Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The reason for my travel...

"True education is concerned not only with practical goals but also with values. Our aims assure us of our material life, our values make possible our spiritual life." - Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

In April 2008 in my final year of graduate school I was awarded the prestigious Kohn Pedersen Fox Traveling Architecture Fellowship with an award of $10,000. The goal of the award is to allow students to broaden their education through a summer of travel.

I was one of three recipients nationally from 19 invited universities with prominent Schools of Architecture. In addition to North Carolina State University, they included Architectural Association/London, Columbia University, Cooper Union, Cornell Univ., Harvard Univ., M.I.T., Cambridge Univ. /UK, University of Michigan, City College of New York, University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Technical University Delft/Netherlands, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Pratt Institute, Rice University, Princeton Univ. and Yale University. The application is made by the student, but the Dean of each school can nominate only three student portfolios from the school each year.

The winners were chosen anonomously by a jury. Each juror represented a city where Kohn Pedersen Fox ( has a studio: Paul Finch from the Architectural Review represented London; Quingyun Ma, dean of USC's design school, travelled from Shanghai, and James Garner, critic for the New York Sun, was the local juror. Also on the jury were Rob Whitlock & Doug Hocking, KPF Design Principals.

In addition to myself, the other winners were Kyung Jae Kim from Columbia University & Hoi Lung Chan from MIT. Jury Chairman Paul Finch was quoted as saying, "It is always refreshing to find in student work a combination of ideas, investigation and thoughtful presentation, the travel plans of the winning students are as varied & interesting as their work."

A pfd file of my portfolio was posted on their webpage and may still be there ( ). The note about my submitted portfolio was this: "Kristin produced an exemplary exploded drawing, and projects for theaters and an architecture centre. (my note: and a health complex) The judges admired 'an impressive and elegant investigation of form in determining the most important design elements', producing work of 'clarity and serenity'. "

I had hoped to attend a 6 week summer studio in Italy last year this time but was unable due to health reasons. The studio was titled 'hybrids and collisions' and would look at the relationship of new to old buildings in historic settings. This summer I am traveling on my own for a longer period of time, visiting more of the architecture I studied in schoool while also looking at urban design and relationships between old & new between and within buildings. I will spend time in Spain, Italy and Turkey.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome Kristin...all the way from the Maho office...amazing where we end up...your European journey must be incredble...I look forward to seeing one of your buildings produced with one of my mosaics...hint hint....