Top left: Before, looking east from Graduate Studio 1 into Graduate Studio 2. Top
right: After, presentations in both graduate studios (in Graduate Studio 2 looking
west through new opening into Graduate Studio 1) Jesse Webb pinning up and Anthea Selkirk observing
(both second year M.Arch students). Above left: Before, in Graduate Studio 2 looking west through new opening into Graduate Studio 1. Above right: After, Graduate Studio
2 looking east at L-R Colby Mitchell, Robert Paulus, Ted Risch (all second year M.Arch students).
Faculty and students in the Department of Architecture are used to the sights and sounds of construction. For several months they have been part of daily life on the third floor of Jones Hall, home to the department, as major renovations to the space have taken place. Managed by BFA in Interior Design alum Lauren Kane who now works in Campus Planning and Design, the project concluded January 2013.
First to be completed, was a new, state-of-the-art lighting lab that allows architecture and interior design students to model different types of lighting, test various technical elements of lighting design and set up retail displays in a showroom window and product display areas. The lab also includes sliding panels, allowing students to explore the effects of wall “grazing” with different types of lighting.
Steelcase Node Chairs, reconfigurable tablet-arm chairs, complement the way students learn and the tools they use. They will also encourage collaboration among students.
The new lab is used in a number of courses, including Environmental Systems, Commercial Lighting Design, Sustainability in Design, Advanced Environmental Systems, and most of the design studios.
“Having a first class Lighting Lab will significantly expand our capabilities in teaching lighting design throughout the curriculum to our architecture and interior design students. We also see this as a recruiting tool for undergraduate as well as graduate students,” said Professor Sherry Bryan, director of the Architecture Program and interim director of the Interior Design Program.
The new lab was made possible through funding from the University of Memphis, a grant from the Planning and Visual Education (PAVE) partnership and a grant from the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners (State Board).
Most of the third floor had already received improvements, such as asbestos abatement and sealed concrete floors in the graduate design studios and labs, demolition of a wall to join the two graduate studios, new electrical service throughout the space, new ceilings, new lighting and updated equipment and furnishings. The Department also purchased new furnishings as well as model-assembly equipment with a grant from the State Board.
“These improvements benefit all of our students and project a positive image to our community partners and visitors that this is a first class architecture and interior design facility,” said Michael Hagge, chair of the Department. “It also allows the students, many of whom have worked alongside faculty in making improvements, to have a sense of ownership in their space. It has also provided a wonderful learning experience as the students have seen the space ‘gutted’ and then rebuilt.”