on nuancing the...


  • Super Milling Bros

    instead of posting a text post. i've gone all 21st century. welcome youtube. this is the vacuum forming and milling for the tech seminar i'm in. see the panels from the post before last. put together really quick w/ a tiny bit of editing. enjoy!



  • Honest Abe

    Hitoshi Abe's exhibit / official welcome at/to UCLA goes up Wednesday. Lecture at 6:30pm with reception to follow. Check it out. If not for the reception at sometime in the future. btw i didn't make the little flyer graphic. just a disclaimer in case you ppl give me crap.


  • the son returns part II

    I forgot to mention Hitoshi Abe has fully taken his position as the new dean. He has taken it very seriously and he's very present in Perloff Hall. He's been seen meeting with all the teaching faculty over the past week or two and we're hoping for good things to happen. He gave a quick intro at...


  • The (not so prodigal) son returns... sort of.

    I've gotten a lot of crap for my lack of attentiveness w/ the blog. I slowly fell behind last quarter as it was incredibly intense and I kept wanting to do a huge post and catch everyone up. But it just has gotten bigger and bigger and in the name of good blogging we will have to ignore the lost...


  • That's SO LA

    This past week a UCLA architecture professor was rear-ended in a traffic accident on the way to school teach a course. Mischa Barton was the other driver. Welcome to LA.


  • Epiphanies to miseries

    So after hammering away at my scheme for nearly 7 weeks, I was losing a lot of momentum. It wasn't doing as well as I had envisioned it. And the possibilities seemed to be growing dimmer as the scheme has gotten more and more refined. Anyway. I am browsing images on the web for inspiration and...


  • Rem @ USC

    Scene: The Q&A after the lecture. First question from curly haired over enthusiastic student. "Would you teach at USC?"...pause... Rem: "No."The Line We seriously arrived around 4:30 for the 5:30 doors open lecture and were among the first in line. However. USC students had a separate line as...


  • i'm going to work here

    lots of attractive women in a clean office. everyone looks rested and well paid. where is this firm? are they looking for summer interns??(originally from gawker)


  • bad fruit.

    i came up with this the other night when i was up late. i did it in a way so that my studiomate could still eat the fruit.


  • Bad Blogger!

    Yes, it's been a while since I posted. I apologize. I feel like this quarter has been somewhat of a marathon. This quarter's core studio focuses on structure throughout a quarter-long project. It's a bit tough as the pedagogy has been somewhat confusing. Each studio section definitely is...


  • duh...

    i'm stupid. classes this semester: 412 Core Studio 431 Structures I 4xx Environmental Controls Couldn't get into the michael speaks Design Intelligence course as my elective so I'm getting some req's out of the way with envi. controls.


  • second quarter... going strong

    first late night of the year last night as we worked towards getting our model and diagrams done. this quarter is the second quarter of the M.arch I program and is part 2 of 5 of the "core studios". the focus this quarter is on "structures" so we've been executing a case study in groups. we've...


  • annoyances...

    SOMEONE that sits kitty-corner to me with the initials HM is bugging me about not posting and saying i'm lame. big post coming. i assure you. but short brief of break: flight to florida home with the rents tons of sleeping attempts at working seeing old friends flight back to LA bought a bed new...


  • Back to School...

    UF 41-14 over OSU.. more later.


  • A Moment of Respite, or One Down, Eight to Go

    Done There were many casualties along the way to the final review. This is a friend of mine... I knew him, Horatio... That's right. I finished up my first quarter and I'm still alive. I'm really happy with my performance. I'm certain I did my best from start to finish and am pretty happy with the...


  • First Quarter Done!

    I finished / survived!!! It's only been 10 weeks but it feels like it's been at least a year. Really incredible. I have to say it's different than what I expected but I loved it. Had two of the best in our studio sit right in front of me (you guys know who you are) and I was just trying to keep...


  • Special guests....

    1st Year M.Arch I Final Crit Wednesday, 12/13/2006 9am - 6pm Perloff Hall, UCLA Campus Room B320, and the Double Height Juries include the likes of... Dagmar Richter, Hadrian Predock, Anthony Guida, Victor Jones, Paul Tang, Narineh Mirzaeian, Victor Jones, Lorcan O'Herlihy, Richard Weinstein, Paul...


  • 24 hours til final review...

    My name is A Center for Ants, I'm an architecture student. And this is the longest day of my life. Designing is done. I don't have time to resolve the little things that are bothering me. I have to let it go. Fussing has already put me behind schedule. Hopefully my studio instructor isn't reading...


  • a finals haiku....

    not a single first year besides myself is in studio. i think i missed the boat on something... the poem: forty empty desks by myself in studio unresolved project


  • lining it all up...

    ok. we had our pin-up for our computer representation class today. apparently garpike thought mine was decent. maybe the inclusion of the garwondler got his attention... (i didn't really put one in). my board was blue. it was ok. but nothing i'd throw in a portfolio. lots of people basically redid...


  • Recharge...

    Monday through Wednesday: 7 hours cumulative sleep Wednesday through Saturday: 38 hours cumulative sleep Yeah. That's what I'm talking about. The last crit before the holiday was a tough one. Everyone was feeling a little frayed. Nerves were on edge, and the lack of sleep left everyone somewhat in...


  • test render...

    working on our parametric furniture gallery project (inspired by domino)... here's a render of the latest... still resolving some of the geometries and working on refining the parametrics...


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