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MSU architecture students and faculty win Design Communication Association award

November 3, 2016 -- By Eliese Besemer, MSU News Service

Zyg Wotzak, a senior in architecture, works on a drawing in July 2015, in Bozeman. Wotzak was one of several MSU students whose work was selected for the 2016 Design Communication Association Juried Exhibition. Photo Courtesy of Henry Sorenson"Observing History," a drawing entry by Zyg Wotzak, a senior architecture major at Montana State University, received the best in category award for the graduate division, observation image, in the 2016 Design Communication Association Juried Exhibition, part of the DCA conference held in September on the MSU campus in Bozeman. Photo Courtesy of Henry SorensonAllison Ross, a senior in environmental design at Montana State University, works on a drawing while sitting on the steps of an Inca ruin at Machu Picchu in Cusco, Peru, in May 2014. Ross was one of several MSU students who traveled to Peru with Henry Sorenson, professor of architecture in the College of Arts and Architecture at MSU, as part of a Study Abroad program. Photo Courtesy of Henry SorensonA drawing entry by Allison Ross, a senior in environmental design at Montana State University, which was featured in the 2016 Design Communication Association Juried Exhibition, part of the DCA conference held in September on the MSU campus in Bozeman. Photo Courtesy of Henry SorensonHenry Sorenson, professor of architecture at Montana State University, seen here in a self-portrait, had work selected for exhibition, along with several School of Architecture students, in the 2016 Design Communication Association Juried Exhibition. Photo Courtesy of Henry Sorenson"Bitterroot Residence," by Henry Sorenson, professor of architecture at MSU, received the Joseph Skibba Juror Award in the 2016 Design Communication Association Juried Exhibition, part of the DCA's conference held in September on the MSU campus in Bozeman. Photo Courtesy of Henry Sorenson

Zyg Wotzak, a senior in architecture, works on a drawing in July 2015, in Bozeman. Wotzak was one of several MSU students whose work was selected for the 2016 Design Communication Association Juried Exhibition. Photo Courtesy of Henry Sorenson

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BOZEMAN – Several faculty and students in the Montana State University College of Arts and Architecture’s School of Architecture had their award-winning designs and drawings selected for display in the Design Communication Association juried exhibition, held Sept. 7-10, on the MSU campus as part of the 2016 DCA conference.

The DCA is an international professional society for graphics and design teachers that works to establish and maintain common standards and communications among design professionals and educators. It hosts major biannual conferences that feature award-winning designs from students and faculty/professionals at juried exhibitions, according to Henry Sorenson, professor of architecture at MSU.

"Form is knowledge,” said Andrew Vernooy, director of the School of Architecture. “In architecture and the visual arts, the representation and manipulation of form constitutes research. These faculty and students are focusing their research on our environment, its essential nature, and our aspirations for it."

“The School of Architecture (has always) nurtured a strong national reputation in architectural graphics,” Sorenson said. “MSU is currently home to the headquarters for the Design Communication Association primarily because of our position as a leader in architectural graphic communication. We take pride in our reputation for excellent design and graphics and in our students’ accomplishments.”

The conference, “Communicating Speculative and Creative Thinking,” featured several keynote speakers and presenters, including MSU architecture faculty Sorenson, Steve Juroszek, Barry Newton, Bradford Watson, Christopher Livingston and MSU plant sciences and plant pathology faculty member Rebekah VanWieren.

Beginning several months before the conference, practitioners and educators involved with design, communication or media are invited to submit visual work that will stimulate formal and informal discussion and explorations of problems and potentials in the evolving dynamic context of design communication, according to the DCA’s call for submissions form.

There are two overall categories in which work may be considered, design image and observation image, and four separate divisions within each category, including undergraduates, foundations students (students within the first or second year of study in the curriculum subject area), graduate students and faculty. Works selected by jury for exhibition may also qualify for individual Best in Category awards and special juror prizes.

MSU students won two of the Best in Category awards for students, including Jackson St. Clair, sponsored by Juroszek, in foundations - design image, for “Relative Relationships:” and Zyg Wotzak, sponsored by Sorenson, in graduate – observation image, for “Observing History.” Sorenson won the Joseph Skibba Juror Award for his work “Bitterroot Residence.”

“Students work so hard and are so committed to developing their visual skills that, at times, they can lose sight of how far they have advanced in their ability to design and observe through their drawings,” said Juroszek. “Receiving this (kind of) recognition of their accomplishments helps to propel them to even higher levels of excellence.”

