HAAARCH!!! 2019

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!!! 2019  will be held on Monday, March 25th  from 4 – 6 pm on the ground and first floors of the Frick Fine Arts building.

HAAARCH!!! 2019

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    Harisa Martinos

    Harisa Martinos is a sophomore, majoring in Architectural Studies with a certificate in Sustainability. Coming into Pitt, Harisa planned on pursuing a degree in Environmental Science, but after taking a couple of Architecture courses, she fell in love with design and the interstitial step between an initial idea and the final piece. On top of studying architecture, Harisa is a Resident Assistant and will continue working as one in the Appreciation of the Arts Living Learning Community next year! After graduation, Harisa hopes to pursue her masters in Landscape Architecture with focuses in ecological restoration and urban environmental planning.

     

    Harisa is very excited to present the design that her class has worked on as a group. The design is a seating area made out of unconventional materials, such as cardboard tubes and bamboo, as a part of Pitt’s new design build studio (HAA 1910). The design is currently in the process of review by the university architect and is planned to be built by the end of the semester in Benedum courtyard.

     

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    Lisa Canavan

    Lisa Canavan is a senior double majoring in Studio Arts and Art History with a minor in Museum Studies.  After working in business and raising a family, Lisa returned to college part-time to pursue a lifelong interest in the arts.  Connectivity and the natural world are themes that inspire her artwork and art historical studies.  She greatly enjoys her academic pursuits and has been twice recognized as a university scholar.  Lisa is currently interning at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh digitizing and cataloging the Pittsburgh Photographic Library Collection, from which she is also curating an exhibition called Men’s Work/Women’s Work, which will be shown in the Gallery@Main.  After graduation, Lisa plans to pursue her own artistic interests along with volunteering in the art field.

     

    At HAAARCH!!! 2019, she will be presenting research in the PechaKucha style on artist Rachel Rose’s Lake Valley installation shown in the Carnegie International along with Sarah Hamilton and Rose Hawk.

     

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    Erica Conner

    Erica Conner is a sophomore Architectural Studies major and Studio Arts minor. While this is only her first year in the Architectural Studies program, she has made the most of it by diving head first into the content of her courses. Over the years she has traveled all around the world, sparking an interest in art and architecture; however, it wasn’t until taking Western Architecture during her freshman year that her inner architect blossomed. During the remainder of her time at the University of Pittsburgh, Erica hopes to participate in a study abroad program and an internship that expand her love and knowledge of architecture even more. At HAAARCH!!! 2018, Erica will be presenting her group installation from Approaches to the Built Environment with one of her group members, Samantha Baird.

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    Jackson Bender

    Jackson Bender is a junior Majoring in History of Art and Architecture. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but moved to Pittsburgh when he was four years old. Jackson spent most of his childhood playing with LEGOs or video games with his two brothers, and often times visited Pitt’s campus with his mother, spending a lot of time in her office at the Frick Fine Arts Building, where he gained an appreciating for art history. He is hoping to find a way to work with video games in his career, whether that be in making them or studying them as through the lens of art history.

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    Katherine Bell

    Katherine Bell is a senior majoring in Architectural Studies and minoring in Studio Arts. Kate originally entered Pitt undecided, but found architecture to be a good match for her mix of logic and passion for art. Raised in a military family, she tries to incorporate her travels when possible. After graduation in spring 2019, Kate plans to continue working with G Architecture & Research Collaboration in Norfolk, Virginia. Kate will be presenting her final project from Studio 2, an architecture building that is based on the hierarchy of a bee colony. 

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    Han Bui

    Han Bui is a Sophomore pursuing a B.S. in Architecture and minors in Sociology and Studio Arts. Architecture has always been her biggest passion and joy in life. As an International student from Vietnam, she is very fortunate to be able to observe how different architectural elements and atmospheres in a space influence one’s everyday experiences in different cultural settings. Han is strongly interested in architectural styles from different time periods and how they evoke different emotions and behaviors of the inhabitants. She believes that the evolving landscapes we see around us are often a narrative backdrop of time and change, reflecting the evolving storyline of our society. Spending most of her breaks traveling, Han seeks to explore in more depth the sociological and philosophical impacts that architecture has around the world.  She hopes to learn about the discipline not only as a discourse on aesthetically-pleasing, functional designs but also as a tool that connects humanity with nature in more integrative, sustainable, yet meaningful ways. At HAAARCH, Han will be presenting a model of her Family River Retreat from Foundations Studio, where she became greatly fascinated by both the pragmatic and poetic aspects of design.

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    Teresa Leatherow

    Teresa Leatherow is a senior in the College of Business Administration and Swanson School of Engineering. She has concentrated her undergraduate coursework, research, and initiatives on the intersection of economic, environmental, and social dimensions of the built environment, such as sustainability, transportation, and technology. Most notably, Teresa has conducted extensive undergraduate research on these topics at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, and through her community-based science communication organization Co-OP: Connecting Ordinary People.

    Most recently, Teresa has worked with Traffic21 of the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy of Carnegie Mellon University as an Elsie Hillman Honors Scholar to better understand how policy and technology converge to create more equitable, accessible transportation systems. Teresa is interested in applying her research and academic background to improving various aspects of Pittsburgh relating to sustainability, transportation, and economic development. At HAAARCH!!!, Teresa will present various research findings and projects relating to the built environment, highlighting challenges and opportunities for the city of Pittsburgh.

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    Crista Sanfilippo

    Crista Sanfilippo is a sophomore majoring in History of Art and Architecture with a minor in Studio Arts. Her first encounters with art were at the Okinawa Prefectural Museum of Art, which helped to form her perspective on modern/contemporary art. After entering the University of Pittsburgh, she has pursued the major with the intention of studying more about contemporary art of the world. Upon graduation this upcoming December, Crista plans to take a gap semester and then continue her education with pursuing a Master’s degree.

    Crista’s presentation at HAAARCH!!! will be on a small portion of her honors thesis “Contested Lands and Inherited Trauma in the Works of Yamashiro Chikako,” focusing the talk on the message against American military imperialism in her works. The research for her thesis is on-going and will be completed this summer while studying abroad in Japan

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    Gabriela Pascale Schunn

    Gabriela Pascale Schunn is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in the History of Art and Architecture and Anthropology with a minor in Museum Studies, interested primarily in ontological questions regarding the material culture of subculture and the relationship between dress and identity formation. In addition to continuing her services as a period consultant, vintage stylist, and choral scholar, she intends to pursue a Master's degree in the History of Design and Material Culture post-graduation.

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    Claire Sedlak

    Claire Sedlak is a senior Ecology and Evolution-Urban Studies double major. She is interested in exploring the ways in which these two fields meet and interact. Specifically, her research focuses on urban ecology and equitable access to greenspace and environmental knowledge. At HAAARCH!!! she will present her project for Approaches to the Built Environment, which explores the intersection of built and natural environments.  She hopes to work in education and interpretation for the forest or park service after graduation.

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