It's a wrap on Blue Tape

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It's a wrap on Blue Tape

May 28, 2013

The final review season for hundreds of students at USC School of Architecture has come to a wrap.


For two days earlier this month, the interior and exterior of Watt Hall was covered wall-to-wall with student drawings, models and installations as part of Blue Tape, the School of Architecture's end-of-semester design reviews and public exhibition.


"One of the exciting things for me was to see student spaces re-imagined for student work," said Valery Augustin, adjunct assistant professor at the school since 2002 and Blue Tape organizer.


"They took over the spaces in a positive way to showcase their work," he said.


The sixth installment of Blue Tape included work from all year levels and all degree programs, including undergraduate and graduate architecture studios, landscape architecture, building science, heritage conservation and PhD programs.


Over the course of two days, on May 13 and 14, hundreds of students presented their projects to faculty members and invited guest critics.


The event was comprised of simultaneous design reviews and project presentations that allowed visitors to hear ideas get tested, designs critiqued and processes discussed.


Some leading architectural voices who participated as guest jurors include: Tom Wiscombe, a senior faculty member at the Southern California Institute of Architecture; Margaret Griffin of Griffin Enright Architects; Julie Snow of Julie Snow Architects; Wes Jones of Jones, Partners: Architecture; Orhan Ayyuce, a senior editor for online news site Archinect and instructor at Woodbury University and Cal Poly Pomona; as well as School of Architecture Dean, Qingyun Ma.


The event garnered about 225 guests and hundreds more students.


"All in all, I think the event went really well," Augustin said.


By Juliette Funes