2009

1st Place Caitlin Osborn University of Cincinnati
2nd Place Traian Dima McGill University
3rd Place Jacob Mans University of Cincinnati
Citation Paul Frederickson University of Arizona
Merit Romiar Karamooz University of Arizona
Merit Eric Claus University of Cincinnati
Merit Preethi Srikanth University of Cincinnati
Merit Nathan Strieter University of Cincinnati
Merit Katsuya Surmatsu University of Cincinnati
Merit Melissa Garmann University of Cincinnati
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Making as a Way of Thinking:
A Blacksmithing Studio at Penland, North Carolina

Frank Harmon, FAIA, Author

Buildings constructed a hundred years ago or so, such as an old barn or brick church, can move us simply by their honest use of materials, brought together by human hands. They were often built of materials that were cut or dug nearby, and they seem to fit the places where they stand like an oak fits in a forest. We may no longer use the same craft of brick making or barn-raising as these makers did, but we feel their presence in their buildings. They relate to us.

The challenge to architects of the 21st century may be to bring together the skills and techniques of the digital/machine age and the qualities expressed in handcrafted construction so that our buildings return to being humane and connected to their place. The following project is designed to address this challenge.

Participating Schools:

Boston Architectural College

Cooper Union

McGill University

Miami University (Ohio)

Oklahoma State University

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rhode Island School of Design

Southern California Institute of Architecture

University of Arkansas

University of Arizona

University of Cincinnati

University of Illinois - Chicago

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Woodbury University