FINAL REVIEWS–You’re in the driver’s seat

For the Final Review this Saturday, we will be hosting an fantastic group of guests. Even though only three of them are from out of town, all are from out-of-SoArch, which makes them all strangers to our wonderfully strange land.

Ben Nicholson, Architect and Associate Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen Nguyen, Artists

Justine Cassell, Director of CMU Human-Computer Interaction Institute

John Carson, Head, CMU School of Art

Terry Irwin, Head, CMU School of Design

To make them feel welcome, we will not impose upon them to tell us what they think of our work as in a standard review. We will instead interrogate them about process, making, craft, ideas, design, our space, materials, education, and work(ing). To do so, you are each tasked with gathering in small groups and coming up with questions for our guests. These questions can cover anything about this semester, your futures as students and as working adults. Theme your questions; try to figure out topics to ask about, and formulate questions.

DETAILS: To complete this assignment, HIT LEAVE A COMMENT and ‘reply’ to this post. Do not draft a new post. If you need to include images, paste a link in your reply to the image/video/site etc.

This must be done by Studio Wednesday, 27 April 2011 1:30pm.


26 Comments on “FINAL REVIEWS–You’re in the driver’s seat”

  1. Andrew Staiger, Kairavi Chahal, Madeleine Robson, Sara Bone, Ali Torres says:

    What’s the difference between form and space?
    Is there a difference between design and architecture?
    How do you critique your work not having a superior to go to?
    Where/how do you come up with your best designs?


    For those not in the field of Architecture, what makes one piece of architecture good while another is bad?

  3. Sharon Rubin says:

    To Ben Nicholson

    How would you describe the difference between the type of education you received and the system of education today? In just three years of schooling, you interacted with Richard Meier, Phillip Johnson, and Daniel Libeskind. Are students today missing out? Is it the institution or the student that makes an education “special”?

  4. katymarino says:

    To the non architects:
    How would you define architecture and how does it affect your work?

    To all:
    Describe your process of making. From where do you draw most of your inspiration?

    In your opinion what is the best way to teach architecture? Additionally, what is the best way to teach design? Art? Could you compare these ways from what you’ve experienced at this school and others programs?

    What is your educational background? What is your opinion of a formal education in a creative field?

    Questions by Katy Marino and Hannah Schmitt.

  5. brettperl says:

    How do digital methods of design and fabrication affect your work?
    Do you prefer digital or analog techniques when designing? Why?
    Do you think digital drawings and models are more or less successful in conveying your design ideas than analog drawings and models?
    Where do you think technology is bringing architecture? Do you think buildings that transform based on the environment or those living within it are realistic in terms of cost and sufficient research?
    We’ve spoken about buildings which change based on the environment and those living within it? Do you think architecture will be perceived differently by our generation because of this?

  6. cmuarch2015 says:

    -When looking at work done by students, what are some of the qualities you look for?
    -Like in any artistic field of work, there is never really a point when work is “done” at what point do you stop working on a design?
    -What would you consider as being the “key to success” in an artistic field of work?
    -At what point in your life did you realize what your passion was?
    – With this new generation of technology and machines replacing hand work, do you think in the future, the jobs of architects will be pointless or non-existent?
    – After looking at all our (the first-years) work, what is your impression of us as future architects?

    QUESTIONS by Richa Date

  7. LauraContero says:

    What are our visitor’s opinions on the current lack of focus on analog techniques(physical drafting and drawings) as opposed to computer-related technology (CAD programs) in architecture schools?

  8. Kim McDonald, Ellie Hopen says:

    Do you agree or disagree with the work notion of “making something different for the sake of it being different?”

    Building off that, do you find natural talent or pure innovation more provocative? Are they interchangeable/ can you have one without the other?

    Within the field of design, how much should pure aesthetic value/ visual effect play into the overall final design of something?

    Many people question where architecture/design/art/fashion will be in the next decade; however, is it, in fact, even possible to predict the future of said design? Why or why not?

  9. cmuarch2015 says:

    -Could architecture be art? Can art be architecture?
    -Does the function define the form? Are the two independent of one another?
    -Do digital techniques hinder the understanding of work that analogue techniques could clarify?
    -What do you feel is important in your process for representing the work?

