The Architectural Imagination Exhibition Fellows

The U.S. Department of State selected University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning to organize the exhibition of the U.S. Pavilion in the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale (May 28-Nov. 27). Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de Leon are Co-Curators of the U.S. Pavilion, The Architectural Imagination (

  • anchor

    Sketching Across the Atlantic

    Rubin Quarcoopome
    May 19, '16 9:06 PM EST

    The flight to Venice ended up being an excuse to sketch everything I saw around me, in the coach Delta cabin overlooking a plane wing with a trembling engine. That's certainly what I usually did, after all, and just because I was in - or above, I suppose - a different country didn't mean I'd stop. A bemused Italian businessman snuck peeks at my sketch as covertly as possible from the seat next to me. He chuckled softly and looked away after a while. Before I finished my drawing and drifted off to sleep somewhere over the Atlantic, I noticed he'd drawn a doodle of the complimentary blueberry muffin we'd gotten at dinner. It was the third-best muffin sketch I'd ever seen.

    My name is Rubin Quarcoopome, a very recent Masters of Architecture graduate of U of M's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. All that means is that now, when I draw anything, people assume I'm being extremely deep and profound and architectural. And they're right, something like half the time.

    Also, feel free to follow my Instagram account, @rujabes, for tons of artsy snapshots of beautiful Venice, Italy.

    • No Comments

    • Block this user

      Are you sure you want to block this user and hide all related comments throughout the site?

    • Back to Entry List...
  • ×Search in:

About this Blog

Six Taubman College M.Arch students were selected to assist the curators of the U.S. Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale in installing The Architectural Imagination. The students will travel to Venice for one month as Exhibition Fellows. They will serve as docents for the opening days of the exhibition. This blog is about their experience working on the 2016 U.S. Pavilion and in Venice. Students: Kristen Gandy Ramon Hernandez Christopher Locke Rubin Quarcoopome Salam Rida Diana Tsai

Affiliated with:

Authored by:

Other blogs from the same authors:

Other blogs affiliated with University of Michigan:

Recent Entries