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    Beginning of the End

    Matthew Messner
    Aug 27, '13 12:14 AM EST

    Today was the my last first day of school.  This will be my eighth year of school in the last ten years (there was a break in there for the War).  As I am essentially done with my M.Arch curriculum, I will not have any design classes this year.  The next two semesters will be focused on writing as I finish up my Masters of Art and Design Criticism, MAD-Crit.  

    Most of the people I called my class, many of which have been featured on this blog, have scattered to places near and far in search of work.  From Singapore to New York, it would seem that job prospects are looking up.  

    To the great credit of UIC, I can say that I am not the same person I was when I started Grad School three years ago.  I love architecture more than ever, yet I am ten fold critical of the built environment.  I see the world not just with the eye of someone interested in buildings and how they work, but rather as someone that sees the cultural and political implications of the world we create.  This is all someone could ask of an education.

    I hope everyone reading this has enjoyed or hated (either is encouraged) what I have posted over the last few years.  I'll try and make this year as interesting as possible.  




    Walter Netsch looking like a boss on the, then newly built, UIC Circle Campus.  

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    • hope it is an excellent last year. and thanks for all the great posts to-date.

      Sep 2, 13 9:54 pm  · 

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