WOAH.

It’s school time already? Well. Sorry I didn’t update during the break at all! I’m back now, and I’m so excited for this quarter and all its possibilities.

Updates:
-I got a job at Whole Foods! I love it, although working and school (and AIAS and APX and SED) will definitely be a balancing act.

-Working on the portfolio now, exciting!

-1st studio project is already up and running, so you’ll be seeing that soon! I’m going to be better about scanning my sketches in also this quarter. Looks like I’ll be seeing the DAAP library that much more often (totally okay with me. I love the library).

and much more, but I’ve got some other things I gotta take care of this morning before class!

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Winter Quarter 2012

WOAH.

It’s school time already? Well. Sorry I didn’t update during the break at all! I’m back now, and I’m so excited for this quarter and all its possibilities.

Updates:
-I got a job at Whole Foods! I love it, although working and school (and AIAS and APX and SED) will definitely be a balancing act.

-Working on the portfolio now, exciting!

-1st studio project is already up and running, so you’ll be seeing that soon! I’m going to be better about scanning my sketches in also this quarter. Looks like I’ll be seeing the DAAP library that much more often (totally okay with me. I love the library).

and much more, but I’ve got some other things I gotta take care of this morning before class!

(almost) done.

I’m sitting by the fireplace, watching a pokemon movie on cartoonnetwork (I’m waiting for the video game awards to start.. and it’s nostalgic.), knitting needles at hand, green tea and design process journal ready to be worked on. Went to a kickboxing/boxing fitness class with my sister this morning. Definitely going to be feeling it tomorrow.

I’m.. (almost) done with immersion quarter. Almost.

This quarter was nothing short of amazing; it was so. much. work.

I loved every second of it. Even during the late night/early mornings, I knew that there was no where else I would rather be…other than my own bed, at times. It’s weird, and not at the same time. I’ve never been more passionate about…anything in my entire life. And the people I’ve met this quarter! I’ve gotten to meet and get to know so many inspiring people: professors, fellow students (in my major and also not).. it’s great. I often can’t believe how fortunate I am.

I’m ready for break, definitely. Not to just laze around though–I did that last year and while it was nice, it kind of felt wasted. There’s a good amount of activities I want to get done. I’ll make sure to make a list later (how I love those!)

but for tonight, I’m just going to enjoy being at home. Do some laundry.

1/4 scale model for my building

In the CGC

Oooh. Revit renderings.

It’s amazing how long they can take, the process of rendering; I’ve heard of 48 hour renderings+. The longest I’ve dealt with is 10 hours, and I’m hoping that’s the only one that’ll take that long. I’ll definitely be photoshopping them–to add entourage and probably furniture. I’m just trying to get as many as possible because in this case… more is more.

p.s. CGC = computer graphic center = my home until probably Tuesday. Rendering on the laptop, working on the imacs. I feel so techie (:

DAAP 5401

Clifton Literary Center
First finished elevation for final iteration

To do list for today:

1/4″ = 1′-0″ model.

  • stain wood of the 1st floor
  • get the 1st floor structure down (48 columns total!)
  • put in the 1st floor walls

elevations.

  • south
  • get the breezeways ready to be rendered

other classes that aren’t immersion studio.

  • find out when co-op test is
  • start studying for arts and society
  • environmental technology.. study.

and that’s pretty much how life is. Studio stuff, and then everything else that has to do with studio kind-of, or not really. This quarter everything is pretty much related to main studio, except for arts and society. It’s an interesting class, at the least.

I need to also start thinking about my final layout. I have an idea, some studd sketched out, but I’ll look at other precendents to get something really sophisticated down.

introductory phase

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Here’s to my first blog post–and dare I say will not be the last.

I know, I know, it’s Thanksgiving. Why am I working? Well, if you knew me the answer would be obvious. So, instead of telling you why I’m currently working right now I’ll tell you a little bit about me.

My full name is Laura Azucena Soria; I’m 19 years old and currently a sophomore at the University of Cincinnati studying Architecture in the college of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (henceforth referred to as DAAP).

I stumbled across my major at the suggestion of my dad, one of my major role models (I’m sure I’ll talk about him in some other post but to be concise, he’s nothing short of amazing. He’s accomplished so much and has worked–works–so hard to provide me with the opportunities I have and the life I live today. I don’t think I could thank him enough.). When I was younger, my dream job was to be a veterinarian. I loved animals, animals loved me (who made friends with the baby skunks in the backyard? made a little house for a lost kitty? “fed” grass to squirrels (and then subsequently freaked out by her sister when told that she got rabies…yeah, all me.), it was a happy time. Easy. Come middle school, high school, my interests switched from that to other related fields to a couple of months where I wanted to be a fashion photographer (dad wasn’t too ecstatic about that) and then… I had no idea!

Then my dad suggested architecture. Yeah, sure why not? I applied to DAAP, subsequently got accepted and thus began the whirlwind that has become my life.

Architecture, at least studying it at DAAP, is not just the perfect blend of “science and art,” it’s so much more–it’s design. Design encompasses so much, everything, honestly. I’ve always had trouble keeping a serious focus on anything long-term but this… this is completely different. I’m in love.

Architecture is probably one of the most broad, if not the most broad area of study. You have to think about so much. Designing for a specific program, designing to work with the surrounding environment, with the surrounding context (or not), designing a place for people to inhabit, to visit, the list goes on.

And I think it’s because of this whole “everything-all-at-once” environment that keeps me so engaged. To a certain point, the more there is, the better (to a certain point).

Some more random things about me:
-I’m a vegetarian/locavore/almost vegan. I (mostly) abstain from dairy because it messes with my allergies, I’ll only eat meat if it’s from a local source/humanely raised.
-I have a wide taste in music, from classical (love Chopin) to dubstep to Usher to Ratatat to Hot Chelle Rae (current obsession). And yes.. even some country.
-I like the gym. Although I’m big into running outside–although I’m not an amazing runner or anything, I (generally) like the way it feels. Workout classes are my favorite, however, and yoga is definitely one of my top choices.
-Firm believer in that dark chocolate is better than milk chocolate.. and white chocolate isn’t even a part of that discussion.
-I’m a morning person.
-And a people person.
-And I really appreciate good use of grammar and the abscence of abbreviations.

And here are some random renderings of my current project!

"Indoor Courtyard" of my Literary Center
Autodesk Cloud Rendering = Amazing. The moment I realized that I only had 25 renderings = not as such.

This building is my design for a Clifton Literary Center, the site is a parking lot two buildings down from a Skyline Chili on Ludlow Ave. This quarter has been devoted to this project and with final critiques in less than three weeks, oh I think it’s two weeks now! 10 weeks to make one building, and a whole slew of environmental technology studies to go with (interesting, but also a whole other set of work). More on this later, I’ve got to get to bed!

p.s. I hope you have a fantastic day tomorrow!