Archinect - Parsons The New School for Design (Jessica) 2014-07-29T05:00:22-04:00 http://archinect.com/blog/article/59347491/a-mid-architecture-life-crisis-2012 A Mid-Architecture life crisis 2012 Jessica Coleman 2012-10-15T09:30:07-04:00 >2012-10-21T21:56:53-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tg/tgtktwtogrib80fz.jpg" title=""></p> <p> I&rsquo;m back. I took a long break because I wasn&rsquo;t sure if architecture was something I still wanted to do. I have to go back and finish my M.Arch degree next year and the whole idea did not thrill me. I contemplated&nbsp; even going to law or medical school. But like the old ex-boyfriend that will not go away, me and architecture are stuck like glue. So here we are. I will use my time to get reacquainted with Newark and I would like to eventually move there. As you already know NYC is super expensive, so why not Newark. Stay tuned.</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21453222/i-registered-for-idp-how-anticlimactic I registered for IDP... How anticlimactic!!! Jessica Coleman 2009-09-10T07:55:02-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_idp.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> It has been a while since I blogged. My feet have been hitting the pavement trying to find a job in NYC...and I am still doing so in this dismal job market.<br><br> So I have known about IDP since undergrad, and it was about time that I do this. It is just that when you are almost done with school, that last thing you want to do is take more tests and pay more money for you future career being broke already.<br><br> I applaud the clarity in what IDP is and why it is important. I am so happy that I will be able to take the licensing exam concurrently with IDP. Someone was listening...but I need to find a IDP mentor. On top of all that I want to become an Associate AIA title behind my name too. But this will cost me another $300 dollars after paying money for national, city, and other random fees.<br><br> The job market is not great right now. And it is a possibility that some of those lost jobs are gone forever. So I feel like I am soldier preparing for battle.<br><br> I will be armed with my: B.S. Arch deg... http://archinect.com/blog/article/21452756/parsons-firm-visit-david-adjaye-s-nyc-office Parsons Firm Visit: David Adjaye's NYC Office Jessica Coleman 2008-11-30T13:49:30-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_My_Blog_Pics_November_david_a2revised.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_My_Blog_Pics_November_david_a3.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_My_Blog_Pics_November_david_a.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> I admire the work of Mr. Adjaye and in his addition to philosophy to his influence from Africa. I hope that as a profession we can come to embrace diversity within firms, history, and theory. Architecture remains to be one of the least integrated professions in terms of race and gender. <br><br> Out of the thousands of architecture students that graduate this year professional programs less than 150 of them will be Black. And less than a quarter of that will be Black women, like myself. I will graduate with my M.Arch in 2009. The visit of Adjaye's office is a refreshing reminder of the possibilities of a what a Black architect can achieve in this profession. <br><br> After elbowing through the madness that is Chinatown, I arrived at the firm visit to see a small stark white office/studio space. Along with 20 other students, we able to see an in-depth presentation of Adjaye's past work and future projects. His work is primarily based in residential projects, but has branched out into more instit... http://archinect.com/blog/article/21452738/parsons-the-design-build-workshop-1998-2007 Parsons The Design/Build Workshop, 1998-2007 Jessica Coleman 2008-11-22T13:13:50-05:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:15-04:00 <p>This past Thursday was the opening for the most current Design/Build Alum<b> bronXcape 2008</b>...Congrats....at the gallery they had these cool postcards of each project as a keepsake, which I love as a <b>Margaretville '07 Alum</b>. Here is a history of The Design Workshop 1998-2007 for your viewing pleasure:<br><br><br><img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_db_title_photo1.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br><b>The Design Workshop, 1998-2007</b><br><br> One of the nation's premier design/build programs, the Design Workshop offers students direct experience working with clients to determine their needs and devise and implement solutions, With faculty guidance, students complete the design and construction, from schematics to punch list, of a medium-scale project for nonprofit organization. Since its first major project in 1998, the Design Workshop has brought to life the progressive educational agenda for which Parsons is famous: extending education beyond the confines of the academy; developing projects that address social, economic, and environmental concerns; and bridging the gap between theory and practic...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21452361/places-of-refuge-the-dresser-trunk-project-columbia-u Places of Refuge: The Dresser Trunk Project @ Columbia U Jessica Coleman 2008-11-19T00:30:06-05:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:14-04:00 <img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_My_Blog_Pics_-columbia_u.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> So last night I went to Columbia's lecture about spatial boundaries and Jim Crow Segregation. From 1936-1967 the Green Book was a guide for traveling Black performers and where they could stay throughout the North and South. Eleven cities were represented in a trunk, showing the history of each town from Newark to New Orleans. <br><br> I enjoyed the event and learned more about my heritage and background. Although my family migrated to the Midwest in pursuit of manufacturing jobs, I still have family in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Arkansas. <br><br> Newark which is the focus of my thesis was featured by Mabel Wilson. The Hotel Coleman opened in 1944 featuring a lively hotel as a refuge for Black musicians that were prohibited to stay in White owned hotels. Unfortunately, it no longer exists, but it's collective memory lives on through the trunk exhibition.<br><br> The exhibition is at UPenn until Nov 23rd. If I have the time this week, I would like to go see it because I think it is well worth ... http://archinect.com/blog/article/21452433/to-the-architecture-gradutes-of-2009 To the architecture gradutes of 2009... Jessica Coleman 2008-11-09T14:34:18-05:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:14-04:00 <img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_kanye_west_graduation.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> I personally think that architects will just have to reinvent themselves. Right now it seems that M.Arch's are a dime a dozen.