I’ve had to take a break from my blog recently, mostly due to the fact I’ve had too much work to do! However, a lot has been happening in the Studio 360 world.  Thank you for your interest and I’m so very grateful for you to take the time to read these posts!

A few weeks back I had an opportunity to follow up on the project I posted in my previous blog here.  A very talented 3rd year studio at my Alma Mater of Virginia Tech has offered to assist in some brainstorming about the camp project I’ve been working on. It was a full weekend, but a great opportunity to connect with one of my favorite past professors and be on the other side of a project review. I traveled to Blacksburg, VA and was able to see and hear first hand about some of the ideas they have come up with for the camp. I won’t go into all of them here, but I did think it was worthwhile to post some images and also share part of the preliminary fundraising images Studio 360 has generated in the first phase of the building project of a 340 acre campus.


Professor Bill introducing me and the project





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These young women are 3 of about 15 students who presented their ideas. I was honored to be a part of it and  happy to be able to encourage them in their ideas.

It brought back memories! I can remember the stress of having to stand up in front of professors (or strangers!) and share my ideas. Its the hardest thing for most architecture students to learn to do well. But so very important since real world job so requires that you actually have a client and need to be able to explain your ideas clearly and concisely! These 3 young women shown above did a stellar job and if I was their boss I would have given each of them an “atta boy!” for their presentation.

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One of the things I stressed to the students was how important their graphic presentation was to effectively explain their project. Many students had fantastic ideas, but their images did not clearly communicate their concept. Below are some of the more successful images in a design of a cabin in the woods, intended to accommodate 10 campers and 2 counselors.

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and some well thought out display boards

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clever ideas: a zip line, stand alone roof, and grouped cabins. Rainwater retention systems and passive solar strategies


a well constructed model of the lake on the site


This cabin idea was simple enough it could actually be built by volunteers!


This last image below is from my 8 year old daughter, who accompanied me on this trip. While we were meeting she patiently sat in the back and observed all that was going on. In the end, she wasn’t quite ready to stand up in front of everyone and present her idea but she did contribute a drawing of her own cabin seen below. (and photography credit for all these images above goes to her!)


Meanwhile, after purchasing the property, the camp begins its next round of fundraising to build the buildings. Below are some quick sketches and concepts provided by Studio 360 for the proposed first structure: a large cabin to house volunteers and workers who will be helping  on site. Stay Tuned!