Here's a short view of my final project. I was fortunate enough to present at the Studio Awards. The very gracious Slaterpaull office hosted 5 studio levels, about 20 presenters and more than 100 people (on a work day). Thank you to my jury (who awarded me the Studio III John Anderson award); that was one of the best critiques and conversations I've ever had.
And now for something of a downer.
Pro tip to the Denver and Colorado community: the students here at UC Denver are yearning for a relationship with the local industry.
I know, our building is pretty uninviting, our space is actually really depressing, some of our faculty (even a few of the gainfully employed among you) is particularly uninspiring, and our commuter population is conspicuously absent, but its true. We want to see you, we want to see what you’re doing, we want to know you, learn from you and if we can, we want to help you.
If one of the most reclusive students (I wear my noise cancelling headphones around my neck to class just in case) thinks that our school is too introverted and the architects in this town are too detached, surely I can’t be the only one who feels this way.
Probably terrible ideas:
AIA Colorado: you’re great. Less formal, more social, more often. Come to the school.
AIAS UC Denver: you’re nice and all too. No more “Lunch with architects”, “Portfolio (please hire me) Review night” etc. More happy hours, more exhibitions of student work, get more of the work we do in social and critique situations with the professionals we share a city with.
Students of UC Denver: Give a fucking damn. Sounds harsh, needs to be said. Show up. Participate. Care. Collaborate. Learn. Push it. Make it happen.
Studio instructors at UC Denver: Give a fucking damn. Sounds harsh, is actually pretty rare. Show up. Engage. Demand more of your students. Collaborate with them. Teach them. Help them. Invite the professionals you know in to your studio. Let them participate, critique, review, collaborate, teach.
Professionals of Denver: Participate. Come to our sad empty studios (its a public building, we’re on the 3rd, 5th (me) and 7th floors). Help us learn what is relevant. Teach us about detailing, and structure, and marketing and business and finance. We pretend to don’t learn those things here. Give a desk crit. Draw something with us.
Invite us to you office to crit our work, look at our portfolios, display our work, for jury presentations, midsemester reviews, any time reviews, just to tour your offices.
There is passion here. Look past the unmotivated, the unwilling and the uninspiring. Find the students, the faculty, the administration (if there is any) that have a vision and a drive for what our school can be and what it can mean to the community and the industry.
arch student. doing arch student things.