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Sharon Fields / design/buildLAB

14:00 - 12 April, 2017
Sharon Fields / design/buildLAB, © Jeff Goldberg / ESTO
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Sharon Fieldhouse / design/buildLAB

00:00 - 25 February, 2015
Sharon Fieldhouse / design/buildLAB, © Jeff Goldberg/ESTO
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  • Architects

  • Location

    The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, Sharon School Circle, Clifton Forge, VA 24422, USA
  • Professors in Charge

    Marie Zawistowski, Keith Zawistowski
  • Student Team

    Landon Williams, Molly Vaughan, Mitchell August, Ryan Myers, Julia Vasquez, Xiao Fu, Ellie Burns, Forrest Bibeau, Mykayla Fernandes, Kellen McGinley, John Iaconis, Chanel Carter-Harris, Barbara Dior, Nancy Redenius, Tom Powers
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Interview: Brian MacKay-Lyons on the State of Architectural Education and the Architect's Role

00:00 - 22 October, 2014
Interview: Brian MacKay-Lyons on the State of Architectural Education and the Architect's Role, Ghost 7 / MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects. Image © James Steeves
Ghost 7 / MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects. Image © James Steeves

Brian MacKay-Lyons is the founding partner of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, a professor at Dalhousie University and the founder of Ghost Lab - the now legendary 2-week summer design/build program that took place on his family farm in Nova Scotia from 1994 to 2011. While relentlessly local, Brian's work has been recognized internationally with more than 100 awards, 300 publications and 100 exhibitions. In 2012, the American Institute of Architects recognized the collective work and influence of Ghost with an Institute Honor Award for Architecture.

On August 22nd, 2014 Brian hopped off his tractor and wiped the diesel fuel off his hands to discuss architectural education with Keith and Marie Zawistowski, co-founders of the design/buildLAB at Virginia Tech and partners of OnSite Architecture. Here is an excerpt from their conversation, which was originally published on Inform:

Keith Zawistowski: Your contributions to the discipline of architecture have been both in practice and in education. In 1994, you founded Ghost, an international laboratory that influenced all generations of architects with its simplicity and this affirmation of timeless architectural values of place and craft. It was a pretty bold move and it seems for us like it was a direct reaction to your discontentment with academia and the way architects were being educated. Do you still feel that strongly about the state of architecture education and the profession?

We Need More 'Building' in Architecture School

00:00 - 4 January, 2014
We Need More 'Building' in Architecture School, Courtesy of Flickr user mr kris
Courtesy of Flickr user mr kris

"Architectural education is very abstract." Virginia Tech professors and Rural Studio alumni Keith and Marie Zawistowski sit down to talk about the importance of a hands-on experience, suggesting a fundamental restructuring of curriculums. With projects such as the Masonic Ampitheater, they — together with their students — set out to prove that somethings are simply solved by building. Read the full article here, "What Architecture Schools Get Wrong"

Video: design/buildLAB's Reality Check

00:00 - 21 December, 2013

The design/buildLAB at the Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design has recently released a new documentary by Leon Gerskovic titled Reality Check, a film that chronicles the journey of 16 students as they undergo the design and construction of their Masonic Amphitheatre in Clifton Forge, Virginia. The project was a complete redevelopment of a post-industrial brownfield into a public park and performance space; the video relates how students collaborated with local community and industry experts to bring meaningful architecture to this struggling American rail town.

Smith Creek Pedestrian Bridge / design/buildLAB

01:00 - 5 September, 2013
Smith Creek Pedestrian Bridge / design/buildLAB, © Jeff Goldberg/ESTO
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Clifton Forge, VA 24422, United States
  • Team Leaders (Professors)

    Marie Zawistowski, Keith Zawistowski
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

VIDEO: design/buildLAB at Virginia Tech

00:00 - 24 August, 2013

An inspiring little video from the folks at Virginia Tech that will make you want to get your designer hands dirty - today. The video follows the third-years of 2013 as they build their final project: a bridge. As the co-founder of the lab, Kieth Zawistowski, eloquently says at the video's end, "It doesn't really matter if you ever want to actually build something yourself again, what's important, in this case, is that you've seen the entirety of the process, from conception to realization." If you want to see more from design/buildLAB, check out the project completed by last year's students (which features in the last few minutes of the video): Masonic Ampitheatre.

Masonic Amphitheatre Project / design/buildLAB

00:00 - 10 July, 2012
Masonic Amphitheatre Project / design/buildLAB, ©  Jeff Goldberg/ESTO
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  • Architects

  • Location

    513 Church St, George Washington National Forest, Clifton Forge, VA 24422, United States
  • Team Leaders (Professors)

    Marie Zawistowski, Keith Zawistowski
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Update: Covington Farmers Market / design/buildLAB

10:00 - 22 October, 2011
© Jeff Goldberg/Esto
© Jeff Goldberg/Esto

For those of you that enjoyed our post on the Covington Farmers Market you might enjoy visiting an exhibition that features Jeff Goldberg’s images and the students’ bass wood models of the project at The Virginia Center for Architecture in Richmond, Virginia. The exhibition, ”Design 2011: A Retrospective of Winning Work”, will be held from October 20, 2011 – January 8, 2012.

Additionally, design/buildLAB has been invited to give a lecture to coincide with the exhibit. The lecture, ”Teaching Practice”, will be held at the Richmond Convention Center on Thursday November 3rd from 10:45-12:15. For more information visit: http://www.virginiaarchitecture.org/ae_index.html

More images of the project after the break.

Covington Farmers Market / design/buildLAB

00:00 - 7 September, 2011
Covington Farmers Market / design/buildLAB, Courtesy of design/buildLAB
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  • Architects

  • Location

    134 West Main Street, George Washington National Forest, Covington, VA 24426, USA
  • Architect

    design/buildLAB (Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design)
  • Student Project Team

    Anne Agan, Emily Angell, Zachary Britton, Chris Cromer, German Delgadillo, Chris Drudick, Cody Ellis, Jacob Geffert, Rachel Gresham, Shannon Hughes, Elizabeth Madden, Ryan McCloskey, Andrew McLaughlin, Brett Miller, Elizabeth Roop, Erin Sanchez, Sara Woolf
  • Professors

    Marie Zawistowski, Architecte DPLG – Professor of Practice; Keith Zawistowski, Assoc. AIA, GC – Professor of Practice
  • Structural Engineer

    Draper Aden and Associates - Dave Spriggs, PE
  • Project Year

    2011