The below guest post is from Michael Fior, faculty in the Visual and Performing Arts department. Myoung Joo Chun, Director of Graduate Interior Design, is the instructor of the studio. You can contact her at mchun [at] Endicott [dot] edu with any questions about the Interior Design Graduate program.
On Monday, May 16, the eight members of the first Endicott MFA and MA cohort assembled, somewhat anxiously, for the final critique of the semester-long ID515 Concentration Option Studio Project.
A number of guests attended to support the eight members with their comments and to celebrate together, including: Mary Huegel, V.P. & Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies; Professor Barbara Maier; Kevin Renz, Associate Dean of Interior Design & Sustainable Design; Associate Professor Andrew Brody; Assistant Professor Robert Anderson; Robert Augustine, Adjunct Faculty; Kathy Moore, Visual Arts Coordinator; Kristin Solias, Adjunct Faculty; and John Hale, architect and owner of Hale Design Studio.
The Project Statement students addressed was a design for a School of Fine Arts. According to the Program, New York University had been given an endowment for the school, including funding to acquire and renovate a six story loft building near Washington Square. The University brief asked the Designer to create a building which was not only functional, but had a visual concept which would help establish the image of the school. The designer would also help to create the philosophical concept of an arts education.
In addition to philosophy and design, consideration of context would be required. Since the facility is in a historical neighborhood, the façade could be altered but not removed.
The Project Statement also noted that the planning of the new facility should represent the interests of the University, the neighborhood, and the funding foundation. The design should reflect the varied international quality of the current art world, and express the designer’s concept of the potential role of such a school in future cultural development.
One element missing from the program, but of great importance to the project, was what the school specifically proposed to teach, and to what proposed audience, allowing Designers to create personal visions of the purpose of the building. Students chose a wide range of project types, from performing arts, to traditional two and three dimensional work, to cooking, to fashion – all exploring the definition of teaching and the stretching the limitations of our traditional ways of looking at interior space.
Congratulations to all eight presenting members and many thanks to the guests for attending. Great work!