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Student Work on View at Dwell on Design

A group of students from SCI-Arc will exhibit their work at the highly anticipated Dwell on Design show, where every year, Dwell editors put on their curatorial hats to host one of the nation’s largest architecture and design events. Held June 20-22 at the LA Convention Center, the three-day show features dynamic exhibitions, presentations and product demos, as well as invites several Los Angeles architecture and design schools to showcase outstanding student work.

Jill Koenigsknecht and Rachael McCall’s project explores the problem of collage and diversity, and the totality associated with monolithic architecture.

Graduate students Smita Lukose, Alex Blugerman, Jill Koenigsknecht and Rachael McCall–all candidates in the advanced Master of Architecture program at SCI-Arc—were selected to exhibit their projects developed this spring in the design studio led by faculty Elena Manferdini, Casey Rehm and Marcelo Spina. Dubbed Withdrawn, the studio used windows as a benchmark to inform the production of contemporary architectural form in relationship to context.

Students explored notions of abstraction and figuration by juxtaposing them in a series of studies addressing the relationship between volume, façade and context. Next, they used these exercises in developing design proposals for a real project—a mixed-use complex in downtown Santa Monica. The commissioned 400-000-sq. ft. proposal is currently in the works by OMA.

Smita Lukose and Alex Blugerman’s proposal investigates the contextual role of the plaza, which connects the building to its immediate urban environment.

Also at Dwell on Design, recent graduate Jie Yang (B.Arch ‘14) will exhibit her thesis project, presented at SCI-Arc’s Undergraduate Thesis Weekend in April. Titled Mnemosyne of a Broken Dimension, her thesis explores and refines experimental techniques in architectural geometry and space, which are often understood as accidental, awkward and indeterminate.

Project boards and 3-D models will be displayed at the SCI-Arc booth on the showroom floor.

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