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Designing a Life After HWS

What happens after graduation from HWS? What kind of graduate programs do students pursue? The William Smith Dean’s Office is sponsoring a number of upcoming visits by recent William Smith alums who are now in graduate programs and will return to campus to present academic seminars that address these questions.

The first returning William Smith alumna was Alison Singer ’07, who, thanks to the organizational efforts of Associate Professor of Art Stan Mathews, shared her experience as a graduate student in architecture earlier this month.

Singer is currently a graduate student at the University of Virginia School of Architecture and anticipates earning her Master’s in Architecture in May 2010. She is the project manager for the school’s ecoMOD4 THRUhouse project. EcoMod is a project that seeks to create affordable and ecological house prototypes that are to be used with the Piedmont Housing Authority and the international home building organization, Habitat for Humanity. The goal is to demonstrate the environmental and economic potential of prefabrication, and to challenge the modular industry in the U.S. to explore this potential. At the time of Singer’s HWS visit, teams of architecture, landscape architecture and engineering students were working on the fourth ecoMOD project – a single family home for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville. This home came close to being a zero-net energy project.

On campus, Singer visited Assistant Professor of Architecture Kirin Makker’s architectural design studio as a guest critic. The following day, she gave an illustrated talk titled, “The Architecture of Happiness, Or What I learned in Grad School.”

WCAV-TV in Charlottesville featured the EcoMod project, including Singer, as the house was moved to its site. The video titled, “Eco-Friendly House Heads Home in Charlottesville” can be seen online.

Singer graduated magna cum laude from William Smith with a major in architecture and minor in philosophy. She participated in Koshare and was a member of the Architecture Society. She was the first recipient of the A Fund Architectural Studies Scholarship.

For more information on the EcoMod project at the University of Virginia School of Architecture, visit: