Mexican architects Mara Partida & Hector Mendoza of award winning firm "MX_SI studio" in Barcelona [Spain] will be the HSA 2014 Visiting Professors of Practice in the Fall.
Regardless of the design processes, production methods, and collateral interests that inform it, all architecture shapes and is shaped by its site. "Locating Design" explores the practice of critically engaging sites - physical, theoretical, cultural, technological, and socio-political sites and landscapes - through the act of design.
HSA faculty member David Beach is spearheading initiatives in digital technology, including students’ recent experiments with virtual-reality headsets as tools for envisioning spatial experience.
HSA alumni and students are working in support of buildOn to design and help construct a prototype primary school for Burkina Faso. Currently the team is contributing design and fundraising efforts, and will spend a week in Burkina in March to help with construction.
Students from the HSA and the renowned ETSAB in Barcelona will have an opportunity for a semester long exchange program. The HSA will be the 4th US school with such an agreement with the ETSAB.
Faculty members Nancy Chikaraishi and Yong Huang both spoke this June at the International Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the Architectural Institute of Korea, in Seoul, South Korea. Professor Chikaraishi also presented the work of her colleague Traci Sooter, who was unable to attend.
HSA students Eric Baldwin, Yajing Lu, Zehua Jia, and Juan Zorrilla completed summer internships at SIPDRI in Suzhou, China. Working in collaboration with HSA faculty member Yong Huang, the group helped design and build the “Inhabitable Object” prototype.
Faculty member Maurizio Sabini organized and moderated a panel discussion of leading educators focused on “Urban Transformations and the Future of Architectural Education”. The New York event was sponsored by Italian journal The Plan.