ELAC Architecture Students & Professor to be Featured in ExhibitPosted: Nov/2/2020 9:58 AM
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MONTEREY PARK, CA – Two East Los Angeles College (ELAC) Architecture students and professor Michael Hamner are to be featured in the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles’ (AIALA) virtual architecture exhibit titled “2x8: Domum” on November 5th, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The 2×8 annual exhibition showcases exemplary student work from 16 Architecture and Design Universities throughout California to celebrate the diversity of architectural philosophy and encourage conversation around a central theme. This year’s theme reflects on the dialogue surrounding housing in Los Angeles and other urban centers across the country. Students were encouraged to submit presentation materials and three-dimensional models that respond to the theme with innovative solutions.
ELAC Architecture students Daniel Silva and Stephen Curtiss’ work will be featured in 2x8 this year and they are one of the few community college students to be featured. Their professor Michael Hamner will also be on a panel discussing the issues of Housing Disparity Post-COVID as well as Racial Inequity in Academia.
Daniel’s project is titled “The Black Beacon Spire” which centers around the idea of creating a tall structure to act as a “gateway” connecting four cities in Los Angeles. This spire would feature a research center which would accommodate students with the space and resources to continue their education outside the classroom where the learning tools may not be available to them. Silva plans to get his bachelor’s degree in architecture and wants to get involved with creating more affordable housing.
Stephen’s project is titled “SWIVILION” and is designed around a community center that reflects the cultural identity of East Los Angeles. Curtiss’ design utilizes the artistic aspects of different cultural tribal masks. By studying both Asian and Hispanic cultures and history, and analyzing the important transitional spaces that exist, Stephen designed this building to become a beacon within the city of East Los Angeles. Stephen utilized ancient masks from the Aztecs and ancient Asian cultures metaphorically and physically, embedding these aspects within his design. He plans on getting his bachelor’s degree in architecture with a minor in art and would want to work on affordable and mix use housing.
For more information about viewing the exhibit please visit www.2x8.org/. To learn more about the ELAC Architecture Department please visit their webpage.