Intersight blog documents creative process behind student work

The new Intersight online interface, where students in architecture and urban planning document their work in-process over the course of the year. The blog was launched this year by 2017-18 Brunkow Fellow Randy Fernando.

The new Intersight online interface, where students in architecture, urban planning and real estate development document their work in-process over the course of the year. The blog was launched this year by 2017-18 Brunkow Fellow Randy Fernando.

by Rachel Teaman

Release Date March 19, 2018

For more than 20 years, the work of students has been meticulously catalogued in the pages of Intersight, the school's annually published journal of student work.

This year, students can watch the work of their peers evolve from concepts and drawings to models and plans through a new digital interface: Intersight.me. Randy Fernando, the 2017-18 Brunkow Fellow and editor of Intersight 20, developed the digital platform to open dialogue on the creative processes at work across the school.

"By exposing the diversity of design development experiences across the school, students are invited to reflect on the raw and intimate moments of intellectual thought being manifested into sketches, diagrams, models, text and discussions," says Fernando, a second-year student in the Master of Architecture program. "This notion allows the publication to live and breathe in a realm of conversation, reflection, and education."

Randy Fernando is the 2017-18 Fred Wallace Brunkow Fellow and editor of Intersight

Randy Fernando is the 2017-18 Fred Wallace Brunkow Fellow and editor of Intersight 20

The Intersight blog features work from all programs at the school, at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Each post features bold images of the projects and their progenitors at work, along with student-composed texts on the processes at play.

Fernando says the blog serves as a sort of digital preamble to the book, a space and forum for conversations to be incorporated into the final publication. 

Pushing the conversation both online and off, Fernando organizes weeky coffee chats at the Daily Grind cafe on Main Street. Drawing from submissions to the blog, students juxtapose projects to consider intersections of methodology, form and content.

His behind-the-scenes look into the creative process extends to the student's most personal space: the desktop. The book's "Desktop Series" will document workspaces from the studio desk to computer workstations as raw displays of process and methods of working. 

Arguing the process is ultimately experience, Fernando says Intersight 20 is ultimately a reflection on the pedagogy of the school. "Intersight 20 will offer a detailed look into the culture of the school, and how smaller interactions shape the overall impact of our learning environment."