Hello to all and welcome to the Society of Architectural Historians Oglethorpe Chapter!
We’ve had an exciting start to the new year here at SAH Oglethorpe. Our Welcome back event on September 19th at Smithfield Cottage kicked off our quarter with a successful meeting. Many of the faculty and architectural history students were in attendance to welcome continuing and new students to SCAD. With five new graduate students and two new undergraduates, our department grows this year with leaps and bounds. We are excited to see where these new minds take our department.
We are also happy to have our returning students back in class. The Welcome Back event offered a chance for students to present work they had accomplished during their summer months away from SCAD, and by the sound of the short presentations, everyone kept very busy!
Olivier M. talked about his undergraduate internship working for the city of Roanoke, Virginia as well as his European travels back home to Belgium and a college visit to Geneva via France, where he got to experience some truly excellent European architecture. We’re all jealous of his jet-setting ways.
Emily P. shared her summer independent research with us, which was centered around the history of childhood entertainment via playgrounds. Her research, which will become part of her thesis, has truly started her off on a very interesting and novel topic. Pictures of children’s playgrounds, which included nothing more than a slide atop a roof within a cityscape or a hallway with some steep stairs, was enough to get everyone curious about how children used to play.
Meg N. went all the way up to New Haven, CT to teach high schoolers architectural drawing at Yale’s Summer Explo program as one of her master’s internships. Sharing obstacles and successes, it sounds like Meg is well on her way to becoming part of the world of academia.
Katherine W. is new to our department, but she was gracious enough to share with us her work on a design/build project for a children’s educational farm. The design/build included planning, meeting with the children and the farm, design charettes, and final build and implementation of a floating structure on their pond, allowing the children access to study the ecosystem of the area in a very unique way.
Jess A. spent her summer in the library, and the historical society, and city hall archives. She interned for the Metropolitan Planning Commission for Chatham County, researching Victory Drive between Bee and Skidaway Road. When she wasn’t working on that project, she was again caught researching for her master’s thesis, which was a conference paper at SESAH’s annual meeting this past weekend, and editing an exhibition booklet.
Evan A. started research on his undergraduate thesis, regarding what Roman coinage during the Hadrian era can tell us about the empire outside of Rome at the time. The man loves his Hadrian, and his classics research is sure to further propel him when he goes off to get his masters next year.
We have some exciting events planned for this Fall 2013 Quarter at SCAD and would love to see you at any one of them. Stay tuned to more posts, and visit our Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest and greatest happenings.
A paper night sharing “Architecture that goes bump in the night” will feature scary architectural history topics from insane asylums to architecture and the father of modern science-fiction, H.P. Lovecraft, and more! Get your safety blanket, crosses, holy water, etc. ready for architecture that’s sure to chill you to the bone!
We are also planning a trip out to Island Miniature Golf and Games to experience and discuss the architecture of putt putt golf! Part educational, part recreational, architectural historians know how to unwind!
If you have any events that you would like to see SAH Oglethorpe provide to the students of SCAD, please let us know here, or on our Facebook page. We’d love the chance to provide events that curtail to your interests! See you around campus, and be sure to always take the time to stop and look at the built environment around you!