“On/Of Paper: Work by the Faculty of Architecture at Penn State” suggests where and how drawing and paperwork – in the broadest sense of the terms – are essential in an architect’s practice.
Drawing, as seen in the exhibition, is an architect’s conduit to sensorial receptivity, intellectual inquiry, design intent, craft-making, technological exploration, and constructing the built environment. The exhibition, which is broad in scope as a reflection of the faculty's unique multiplicity, displays work produced in all phases of the architect’s process – from daydreaming to analysis; working drawings to finished renderings; improvisational searching to the documentation that is essential in constructing a building.
The idea for the exhibition came about last year during a free-ranging conversation about drawing. A fifth-year architecture student asked a very basic question: How can students see what faculty mean when they talk about the importance of drawing?
Faculty members whose work is featured in the exhibit are: Yasmine Abbas, Pep Avilés, Cathy Braasch, Laia Celma, James Cooper, Benay Gürsoy Toykoç, Mehrdad Hadighi, Darla Lindberg, Katsuhiko Muramoto, Shadi Nazarian, Ute Poerschke, Juan Ruescas Baztán, Marcus Shaffer, and Lee Washesky.