HAAARCH!!! 2015

HAAARCH!!! is a yearly showcase of undergraduate research, creative work, and achievement. This forum provides students the opportunity to exhibit, present and promote their research and experiential learning activities.

HAAARCH!!! 2015 will take place in the Cloister and University Art Gallery of the Frick Fine Arts Building on March 23, from 4-6 pm.

HAAARCH!!! 2015

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    Eli Wrasman

    Eli Wrasman is a Freshman at Pitt, majoring in Civil Engineering and minoring in Architectural Studies. He was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but spent the majority of his life in Ambler, Pennsylvania. He is studying civil engineering because of his passion for infrastructure, as well as science and math. However, Eli is also very interested in the beauty of man-made structures, as well as how people interact with them, hence the minor in architecture. Eli is grateful that, at Pitt, he has the opportunity to study both.

     

    Eli is currently taking Intro to the Built Environment, and will be presenting an installation piece that he completed for that class along with his two group mates, Joelle Weiss and Kieran Bell.

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    Amanda Power

    Amanda Power is a senior Architectural Studies major, with a minor in Studio Arts.  She is from Washington, DC, where growing up, she formed an appreciation for the amalgamation of the various architecture that had filled its bounds.  At Pitt she has been able to let her artistic intuition combined with her relationship to the surrounding world unfold in the intensive Studios.  Through the architectural history classes, she has been able to investigate her appreciation of architecture through the exploration of the theories and poetics which give fire to the practice of design.  In the fall of 2014, she was a teaching assistant for Approaches to the Built Environment. She will be graduating in December of 2015 and intends to pursue a Masters of Architecture thereafter. 

     

    Amanda will be presenting her senior portfolio for HAAARCH 2015, which will consist of studio work, BIM/Revit work, and free hand sketches. 

     

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    Jesse Wengrow

    Jesse is a senior, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in December 2015 with an Architectural Studies major and a Studio Arts minor. For the past three summers he has worked for Matt Markowitz Architects and Associates in New York City. At this firm, Jesse has worked on a great multitude of projects that range from new hotel design to home renovations. While working at the firm, Jesse has begun to get a sense for how architects cooperate and how the design and construction processes work.

    While at the University of Pittsburgh, Jesse has structured his course load to equip him with the necessary tools for achieving his principal goal, which is to become a professional architect. He is currently enrolled in the inaugural honors design studio at Pitt that focuses on sustainable architecture as well as new methods of collective public housing.

    Jesse will be presenting his projects for HAA 1918 at HAAARCH this year.

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    "Spirituality of Non-Sacred Space: Sanctifying a More Socialist Agenda," by Kirsten Armstrong

    The Centennial Hall was built for the 1913 centennial celebration of the defeat of Napoleon in an effort to define the city of Wroclaw, then Breslau, as a place of importance and prestige. As the place from which the call to arms against Napoleon came a link between the city and a significant moment in history created one compelling reason for the construction of the building. In light of relatively contemporary world exhibitions, creating a permanent exhibition center in Breslau for the advancement of the city in the future became another. Designed by Max Berg, the Centennial Hall broke from the regular tradition of German monuments. Where previously they had required time and money to visit and had been grandly ornamented, Centennial Hall became a modern monument to concrete construction right beside the city. Through the gradual stepping of the otherwise large dome and its more sprawling mass a separation was made between it and the more formally monumental past examples. This along with whisperings of a more socialist agenda created a certain level of discord between the city, people, and Kaiser.

    The Centennial Hall is hailed as an ahistoric attempt at democratizing space by some scholars. For others, it is discussed in conjunction with Gothic influences through experience of the space and massing as opposed to ornamentation and style. There are brief mentions of the Hagia Sophia as being one of many domes looked to for inspiration. However, little is said about an influence that becomes apparent when both are visited and through writings of Berg on the spirituality of space. It appears there were tentative plans to later commission murals for the interior walls, a design scheme that compares to use of frescoes in Byzantine churches. Coupled with an interesting change of pace from architect to devotee of Christian mysticism in 1925 when he quit his job of chief city architect, there is a compelling feeling of sanctity to a space that is written about as a place for all despite social and class affiliations. Berg grappled with ideas of spirituality infusing it into his work with references to sacred sites and new interpretations of old religious structural schemes. I argue against those who call it ahistoric; through experience and massing the space within Centennial Hall becomes sacred, reminiscent of the Hagia Sophia, a connection that I will discuss at length through their aesthetics, approach, and intention of use. Though not part of an organized religion there is a grander mission for the Centennial Hall than merely an events center. Understanding of the influences of the hall as a spiritual community center may be able to shed light on the success of its use and preservation today.

