Winners, Abrons, Fure, Norell


Alumni win ACSA BEAUTY PAGEANT Competition 

Congratulation to Alumni Adam Fure (M.Arch. I '06),  Ellie Abrons (M.Arch. I '06) , and Daniel Norell (M.Arch. II '06) 2006 project "Synthetic Gardens" from Assistant Professor Jason Payne's Advanced Topics Studio was selected as one of five winners to this annual archive competition sponsored by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). 
The competition challenge asked for submissions that help the public both appreciate the profession and the ways in which a designer communicates. The jurors described the winning projects as superseding the mere combination of images and ideas, initially visually compelling, but becoming richer in depth. "They were stunning, coy, and engaging." 
Mark Foster Gage
Associate Professor and Acting Assistant Dean, Yale University School of Architecture
Partner, Gage / Clemenceau Architects
Emmanuelle Bourlier
Co-founder & CEO, Panelite

Richard Rose
Partner & Creative Director, PopKitchen Co.
Adjunct Faculty, RISD Graphic Design Department
The jury consisted of three viewpoints on beauty: one well versed in current discourse and architectural practice; one with discourse background but with an outside view from the manufacturing industry; and one completely outside of architecture but with a strong background in identity, communication, and graphic design. The conversation stepped both inside and outside of familiar language, but settled easily in reaction. The winners all superseded the mere combination of images and ideas, in each, the first impact was compelling, but became richer in depth. They were stunning, coy, and engaging. We could have stayed up all night looking at and talking to them...

From a curatorial point of view, what is also curious about the competition is in what wasn't submitted. Has beauty in architecture become synonymous with texture and effect? In 88 entries, there was nearly an absence of building scope. While 'A'rchitecture becomes 'a'rchitecture-- a pretty interesting diversification of talent-- it seems we may be modeling mostly through our hands or face and perhaps not often proposing an arresting figure. Interesting.