<br><br> I went straight from undergrad into grad (I have my B.S. in Arch). Many of my teachers and classmates thought that I would not get in, but when I did, I knew that I would give me more leverage in my career.<br><br> Graduating next spring with my M.arch will not be easy. I think that many of us are at a crossroads of what we should do with our career.<br><br> I have always wanted to be licensed and I will continue with IDP and the exams until I do so...But I now I am in the position to teach so a Phd is an option.<br><br> Whatever path we choose if you really love architecture, we will come back to it. We will gripe about our profession, but I've had jobs in engineering and it was not the same. So while many of us struggle, this could be a time when growth and innovations in architecture happen. http://archinect.com/blog/article/21452313/battle-of-the-nyc-skyscrapers-empire-state-building-vs-chrysler-building Battle of the NYC Skyscrapers (Empire State Building vs Chrysler Building) Jessica Coleman 2008-11-07T22:44:26-05:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:14-04:00 <img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_Battle_of_the_skyscrapers.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> Ok so I have been at Parsons for almost 3 years and I suddenly realized that my love for the Empire State Building has grown over the years, possibly over the Chrysler Building.<br><br> Before I even moved to NYC my love for the Chrysler building was strong. Who could deny the sexy Art Deco architecture that completely embodies that era of that time?<br><br> This change has been a gradual one. There have been a many of times after leaving studio at 2am in which I can just look 20 blocks<br> down 5th Ave with the Empire greeting my bloodshot eyes with splash of color. It is patriotic-with red, white, and blue, says Merry X-mas-with red, green, and white, and even Happy Valentines Day with red, white, and pink. <br><br> Maybe only buildings "talk" to architects...or maybe not. Why else would people travel all around the world to see something that is made of concrete and steel?<br><br> Whether your favorite NYC skyscraper is the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, or Rockefeller Center all of these display ... http://archinect.com/blog/article/21452683/graduate-open-house-blitz-2008-princeton-university Graduate Open House Blitz 2008: Princeton University Jessica Coleman 2008-11-04T04:49:18-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_My_Blog_princeton.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> Yesterday I took about 3 trains in order to visit Princeton University's Graduate Open House to find out more about their PhD program. It was an overcast but nice day in New Jersey.<br><br> The first thing that I noticed about Princeton was its beautiful architecture. After being in the city for so long I almost forgot what a traditional college campus looked like. It is also sits on almost 600 acres of land. There were many people on bikes and I could see how this would be the quickest way to get around.<br><br> Stan Allen is the dean of the program and one of my favorite architects. I even had him sign my Points and Lines book which is a straight up geek move but it was great to meet someone's work that you admire. <br><br> I had brief meetings with some of the PhD faculty, lunch with some of the students. Shortly after a brief overview of the architecture program led by Allen and the faculty.<br><br> I am glad that I was able to go to the open house and see what the program was about. On average, a PhD ca... http://archinect.com/blog/article/21452669/the-great-open-house-grad-school-blitz-2008 The Great Open House Grad School Blitz 2008 Jessica Coleman 2008-10-31T17:06:34-04:00 >2011-09-23T13:01:15-04:00 <img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_open_house_blitz_2008-revised_new.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> Ok, so next week will be very frantic. Along with the election on Tuesday, I want to attend four Open Houses as well. But since I am already in NYC it won't be that bad. These are the following open houses I will attend:<br><br> Monday November 3-Princeton<br> Wednesday November 5-Columbia<br> Thursday November 6-Yale<br> Friday November 7-Harvard<br><br> I have done research, looked at all their websites, and many of my teachers have went to these schools. I have been to Columbia already, I admire the work of Stan Allen at Princeton and there is something about Yale that I really like. Harvard is doing some exciting things including a design studio for Newark, NJ (my new and improved thesis site) so all are great. But I will keep everyone posted on my thoughts about each school.<br><br> It is refreshing that I am almost done with my M.Arch degree and I am looking forward to continuing my research and work from my M.Arch thesis into what will hopefully become apart of my PhD dissertation.<br><br> http://archinect.com/blog/article/21452655/parsons-design-build-video-thumbs-up Parsons Design/Build Video= Thumbs Up! Jessica Coleman 2008-10-30T04:32:41-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <br><br><br> I was pleasantly surprised to see that Parsons Architecture Department made a nice "Learning by Doing" video about Parsons Design Workshop. <br><br> I was apart of the <b>Margaretville Pavilion 2007</b>, the largest to date. A great aspect of the video shows the Design/Build alum spreading similar programs to other schools, which what I plan to do at BGSU.<br><br> And yes there were bets that we would not finish. But that made us even more determined to finish...which we did. http://archinect.com/blog/article/21452654/a-chilly-nite-in-newark A Chilly Nite in Newark Jessica Coleman 2008-10-30T04:10:30-04:00 >2012-09-19T22:11:17-04:00 <img src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_newark_penn_station_pic.jpg" alt="image" name="image"><br><br> Last night I braved the path train and went to Rutgers U for my Milano policy class and thesis research. Newark is in transition right now and the current economic downturn makes revitalization even harder.<br><br> About a month ago, I switched my thesis from Harlem to Newark, because my Harlem thesis, even with its good intentions it felt a little bit forced. Thesis prep was really frustrating as a tried to make sense of a market/health clinic. I love Harlem like a second home because I use to live in around 123rd and Broadway, so at the time it made sense to pick a site in my backyard...<br><br> But after sitting in my policy class and Newark seemed so more natural to me. The more I learned about Newark the more it reminded me of my hometown, Cleveland. Newark has been though a lot like many cities in post-industrial transition. It has rebounded from corruption, the 1967 riots, and flight to NJ's surrounding suburbs.<br><br> So my working thesis title is "Rustbelt Junction". "Rustbelt" meaning a po...