Just in case there was any doubt left about the versatility of my incompetence: I've just learned that the Qingyun Ma dean candidacy lecture was last night and I completely missed it. I do regret not being able to update everyone; this decanal search business has brought a gust of urgency and relevance to this blog that I, at least, have found refreshing and fun. I'll be sure to catch Ms. Crawford's lecture, which is, I believe, scheduled for next Monday. Again, my apologies.
On the studio front, today was the second half of final reviews and so the last day of being a first year. The review moved almost briskly, but was still very informative and engaging. A good deal of emphasis was placed on the quality of the drawings, especially clarity of plans and aptness of rendered perspectives. Apparently in second year the teachers begin to require CAD presentations, which is, in a way, exciting, because there's a lot more potential for creativity in terms of the sort of presentation boards I see on this site and others, but a bit of the art is lost. I do look forward to learning how to arrange presentations and try interesting things like overlapping plans and using text and all that, but I'm sure a part of me will miss the mayline and the stubborn surface of strathmore. In any case, we were encouraged not to lose the skills we've developed this year, so maybe they'll change the requirements. One can hope.