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DAAPcamp 2014

DAAPCamp is a week-long summer enrichment program offered to high school students interested in architecture, interior architecture, fine art, graphic communication design, industrial design, and fashion design.
This video specifically concentrates on interior and architecture design. Architects and Interior Designers are concerned with the built environment. They create and modify spaces that are durable, meaningful, and responsive. Their studio project focused on the design of a park located on the banks of the Ohio river in downtown Cincinnati.

This was shot with a Nikon CoolPix point and shoot.

Motion Graphic and Soundtrack Artist: Corey Kujawski

The kids in this video were super awesome, and they all worked very hard–I think it shows! The video itself was really fun to make, and I’m already looking forward to the second one in July. There’s a another week of camp I’m working, CAMP (Cincinnati Architecture Mentoring Program), which is a day camp geared toward local middle school students. So, that’s coming up too!


Out of Failure: University of Cincinnati Senior BS Arch Capstone

We are a studio of 18 senior architecture students in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. We are honored to have the opportunity to present our research-based capstone project, Out of Failure, at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City from May 17-20.
Inspired by the rise of human displacement as the result of natural and geo-political disasters, Out of Failure is an in-depth look at how rapid prototyping technology, digital design, and contemporary materials can be combined to provide the most effective, culturally sensitive, economical, and ergonomically designed disaster relief shelter possible. It is our hope that with the support of strategic partnerships forged at ICFF, we will be able to implement these shelters for disaster relief on a global scale. Contributions towards our campaign will go directly to further research, design, and development, culminating in a full-scale prototype that will give the attendees of ICFF an immersive and tactile understanding of our research.

(please) Support us!

Motion Graphic and Soundtrack Artist: Corey Kujawski

Final Semester

It’s about a month into my last semester, and I’ve been terribly negligent to this blog, but like always here is another shot at getting this up and running–or at the very least, crawling/walking with aid of a cane.

My capstone studio is on disaster relief, focusing on the time between the event and permanent housing. Our first assignment was to do case studies on particular objects/spaces (and I’ll put that on here soon, or on my website I’m going to create eventually). Our second assignment is focused on different scenarios where we (in groups) design responses to particular regions around the world. My group decided to focus on water disasters and particularly the Philippines, where it was fairly recent where a typhoon caused a massive amount of damage to the environment and to the people there.

Here are some photos of process work so far:




We were working exclusively on the interior for the first week/couple weeks, and now we are moving onto the exterior.

There are nicer images for the interior, but they haven’t been remade yet.

Happy Friday!

In other news, I’m really wanting to work more on my graphic design skill set, but I’m at a loss at even where to start. If anyone has any good recommendations, that would be awesome.

London, Oxford and Glasgow (and some things inbetween)

The Story Thus Far


  • Sir John Soane’s Museum
  • Victoria & Albert Museum
  • Bedford Park
  • Emery Walker House
  • Kelmscott
  • Red House
  • Harry Potter Walking Tour
  • Somerset
  • London Bike Tour through the Royal Gardens
  • Buckingham Palace

Travel to Oxford/Oxford

  • Blenheim Palace
  • Oxford Museum
  • Sheldonian Theater

Travel to Glasgow/Glasgow

  • Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Wrightwick Hall
  • Blackwell House
  • Hunterian Museum
  • Hill House
  • Glasgow School of Art
  • House for an Art Lover

Quite a list, right? The House for an Art Lover is today, and many of us will be going back to the Hunterian Museum to catch the Mackintosh exhibition we missed yesterday. I promise I’ll be writing more than a list in the future, and adding photos, but I figured that some update is better than no update. Trying to go through photos as we go; I’m getting up to speed somewhat. Tonight we leave for Dublin, so I’ll save some of that time to work on studio stuff as well as catching up on other things.

Last Week: Summer Quarter 2012

Four days left and this quarter is over. Three tests on Thursday, leaving that night to go to CT for my cousin’s baptism.

I’ll reflect more later, but this quarter has been really weird for me. I’ve loved it, but at the same time I am not happy. I don’t think I have been happy for a while now. At least with the broad aspect of life; concerning school, I am happy.

I think the next five months will be very good for me; by moving away I think I will find myself. I need to find out when I got lost.


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 (:

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!