Andrew King ’14 and Konner Scroggins ’14 were selected for “Making + Meaning” (M+M), a rigorous five-week program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCIarc) that took place this summer.
The M+M program introduces the principles of architecture in a hands-on exploration of spatial experimentation, design methodologies and the creative process. Throughout the program, students meet leading thinkers in architecture, enhance communication skills, engage in different projects, get inspired by the city of Los Angeles’ wealth of experimental architecture, as well as produce a creative portfolio.
King, an architectural studies major with a dual minor in geoscience and art history, found M+M to provide a good picture of advanced studies in the field. “The program consisted of people from all over the world, all sharing a common passion, architecture. You really get a great grasp of what the work level is like in grad school,” he says.
Scroggins, an architectural studies major and philosophy minor, learned about the program through King. He referred to the program as SCIarc’s “architecture boot camp,” explaining, “We explored space through model making as well as computer programs such as Rhinoceros and the Adobe Creative Suite. There were many next-day deadlines so we were typically at school from 9 to 9 everyday; the program was very demanding.”
Each student took away important concepts and work techniques taught throughout the M+M program. Scroggins says, “I want to be a more well-rounded architect. The experience has shown that while stress levels get high, you never get too stressed out because your tolerance of work load increases every day.”
Taking advantage of the surroundings and work environment was the key in this program. M+M involves field trips every Saturday for the students to go through the city of Los Angeles to capture and study the vast and versatile range of architecture.
“Saturday field trips provided a great tour of old to new architecture and allowed me to compare different building styles to one another,” says Scroggins. “We saw amazing murals and street art, from wheat pastes to calligraphy and installations.”
On campus, Scroggins currently is team manager of the lacrosse team.
King won The Pitch (along with his partner, Zachary Lerman ’13), an annual contest organized and hosted by the Centennial Center for Leadership. He is also going to be a teaching fellow for the architecture program this year and is the co-founder of the slack-line club.