Since graduating from the Master of Architecture program, alumnus Gong Dong has catapulted his firm Vector Architects to the top of China's ranks and has won international awards for his captivating work. His approach focuses on the relationship between light, structure, and space as in Seashore Library near Beijing.
For this outreach program with the Danville region, multidisciplinary teams of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban and regional planning students collaborated on proposals for ecologically sustainable developments that would connect downtown urban spaces with the Vermilion River and offer places where people could interact with nature more directly. Community members offered input on their priorities as teams began drafting their ideas, and final presentations were given to an audience that included faculty members, classmates, and Mayor Scott Eisenhauer of Danville.
Designed by Suchithra Prabhu and Gabriela Perez Santos for ARCH 573 led by Ralph Hammann
As they work on their designs, architecture students are trained to research the site, related cultural traditions, significant industries or features of the region, materials, and historical aspects of the proposed project as they draw inspiration from nature, structures, color, and functional elements.