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  • JDS Architects: an Introduction

    So as mentioned in a much earlier post, I have been in Copenhagen for a little over a month... working on a Super Secret Project It is finally done... A short back story. Towards the end of the school year, Julien De Smedt came to UIC to lecture. I was fortunate enough to be able to interview him...



  • GLITCHED MATRX by Jason Mould

    Here is a project from Jason Mould in my studio ARCH 552. This project was also chosen for the Year End Show. Check it. [GLITCHED MATRX] The choices are usually open office, or the corridor office plan. However, with is project, a new type of office plan is designed in which the corridor and the...


  • København

    So I have been a bit absent as of late around here. I thought things might slow up after school so I could focus on putting up some recaps. I was wrong. Yesterday I arrived in Copenhagen were I will be working on a super secret project and eventually taking a studio with DIS. I am already in love...


  • And...... Sleep.

    So I tried my hardest not to slow down on posts all semester, but in the end studio, theory and tech all slowed me down more then I hoped. So now everyone gets to read a series of post wrapping up the semester that just ended this week. Ill start with Studio. ARCH552 w/ Penelope Dean and Andrew...


  • 36hrs

    Less then 36hrs until studio work is due. our confirmed critics: Andrew Zago, Rob Livesey, Jose Oubrerie many more posts and many more pictures coming soon.


  • Take 5

    Our fifth and final studio review. Be there if you are awesome. Many many more posts after monday. These last few weeks have been a wild ride. but seriously lots of models. dare I say super models.


  • Fresh Meat: The How-To Issue

    Just released. School of Architecture @ UIC's student run journal. I shot the cover buy it  it is amazing. "After our earlier celebrations of architecture’s mystique and particular fetishes—the inside of the Black Box, as we put it in Issue 3—FM decided to explore a more...


  • Live Blogging Paul Andersen

    Paul Andersen is the last candidate for the assistant professorship here at UIC. I am goin to try and blog a bit while he is talking. Paul Andersen, Wednesday, April 6 Paul Andersen is director of !ndie Architecture, a Denver-based office that develops new design strategies and aesthetic...


  • Attack of the Giant Models

    Don't let the number of posts I am doing lull you into thinking that I am not just as busy as every other student. I just have my priorities screwed up or something... anyway here are a few shots from our weekly monday show-and-tell, this time with 1/16th study models. My contribution to the...


  • Guilty Pleasures Poster II

    not gunna lie, kinda excited about this. Posters by Jenna Wolf


  • Just Announced- Guilty Pleasures

    Comic Projections Friday, April 8 Reception 5–5:45pm • 3100 Octagon Panel 6pm • 1100 A+A Neil Denari, Sam Jacob, Mark Linder, Ben Nicholson, and Andrew Zago


  • DuptUS at the MCA pt.1

    Absolutely, positively, should not be writing this write now, as... well... I am in architecture school and I have other things to be doing... but... With a recent opening last Friday at the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Department of Urban Speculation...now makes fine art? oh yeah! Headed by...



  • So much to Do, So much to See

    There is a lot happening around here lately and I am going to try and keep up with it on here. Last week was "Spring Break", which did not feel like spring or a break with temperatures in the 20s and low 30s and multiple 15hr work days to get ready for a pin up on Monday and a theory paper that...


  • Getting There

    With the thawing sun of spring starts to shine on Chicago so came Studio Review 3 of 5 to our class. And Now? SPRING BREAK! After waking from a 17hr pseudo-hibernation state,finally relaxed. Our studio projects are looking more and more like "buildings" as we refine the resolution and working...


  • Faculty Candidate Presentations

    This is from an email distributed by our Assistant Director, pertaining to new faculty candidate presentations and I quote... As part of the interview process, each candidate will give a public presentation to the School, and all students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend. The...


  • Review II

    Frank Gossage experiencing the general feeling of exhaustion among the class. Our second review (of five this semester) was Monday. I am happy to report that for me at least, and i believe many others, this was a positive event. The discussion was very architectural and the critique was very to...


