21 Jul

2015 Pillars Scholarship Recipients Announced

Congratulations to our three 2015 Dr. Steve Altman Pillars Scholarship Recipients!

IMG_4867NSAD undergrad Construction Management student John Knibbs is heading to Italy for a summer of architectural and built environment education.






IMG_4870NSAD Graduate Architecture student Ryan Stangl will be spending his summer researching and developing a fully customizable weighting system for determining the appropriateness of various tools to computer-aided design. His research will be submitted for publication at the 2016 ACADIA conference the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture).





IMG_4876NSAD Graduate Architecture student Grace Lee is spending her summer working with the Academy of Neuroscience For Architecture (ANFA) on building a database of research for both neuroscientists and architects.

17 Jul

Michael Flynn – 2012 Scholarship Recipient

flynncompressedIts causeway is exactly three quarters of a degree off center from due East.  This offset gave the builders a three day warning of the spring equinox.  And only on the equinox does the rising sun line up with the central tower of Angkor Wat.”  This quote by Graham Hancock, from the movie, “Quest for the Lost Civilization”, allows one to consider city planning from a historic and religious perspective. The causeway that he is referring to is in regard to Angkor’s most prestigious temple, Angkor Wat.  While many considered Angkor Wat to be yet another famous temple in Asia, it is truly a flourishing city, representing Heaven on Earth.

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17 Jul

Laura Dayao – 2011 Scholarship Recipient

Laura Dayao

Greece 2011

Ever since I was younger I had wanted to visit Greece.  The enchanting tales of mythology lured me to travel to where they may have happened.  I may have believed that if saw these temples and statues then it was possible that there could have been a three headed dog that guarded the gates of the underworld, or that Atlas was forever burdened with the weight of the world on his shoulders.

Now that I have finally had the chance to visit Greece (as well as Paris, Versailles, Rome, and Berlin) with a more practical and mature mindset, I will say that I was not disappointed.  Although I know better than to believe in a three-headed dog, it was just as magical and enchanting as I had envisioned in my youth.

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17 Jul

Diana Chi – 2011 Scholarship Recipient

The Trajectory of the Senses proposes to examine how architecture affects the human senses. The basis of this research proposal stemmed from an interest in understanding how the human senses can be engaged through architectural means. The observations and research performed during the Trajectory of the Senses ultimately carried over into my thesis project.

Prior to learning of the scholarship, my heart was already set on studying abroad in Rome under the direction of professors Adriana Cuellar and Marcel Sanchez in Mapping Trajectories in Roman Urban Fabric. Each of my classmates and I were assigned a significant landmark in Rome, from which we were then expected to connect to another significant landmark.  I was assigned Piazza San Pietro (St. Peter’s) and decided to map a path connecting Piazza Navona to Piazza San Pietro. Unsure as to how the senses would be engaged, I arbitrarily selected a path between the two piazzas which happened to be the most direct route possible. Coincidentally, the shortest route between the two piazzas paralleled the route of the cars. Thus, the streets and architecture catered more to the cars than to the pedestrian. The senses were overwhelmingly engaged – the sounds of cars honking and wheezing by were not to be missed; let’s not forget the smell of car fumes and cigarettes; and the lack of texture change in buildings and streets left one lost in the mundane.

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