Sep '04 - Aug '08
Tap tap tap. Is this thing on?
Well, that was a blur. In the past year I had one of the best studios of my life with Wes Jones, designed a Zeemonster during my second option studio with Francine Houben of Mecanoo, TA'd both semesters, and then spent the summer working in Spain for F451, a great young firm with an office in the center of Barcelona.
Left: Box of models on their way to Rotterdam. Customs man asked me to declare their value. Response: "Don't worry, no one is buying these." Right: Goal!!! at Camp Nou
Oh, I also traveled a bit, made a new website for Toshiko Mori, participated in the Rotterdam Architecture Biennial, started eating eggs (have always hated them), and developed an excellent serve in Wii tennis.
From an awesome weekend in Porto. One of the best things about working in BCN was the ability to visit other (relatively) nearby cities like Porto, Valencia, and Rome.
Entering my final year at the GSD I've decided to resurrect this blog in an attempt to give people some insight into the life of a thesis student. During core (the first two years of study) a GSD student is peppy and motivated enough to devote time to all sorts of extracurricular activities, but by the time I made it through this veritable bootcamp there was nothing left in me. My blog went flat because I didn't really have any thing else to give. The only reason I survived Wes' studio was the presence of two awesome teammates to work with on the design project. Yes, last Fall kicked my ass (in a good way), but after relaxing a bit during Spring and Summer I'm now feeling the urge to write a bit.
Mailboxes stuffed with papers that no one reads
Thesis students have the option to "split" meaning that the 3.5 year program is stretched to four years. Students who split complete their thesis project in the Spring rather than the Fall and thus they begin the research or "prep semester" now, in the Fall. In previous years the balance between split and non-split thesis students has been more or less half and half but my year seems to have reached the tipping point. We now have a majority of split students. Avoiding the realities of real life, the job search, and a general getting on with it? Never!