Thursday, April 27, 2017

CETA Hosted its Annual University of Hartford Graduate Architecture Thesis Presentations

Ryan Miller presenting his design.

Fahad Baker presenting his thesis project.

On Monday, April 24, CETA hosted its Annual Master of Architecture Thesis Presentations in the Harry Jack Gray’s 1877 Club. The work of 16 second-year graduate students was on display from 12:00 to 1:00pm, followed by individual presentations and reviews of each project.  The event was culminated by a reception in the Rotunda from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Students featured included: Ahmed Abdelghany, Hajar Aldouri, Fahed Baker, Tomas Botero, Daniel Condon, Laura Crowley, Alyssa Danielewicz, Jameson Gay, Lance Green, Todd Josselyn, Matthew Lawrence, Ryan Miller, Juan Pinto Castaneda, Evan Switzer, Ronald Wassmer, and Kalkidan Zerfu.

Graduate Program Director and Thesis Coordinator Daniel Davis, AIA, was pleased with a high turnout, as approximately 250 people were in attendance.

Thesis Supervisors Mark Hopper, AIA; Craig Saunders, AIA and Tyler Smith, FAIA supported a wide range of student projects,  including academic buildings, museums, a rehabilitation retreat, a refuge center, a library, a community center, a transit oriented development, an urban market, an office building, and a tiny house.. Twenty-one industry professional reviewers attended the event and provided feedback following each student presentation.  These reviews from practicing architects help prepare students for their professional lives where design presentations are an integral part of having a project built.

Reviewers represented the following list of prestigious firms: Newman Architects, TSKP Studio, Svigals + Partners, SLAM Collaborative, JCJ Architecture, Smith Edwards McCoy, Tecton Architects, DRA Architects, Oak Park Architects, Quisenberry Arcari Architects, Friar Associates, Crosskey Architects, MBH Architecture, Richter & Cegan, LA, Wieber Powell + Grunigen, Thompson Edwards Architects, STV, and Turner Construction.

Selected thesis projects will be exhibited throughout Connecticut including the AIA/Connecticut Gallery in New Haven, designated architectural firms, and selected other venues. Thesis Awards will be announced at graduation ceremony.  The M.Arch. thesis presentations are an excellent showcase of architectural design talent at the University of Hartford to the wider professional community.


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