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Design Build Spaces Unveiled

Students admire their Space for Laughter

Words By: Brian Stansbury

Each year the Undergraduate Program in Architecture and Environmental Design (BSAED) in the School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) offers a SummerDesign/Build studio. This studio has proven to be a valued asset to the curriculum, School and University for many reasons. Promoting the University and SA+P in the public view, demonstration of unique and experimental design and construction methods, contemporary cultural and environmental concerns, and providing for a sense of identity and pride among the students in our program. As well, the studio provides them with hands-on education in the many aspects of designing and then constructing a project of significant scale.

This year, the studio is being led by adjunct faculty, Architect David Lopez and BEAR Lab Coordinator, Brian Stansbury, and is focused on the student experience in SA+P and the CBEIS building.

The 11 students in the studio have been hard at work during Summer Session I, developing skills and exploring the processes of making, and are now finalizing the proposed plans to construct two small structures that will compliment the outdoor spaces surrounding CBEIS. The two structures are meant to create an engagement between the students and visitors to the building and some of the exterior spaces not typically occupied. These two intimate “spaces” are designed around the complimentary activities of Laughter, and Contemplation, and are intended to provide interesting and thought provoking destinations for visitors to enjoy at there leisure.