Freshman Studio 2018 explores material joinery and structure through "Ritual Space"

Students to join projects into two "Ritual Houses" for installation at ARTPARK

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Ten projects selected from the fall semester to be built at full scale spring 2018

Published March 16, 2018

by Matt Hume

Matt Hume is clinical associate professor of architecture; he directs freshman studio with architecture faculty member Karen Tashjian

Ritual Space is a freshman architecture project that embraces the comprehensive studio model. Over the course of one year students learn to design and construct small wood joints that lead to full scale structural systems.

Ten teams of freshmen architecture students are designing and constructing 10 Ritual Spaces that are grouped to form two Ritual Houses to be located at ARTPARK in Lewiston, NY. The students have been exploring material joinery and developing unique structural systems that create space. They have considered the body through exploring rituals for daily living: gathering/food prep/eating/bathing/sleeping. The semester allows for a more direct, hands-on experience where students learn the interrelated processes of design and construction.

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