The School of Architecture teaches students how to design the spaces and structures where people live, work and play and encourages them to engage critically with the complexities of society and the natural environment by instilling the fundamental principles of design and inspiring a spirit of exploration and creative experimentation in shaping the built environment, according to school administrators.

MSU faculty whose works were selected for exhibition are listed below by category:

Faculty – design image

Henry Sorenson, “Bitterroot Residence,” “The Powder Horn”

Faculty – observation image

Steve Juroszek, “Rome – Outside the Window”

Christopher Livingston, “Tara Plaza Panorama”

Henry Sorenson, “The Empire Theater,” “Skull Cabin”

Bradford Watson, “The Infrastructure of Yellowstone National Park”

Students whose works were selected for exhibition are listed below by state and hometown:

(name, group -- category, title of work, faculty sponsor)

MONTANA

Bozeman

Kimball Kaiser, undergraduate – observation image, “Study Abroad,” Sorenson; “History of the Land and People,” Watson; “Driftwood Lodges and Social Structures,” Watson.

Zoya Shynkevich, graduate – design image, “Gallatin College,” Juroszek.

Clancy

Sam Harris, graduate – observation image, “Observing History,” Sorenson.

Helena

Eric Petersen, foundations – design image, “Architectural Graphics 2 Final Project,” Sorenson.

Miles City

Sarah Denson, foundations – observation image, “Origami Cube,” Sorenson.

Missoula

Dustin Talbert, graduate – design image, “Creative Retreat,” Sorenson.

ALASKA

Anchorage

Allison Ross, undergraduate – observation image, “Motorcycle/Sidecar,” Sorenson.

ARKANSAS

Rogers

Zyg Wotak, graduate – observation image, “Observing History,” Sorenson.

CALIFORNIA

Berkeley

Abby Jensen, foundations – observation image, “Black Watercolor,” Sorenson.

Piedmont

Devin MacCracken, foundations – observation image, “Warm and Cool Watercolor,” Sorenson.

COLORADO

Boulder

Caleb Killian, foundations – observation image, “Warm and Cool Watercolor,” Sorenson.

Colorado Springs

Katie O’Neill, undergraduate – observation image, “Multiview,” Sorenson.

Littleton

Christian Storch, undergraduate – observation image, “Bozeman Montana,” Watson (2 entries); foundations – observation image, “Monochrome Watercolor,” Sorenson.

MAINE

Bangor

Nils Wahlstrom, undergraduate – design image, “Waterfront Project,” Juroszek and  Faith Rifki, professor of architecture at MSU.

MARYLAND

Havre De Grace

Spencer Stewart, graduate – observation image, “Observing History,” Sorenson.

OREGON

Baker City

Marley Robb, foundations – observation image, “Warm and Cool Watercolor,” Sorenson.

Oregon City

Mackenzie Lisac, foundations – design image, “Architectural Graphics 1 Final Project,” Sorenson.

WASHINGTON

Deer Park

Brody Cornwell, graduate – design image, “A Collaborative Composition,” Juroszek.

Nine Mile Falls

Jackson St. Clair, foundations – design image, “Relative Relationships,” Juroszek.

Ridgefield

Madeline Miller, foundations – design image, “Heating and Cooling Based on Orientation and Building Shape,” Juroszek.

Yakima

Nicole Stine, graduate – design image, “Generational Dialogue,” Juroszek and Mike Everts, MSU architecture professor

CANADA

ALBERTA

Calgary

Tia Hansen, foundations – design image, “Architectural Graphics 2 Final Project,” Sorenson; foundations – observation image, “Black Watercolor,” Sorenson.

SASKATCHEWAN

Regina

Dian Dela Santa, foundations – design image, “Architectural Graphics 2 Final Project,” Sorenson; foundations – observation image, “Tone of Line,” Sorenson.

Moose Jaw

Piper New, graduate – design image, “Gallatin College,” Juroszek.

Saskatoon

Carmen Scraper, foundations – design image, “Carmen Scraper,” Juroszek; foundations – observation image, “Mixed Media,” Sorensen; undergraduate – design image, “Waterfront Project,” Juroszek and Rifki.

South Korea

Seoul

Soo Hyan Kang, foundations – observation image, “Fundamentals from Fossils,” Sorenson.

Contact: Henry Sorenson, School of Architecture, (406) 994-3951 or henrys@montana.edu; or Steve Juroszek, School of Architecture, (406) 994-3921 or stevej@montana.edu