    For more information about Kirsten, please click here.

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    Kirsten Armstrong

    Kirsten is a senior in Preservation within the Architectural Studies program. Through Pitt she has had the wonderful opportunity to explore her passions through both a field school, in Bulgaria, and a study abroad in Istanbul. Her interest in research, specifically in Istanbul, experience in cities, and memory, has led her to take a non-traditional approach to the preservation track. As such, Kirsten is working on an honor’s thesis as well as taking the culminating preservation studio.

    Kirsten will be presenting on her research, entitled "Spirituality of Non-Sacred Space: Sanctifying a More Socialist Agenda," at HAAARCH 2015.

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    Ilana Curtis

    Ilana Curtis is a freshman majoring in Architectural Studies with a minor in Studio Arts and potentially Urban Studies. Ilana is originally from Boston, Massachusetts and no doubt this has influenced her choice of major.  She is excited to be living in Pittsburgh and is ​enjoying the rich architectural history surrounding the Pitt campus.

     

    She currently works at the University Art Gallery. In her coming years at Pitt Ilana hopes to take on as many internship and leadership positions as possible and is eager to have relevant work experiences. Ilana also loves to travel. During her high school years Ilana was able to spend extensive time in Vietnam and France. She hopes to continue traveling and study abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark for her junior year. After graduation, she plans on attending graduate school for architecture. She is very excited to be a part of the HAA department at Pitt. 

     

    Ilana will be discussing the installation project she completed with fellow students from Introduction to the Built Environment this semester at HAAARCH 2015.

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    Emily Mirales

    Emily is currently in her third year at Pitt, pursuing degrees in History of Art and Architecture and Anthropology along with a minor in Museum Studies. She hopes to one day work in a museum, with particular interest in the role of the registrar in the field of collections management. Emily gained insightful experience in exhibition development and installation as a participant in last semester’s Museum Studies Exhibition Seminar that culminated in the show Restrike: The Life and Work of Gertrude Quastler. Emily has served as an undergraduate teaching assistant for Introduction to World Art and has volunteered and currently works as a library assistant. This semester she is the Collections Management intern in the University Art Gallery, with a primary focus on expanding and standardizing database records. Emily hopes to continue to expand her experiences in museums and research in her quickly approaching senior year. 

     

    Emily will be talking about the projects she has been working on in the UAG at HAAARCH. 

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    Grae Prickett

    Grae Prickett is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in Architectural Studies. Grae’s passion for art and architecture comes from being raised by two parents, Douglas Prickett and Eunie Baird, who received Master Degrees in Graphic Design and Industrial Design and continued to pursue careers in the art world. Grae has been a teaching assistant for Approaches to the Built Environment, and continues with other educational evolvement this semester by working as a research assistant under Professor Mina Rajagopalan. The research position includes collaborating with Professor Rajagopalan and MIT in a series of lectures called Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative (GAHTC). Along with educational evolvement outside the classroom Grae is a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority and spends her free time raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Grae also actively involves herself in an off-campus job at Athleta. After graduating from University of Pittsburgh in August, her plans are to take a year to work at a firm as an intern before heading to graduate school in the fall of 2016.  

    Grae will be presenting for Design Studio 2, HAA 1917, at HAAARCH this year.

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    Chris Hunter

    Chris Hunter is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in Architectural Studies. She spent the past summer interning at Front Studio in Pittsburgh and served as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for HAA 1913 Foundation Studio 1 during the Fall 2014 semester. Post graduation, Chris plans on taking a gap year before returning to school to pursue a master’s degree in architecture or a related field. In her spare time, Chris holds a manager position at American Apparel.

    Chris will be presenting her Studio 1 project at HAAARCH 2015, which explores the ways spatial organization carefully fused with urban greenspace can result in a positive impact on the users.

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    Marie Manske

    Marie Manske is a junior at Pitt. She was born in Lexington, KY, but was raised across the Eastern U.S. finally residing in Pennsylvania. She ismajoring in the History of Art and Architecture, as well as minoring in German and Museum Studies. Marie has chosen the German Nationality Room as her topic for this semester’s HAA 1010 course. Her research will illuminate how symbols were carefully chosen in order to define the concept of German identity during the 1920s and 1930s.

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