The Studio 19: Designing Freedom

by Tim Alatorre

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Current Cal Poly Architecture students Hazel Cruz, Brent Gibbons, Ryan Blue, Hallie Travis, and Katie Murphy join us to discuss the exciting new Cal Poly AIAS Freedom by Design chapter.

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Show Notes

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Cal Poly News

  • Hearst Lecture Series:
    • Chris Haegglund, BAR Architects
    • Friday, May 7th, at 4:00pm
    • Business Rotunda, Room 03-213
  • Chumash Architecture Show! (History of the Show)
    • http://architectureshow.calpoly.edu/
    • Chumash Auditorium, Julian A. McPhee University Union
    • Opening Reception: Friday, May 28th, 2010 5:00 pm
    • Exhibition: May 29th & 30th 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • 5th Year Crits (All located at the Berg Gallery)  See our calendar for updates
    • Prof. Barry Williams
      • Title: Linkage
      • Date: May 10th
      • Time: 11AM – 5 PM
    • Prof. Doug Jackson
      • Title: Trans-Form
      • Date: May 14-15th
      • Time: opens 5pm

Rapid Fire Questions

  • Cal Poly or Berkeley? CAL POLY!
  • Autocad or Revit? Revit
  • Parallel bar or T-Square? Parallel
  • Facebook or LinkedIn? Facebook
  • Arch Record, Arch Digest or ARCHITECT? Architectural Record, we love Joe!
  • Drafting dots or tape? Dots/tape (tied)
  • Yellow trace or white? Yellow (1 white)
  • Ad Markers or Prisma? Prisma
  • Pen or Pencil? Pen (1 pencil)
  • Mac or PC? Mac/PC/Both

FINAL SCORE: KOOB (book spelled backwards, Tim is crazy)

Interview

  • A little bit about everyone:
    • Hazel Cruz: 2nd year, transfer student, Captain for 2010-2011 Freedom by Design group this upcoming year.
    • Brent Gibbons: 2nd year, transfer student from Cuesta, from Gilroy, running for AIAS president
    • Ryan Blue: 2nd year, originally from TX, running for AIAS Treasurer
    • Hallie Travis: 1st year, from San Fran, currently the Freedom by Design fundraiser, running for AIAS Secretary
    • Katie Murphy: 2nd year, from Ventura County, currently Freedom by Design Project Manager
  • What is “Freedom by Design”
  • How did they get involved?
    • Brent learned of the program from AIAS while he was at Cuesta, but due to the high turn over rate it wasn’t feasible to establish at Cuesta.
    • After transferring to Cal Poly, it became more of a reality, along with the support from the local AIA California Central Coast Chapter
  • How do they, as students, get these projects built:
    • Teaming up with design and construction mentors helps makes the projects not only feasible but a reality with it comes to permits, design, labor, etc.
  • Why are they involved in Freedom by Design?
    • Being able to see the process and have a real hands on, “learn by doing” approach
    • They’re using the skills they have to help people in the community and make a huge difference.
    • They’re able to bridge students and community
    • Studio can be really isolated, so getting out into the community and seeing the “real world” application of their skills is a really important opportunity
  • What kind of projects do they do?
    • Small scale, from installing grab rails, or modifying a counter height.
    • Large scale, installing a deck with a ramp, widening a door to allow for wheelchair accessibility.
    • Much of the time and materials are donated, as the projects are entirely student driven from funds, to design to construction.
  • What kinds of fundraising do they do:
    • Contacting local businesses, donating funds events at local markets and restuarants.
  • Goals for licensure?
    • YES! They’re all planning on it… even if they don’t fully understand the process right now. After all, that’s why they’re in the program: to become Architects!!!!!
    • Tim puts Haley on the spot again for not being further along in her ARE process… (all in good fun)
  • Thoughts about the future of Cal Poly and the Architecture Program:
    • Bigger, better and more projects!
    • Hope to see the Freedom by Design Chapter takes off and sustains itself for the long haul, beyond all of them and the time they’re at Cal Poly.
  • PLUGS:

About the Author


Tim Alatorre