The Studio 66: Pink Hardhats and Angry Birds
by Tim Alatorre
Posted on April 1, 2011
ABI, AIAS, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Angry Birds, Architecture For Humanity, Artificial Leaf, Billings Index, Bryan Ridley, Cameron Sinclair, Chumash Architecture Show, Evan Collins, FAA, Hearst Lectures, IDP, Luke Durkin, Sears Tower, Unemployment, Willis Tower, Wind Power, Wineman Hotel
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Hourig Ayanyan McCray, LEED AP, Assoc. AIA, B’Arch ‘06 gives Tim a reason to proclaim his love for angry birds. We talk about the role of women in architecture and the artificial leaf.
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Cal Poly News
- Chumash show website has been updated
- May 29th and 30th
- Portfolio Workshop April 3rd-7th
- Join Bryan Ridley, Cal Poly Architecture Department lecturer and local practitioner for a FREE five night workshop. Berg Gallery, 7-10pm. Space is limited, contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your interest.
- Evan Collins and Luke Durkin winners of the AIAS/VINYL competition
- Evan Collins and Luke Durkin were recognized at the in the AIAS/VINYL Institute 2015 Pan American Games Award Pavilion student design competition. For additional information, go to Student News.
- Hearst Lectures start again next Friday, April 8th
- Andrew van Leeuwen and Kevin Eckert: Build LLC
- 4:00pm. Business Rotunda (03-213)
- IDP and Licensure Presentation, Monday April 4th, 6-7pm in the fish bowl gallery
- FAA Historic Wineman Hotel Tour
- Friday at 3pm
COOOOL MOW (material of the week)
- Not ready for production yet, but it’s exciting stuff to look forward to:
- AIAS West Quad
- The AIAS 2011 West Quad Conference ‘Architecture in the Networked City’ raises the question of how a new generation of architects, planners, and designers can explore networked possibilities for the urban environment. Hosted by the New School of Design
- April 14th-17th, the conference’s three key note speakers include,
- Chris Genik Dean of NSAD and principle and co-founder of Daly Genik,
- Miles Kemp founder and president of Variate Labs, and
- Geoff Manaugh author of BLDGBLOG.
- 2011 ABI scores trail previous index
- The first two months of 2011 did not see business conditions as strong as those that prevailed during the last two months of 2010, according to the AIA’s Architecture Billings Index. The February ABI score was 50.6, up slightly from the January reading of 50.0 but down nearly 5 points from the December 2010 ABI score.
Souto de Moura’s Pritzker
- Eduardo Souto de Moura of Portugal is the winner of the 2011 Pritzker Architectural Prize. “He has the confidence to use stone that is a thousand years old or to take inspiration from a modern detail by Mies van der Rohe,” Edward Keegan says, noting the jury’s selection. Souto de Moura’s work, primarily located in his native country, includes the conversion of the Santa Maria do Bouro Convent (1997) in Amares, Portugal; Braga Stadium (2000-2003) in Braga, Portugal; the Porto Metro (1997-2005); and the Paula Rêgo Museum (2005-2009) in Cascais, Portugal.
- A bronze medallion and $100,000 cash award will be presented to Souto de Moura at Washington, D.C.’s Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium.
Willis Tower to become solar farm
- Chicago’s Willis Tower is scheduled to replace its south-facing windows with ones that will produce power through photovoltaics without appreciably degrading its daylighting or views. Christopher Mims reports that the windows will eventually generate 2 MW of power
A chat with Cameron Sinclair
- Architecture for Humanity’s chief eternal optimist Cameron Sinclair is busy these days. Daniel Fromson reports that that the organization is currently responding to five natural disasters—in Haiti, Chile, Pakistan, New Zealand, and Japan …
- Construction on Largest Wind Farm in Africa to Start in Kenya This Year
- just wanting to share this with our listeners
Rapid Fire Questions:
- Cal Poly or Berkeley? Cal Poly
- Autocad or Revit? Revit
- Parallel bar or T-Square? T-square
- Facebook or LinkedIn? Facebook
- Arch Record, Arch Digest, or Architect? Architect
- Drafting dots or tape? Dots
- Yellow trace or white? White
- Ad Markers or Prisma? Prisma
- Pen or Pencil? Pencil
- Mac or PC? totally MAC!!
- What’s the Meaning of Life? Stillness
SCORE: 3 angry birds (white bird, small blue bird, yellow bird)
- What have you been up to since graduation?
- working at several firms with a variety of building types: schools, commercials, airport, institutional and now commercial
- currently working at BRR Architects
- Advice for the unemployed:
- staying connected with the profession, talking with people in the industry so they can put a face with the name, continuing to learn and get involved with classes to sharpen your skill set
- How are you liking the work currently?
- big box retail type work is different and a new building type she’s learning about
- What are you plans for the future?
- spending time studying for the ARE divisions, Structural Systems coming up!!!
- would like to expand upon some connections with the City of Oakland with home renovation and such
- Women in architecture:
- What advice would you give to current Cal Poly Architecture students?
- make sure you get some experience with internships and basic office skills, it’s good to know how an office works and how to generally put a set of drawings together
- getting some construction experience, whether it’s out in the field or for Habitat for Humanity, getting prepared for how buildings go together
- Lady College in Oakland has a great program where you end up building a house at the end of the course
- Parting words of wisdom and plugs
- Dance piece she’s attending in the spring: