I suppose this is about as breaking as news can get in an architecture student's blog. Some of you may know that Robert Timme, our Dean of Architecture, passed away just this last October. Now the search for a new dean is almost over: the committee in charge of the process has four final candidates:
Design Principal at NBBJ
Distinguished Professor of Architecture at the University of Kansas
Professor of Urban Planning at UCLA
Professor of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard GSD
(I wonder if I'm allowed to announce this. What a scoop.)
Each is coming here to give a guest lecture. This is very exciting for the school, and especially for us first years who will really be able to see the effects of the new dean.
As for my own project, today's desk crit changed its direction quite a bit: the folds of earth now peel longitudinally (ie cut horizontally or N-S across the site) and the plan is much more, if not entirely, orthogonal, much to my relief. It was one of those really great crits when a hundred new ideas are stirred up and you can't wait to start working because you know your project has fresh potential. This is architectural adrenaline.