Strange Crops

Architects typically work to respect context.  Yes – culturally sensitive, site-specific interventions addressing constraints of the urban fabric and historical character of the neighborhood while maintaining a presence on the street can both navigate and transcend competing priorities in a...

Kate and CPH

  Greetings from Copenhagen! After presenting my M.Arch thesis this past December, I packed up my life in Seattle into a 10′x10′ storage unit and traveled 5,000 miles to Copenhagen, Denmark, where I have been working as an intern at Henning Larsen Architects (HLA) thanks in...

Atelier Bow Wow / In...

My year in Japan has afforded many new experiences and opportunities, but perhaps the most formative was the opportunity for a two month internship at Atelier Bow Wow. Atelier Bow Wow is a husband-wife duo with a relatively small office of seven staff and two-five interns.  They are best...

What it’s like...

Some of you well know the feeling…Day one of thesis prep:  Give a brief synopsis of what you are thinking for your thesis.  The reaction:  Tell you what I’m doing for my thesis?  Are you crazy?  What does thesis even mean? As the shock and frustration gave way to more frustration and...

Trollspotting, the e...

An exerpt from Trollspotting, Jonathan French’s Valle blog… Wow – blink and an entire month has past since the last time I posted to the blog.  To quote current events back in the US – “Ooops.”  The last month has been a busy one – filled with a couple conferences and...

English Roundabouts

Greetings from England!  I (Juan Vergara) am currently participating in the University of Liverpool Exchange.  I am joining MArch students in their last year of the program for a semester project.  The studio design includes a mixed-use project, predominantly residential and in an urban...

Ciao from Roma!

A quick update from Rob Corser and Ann Huppert in Rome! “Students are having a great time as far as we can tell. They are really enthusiastic and never more than 5 minutes late for any meeting (which is really, really rare and really appreciated!). Here are a few images -the group shot...

Exhibit : An Image o...

“Ay ga wa na!” In Sonrai, the phrase “I know how!” is an amazing exclamation of empowerment and joy. Malians are capable of so many things, but when given the opportunity to take a photo, they question themselves. With a simple explanation and with the first click, eyes open...

Keeping up with the ...

Check out the blogs of MArch students Jonathan French, Ryan Heltzel-Drake, Megan Groth and Lauren Keene. “Unparalleled in the United States, the Valle Scholarship and Scandinavian Exchange Program has a dual mission to promote and fund the exchange of graduate students between the...

Moomin On Up

The rain has paused and the sun has broken through the clouds, gracing us with the loveliest of Copenhagen weeks. I delight in my post-work bike ride back to the tiny, but oh so hyggelit, studio I call my home. It’s on the third floor of a row house in Humleby (which unbelievably means...

Compositions of Chan...

I grew up in a Colombian household in the middle of Nashville suburbia. While our neighbors were discussing sweet tea and baseball, my family’s dinnertime conversations often focused around Latin politics, history and culture. Because of this, I was keenly aware from a very young age of...

Expressed in Concret...

Over the last two and a half months, I have had the great opportunity to study in Brazil. Between participating in a Cultural Studies program and currently being involved in an Urban Planning Studio, I was able to visit several states and cities of this vast country. In this blog post, I...

Eryn ga Diira

Songhai lesson #1: Diira = to travel. Eryn ga diira (Eryn is traveling)! After six weeks of successful blog-writing and updates from the office in Gould Hall, I (Eryn) am handing over the work to a friend and recent graduate, Kristopher Chan, for the next three weeks. Instead of organizing...

Hej Hej from Københa...

As the locals say, “Der er ingen ko på isen “(translated, “there’s no cow on the ice” and vernacular for “it’s all good”). We’ve only been here for a few days but we have certainly hit the ground running-cycling, rather- and have already seen a good portion of the city. The...

Trollspotting, part ...

From the very beginning of this project – back in Seattle, when I was looking at the Tourist Routes Projects and starting to write my proposal for the Valle Scholarship – the idea of traveling the entire coast of Norway was very seductive.  Even after two months of living in...

There is Value in No...

An excerpt from an interview with Kunle Adeyemi by Rachel Stella Jenkins via ArchiAfrika I can remember at a team meeting with Rem (Koolhaas) at the OMA, I showed my proposal and started by saying, ‘These are the clients needs… what the client wanted us to think about…’ Rem responded,...

Where are you, UW Ar...

International programs offer students an opportunity to directly experience architecture, urbanism, and other cultures gaining exposure to the local-global and historical versus contemporary facets of architecture. As the summer progresses, it seems like everyone is making travel plans (or has...

Trollspotting, part ...

NTR: Sognefjellet Where Rondane is characterized by distant mountains and lichen covered plateaus, Sognefjellet rides along the edge of the mountains, through valley and fjord.  There is no distance between the you and the landscape.  It is right there, changing before your eyes – as...

Trollspotting, part ...

Sverre Fehn – Hedmarksmuseet, Hamar While I’m waiting for paperwork to clear through the Norwegian bureaucracy, I’ve been planning side trips to places around Oslo.  My first stop: Sverre Fehn’s Hedmarksmuseet in Hamar.  Fehn adapted the ruins of a medieval bishop’s castle...

Trollspotting with J...

The first of the 2011-2012 Valle Scholars has arrived in Scandinavia. Yes, I am here in Norway to drive, document, and ponder the 18 scenic highways that are the Nasjonale Turistveger.  However, without immediately being able to buy a car (still waiting on that competition prize money…),...