SOA / FACULTY WORK / 2012-13

This exhibition design for the Syracuse University, School of Architecture's annual faculty work show confronts the reality that as architects we are forced to communicate all aspects of an architectural project (design, space, experience, structure, materials, etc.) through the filter of a representational abstraction.

For the Architect every project must exist first in this virtual field, mediated by a specific representational system before it might be actualized as a full-scale, occupied construction. In some cases these images even become the project themselves. This might of course be best typified by the paper architects of the 70s whose most influential projects existed exclusively within a system of representation, absent any real intention of ever being built, but ultimately having significant effects on later projects which were eventually realized.

Whether it be initial design renderings, working drawings or construction documents every project creates its own context of expectations, understandings and experience before the first hole is dug, the first brick is laid or any column can be erected. For architects and the discipline in general, every project must exist first as a mediated image, as a representation which has the potential to actually be more successful and ultimately more influential than the full-scale construction it seeks to describe.

This faculty exhibition investigates these systems of representation more fully through the diverse work of the faculty, recognizing their diversity not only in design ideology or aesthetics, but also their generational diversity of works. The exhibition seeks to be as inclusive as possible, providing an opportunity for all members of the faculty to participate if they so desired. Given the general freedom of content the exhibition format is fairly rigid asking all participants to present their images in a standard board format and size. This format provides a great potential for a diversity of content, but also allows the various systems of representation to most easily be compared and reflected upon. As opposed to imposing a single means of organizing or categorizing the images, instead a series of descriptive word cards were generated. These cards can be found adjacent to the gallery doors; exhibition observers may select cards and clip them to the vertical datums as they make associations with the various images in the show.

Date: 2013
Location: Syracuse, NY, Syracuse University, School of Architecture, Slocum Hall
Project Design: Ryan Ludwig