End of Year Commencement Exhibition Design and Curation of Architecture Division Student Work, California College of the Arts, 2018
The exhibition highlights CCA's creative culture: innovation through making. The diverse range and quality of students' work in Architecture, Fine Arts, Design, and Humanities and Sciences is celebrated and showcased on pedestals and on the walls. Pedestal groupings have a strong presence in the exhibition. They organize students' models and break down the scale of the nave into smaller moments. The pedestals are grouped and dispersed strategically and at oblique angles to engage people and direct the flow throughout the length of the nave. The pedestals are simple, but in aggregation and relation to one another, they create unique experiences. The first grouping is a field condition, setting a strong presence and directionality at the entrance of the exhibition. They guide larger groups of visitors off to one side of the nave, while tight spacing between pedestals, allow individuals to filter in and go through, while being very close and intimate to the art that is being displayed. The second grouping aggregates 2 types of pedestals, creating an articulated landscape in height and perimeter. The notches on the perimeter enable a closer experience of the artwork and projects. The third and fourth groupings direct people through space. The N rooms rotating walls open up to the nave, expanding the exhibition into those rooms which feel like gallery spaces rather than classrooms. After the exhibition, the pedestals will be upcycled and reused during pinups and reviews by students at CCA in the years to come. Three types of pedestal dimensions are carefully calibrated to facilitate most of the students' projects needs by the different divisions. The simple and modular design makes the pedestals very versatile.
The Architecture Division Student Work is organized to showcase the best projects that the students submitted. Through models, it showcases the making; and through drawings, the methods of architectural representation. The drawings are arranged based on different layers of organization. The first order, groups them according to the Architecture Division Programs. A secondary ordering is based on content. On one end, starting with projects that are about the city and on the other end, projects that encompass architectural details and interior design. The overall layout composition of the printed work is a loose checkerboard pattern that creates multiple hierarchies based on color blocking, moving the eye throughout all the projects.