Advisors: Aurélie Frolet, Molly HunkerKyle Miller, Greg Corso

This thesis advisory group is interested in examining the Terms and Conditions in which architecture is produced, particularly regarding speculative investigations within urban and public territories. We are committed to assisting you in the development of projects that demonstrate, on the one hand, the value of architectural design in urban (social and cultural) contexts, and, on the other, the impact of your efforts in relation to the history of our discipline. We encourage you to think big, to conceive of provocations that link architecture to its constituents in a manner that imagines positive change for both. We are interested in supporting projects that range from fine operations on existing artifacts to conceptions of new forms and environments. We maintain a particular interest in formal, material, and spatial interventions in public space, and their ability to illuminate broader cultural, environmental, political, and social concerns of a place. As much as urban interventions reflect culture and provide critical commentary on the particularities of the context, they can also project new readings of place-revealing hidden narratives, uncovering latent possibilities, or imagining new futures. Interventions at a variety of scales within an urban environment connect to, and are in many cases dependent upon the broader infrastructures of a place. Beyond extraarchitectural affiliations, urban interventions provide a platform for designers to experiment with and exemplify their aesthetic predilections.

We will encourage the development of projects that: capture the public imaginary through engaging pressing issues; embrace the overlap between culture and form; privilege form-making over form-finding; recombine known practices into new and delirious possibilities; pursue specificity in the place of abstract thinking.

TUESDAY, MAY 3, 9am-6pm, 3rd floor atrium

External Critics: Jennifer Newsom, Elisa Iturbe
Internal Critics: Nathan Williams, Edgar Rodriguez

9am Shiori Green
Delineating Erasure
9:45am Kelsey Benitez & Isabel Sutherland
Sanctuary Spaces
10:30am Roxanne Sarrafzadeh
New Nostalgia
11:15am Andrew Harper
Slocum Viscera
12 noon Alex Michel
False Prophets, Fake Gods
12:45-1:15pm Lunch


External Critics: Jennifer Newsom, Elisa Iturbe, Leslie Lok
Internal Critics: Joon Ma, Laura Salazar

1:15pm Ryo Ishioka
From Literature to Architecture
2pm Heather Skinner
Composite Cohousing
2:45pm Yongqi Lu
The Parade Machine
3:30pm Alexa Adams
Another Home
4:15pm Mehak Saroha
From Detention to Reception
5pm Emily Hu & Miguel Roman
Shop ‘Til You Drop
5:45-6pm Concluding Remarks