Hard Work is Paying Off

Nothing has come easy this semester. Whether it was researching alternative means of energy and construction, or making domes out of water, or ultimately working in bamboo as our primary material, every endeavor this semester has been a new experience for all of us. We have been refining the current design for the past month [...]


I'm not sure if it's the pressure of the looming presentation before the city of Charleston's Design Review Committee, or the excitement to finally be building after months of designing, but this weekend has been an momentous one. There are many, many pieces to this project, and it is very important that all these parts pay attention [...]

The Handoff Has Been Made

You may or may not have noticed my absence the last couple of weeks on this blog, so you probably figure a big well thought out post should follow the hiatus. The problem is I was out of town all weekend and now I find myself under the weather. So, I will leave the poetics [...]

New lease on life

This is a pivotal weekend for Studio V, and the students are madly preparing for a review Monday afternoon. Instead of focusing this post to our current efforts though, I am going to actually write about part of last semester's project that is getting a new lease on life. Over the past two weekends I have [...]

Time To Get Cooking

On Friday each student took his or her own stab at what this semester's project could be, and I was not disappointed in their efforts. At the end of the review I discussed options as to where to take the project from here with our client and then pulled the students back together to relay our thoughts [...]

Go Tigers!

Every semester has it's distractions. In the spring it's the return of warm weather and a week-long break in the middle of the semester. In the fall, it's football season. I am sympathetic to distractions as a young professor, since it is not that long ago I was a student and I remember well how [...]

The Complex Of Relationships

This afternoon the studio presents it's research for this semester's project thus far, and like the work of Don ZanFanga, it's going to be a little different. To go along with research into the artist's work and ideas, as well as the work of his contemporaries, and other precedents, each member of Studio V will present [...]

Tying Up Loose Ends

This post from me is long overdue. Although I feel as though I should start writing about this semester's project, the first three posts by the students have done a great job of that so far, so I am going to use this opportunity to recap some summer events concerning last semester's project with the [...]


Going into every semester of teaching Studio V, I am confident that the new batch of students will rise to the challenge and overachieve on the given project.  This group has been no exception so far.  At every step of the way this semester the students have met their deadlines, and exceeded expectations, until recently.  [...]