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Practice : Winter 2009
Ia ] bac TO paRIS Sarah Eigen: On paris Inter view by Karen Sutton, Manager of Student Activities. Have you been to Paris before? Once, for 2 days. The rest of the trip was spent in Toulouse, understanding the culture and arts. Toulouse was nothing like this trip to Paris with the BAC. What was your initial reaction? I was nervous at first about going, being away for so long...but, boy was I wrong! Being immersed for a month in Paris was amazing! Today, I still miss it so much! Drawing for hours, listening to French music and French c onversation s, c onversing with the people and the rich and diverse history, soaking up the architecture, the people and the culture... I was eager to learn and to sketch until my hand hurt! How did this trip affect your perspective on design? Each day we explored extraordinary sights a nd some days still seem surre al to me. From a Parisian street corner, to the playful scu lptural form of Le C orbusier’s c hapel at Ronchamp to the mesmerizing a nd all-encom- passing light a nd stain glass of La Sainte Chapelle...to view these spaces was a n experience I will always hold as a designer. The feelings that each place evoked! How has the trip affected you professionally? Going to the top design firms, from Jacob and MacFa rlane to London's Foster and Partners... having the opportunity to sit down and hear their point of view on designing architecture today. Talking with experienc ed firm principal s opened my eyes to the design that I could do and helped me think about how to develop my own style as an architect. L ooking back on what I covered in my studio design course a l lowed me to open myself up to working more effectively with others. Bouncing ideas back and forth while we grabbed a croissant and café! Analyzing the façade and surrounding site context of the C entre Pompidou center helped me to rea lly explore and investigate a ll possibilities with my classmates ... a more successful and fun way to work on a studio. I will bring this approach ba ck to my work in the office. Tell me about an example of a memorable sight or experience that you had in Paris. Hmmm... just one... one in particular was just walking around the River Seine at night. The architecture of Notre Dame and the Louvre are remarkable at night casting shadows... walking with a few close friends after a long, hard day of learning, sketching and walking at least 15 miles to various rema rkable sites... breathtaking. Visually, taking in the rhythm and movement of the facades. I didn’t wa nt to leave. Another would have to be walking into La Sainte Chapelle for the first time. It is ha nds-down stunning and I have no words to describe this, only to enc ourage others to go there to e xperience what I have. I al so enjoyed the pear ice cream! How has Paris affected you perso nally? I made friends and met people with whom I will a lways c onnect while I continue to grow. I will always look back at this time and remember them and this opportunity we all were s o fortunate to experienc e. Each de signer brought his own personality and dynamic talents to the group so it was exciting to learn from each of them, a nd our teachers. bac TO paRIS In July, Richard Griswold and Jovi Cruces , Senior Associate at Dimella Shaffer Associates, led their month-long study abroad program for the sixth time . Coursework centers on the sketchbook as a tool for capturing the experience and exploring new ideas. A special highlight to this year’s Paris trip was a tour of the built work of Jakob+MacFarlane including the rooftop restaurant Georges atop the Pompidou Centre , the Loew y bookshop, and the Design and Fashion Institute emerging on former docks along the Seine river, followed by a most inspiring office tour and seminar with Brendan MacFarlane . Beyond Paris, the group of fourteen made excursions to Basel, Switzerland, the Vitra Complex in Weil-am-Rein, Germany, and an action- packed trip to London . Planning is underway for a return to Paris in July 2009. Contact Richard Griswold for details : richard.griswold @the-bac.edu Top left Kyle Branchesi, B .Arc h, Sketch of St. Denis Top middle The Group Top right Griscel Diaz, B.Arch, at Vaux Le Vic omte middle left Mika Gilmore , BID, Sketches of the Gardens at Ver sailles middle right Adam Westlund, B.Arch, Sketching at Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoie bottom left Levi Tofias, M.Arch, Sketch of Hall of Mirrors at Versailles bottom right Adam Westlund, B.Arch and Arlen Stawasz, B.Arch, at Le Corbusier’s Chapel Notre Dame Du Haut at Ronchamp Opposite page phOTO cREDITS Page 2, 4, 11, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22–26, 28, 32, 34 (left), 44 (center and right) 47, 57, 62 (top): ©Liz Linder; Page 6, 7 (center), 7 (right), 8 , 16, 17, 33 right, 35 right, 43, 45 (left): Janet Oberto; Page 7 (left): Lee Peters; Page 10, 12, 13, 33 left: Pat Loheed; Page 14: ©Giuseppe Taddeo; Page 62 (bottom): ©Tara Carvalho; Page 29: ©Robert Benson; Page 30 left: ©Gustavo Ferrari; Page 30 right: ©Marc Rogers; Page 31: ©Kwesi Arthur; Page 34 (right), 35 (left, middle): Len Charney; Page 38, Stephen Messinger; Page 42: Kaye Evans Lutterdot; Page 44 (left), 46, 63 (top): ©Jim Gambaro; Page 48: Steve Badanes; Page 64–65: Rich Griswold pRacTIcE 64