Spring term of my graduate program is not officially over, but it’s 95% over for me. Yesterday was my final review for my spring design studio and it went really well. The project this term was the Mendocino Woodlands, which is a historic camp in northern California.

The camp was built in the 1930’s and early 40’s as part of FDR’s New Deal. It is considered a national historic landmark, so the design project balanced historic preservation with introducing new elements.

I am really pleased with how my design evolved over the course of the term. My concept was based on time and change, like the redwood forest where the camp sits. Some design elements are intended to last as long as the forest while others are meant to wash away every year.

I am completely exhausted after the combination of the New York City trip to the BEA last week and then spending 16 hours in studio every day trying to finish my term project. I’ll be back next week with updates on the homestead, but for now I’m planning to rest and repair. I am so ready for a relaxing summer!

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Written by Renee Wilkinson