  • It is getting messy in here...

    So here are a few promised images of what has been going on around here. The first few are from our first review and the others are from our last pinup on Monday. The first review (31DEC2011) was of little 4x4x1 PVC models and 4x4x1 boxes of acetate and paper. Now we are onto 8x8x2 foam and paper...


  • Week 6... or 7?

    I hardly know what day it is. It is that time of the semester: long periods without blogging, long nights of no sleep, short weekends of no fun (well my house did have a party for Ol'Abe's birthday last Saterday), critiques that start you over, and the looming prospect of the midterm review. The...


  • Finally Announced Lecture Series

    They must have heard us grumbling... so here they are, the UIC spring lecture series. UIC School of Architecture Spring 2011 Lecture Series 2.21 Marcia Lausen Director, School of Art + Design, UIC, Chicago Founder, Studio/lab, Chicago 3.2 Iñaki Ábalos + Renata Sentkiewicz...


  • Reflections on a Snow Day in the City

    Very few things can stop the Chicago Machine. We do not experience major earthquakes, hurricanes, mudslides, and the city itself has not had a tornado in it since the 1800's. Perhaps the most major natural occurrence here is the frigid blizzard. During and after a major blizzard, even the most...



  • Portfolio Day

    Today, 04FEB2011, is Portfolio Day at UIC. A few weeks ago I gave a few previews of the work and talked about the student voting process. At the reception tonight the student choice award will be presented along with Faculty and Alumni winners! I'll most likely be taking a few photos so watch for...


  • Let it SNOW!

    As many may or may have not noticed the central portion of the U.S. is getting battered by an intense snow storm. Here in Chicago the snow has really just started dumping about an 1" or 2" in the last 2 hours. Classes at UIC have been cancelled and the 'L' was packed with commuters heading home...


  • More Stuff the Could Never Be Built from UIC

    Nearly three weeks into the semester here at UIC, we are officially waist deep in studio. ARCH 552 is another studio based on the exploration of formal language though intensive modeling and diagrammatic drawing. Set Up in five stages we are quickly coming up on the end of the first stage, with a...


  • A Belated Recapitulation

    In an attempt to avoid too much repetition (despite architectures regular study of it) I will sometimes be posting links to our schools blog Fresh Meat. I have done it in the past and this post will do it again. The posts on Fresh Meat are always interesting, and, not always being written by me...


  • Portfolio Eric Hoffman

    In anticipation of Portfolio Day here at UIC here is Eric Hoffman's portfolio. Portfolio Day involves and exposition of all of the student portfolios and a student choice vote for best work.Fall 2010 Studio Portfolio by Eric Hoffman | Make Your Own Book


  • Fresh Meat Photography

    For those interested in Architectural Photography, check out my recent post on our schools online publication Fresh Meat. The post explores a little bit of the history and the affect that Photography has had on the Architectural Design. I was prompted to write the post after some extensive...


  • Portfolio Frank Gossage

    The Semester Portfolio of Frank Gossage for ARCH551Control by Frank Gossage | Make Your Own Book


  • Portfolio Paola Gomez

    In continuing with showing work from the UIC M.Arch program, here is Paola Gomez's Semester Portfolio. Some of it may look familiar from an earlier post, but now you have a chance to read some of the text for an explanation.Paola Gomez by Paola Gomez | Make Your Own Book


  • ARCH 562 with Sean Lally

    Here is a an overview of our new UIC M.Arch grad tech class with Sean Lally. I am writing this live during the first class. I will be writing this in something of a bullet points as things are presented in the power point. The class is a discussion about physical Boundaries and the Materials used...


  • New Year, New Studio, New Website, New Portfolio

    Class started today here in Chicago, and so starts my second semester at UIC. As per the schools structure this semester involves all of my class having all of our classes together. Here is the rundown. ARCH 532- Theory and History II Alexander Eisenschmidt ARCH 552- Design II (studio) Penelope...


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