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Mar '09 - Sep '09

  • Life after a summer in Paris

    By Droselle
    Sep 11, '09 10:17 PM EST

    I have not updated in a while. I apologize.

    I had a great experience this summer. I travelled to about a dozen major European cities. I saw so much amazing architecture. Paris was my favorite city, which I might be biased to because I lived there for five of the eleven weeks I was in Europe. The city has so much beautiful architecture. I also loved the culture. Traveling was a lot of fun. Hostels provide awesome opportunities to meet great people, especially the hostels with bars in them.

    The transition back to the US wasn't too difficult. I spent most of the time in NYC. I looked Columbias program. I really liked it.

    Studio begun last week. I already pulled two-near all nighters (three hours of sleep). I luckily have a really good crit this semester who I can tell is going to work us hard. I'm excited. I have a high expectations this semester.

    The rest of the semester will consist of me preparing for graduate school and the possibility of going to England next semester for a design studio. It will be the first semester long study abroad for studio that umd has offered. I'd go with the studio professor I had last semester, who is probably my favorite professor at the school. We find out in a few weeks if it is going to happen. People need to figure out if they can afford it and if too many people cannot, then the trip is cancelled. So I'm praying that somehow money will trickle in to help a few people out. Ah, I really hope it works.

    I have to get going on my portfolio, take the GREs again (first time didn't pan out too well), narrow down the list of what schools to apply to, etc.

    We have a portfolio workshop lead by Harold Linton in a few weeks which I'm looking forward to. He's supposedly the go-to guide for a good portfolio. So for twenty bucks, we'll have a 9-5 workshop with him. Not a bad deal.

    Ok, I should begin my studio work, on a friday night, how lame. But I am in a cool coffee shop in DC, so that makes it a little better, not much, but enough to get me through it.

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  • Dream summer

    By Droselle
    May 27, '09 2:01 AM EST

    Paris. London. Normandy. Rome. Lyon. Barcelona. Prague. Crete. Santorini. Athens. Milan. Naples. Expect many pictures. First five cities are for a study abroad through the architecture school. We will be living there for six weeks. The course is heavy on sketching and water coloring (so excited to... View full entry

  • studio relationships

    By Droselle
    Apr 20, '09 9:10 PM EST

    I just heard an interesting fact the other day: 20% of my class is in a studio relationship. So out of 50, there are ten people dating. None of whom were dating before studio. I am lucky enough to be in that category. Who knew that studio is such a matchmaker. View full entry

  • Summer/Quad Conference/Urban Project

    By Droselle
    Apr 11, '09 6:43 PM EST

    Quick Update: I am determining whether or not I am staying Europe for a few weeks after my study abroad in Paris. The program ends July 11th and my cousins and grandma are traveling to Italy to meet my extended family August 1st. My grandma hasn't seen her family in over twenty years so it would... View full entry

  • So Excited

    By Droselle
    Apr 3, '09 12:56 PM EST

    So in about a half an hour, I'm going to Baltimore to pick up Moshe Safdie! I'm so excited. We, UMD, is hosting the quad conference for AIAS and he is our keynote speaker. I am getting the privilege to pick him and his wife up with our AIAS president. Moshe and his wife will be sitting in my car... View full entry

  • Warning: Architecture Corniness

    By Droselle
    Mar 28, '09 12:47 AM EST

    A group of my classmates are interested in redeveloping a publication by our old critics that attempts to create a dialogue for architecture. The conversations we were having were thoughtful perceptions on our take towards architecture. While we were talking, I sat back and realized that it was a... View full entry

  • First Post

    By Droselle
    Mar 15, '09 10:22 PM EST

    I really wanted to write a blog after I saw that we weren't represented. I just learned that a critic from last semester was a blogger for Maryland which was enlightening to see. My hopes for this blog is to inform those interested about how we approach architecture at Maryland. I find it... View full entry

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