    Questions by: Marshall Knutson, Jasmine Sohn, Joel McCullough

  10. samlavery says:

    When designing a space for artwork to be displayed, how important is it to create architecture that communicates with and does not overwhelm the art?

  11. Sam Gruber, Allison Min says:

    What does a non-architect notice in a building?
    Where does your inspiration come from?
    How valuable are multidisciplinary projects to students’ education?
    How can you involve regular people (e.g. clients) in the design process?

  12. cmuarch2015 says:

    What were you like in college?

    What should we take away from a college experience?

    How do you start the creative process?

    What kind of friends last a lifetime?

    What is your most important life lesson?

    What is your biggest regret?

    Peter, Sun-Bin, Tony, Harris, Kevin

  13. Hannah Kim says:

    -Have you always wanted to pursue a career in art/design/architecture? If so, when did you realize you wanted to become an artist/designer/architect?
    -Do you expect more out of your career?
    -Reflecting on your life so far, do you think you’ve accomplished your dream/goal or do you think there is still more out there for you?

  14. Dan Gehr, Matt Dawson, Rich May says:

    -What was the most important experience you took away from college?
    – For Ben, were the philosophies of the schools you went to undergrad and grad school different? Were you aware of this prior to experiencing it?
    -For the others, what were your first thoughts when invited to this architecture review?

  15. Amy Friedman says:

    When you find yourself stuck with a creative block or unable to develop an idea more, how do you over come the block?

    How do you continue to develop art/architecture, while refraining from thinking it is complete?

    Where do you find your inspiration to continue to push new ideas? Do you always strive to be unique or does current cultural surroundings cause you to follow the “generation’s trend”?

  16. Edwin says:

    -What are the links between art and architecture and what/how do the characteristics of each profession or perspective define the other?
    -How do you isolate yourself from the accepted/required values of society and dig deep into the connection you have with your profession?
    -What social issues do you guys commonly run into when practicing art, design, architecture?
    -has society, other people, school, and technological limitations deeply suppressed your true passions/desires?
    -How do you establish personal identity amongst all the social pressure?
    -Where does the passion stem from?

  17. Elizabeth Mannarino, Jillian Sabella says:

    Do you think creativity is something you can develop through schooling and/or life-long learning, or is it inherent in you since birth?

    Do you have any regrets or things you would change about your career?

    What else do you do? Do you find your life revolves around art/architecture, or do you explore a variety of hobbies/fields?

  18. Richard Chou says:

    It is undoubted that one’s passion affects his or her work; let it be architecture, design, or art, or any other field. However, the passion in a certain design can easily transform into persistence or stubbornness, which sometimes instead of leading to extraordinary work hinders your creativity.
    What are your thoughts towards such a dilemma in your work? and what are the reasons for your stance?

  19. Zach Bauer says:

    Mainly directed to Ben, do you see me having a job in 4 years?

  20. johntswan says:

    From Zach and Yasmin:

    How have you dealt with rejection throughout your careers, I’m sure the context of rejection is constantly changing as your career matures.

    To Ben, do you see me (Zach) having a job in 4 years.

  21. Gregory Coni says:

    In regards to the process of making I have a few questions:

    1) Do you feel the process of doing to make is better or worse than the process of creating to make something beautiful and why? To further clarify, I am more talking about the process of making and whether it is better to have a pretty model, or a model that involves a process to understand how it works.

    2) I am also curious, do you believe making more less refined work is better or less more refined models?

    3) How do you perceive materiality in the process of making?

  22. Rene and Edrei says:

    For Justine:

    By having a more technological background, do you think it affects how you view our work or art in general?

    How do you think your work relates to art/design?

  23. Manuel Garber says:

    Can someone be artistic without having an intrinsic artistic ability? Can it be a skill that is learned or is it something you either have or don’t have? Other than architecture, what are common careers for those with architecture degrees?

    Does architecture end up consuming one’s life or can one take a break from it? Buildings are everywhere therefore work and our profession is everywhere.

  24. Kevyn McPhail says:

    What is your opinion on architectural education? Specifically the way NAAB mandates it be structured.

  25. Robert Wohlforth says:

    What is the importance of visual composition in the “real world” as opposed to a model?

  26. Kevyn McPhail says:

    What is your opinion on architectural education? Specifically the way NAAB structures it.

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