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NJSOA Hosts Half-day AIA-sponsored Symposium March 30

During the symposium, two panels will examine how work flows in architectural practice, from conception to project delivery, and in the process will question the very nature of what constitutes architectural practice at the present time.

The New Jersey School of Architecture (NJSOA) at NJIT will host the AIA-sponsored symposium “How We Work,” March 30, 1p.m. - 6 p.m. in Weston Lecture Hall 1.

Organized by Keith Krumwiede, associate professor and director of the graduate program, and Richard Garber, associate professor and director of NJSOA, the symposium, which is part of the College of Architecture and Design’s spring 2016 lecture series, is aimed at professionals, academics, students and all those with an interest in architecture and design.

“The symposium will explore the ways in which architects turn thoughts into things," says Krumwiede. “The impact of digital tools and methods on our ability to access, act upon and communicate architectural information has changed the very nature of architectural work itself. And while the results of these changes are widely publicized and discussed, the means by which they are achieved are subject to less scrutiny or reflection.”

During the symposium, two panels will examine how work flows in architectural practice, from conception to project delivery, and in the process will question the very nature of what constitutes architectural practice at the present time.

In the first panel, “Drawing Buildings,” which will be moderated by Garber, three speakers, including Stacie Wong from Gluck +, Sunil Bald from Studio SUMO and Ilias Papageorgiou from SO-IL, will present their work process for a single building project with a focus on how various tools and techniques are used in the conceptualization, development and delivery of the project. “The objective of this panel is to challenge the myth that any single tool is a silver bullet and to expose the likely more promiscuous use of multiple tools across various project phases,” says Krumwiede.

The second panel, “Building Drawings,” will focus on the role of drawing methods and practices—new, rediscovered, or reinvented—in conceptualizing and framing alternate forms of architectural production. This panel, with presentations by Erin Besler of Besler & Sons, Carrie Norman of Norman Kelley and John Szot of John Szot Studio, will probe the impact that alternative drawing practices can have in driving both the conception and the execution of other forms of architectural output. “The aim is to question the process in which drawing has come to be seen as completely subordinate to building, losing its status as a conceptual tool and legitimate form of architectural production in its own right,” says Krumwiede, who will moderate the panel.

Symposium Schedule

“How We Work”

March 30, 2016

1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Weston Lecture Hall 1

1 p.m.      Welcome and Introduction: Keith Krumwiede and Richard Garber
1:20 p.m.  Drawing Buildings

Sunil Bald (Studio Sumo)
Ilias Papageogio (So-iL)
Stacie Wong (Gluck +)

Moderated by Richard Garber

3:00    Break
3:20    Building Drawings

Carrie Norman (Norman Kelley)
John Szot (John Szot Studio)
Erin Besler (Besler and Sons)

Moderated by Keith Krumwiede

5:00    Group Discussion
5:30    Reception