With graduation behind them, students from the Art and Architecture Department look toward the next step in their education as they prepare for graduate studies at locations ranging from Yale University to Parsons School of Design and the Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design.
“I’ve always been interested with how the built environment both shapes and is informed by social space,” says Claudia Carle ’19, who will study architecture at Yale University in the fall. “Associate Professor of Art and Architecture Kirin Makker has both broadened my definition of architecture and developed my ability to think critically. As I move on to my studies at Yale, I hope to continue exploring issues of space and power.”
Ying Ying “Sarita” Sun ’19 thanks Makker and Assistant Professor Gabriella D’Angelo for “teaching me a new way of thinking and a new way to work with art and design.” While Sun thought she would pursue graduate education in architecture, her experiences at HWS — including an internship with Eric Cohler Design, Inc. and a study abroad experience in Japan, courtesy of the Eric Cohler Internship and Travel Awards — allowed her to discover of love of technology. She’s applying for programs that combine design and artificial intelligence technology, with a goal of working in game design and human-computer interaction.
Study abroad affected the trajectory of Philip Cross ’19 as well. While he always felt drawn to architecture, time spent at Norwich University CityLab: Berlin during a semester in Germany “solidified my desire to become a practicing architect.” Cross will attend the Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design in the fall.
For Idara Akai ’19, the desire to gain experience and skill in a more specialized aspect of design led her to graduate school at Parsons School of Design in New York City. There, she will study interior design and lighting design. “I’m interested in design that involves more intimate human interaction, and I feel that’s what interior design is about,” she says.
Since graduating last year with a double major in architectural studies and geoscience, Aubrey Phillips ’18 has been working with a local furniture maker in Geneva and serving as the shop technician for the HWS Art and Architecture Department — making her the first woman in the role. In the fall, she will move on to pursue a master’s in landscape architecture from Louisiana State University. Her studies will focus on “how we can use landscapes to be more resilient to natural disasters, severe weather and the effects of climate change,” she says.
“Aubrey commands respect for her keen intelligence and talent as a designer with great skills for actually hands-on making,” says Professor of Art and Architecture Ted Aub. “As the shop tech, she kept a safe and efficient work environment. She is a young woman going places in her career as environmental designer.”
Associate Professor of Art and Architecture Stanley Mathews P’14 recalls working with Carle and Akai during the 2017 study abroad program in Rome. “They both grew tremendously on that program,” he says. “I think it contributed to the richness of their experiences at the Colleges.”
Makker finds advising students on graduate school to be particularly rewarding. “Guiding them through applications, acceptance and negotiations with graduate schools about scholarships and teaching assistantships is a real honor,” she says. “The students I advised closely remain uniquely connected to me as alums. In many ways, I see them as emerging colleagues in my discipline, smart and passionate go-getters who will contribute to the shape of what I teach in years to come.”