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Shaping the View: Site Responsive Proposals

Linda Sormin & Dawn Franklin
CER 644 001
3 credit hours, 2 weeks
Lab Fee $150

This course will encourage students to study, imagine, and shape new possibilities for the architectural folly. A folly is a type of ornamental building or structure with no practical purpose that offers dimension and shapes one’s experience of the landscape. It urges toward a destination, provides space for reflection, or gives shelter.  Clay and its potential for building will be the ideal material used to explore these ideas. Through charrettes, drawing, model making, and the hand building of clay forms students will explore site-responsive work. Students will work individually and collaboratively to fabricate both in the studio and landscape.  Class demos, site visits, and discussions will challenge attitudes towards materiality, scale, proportion, and location.


- Linda Sormin -

Through objects and site-responsive installations, Linda Sormin’s work explores issues of fragility, aggression, mobility, survival and regeneration. Born in Bangkok, Thailand, Sormin moved to Canada with her family at the age of five. Sormin worked in community development for four years in Thailand and Laos. She studied ceramics at Andrews University, Sheridan College and Alfred University. Sormin is Associate Professor of Ceramics at New York State College at Alfred University. Sormin’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at the Everson Museum, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Bluecoat Art Gallery, Ferrin Contemporary, National Gallery of Indonesia, Jogja National Museum and SaRang Building in Indonesia, the West Norway Museum of Decorative Art, Denver Art Museum and gl Holtegaard in Denmark.

  Linda Sormin   Strange Feeling , 2017, glazed ceramic. Photo by Brian Oglesbee.

Linda Sormin
Strange Feeling, 2017,
glazed ceramic.
Photo by Brian Oglesbee.

- Dawn Franklin -

Architecture is everywhere. From basic utility to astonishing complexity, it is a constant presence surrounding the most mundane and spectacular of human activities. The practice of creating architecture is informed by our experience of what is transgressive, pleasing and necessary for comfort, safety, conservation, economy and delight. Dawn Franklin’s daily work in the 20 years since graduating from Andrews University with a B.Arch. degree has been the practice of creating architecture. Architecture that solves problems; is concerned with visual expressiveness; is occupied with materiality, form, scale; and strives toward imaginative and technical skill. She finds it to be a complicated, engaging balancing act that is at moments contemplative and solitary; but is most often a collaborative ensemble performance with clients, engineers, government and construction professionals all shouting their parts. Dawn is a project architect at Collins Cooper Carusi Architects in Atlanta, Georgia.

  Dawn Franklin   Reflected Ceiling Plan and Elevation, Dining Hall Renovation,  2016 3D sketch

Dawn Franklin
Reflected Ceiling Plan and Elevation, Dining Hall Renovation, 2016
3D sketch

Later Event: July 1
Expression in Glass