MacMac is a fourth year student of Architectural Design, graduating in May. He worked one year in the Engineering School and one year in the College of Arts and Sciences before collecting his direction and transferring to Architecture the summer before his third year. The wide range of disciplines and vocabularies has enriched the associative and collaborative nature of design practice. He is interested in practicing alternatives to automobile-based transportation and creating spaces for bodily awareness and spiritual well-being. Studio research has channeled concentrations in temporary structures, landscape theory, and tiny-housing. Currently he is designing optimized structural elements from bamboo timbers to outperform traditional timber and steel beams and joists in specific strength. He also TA’s the Architecture 101, inviting first-year studios from many disciplines to begin to explore and evaluate the built environment that surrounds us. Other interests and studies include chemistry, mathematics, astronomy, foreign language, poetry, sculpture, musical performance, theatrical set construction, religion, java, art-history, environmental science and sociology. During the summer of 2013, Mac travelled to Vicenza, Italy for 5 weeks to practice hand drawing and to tour the ancient works of Palladio. In past summers, he has worked counseling children at Camp Virginia, teaching sportsmanship, camp-craft, and leading the wood shop.

In taking a wide consideration of the many subjects of study, they finally seem more alike than they are different. Transduction is a valuable concept at any scale as a means of describing the nature of matter, energy, and the events in-between. As a lifelong musician, Mac believes in vibrations, harmonies, and dissonance in balanced composition. As a surfer, the ocean has brought a love of the controlled slide. As an adventurer, the world has proved to be a sensational and unpredictable mother to the bodies we inhabit. If there is language around us, then we must begin by learning to read its changing signs; new technologies and collective awareness continues to render the invisible apparent. Somehow, there is an organization of trust that connects the smallest parts of the universe into the fantastic earthly assemblies that are often taken for granted. Through the lens of transduction, there is a hope of uncovering unimaginable dimensions and perhaps a place for our species in (at least) a planetary reality.

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