Sep '09 - Feb '12
So now I take the reigns.
I suppose I'll begin by introducing myself. I'm a third year student in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Kent State University. I'm in the Honors College here as well as devoting some of my time to our student organizations > AIAS, CASU, and t r a c e. T r a c e [which I co-edited last year and edit this year] is a bi-semester journal independently produced to compile thoughts, concerns, events, personalities, and viewpoints amongst design-minded members of the greater college community. This is a big part of what I do here so surely more on that later. I came to Kent because it seemed most in line with what I wanted from an architecture program while being contained within the boundaries of the state of Ohio. This was because I perceived in-state schools to be the only option available for cost-effective under graduate education. (I later found this to be untrue...) My plan is to get a different perspective in grad school by selecting a program elsewhere (where price is no factor).
BUT Kent is still a great school. Most important being that relevant design philosophies and perspectives are present in our faculty and teachings. The majority of my qualms with the program seem to stem from logistical problems such as (assumed?) underfunding, studio locations, facilities, services, etc. If you read Jake's blog before, you may know to what I refer; but all these things I'm sure will be addressed in following posts.
Also, I will be traveling to Italy this spring as part of the CAED's semester-long study abroad program at Kent's facility, the Palazzo dei Cerchi, in Florence. This was a big selling point for me, distinguishing Kent from other Ohio schools, so I'm excited to document that experience here on Archinect.
In closing, an image of the third year studio space. >>>