Alumni Greg Corso (M.Arch.I '10) and Molly Hunker (M.Arch.I '10) have won the 2017-18 ACSA Faculty Design Award for their project "Runaway."

Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 Architectural Education Award Winners. Each year, ACSA honors architectural educators for exemplary work in areas such as building design, community collaborations, scholarship, and service. Award winners inspire and challenge students, contribute to the profession’s knowledge base, and extend their work beyond the borders of academy into practice and the public sector. 

Runaway is an architectural pavilion for the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara that interrogates the relationship between (mis)use and visual effect. The project is made up of three separate objects - simple self-similar geometries that have a number of different possible orientations that all suggest a variety of “uses”. During its life-span in Santa Barbara, California, the project has moved to over 6 different sites across the city (pier, park, elementary school, etc - please see p.8) - each site different in orientation and composition, allowing for different effects to be produced within the different contexts.

Visually, the project is intended to simultaneously reinforce the spectacle of the sites, while also blurring into the typical haziness of Santa Barbara’s air. Caused by heat and beach fog, the air of this region is itself super visible, and it also changes the way buildings and other objects in the urban fabric and landscape look, erasing the edges. By privileging the visual and atmospheric effect and balancing it with a redefinition of what “use” means for the architectural pavilion - the project critically implicates ideas of image, materiality, and program.

Materially, the project explores how we can use notions of assembly and density alongside methods of fabrication to reinforce specific graphic and image-based qualities within various differing contexts. The fabrication strategy creates simple geometric matrix structures with thousands of thin metal rods. Once finished in a series of bright colors (cyan, magenta, yellow), the linear elements within each of the objects emphasize a thick and saturated haze, which, when viewed from afar, reinforce a hazy spectacle. The project exploits the relationship between the simple geometric edge and material density and, in so doing, negotiates the experience of clear expression of geometry and blurry visual effect.