Tranberg Master Studio at UW Jul13


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Tranberg Master Studio at UW

During spring quarter 2011 Danish architect Lene Tranberg taught a master architecture studio at the University of Washington while serving as the Scan|Design Foundation Visiting Distinguished Professor in the College of Built Environments.  Professor Tranberg is a founding partner of Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects, an award-winning firm based in Copenhagen, Denmark. She has also taught at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen.

The studio, co-taught by Assistant Professor Peter Cohan, proposed to examine how architectural ideas can reinforce the human scale of the city; and how private and public spaces can work together to create new ways of experiencing it.  The quarter was structured around two weeklong design charrettes that occurred during Tranberg’s visits to Seattle.  Analysis for the project was approached at a variety of scales, based upon three different modes of painting – landscape, still-life and portrait.  This analysis at three scales eventually led to individual proposals for the design project, which were also explored in the same way.

Another important aspect of the studio was an exploration of architectural character.  The goal was to discover potential sources of inspiration that might lead to a richer, more nuanced and less “reasonable” approach to design.  For this purpose each student was asked to choose a still-life painting that would serve as the source of inspiration for their project and influence its realization at every scale.

At the conclusion of Lene’s final visit students presented their work to a distinguished panel of reviewers, including Patricia Patkau, Peter Cardew, Jay Deguchi, Jennifer Dee and department chair David Miller.

The final projects varied widely in scope, scale and intention.  Thanks to the inspiring provocations of Professor Tranberg, as well as the hard work and dedication of the students, they formed of a rich and imaginative array of responses to the questions posed by the studio brief.

Written by Peter Cohan, Assistant Professor. Image by John Stamets, Lecturer.

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