Did you know that buildings consume 75% of the U.S.'s electricity according to the EIA? As we move towards April's Earth Month, we will be building up our sustainability knowledge. This is so we can be better advocates for renewable energy and be more environmentally responsible architects working to reduce our buildings' reliance on fossil fuels.
It has been one month now that we have been working with our first full time architect, Tina Wong! She is a beautiful person who, outside of architecture, is very passionate about biking, baking bread, and going on adventures. She once camped in San Antonio, TX to help work on plaster restoration at the Alamo and to clear hiking trails in a nearby forest.
Chyanne had the pleasure of representing the Women in Architecture panel for the National Organization for Minority Architecture Students (NOMAs) Design + the Future Symposium at at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on February 10. The panel was intended to focus on the experiences of being a woman in the workplace and what growing architects can do to create more equality in architecture in the future.
We’ve just submitted a video to the SCORE Small Business Association highlighting our work with affordable housing and low income property owners. The grand prize is $15,000 and a trip to a business development conference where we will be paired with a mentor who will help us build up our company and strengthen our work in Chicago supporting affordable housing options.
This is the final week to catch our CommUNITY Station show in Gary, Indiana that closes on Feb. 4, featuring student work, the Decay Devils and a silent auction. During the 2017 Fall semester, we worked with architectural graduate students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to design a new structure around Gary’s long abandoned Union Station. Since Jan. 12, our students have shared prints, 3D models and video walk throughs illustrating ideas to transform Gary’s Union Station. In partnership, the Decay Devils also have been presenting their artistic work reflecting their mission to revive Gary.
This April husARchitecture turned five and I nearly missed it among the rush of permit drawings, design concepts, and programming for husART but five years definitely deserves some reflection.
I started husARchitecture in response to a need for my own creative outlet, a need to be able to chase dreams as they became reality, and as a security in the post recession era. It sat quietly for a few years picking up a few side projects while I developed as a project architect at Holabird & Root and learned more about international business.
The best discussions happen over food and drink. The Uncovered Discussion Series hosted by husART Design Collective seeks to promote focused conversations in the context of potluck around a communal dinner table. Topics will range from arts, community, sustainability, science, business and more. In depth topics will be in a serial format over consecutive weeks. Heads of table are close to the issues at hand, whether expert, involved citizens, or active participants, they will give a background for the discussion and all participants are free to share their ideas, perspectives, brainstorm solutions, or just listen and enjoy.
We've recently launched our first Indiegogo campaign to crowd source some necessary items to make the husART Design Collective a reality. It's a very humbling experience to expose our concepts and ideas in this fashion, and I really give everyone credit who's previously run campaigns. I'd like to talk a bit more about why this campaign is important and what we hope to offer by means of a community.
Launch party and gallery reception on Object Realitywhich questions the truth in our perceptions of the surrounding environment. Objects have their own stories to tell, their own memories to share, their own dreams to live.